I’ve been asked a few times to do a capsule wardrobe for stay at home mums, after the wonderful feedback from these two wardrobes I did last year for Styling You:
Capsule wardrobe for new mums
Capsule maternity wardrobe
So today I’ve put together what I call my own ‘mum basics’ – the pieces I rely on to get me through every day, as a work from home mum to little ones.
This wardrobe would be a great basic casual wardrobe for just about anyone – kids or not. It’s based on what I LOVE to wear as a mum – which suits our day to day activities – and working from home. It’s made up of my go-to pieces.
Under each item I’ve provided a few alternatives in different price brackets and size ranges too. And of course, this is just an IDEA – a theoretical wardrobe – you don’t need all of these items, and I’m certainly not suggesting that every mum should wear this!
Adapt, adapt, adapt – if you don’t wear jeans for example, swap them out for a skirt or pair of shorts, or a comfy pair of ponte pants. Not into dresses? Swap them out for another top and bottoms. I’ve also included two pairs of slides, which are my favoured go-to shoe in autumn/spring/summer – you may not like these and prefer sandals, slip on loafers or ballet flats.
Of course, everything is affordable and under $100. I have tried to make this more of a transeasonal wardrobe – you may need to add in some more winter woollies, or in summer take out the jeans for shorts.
1 Print blouse
Sportsgirl blouse AUD$79.95
Or ASOS Curve blouse $42 or Evie and joy blouse AUD$49
2 Knit top
Sportsgirl textured sweat AUD$49.95
Or Atmos&Here knit top AUD$59.95 or Target Belle Curve jumper AUD$15
3 Chambray shirt
K Mart chambray shirt AUD$17
Or Target chambray shirt AUD$39 or City Chic embroidered chambray shirt AUD$30
4 White tee
Sportsgirl tee AUS$29.95
Or K Mart tee AUD$8 or Assembly Label tee AUD$40
5 Go anywhere dress
Little Party Dress Mandy wrap dress AUD$59.95
Or Jericho Road Clothing Arizona shift AUD$79 or Leelouanne dress AUD$69
6 Denim jeans
K Mart jeans AUD$20
Or Target skinny jeans AUD$29 or JeansWest jeans AUD$99.95 or ASOS Curve jeans AUD$70
7 Comfy pants
K Mart joggers AUD$20
Or Leelouanne Betty Basics pants AUD$39.95 or Evie and Joy cargos AUD$49 or ASOS Curve harem pants AUD$32
8 Black jeans
Sportsgirl wax jeans AUD$89.95
Or Target jeans AUD$29 or JunaRose coated jeans AUD$55
9 Shirt dress
Boohoo shirt dress AUD$40
Or DP Curve shirt dress AUD$42 or St Frock shirt dress AUD$69.90
Portmans scarf AUD$29.95Portmans scarf AUD$29.95
Or Seed scarf AUD$49.95 or Target scarf AUD$10
Forever New blazer AUD$99.99
Or ASOS Curve blazer AUD$80 or Target blazer AUD$55
12 Denim jacket
Sportsgirl denim jacket AUD$75
Or City Chic denim jacket AUD$99.95 or Leelouanne denim jacket AUD$65
Spend-less Shoes boots AUD$49.99
Or Dotti sock boot AUD$79.95 or K Mart boots AUD$20
Cotton On sunglasses AUD$19.95
Or Rubi Shoes sunglasses AUD$19.95 or Quay round sunglasses AUD$60
Spend-less Shoes slides AUD$29.99
Or Rubi Shoes slides AUD$24.95 or Boohoo slides AUD$40
SheIn red fringe slide AUD$35.82
Or Avarcas gold sandals from AUD$85 or Rubi buckle slides AUD$29.95
17 Carry all bag
K Mart bag AUD$15
Or Colette bag AUD$54.99 or Caramel and Co hobo AUD$59.95
Spend-less Shoes sneakers AUD$29.99
Or Converse leather sneakers AUD$99 or Target flats AUD$12
On a quick count, I could see more than 30 ways your could combine these, here’s just ten:
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Have you tried a capsule wardrobe before?