I found my new favourite blog. It’s become that for two reasons. The first, the name and branding of it are on point. The second, the content and the whole idea behind Unfancy is just brilliant. I’ve seen various concepts and plans for controlling your wardrobe before, but the majority of them honestly seemed like too much effort and unrealistic. I randomly came across Caroline’s blog recently, and her method of the capsule wardrobe seems actually do-able. The more I read about it and dug into the archives I knew I could do this too and make it work for me.
Way more often then I’d like to admit I spend several minutes in the night before, and then again in morning thinking about what I’m going to wear. Heaven forbid if I have a special event – in that case I’ll be thinking about it for days and sometimes weeks at a time and then still struggle the day of. I would sometimes go through 3-4 outfits until I was happy, or ended up wearing the the same thing I wore last week out of frustration.
The Unfancy capsule wardrobe was built around the idea that it shouldn’t take you forever to pick an outfit; it should help you control spending habits; most importantly, it gives you more time.
It is a 37 piece wardrobe including bottoms, dresses, tops, shoes and outerwear, which rotate each season (every 3 months). Caroline breaks her wardrobe down, to make it easier to follow. For example, she divides it up into 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 dresses and 2 jackets.
The only thing that I have somewhat trouble with is the breakdown only because of good old Canadian weather. For some months, 2 jackets wouldn’t be enough; sweaters are also essential for layering with the weather where I live, and would those be classified as jackets or tops?
For this reason I have decided to adapt the unfancy capsule wardrobe to fit better with my lifestyle and temperamental Canadian weather. I haven’t quite figured out the logistics yet, but I know I’ll be adding a sweaters category as I do require those year round. I’m also playing with the idea of increasing the number from 37 to 50, which would give me 13 extra pieces but I’m not sure if thats just making me my own enemy again with too many options. It’s going to take a wee bit of work and planning to get started, but in the end I think it’ll be worth it.
I’m planning to fully dive into the capsule wardrobe as soon as I’m done school, I’m entering the last month of the term now so I don’t really have enough time to dedicate to starting this. (If you’re wondering how this is possible…clearly you have never seen the inside of my disorganized closets. Yes, closets. Plural.) But, I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures, trials and errors with it as I go along!
With all that being said, seriously go check out Unfancy, if not to re-work your own wardrobe but for a little bit of outfit inspiration. Not only does Caroline have killer branding, but she also has killer style.