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A Maternity Summer Capsule Wardrobe in 3 Easy Steps

A Maternity Summer Capsule Wardrobe in 3 Easy Steps

If you are overwhelmed with closet chaos or just curious about the benefits of dressing with less and simplifying your wardrobe, then allow me to introduce to you; the capsule wardrobe.

If this is the first time you're hearing of a capsule wardrobe or collection You’ll want to take notes! or print out the guide at the end of this post.  

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A SAMPLE SPRING SUMMER COMPLETED CAPSULE

 

A capsule wardrobe can be defined as:

  • a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential
  • a person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions
  • a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.

Since starting our boutique in 2015, we've moved in a direction from buying whats trendy to sourcing and manufacturing pieces that would form their own capsule collection of sorts and I must say I'm glad we have.  Taking the leap to start a capsule wardrobe can be difficult and its hard to get advice on what to do and where to start when you are scrolling through endless articles of bloggers telling you what to buy with links of course! So many links! Ahh! 

I'm here to tell you the rest of this article is free from adding 12 new tabs to your browser.  The beauty of a capsule wardrobe all starts with what's already hanging in your closet.

FIRST 3 STEPS TO DECLUTTERING + SIMPLIFYING YOUR WARDROBE

STEP 1: SEE + EVALUATE

Start by simply Evaluate your inventory of clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags and accessories.  Seeing what you have is an important step in building a capsule wardrobe.

Look at what you’ve acquired, what you’ve spent, and what you never wear. 

Some of the items I found when I did this to my own wardrobe amused both my husband and I so much!

STEP 2: START SORTING

Move the clothes on your bed to piles on the floor with a ruthless first pass sort. Don’t give it too much thought, just go with your first reaction.

Sort items into the following piles:

LOVE, MAYBE, SELL/DONATE, TRASH.  

While donating is always a very charitable and great thing to do, selling gently used items on sites like poshmark or ebay can be a way of getting cash to use towards your new capsule wardrobe pieces

STEP 3: CHOOSE WISELY

Make a list of your 33 items by category. Start with the items you already use every day, and your go-to clothing items. This list may change over time as seasons change, or work/life situations change.

While very similiar in comtent, I did create a separate one after getting pregnant.  For my everyday capsule wardrobe I've listed what I've discovered works after much trial & error and looking deeper into what complimented my everyday life the best

AND THE RESULTS? 15 VERSATILE & EFFORTLESS ALL SEASON ITEMS

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my all seasons, never leave my closet wardrobe is 15 items of clothing including outerwear, 2 jewelry pieces, 5 accessories, and 4 pair of shoes.  Shoes & Jewelry do change based on trend or season but these items are pretty much impossible to look bad in no matter what your body shape, size, or type may be.  

  • 1-3 Basic Short Sleeve Tees (V-Neck or Scoop)
  • 1 Striped Tunic
  • 1 Graphic Tee
  • 1 Print Blouse
  • 1 Solid Blouse
  • A Loose Tunic Tank
  • Maxi Skirt
  • Midi Skirt
  • Skinny Jean
  • 1 Pair of Color Denim (white, black or a color of your choice)
  • Jean Jacket
  • Lightweight Duster
  • 1 additional layering piece (maxi vest, kimono, sweater, etc.)
  • Solid + Fitted Midi or Maxi Dress
  • T-Shirt Swing Dress
10 ITEMS TO FLATTER A FLUCTUATING WAISTLINE

10 ITEMS TO FLATTER A FLUCTUATING WAISTLINE

9 GALANTINES GIFT IDEAS THAT WONT BREAK THE BANK

9 GALANTINES GIFT IDEAS THAT WONT BREAK THE BANK

The day before Valentine’s Day is the most sacred of holidays: Galantine’s Day. Get together with your gal pals and just celebrate each other!  

While we wait for Hallmark to get started on those Galentine's Day cards, we put together a list of 9 fabulous gifts to give the BFFs, moms, mentors, sisters, and other special women in your life.

1. DAINTY JEWELRY

Shop outside the big box, with unique dainty necklaces ranging from a perfectly golden pineapple to a dainty hot air balloon for the adventurous friend we all know and love!

ALL NECKLACES COME GIFTED & READY FOR GIVING

2. SOMETHING MONOGRAMMED

  

Moorecoolers on etsy not only has eye catching Lilly Pulitzer Coolers but even prettier personalized gift options with their collection of Lilly Prints and Solid Color Options.  It is THE place to hop for bright and colorful coolers, insulated Bubba kegs & wine glasses, mason jars and decals - all sharply dressed in authentic Lilly Pulitzer fabrics and inspired vinyl prints.  They are offering 10% off your order with the code LUCKYDUCK at checkout!  

