My closet has always been small, at least compared to that of most of my friends. I love minimalism and tend to purge on a regular basis. However, before I found out about the Capsule Wardrobe concept, I would often stand in front of my closet feeling as though I had nothing to wear.
During this time I got pregnant with our first child, and while I did purchase a few maternity pieces, for the most part I simply wore my regular clothes, making them work by layering a long cami underneath my shirts and wearing a belly band when needed with my jeans. This was all well and good until our precious little boy was born and my body shrunk back to its pre-pregnancy shape, leaving my clothes looking quite baggy and stretched out! Now not only did I feel like my options were limited, but I was left with a closet full of worn out old favorites.
In the weeks after Carson was born, I discovered un-fancy.com and immediately knew this was a route I wanted to take. On her blog, Caroline Rector shared her 37 piece wardrobe, which she updated season by season as needed. I chose to create an all seasons wardrobe, where I would have more than 37 pieces, and instead of changing things out every three months, I would wear the clothes year round. I live in upstate New York, where winter seems to last forever and a jacket still might be needed on a July summer night, so this seemed more practical.
As I replaced worn out items and added a few new pieces to my wardrobe as well, I made a Pinterest style board, where I pinned outfits I liked. Browsing through it, I was able to see specific styles I was drawn to again and again, along with new outfit combinations from pieces I already had in my closet but wouldn’t have nessecarily thought to pair together before. This made shopping —which is a chore for me— a bit easier. I was finally feeling a bit more put-together, my mornings weren’t wasted wondering what to wear… and then I got pregnant again.
I just entered the second trimester, and things aren’t fitting quite as well as they once had. This time around, instead of trying to make things work, I am going to be more intentional and invest in a few key maternity pieces that I plan to dress up with accessories like jewelry, hats, scarves and vests. I chose a simple color palette that will mix and match well, giving me many outfit combinations. I still have a few more pieces I would like to add, but I plan to do it slowly, giving me time to grow and fill out the items I already have. 🙂 I can already tell that I will feel a bit more polished and put-together this pregnancy, thanks to Un-fancy and the valuable lessons I learned from that blog!