The {Spring & Summer} Maternity Capsule Wardrobe that Every Mama Needs

By Nina Spears

The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®

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Nina Spears is the Co-Founder & CEO of Baby Chick, an online go-to resource for all things motherhood and the Founder & CEO of Bassett Baby Planning, the premier doula agency and resource center in Houston, TX for expecting and new mothers. Read More

Finding something cute to wear while pregnant is difficult enough; now that the temperatures are on the rise, it can make it that much tougher to find cute options that will also keep you feeling cool. (See what I did there. 😉 ) This is why I’ve created a fashion formula for your Spring // Summer maternity capsule wardrobe with key pieces that’ll see you all the way through your pregnancy.

These are my top ten Spring & Summer maternity must-haves items and I’ve included several options for you to look at within each category. This guide will help you build your perfect maternity capsule wardrobe!

1. Tops

I feel like you can never have enough tops, but when you’re building a capsule wardrobe, you only really need a few basic/classic pieces. (This also helps if you’re on a budget. ) Select between 4-6 classic tops/tees that you can dress up and down and mix and match. I’m all about neutrals and stripes because they can go with everything. And stripes always look so cute on expecting mamas. At least I think so! With the summer heat around the corner, the best styles to opt for are tank tops and breathable short sleeved shirts.

A. Casual

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And, of course, our Baby Chick tees are pretty comfortable and cute too. 😉 Perfect to make a fun statement to the world!


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B. Dressy

It’s also nice to have a couple of dressy tops that you can wear to dress up some leggings or jeans. They’re perfect for your working wardrobe or a date night out.


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cute top that drapes well around your growing bump (like this one) is so chic and flattering.

C. Denim

I always love a chambray top and think that every mama should have one.

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2. Shorts

Sometimes it’s just too hot to be wearing leggings or jeans, especially when you’re outside. Getting two cute pairs of maternity shorts will see you through the whole summer. And they will seriously make you the happiest preggo mama ever!


Comfortable denim shorts.


White shorts because…it’s summer.

3. Flip-flops

This item works for all seasons and can be worn after pregnancy, which I love! In the summer, your feet may swell at some point with it being so hot so flip flops will become your new best friend. They have plenty of room if your feet grow a bit and they are always comfortable. If you’re needing extra comfort, be sure to get a sturdy pair with cushioning! Here are some options that are casual and fancy!

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4. Flats

Sometimes flip flops just won’t do depending on what you’re doing and where you are going. I’m all about a good heel, but flats are definitely the way to go since you don’t want to cause additional strain on your feet and legs. I’ve selected several options that will work for every situation; from work to church to shopping at the mall and more. These flats are perfect!


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5. Jeans/ Comfortable Pants

The modern mom is constantly wearing fashionable and comfortable jeans, but the key thing to remember is that you won’t be wearing these maternity jeans for long. If you can, try to avoid spending too much on this item, but that being said, if you find a pair of maternity jeans that fit perfectly that you love, go for it! The majority of maternity jeans and pants have enough growing room so they will last you throughout your pregnancy, making them well worth the money. And if they are a pretty penny, you can always reuse them if you decided to get pregnant again!


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6. Leggings

Seriously, no mama should live without a great pair of leggings!! You want to get a good pair that offers stability and a good amount of stretch for your growing bump. (They are honestly the best things ever and awesome for postpartum too – trust me.)

Maternity leggings aren’t just for lounging around at home or for workouts, I’ve seen so many women dress them up and have the cutest outfits. It’s just a great staple in every mamas wardrobe since you’re fully covered and supported, and you can wear them anywhere. I recommend getting two or three pairs of your favorites. Here are some options below!

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7. Pencil Skirt

A pencil skirt is an easy option that can dress up any outfit. Because it can get incredibly hot some days, getting a little bit more air circulating while dressing up a bit more is the way to go. You only really need one great pencil skirt in your capsule wardrobe.

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8. A Bathing Suit

There is nothing better to an expecting mama than taking a dip in the pool. Not only does is relax tightened muscles, it also allows for the baby weight to be lifted off of your already aching hips, legs, shoulders and belly. So nice! This is why having a swimsuit is a must. A good suit should last you the entire pregnancy, so seek a suit that has a decent amount of coverage for all parts (bottom and breasts especially!) and sport that gorgeous bump of yours! (If you’re not wanting to sport your bikini, here are some options below and even more options here.)

Chip and Joanna Gaines are PREGNANT!

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9. Summer Dresses

Breezy dresses are prefect for summer. The empire waist (or no waistline) gives your growing bump the freedom it needs. Dresses are great because they are right for (almost) any and every occasion. I would recommend picking out four options that have different patterns, colors and fabrics.

I’ve included some cute short summer dresses that are great for every occasion, then some maxi dresses, a few options for you to wear at a bridal shower or baby shower or even a wedding (it is wedding season after all!), and then some stripe options that I love.

Short Summer Dresses

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Maxi Dresses

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Dressier Options (for a Shower or a Wedding)


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Comfy Stripe Dresses

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10. Vests // Light Sweater

Adding additional layers work amazingly well during pregnancy to give you a little extra coverage, but layering can be difficult with the rising heat. I’ve including some items that I think will add some much desired layers but also keep you cool. These vests and light sweaters/ cardigans can be worn with just about any look. And you can always re-wear these post-bump!

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I think a denim vest is super cute over a casual top or maxi dress. These vests below aren’t specifically for maternity usage, but are still great options.

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You want a nice light weight/summer cardigan in your wardrobe because you never know when you may catch a chill.

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There you have it! These are the staples that every pregnant mama needs in her Spring/Summer Maternity Capsule Wardrobe. Something that I always like to tell my mama clients and friends is that whatever you decide to wear, you can always add a pop to your look with fun accessories. Use what you have or get a few more to add a burst of color or a touch of glam to your looks.

Everyone has to find their own sense of style during pregnancy, but the beauty is a few key pieces can make a wonderful capsule wardrobe for those hotter months! Got more ideas? We’d love to know! Share in the comments below!

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