July 28, 2014

Sleeveless Chambray + Skinny Jeans + Birks

Capsule #3 / Outfit 20

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I’ve learned one very valuable lesson since styling these Birkenstocks — I shouldn’t ever wear them with baggier pants. I see lots of girls on Pinterest looking oh so chic in Birks + boyfriend jeans, but I am not one of those girls. Are you? If so, let’s hang out because you’ve obviously got it going on.

So, since I can’t wear them with boyfriend jeans, I’m sticking to either shorts or skinny jeans. I adore them with this outfit.

If I had had any style in college, I imagine this is the kind of outfit I would have worn around campus. But sadly, I wore men’s camo cargo shorts + leg warmers. At the same time. (?????) I’m living proof that style can be learned.

Happy Monday!

Top: Madewell

Bottoms: Gap

Shoes: Topshop

Bag: Hobo

Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar in black)

Bracelets: Madewell

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July 26, 2014

couple style: movie date

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Oh that handsome guy on my left? That’s my husband, Aaron. If you were ever wondering who takes all the photos for Unfancy, that’s him. He’s my favorite person on this planet. When we’re together, we feel like a couple of kids who can take on this world. We’ve been married for about 3 years, and every morning when I open my eyes, I get excited like it’s Christmas morning because he’s next to me.

When I started Unfancy, I proposed the idea of doing some outfit photos together at some point, because as a couple, I feel like it can be tricky to wear styles that compliment each other — we’re not talking about being matchy-matchy or taking this too seriously, but we are talking about looking like you both came from the same stye universe. Lucky for all of us, Aaron was immediately on board. So here we are. Hi!

These are typical outfits for a dinner + movie date at The Drafthouse. Aaron was way more into movies than I was when we first got married (he’s kind of a movie snob), but I’ve come around, and now we can debate the plot holes all night long. :) The Drafthouse is our theatre of choice in Austin because we can order food, fancy restaurant style, during the movie. One Godfather pizza, please’n'thanks.

Aaron’s look: When he started upgrading his wardrobe, these were the first three things on his list: a good white v-neck tee + a dark wash jean in a slimmer fit + black sneakers that could go casual or a little bit nicer. If you’re wanting to help your guy upgrade his style, I’d say this is the place to start, too. Top: HM / Bottoms: Cotton On / Shoes: Aldo / Watch: Fossil

My look: When we’re going to the movies, I’ve learned to always wear jeans (even in the summer) because I will inevitably get cold. But I’ve also learned to wear dark colors, because eating pizza in a dark movie theatre means I’ll inevitably get pizza sauce on me. You never knew I was so strategic in my outfit choices did you? Top: American Eagle / Necklace: Madewell / Bottoms: Gap / Bag: Marc Jacobs / Shoes: Madewell

Why they work together: Both outfits are a similar style — understated + minimal + cool. Both outfits are operating in a similar general color palate (which sometimes can be overkill, but this time it works). Both outfits have elements made out of similar, casual fabrics.

What do you think? Are you on board with this idea of couple style?

Photos by: my incredibly talented friend Michelle Boyd

July 25, 2014

paris tee + maxi skirt

Capsule #3 / Outfit 19

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About this time you may be thinking, “Wait, she doesn’t have a maxi skirt in her capsule wardrobe.” And you would be RIGHT. This isn’t a maxi skirt — it’s a maxi dress! With a capsule wardrobe, I’ve been known to wear dresses as skirts or tops. Like this time. And this time.

In this case, I just rolled + tucked my Paris tee into my belt. By rolling it and making sure the belt is cinched tight, everything is kept in place even though the belt is skinny.

This is a great outfit for (honest words ahead) days when I didn’t have time to shave my legs or underarms. I’ve tried to be really good about shaving every day this summer because if I don’t, my wardrobe options are severely limited. But truth be told, I’m just not that on top of my life.

So if you ever see me around town in this getup … well, you’ll know why.

P.S. It’s Friday and you know what that means — #unfancyfriday! The goal is to create an informal style lookbook from all kinds of different people + all kinds of different lifestyles. I’d love it if you’d join in today on Instagram, snap a selfie of your outfit today, and tag it #unfancyfriday.

Dress: Forever21 (similar)

Top: Madewell

Shoes: J.Crew

Bag: ONA

Belt: J.Crew Factory (similar)

Bracelet: Francesca’s (similar)

July 24, 2014

white button up + track pants

Capsule #3 / Outfit 18

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Remove the glasses, add a hat. You’re ready for vacation!

