Today I selected seven of my go-to maternity pieces to put together seven outfits suitable for casual Friday at the office. I relied on three simple strategies to create a wealth of versatility with just a few pieces:
1. Build around a navy patterned top ~ Sticking to one color palette and letting a pattern or print add interest, I could easily add layers like the blazers and cardigan that were interchangeable with each shirt because the two shirts had the same basic color components. The patterned fabrics also helped keep the additional solid color items from being too boring, though I surely wasn’t aiming for anything too crazy for a day with the co-workers.
2. Use an outfit template ~ Blazer, Patterned Top, Skinny Pants, Flats. I know I strayed from this a bit, but it provided a solid foundation from which to create these seven outfits and certainly so many more just by trading out the two shirts with each other in each outfit.
3. Accessorize with color ~ If I had an endless closet and a bottomless bank account to fill that closet, I could own everything in every color. But that’s not my reality (nor my desire). Having basic pieces in simple colors and using accessories to add pops of color and interest helps me maximize the remixability (that’s not a word) of my wardrobe without breaking the bank. (For more on the sweet simplicity of a basic color palette, especially in the early stages of building a wardrobe, check out my Corporate Chic on the Cheap series post from a few weeks back.)
* Can you tell I found Gap to be my favorite maternity wardrobe staple store? I definitely recommend it for grabbing some basics with a growing baby bump. And of course, be sure to sign up for their emails so you know when they have sales, because you can often get 30 – 40% off your purchase if you patiently wait for the right time.
And without further ado, have a look at each outfit in a little more detail. (I believe blogging protocol would suggest I share a few words about each outfit. But I’ve kept it simple, and I think the outfits can speak for themselves.)
And if you’re looking for more style inspiration, which I suspect might be the case if you’re visiting me here, check out all the others who are sharing the seven outfits they created with their seven pieces!