SHOP THEIR ETSY PAGE NOW

 

3. PRETTY & COMFY SEPARATES

 

From Florals to Stripes, give the gift that will keep on giving with some cozy floral separates.  Thinking of throwing a Galantines slumber party.  Play some fun games and give a pair of floral leggings for the winner.  Have a friend who just went through a break up?  Gift her with our fancy floral lounge pants and keep her company with the Bridget Jones' Movie Series.

4.  Judith March Hat

  

These trucker hats from Judith March feature phrases like Sunday Funday, Y'all or Lake Hair Don't Care. You'll love how comfortable and the worn in feel this hat as soon as first wear. The patches each one has are so unique and beautifully designed.

SHOP JUDITH MARCH HATS

5.  Totally Trendy Travel

  

these beautiful custom made bags are ideal for the world traveler, free spirit in all of us.  All handwoven and beautifully embellished.  

SHOP THE COLLECTION HERE

6.  Get Graphic

      

we love graphic tees for their free spirited fun and flexibility! Give a hilarious, pun intended tee to your favorite gal pal

SHOP GRAPHIC TEES

7.  Cute Cold Weather Gear

 With unlimited options from speckled knits to hats with pom poms you can find a hat or scarf for just about any friend.  These popular slouchy beanies are made by Colorado Chick (C.C). The original CC hat has hundreds of positive reviews and looks good on anyone regardless of gender, age, face shape, and hairstyle (or lack thereof). It is, in my opinion, the perfect unisex hat with the perfect amount of slouch!

8.  Pretty Prints

    

Let her hang something fancy from the walls of that blank space you always see when you visit her new studio apartment.  Printables are a great purchase because you can print out as many as you want making gift giving a cinch when you have lots of friends to think about 

You can download the print above for FREE by clicking HERE

 

9.  Throw A Galantines Party!

        

No money for gifts?! No Worries.  The best gift at all is giving your gals your time.  Plan a sleepover for all your gal pals, go out to the bar in sweats or throw a babes only brunch. We included some of our favorite pinterest galantines party pics for a little inspiration!

 

Monday Must Haves: 4 Fall Sweaters You Need ASAP

Monday Must Haves: 4 Fall Sweaters You Need ASAP

Lets face it most days we roll out of bed and wish there was a magic button we could push and then poof (enter dramatic noise here) we would be dressed and ready to start the day.  Unfortunately that invention has yet to be pitched on shark tank or surface on Amazon.  

Luckily, our team has curated a collection of sweaters this season that makes it almost that easy to get dressed for the day.  Staying true to the busy lives our customers lead, our collection brings versatility, comfort, and sweater shapes suitable to flatter every body type. So while we wait on that magic button, here are our top 4 sweater styles you don't want to be without. 

THE DRAPE FRONT SWEATER:

   

Our drape front sweater styles are by far our best sellers.  This year we expanded our Hamptons knit sweater (2nd image) collection from 2 colors to 6!  This sweater is amazing for new moms who are nursing because of the drape front style.  The sweater is lightweight so you can wear it now, layer it in the winter, and keep it rotating in your wardrobe when we shift to spring.  Our favorite color is the oatmeal.  It seriously goes with everything!

 

THE OFF SHOULDER SWEATER

  

Our Freebird Sweater checks the box on our list for must have fall sweaters.  It is long enough to wear solo and looks awesome with leggings.  The off Shoulder style gives those shoulders a little room to breathe as you move about the day. We love that it is oversized but at the same time, not too oversized to make us look bulky!

CHUNKY KNIT SWEATERS

Turtlenecks are especially trendy but any beautiful knit will do.  They look great layered over skinny jeans or leggings and best of all no jacket required

THE BELL-SLEEVE SWEATER

Dramatic bell sleeves are so fun, we won't blame you for gesturing at any and every opportunity. The best thing about them? They bring flair to whatever outfit, from jeans to sharp A-line skirts. 

 

10 Things that Helped Fellow Moms Accept and Love their Postpartum Body

10 Things that Helped Fellow Moms Accept and Love their Postpartum Body

Adjusting to your postpartum body is harder for some than others.  We've rounded up our 10 best tips from moms who've been there before

 

10 Tips for Accepting and loving your postpartum body

AS SEEN ON PINTEREST LOOK FOR LESS: Laid Back Linen

AS SEEN ON PINTEREST LOOK FOR LESS: Laid Back Linen

Hey Dolls! 

We hope everyone had a great weekend!  We have been a part of Pinterests buyable pins program since launch and we love the amazing new customers we've met along the way.  Over time we have learned that while a lot of the great content found on pinterest takes us to a website to purchase the look we just repined, a lot of the time we are lead to a website offering us nothing close to what is advertised or even worse the outfit costs more than our car or even more gut wrenching, half of the outfit is out of stock.  