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Chic sweatpants in real life? That’s something I can get down with. Thank you, Zara.

Most of the time, when wearing pants with a lil’ volume to them, the best shoe choice is a cool pair of heels. They balance out the extra fabric + make legs look longer. Truthfully, that nugget of styling information almost kept me from buying them — because I didn’t want a pair of pants that were limited to the few times I’m in the mood to wear heels.

BUT. These sandals are actually reminiscent of killer heels — like this pair and this one — so it works!

Top: Urban Outfitters

Bottoms: Zara (similar)

Shoes: Madewell

Bag: ONA

Hat: J.Crew (similar for less)

July 23, 2014

laundry + my capsule wardrobe

I’ve chatted up the benefits to living with a capsule wardrobe, like finding my style + having more time + having more money + finding more contentment.

But let’s have some #realtalk about the whole “more time” thing. How does this really break down? Specifically with laundry.

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I hope you’ll keep in mind that the info I’m sharing is specific to my opinions + lifestyle, so not everything I say here may work for you. But I have faith that you’ll take the information presented and apply some of it to your own wardrobe in a new and creative way.

To understand my laundry habits, it might help to understand my lifestyle: I’m a photographer + a blogger + a small business coach. I work from home, and most of my daily outings are for client meetings + creative meet ups + photo shoots + regular life errands + dates with my husband. We live in a small one bedroom apartment, we don’t own a ton of stuff, and we don’t have kids.

When I took the plunge into this whole capsule wardrobe lifestyle, I was a little concerned about doing laundry. Would I have to do laundry a lot more so as not to run out of things to wear? Would my clothes wear out faster?

Now that I’m about 7 months in, I’ve got my answers.

Q: Will my clothes wear out faster?

A: My clothes actually haven’t worn out faster since having less in my closet.

Say what, now?

Here’s the deal: Even when I had more in my closet, I was reaching for the same pieces over and over again anyway + rewashing those a billion times each. Makes sense, huh? It was a lightbulb moment for me.

But beyond that, I still put a lot of thought into making my clothes last. For example, If I’m going to be outside or sweating, I plan to wear my sturdier clothes that can handle lots of washings. Like my chambray shirt. I’ve had that thing for 2 years, wearing it multiple times a week, and it hasn’t worn out yet.

Speaking of tough clothes, I never buy anything that’s dry clean only + I stay away from clothes that I can’t just throw in the washer and dryer. I buy certain pieces a tiny bit too big because I know they’ll shrink down.

I only wash my clothes when they really need it. If I didn’t get sweaty in it and it smells and looks clean — no reason to wash it. I’ve been known to wear things multiple times before washing depending on what I did that day, of course. To some of you that will be cool. To some of you that will be gross. I’m okay with that. :)

When I’m at home, I wear workout clothes or lounge clothes (fancy name for PJs) so as not to wear out my capsule wardrobe prematurely. They aren’t included in my 37 piece capsule wardrobe, but I still apply a less is more concept to them too. I have about 12 pieces of workout/lounge clothes — 6 tops (mostly cute, cheap tees like this) and 6 bottoms (half yoga pants, half running shorts).

Sidenote: I avoid buying running shorts with briefs built into them. That way I don’t have to wash them after each wear.

And finally, I wash everything on delicate and use very gentle, natural soaps.

 

Q: Will I have to spend more time on laundry, so I don’t run out of things to wear?

While I haven’t compared the actual minutes and seconds of doing laundry pre-capsule and post-capsule, it feels like I spend less time now. And I’ve definitely noticed a big difference in my attitude about laundry.

Here’s what I mean. Before dressing with less, I’d let my laundry pile up to the point where I needed to set aside a whole day to do it. By that point, it was a huge + annoying chore that I dreaded facing.

Now, I usually do a quick, small load of laundry once a week. There’s no piling up to the point to dread — because if I let it pile up that much, I wouldn’t have anything to wear. And because I’m doing smaller loads, there’s only about 2-3 minutes worth of folding + putting away to do. The whole task feels so much lighter. It doesn’t feel like a hassle — it just feels like a no-big-deal habit that feels good to do, like washing my face before bed.

(And we aren’t really talking about towels, but I’ll go there for a second. We have a total of 5 bathroom towels in our house — two for me, two for my hubby, and one for the occasional guest. My two towels get washed with my clothes — they aren’t separate loads.)

So there you have it. I’d love to hear any other tips you may have on doing laundry with less — sound off in the comments section!

P.S. If you have kids, here are some helpful articles on kids + laundry + living with less: 1 / 2 / 3