Guess what?! It’s time to meet our first guest blogger — Jacquelyn! She’ll be here every Tuesday, showing us her outfits + sharing how she makes a capsule wardrobe work for her lifestyle. Make sure to leave her plenty of love and check out her blog today too!
Now, I’ll just get out of the way and let her do all the talking! xo Caroline
Please note: The images above may be representations of the actual piece of clothing. We often work with older pieces of clothing that aren’t available anymore. We do our very best, but when we can’t find a picture of the exact item, we use a similar picture instead.
Hi there! I’m Jacquelyn — you can call me Jacq! I’m 28 and I live in a suburb a few minutes outside of Philadelphia, PA with my parents. I am an assistant at a Hedge Fund, I have my own virtual assistant business, and I am in school to get my teacher certification!
What does a typical day in your life look like?
On a typical work day I am in the office from 9-5. My office is actually pretty casual, most of them wear jeans, sneakers, and casual tops, but I prefer getting dressed up! It fits my personal style and I believe in dressing for the job you want (even if you don’t know what that job is!).
I sit at a computer all day but part of my job involves doing whatever they ask of me. So sometimes I can be found on the ground under a desk rewiring technology, carrying in groceries, getting their lunch orders and setting that up, watering plants, weighing huge boxes to be shipped out. If I know I will be doing a lot of tech support type work then I’ll wear pants! And because I am often outside running errands, I pay close attention to the weather and dress appropriately and bring rain or snow boots to change in to if necessary.
I’m home on Monday and a half day Tuesday so I try to get as much school work done as possible, usually in my PJs. I’ll do some sort of exercise, eat lunch, shower, and head out to the grocery store if I need things for the week. After that I’ll do blog pictures and posts.
When did you start your capsule wardrobe?
I started a mini one in August to test the waters then went full out in the fall.
What’s the biggest challenge of living with a capsule wardrobe?
I haven’t found living with a capsule to be too challenging. That may be because I started in fall and fall weather clothes fit my style the best (sweaters, button ups, layers). For me the biggest challenge has actually been creating the actual capsule. I’m struggling this winter because of my change in lifestyle, but also because I hate winter.
What’s the biggest perk?
Feeling and knowing that I have enough. I’m not tempted to shop as much and when the bug does bite, I remind myself that I have a full wardrobe in my closet.
How do you tailor the Unfancy rules to fit your lifestyle?
I don’t limit myself to 37 pieces because I need an office wardrobe and a casual wardrobe. I also don’t include shoes because the weather changes so frequently in the Northeast that I feel like I need access to the entire collection. But my sandals are stashed away!
I try to think of my wardrobe as a Venn diagram. One circle is office, the other circle is casual, and where the circles meet are the pieces that can work with both. I try to keep that chunk the biggest.
How many pieces do you have in your capsule wardrobe?
My capsule wardrobe isn’t finalized yet. I had a lot of life changes happen in a short span of time: I was working full time, then I thought I was unemployed because I was going back to school, and now I work part time and attend school.
I’m still working on finalizing the pieces, but I know it will consist of either two wardrobes (work and casual) or pieces that can flow back and forth.
What was your budget for your capsule wardrobe?
My original budget was about $300. I ended up buying a lot of things and then my Mom stole them to give to me as Christmas gifts so I’m not quite sure what I ended up spending. Plus I’m still searching for jeans and colored pants.
Tell us about the process of making your current capsule wardrobe.
For winter I knew that I wanted to carry over most of my fall capsule because I really liked it and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I wanted new sweaters, a colored casual pant, and I’m in desperate need of jeans too so I focused on those items. My process has changed as circumstances changed, but I am still focusing on these three items.
For the fall I did the same thing. I picked a few key items that I wanted to focus on purchasing and created the rest of the capsule with things I already had. It worked out really well for me and kept me from buying things just because.
In the fall I knew I wanted my main colors to be navy and burgundy, but I don’t have a color focus in mind for winter. Because I am carrying a lot of fall pieces over those two colors will still be prominent but I have noticed more black and green in my closet this season!
I try to keep in mind my Venn diagram and remember that in the beginning of the season I’ll need to layer a lot, but by the end I won’t need such heavy outfits so I want all of my pieces to work in that weather transition.
Where can we keep up with you on the internet?
And also here, on the Classpass blog where I wrote a piece about taking risks!