For all of you out there as inspired by pinterest as we are worry no more!  Introducing our Daily AS SEEN ON PINTEREST LOOK FOR LESS section.  Our team is looking to pinterest and teaming up with our buyers to deliver these captivating, street style looks to you & at a bundled affordable price!

As Seen On Pinterest Look For Less: Laid Back Linen

Today's outfit we love for its trendy, relaxed vibe.  These linen joggers are a customer favorite for their versatility.  They are lightweight and a great jeans alternative.  They can be found by clicking the image below:

As Seen On Pinterest Look For Less: Laid Back Linen

Recently PIKO introduced a more relaxed fit V-neck tee! (yayy!)  It has an oversized sleeve and slight extended length.  It comes in 4 colors with more colors coming soon.  The White Tee can be found here:

As Seen On Pinterest Look For Less: Laid Back Linen

 

As Seen On Pinterest Look For Less: Laid Back Linen

The Panama Hat is super on trend for spring.  In the winter we offer amazing beanies by a company called CC.  This season they have introduced a new line which includes a panama flat brim hat.   It can be purchased here

 

 

How To Purchase:

Simply click the link to any of the product links below.  Pick out your size.  When you add that product to your cart, you will be given the option of adding the additional outfit items at a discounted price!

Want us to recreate a look you are in love with from pinterest?  Join our group board Look for Less by following us on pinterest and emailing  amanda.shopluckyduck@gmail.com your pinterest name and email for us to add you!

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30+ Maternity Shoots to Inspire You

30+ Maternity Shoots to Inspire You

Deciding what to wear on a daily basis for any woman can be a struggle, but deciding what to wear for an extremely important photo shoot while you’re pregnant and full of crazy hormones can be incredibly stressful and confusing. We totally get it. As an e-tailer we know that finding a great dress for those upcoming photos is important but more importantly is that it fits our bump just right. From trial and error over the years we've seen the difference certain fabrics, cuts, colors, and styles can make for a woman as she gets ready for these special, intimate photos. I believe that Maternity photos can be some of the most beautiful and intimate photos that you’ll ever take and having the perfect outfit is key to making your photos look amazing. Below I wanted to share 55 Tips and Tricks I've learned over the years along with 30+ of my absolute favorite styled maternity shoots. Combined together I hope the tips & inspiration can get you started on a great path to what you want to wear, wear you want to take your photos, and what poses, accessories, and suprises youll include once its time to shoot!

 

1. Opt for A Maxi Dress

There are a couple of great reasons why a maxi dress is the perfect thing to wear for maternity shoots. For one, it’s incredibly comfortable. Comfort is key when you are pregnant, and when you’re taking maternity photos for an hour or so, you want to be as comfortable as can be. It also looks amazing on any pregnant body because it’s incredibly flattering. It covers up anything you don’t want shown, but can also be pulled agains the belly to show off your adorable baby bump. A maxi dress is also a very dramatic piece of clothing to wear for a photo shoot. The flowing fabric looks amazing in the wind and creates a lot of movement in a still photo. You certainly can’t go wrong wearing a maxi dress for your shoot.

2. Seek out Solid Colors vs Busy Prints

Since the main focus in your maternity shoot is your bump, don’t take the attention away form that with a loud pattern or print. Some soft, muted, more neutral floral prints can be fine but if the dress you fall in love with is offered in both prints and solids, Wear solid colors for your bump to stand out the most.

3. Embrace at least one Tight dress into your final shoot

If you are comfortable with wearing tight clothing that is. While I love the flowy, romantic look a loose maxi gives off, there is something about a more form fitting dres for maternity photos that seems to kick the chic-ness up a notch. Bodycon dresses   look absolutely stunning on pregnant women because they truly show off the amazing bump. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and Showing that bump off is the perfect way to pay tribute to your pregnant self. Be proud of those beautiful curves.

4. Seek out Timeless styles- (Ask yourself "would I want to see a picture of myself in this outfit 10 years from now on my wall?")

You never want to think to yourself, “What on earth was I thinking?” In order to avoid that, go with a more timeless, simple look. A great option for this would be some jeans, a simple top and a pair of cute boots or a solid color modest dress.

5. Have 2 or 3 outfits & a few options for accessories.

A great idea is to have two or three outfits to wear for your maternity shoot, such as a casual outfit and a dressy outfit. This will not only give you options when choosing which photos you want to hang in your home, but it will also give you some variety in the photos as well. In addition I recommend if you are going to use bold accessories to liven up a solid color dress also bring some very simple and dainty accessories along with you as well. Sometimes the light, ambiance, and overall feel once you are out shooting could have you wanting to swap out an accessory or two.

 

 

 

30+ Stunning Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas