When I found out I was going to be one of the guest bloggers on Unfancy, I was working a full time job and planning to go back to school in the evenings to get my teacher certification. I had pretty much locked down my winter capsule wardrobe — a set of corporate clothes that could double as school clothes.
Then, as it turned out, my boss wasn’t on board with me going to school and working, so I thought I was going to be unemployed.
My idea of my mostly corporate capsule wardrobe was completely thrown out the window.
No longer did I need my pencil skirts, dresses, and trousers on a regular basis. I struggled with creating a new vision — something that would work for mostly casual environments (school at night, high school observation hours, and home where I work on my virtual assistant business).
Even worse, I didn’t have much in the way of casual clothes. I only owned 2 pairs of jeans — one black and one blue — both of which I didn’t even like anymore. It sounds so trivial to worry about, and on one hand, it is. But on the other hand, the clothing upheaval was a reflection of the way life felt.
Fortunately for my bank account, I was eventually asked to stay at work part time… the day before my “last day” there. Enter all the pencil skirts!
And so, new friends, this is the story of my unfinished capsule wardrobe.
I bet a few of you are going through something similar. And we all go through times when life changes unexpectedly, so I wanted to share my advice on creating a capsule wardrobe in the middle of life changes:
1. This whole not figuring out your capsule wardrobe thing in time for the season to start? Not a big deal. Let yourself off the hook.
2. Give yourself time to adjust to your new life schedule. See what you’re gravitating towards on certain days. Take pictures of your favorite outfits and make a note of where you wore it to remember.
3. Try using the Venn Diagram to see what pieces are for work, for play, and what can fit into both categories. I’ve created a free Venn Diagram download for you here!
4. Identify a few pieces you need added to your wardrobe. Do you need more casual pieces or more work pieces? Pick a budget and allow yourself time to find those pieces. Don’t rush the buying process.
5. Eventually, make the tough decisions. If you let yourself, you could spend the next year on this thing. Take a day to pull everything out of your closet and put back the pieces you’re drawn to. Refer to those pictures you took and try to find a pattern in your outfits. If a number is too restricting to you, that’s okay. I like to have a loose number in mind but allow for adjustments. Reevaluate your closet when you’re done and decide if it looks good enough.
6. Have fun! This is a new way to look at your closet and it’s all about experimenting. Don’t worry what anyone else is doing — just do you.
Skirt: Halogen– sold out! (similar)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Earrings: JCrew Factory (similar)