Okay, I’m at it again. Have you read about Project 333 – Be More With Less? Project 333 is “the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months” (Courtney Carver: Project 333 blog)Fairly simple. This core wardrobe/minimalist wardrobe is wearing only 33 items and every 3 months you trade/switch up to a different 33 items.
You can read all the details of Courtney’s plan and its origins here. The 33 items in her plan include shoes, clothing items AND accessories. My plan is a bit different because separating myself from that much of my clothing, shoes and accessories was too stressful to think about. My modified plan is as follows.
- 33 clothing items, not including basic T-shirts, work out wear, underwear, socks etc..
- No shoes or accessories are included in my core list. Not yet.
I took a before photo of my closet and an after photo. The new closet with T-shirts has 38 items including a pair of jeans in my dresser.
I started this on July 21 and I thought I would take a photo of what I wear ( I will try to do this regularly, modeling/photography is not my strong suit). I’ll use these photos as a record that I can refer to, to see if I like how it looks. And, I would love to know what you think. If you think the outfit doesn’t do me any favors, I sure would like to know! I’ll do these in a weekly or monthly round up.
The timeline is to switch up in 3 months, which will be about the time of our weather change into fall/winter. October 21 I should be thinking about switching up my wardrobe for another 33/40 items. The second stage will also include winter items because the time period will fall right into winter weather.
I think I’m going to like this idea/plan. My closet before was such that I could barely push the hangers aside in order to see or pull something out of the closet. The clothes that I picked I tried to pick items that were solid in color (don’t have many of those) that I could mix and match with. We’ll see how this all goes, but I’m rather excited about it.
Also, I’m not giving/donating anything yet. All the items in the ‘before’ closet are sitting in a large Home Depot garden bag. I may use those items for the next 3 months or donate them or wait until the next spring/summer cycle to make a decision.
The other great thing that happens, is say you think you’re in love with a particular item but after wearing and experimenting with if for 3 months you find that it’s not that versatile or that well made or whatever, you can get rid of it and if need be dig into your unused clothing and pull something out if you really need to.
I’m really looking forward to being creative about my dressing again and making my daily wardrobe fun and different.
When you follow the plan you obviously choose items based on your lifestyle. I work in an office where I often dress up. I have zero social life so I tend to take out my frustration in choosing fun outfits to wear to the office. I dress as if I’m the editor of Harper’s Bazaar and go out for cocktails after work. Full length brocade skirt is an option for my 9-5 life, but sadly not my 6-9 life.
Plus, my fabric buying is, dare I say getting me down. I spend way to much money on fabric, and then I’m kind of blase about the finished garment. I pick colors and fabrics based on sentimental reasons or completely impulsive. I mean, lilac crepe rayon? Really Jill?
I want to sew really fabulous garments with exquisite fabric and feel really joyous when I wear them. Truthfully, I only have a small handful of items that meet that criteria, and the lilac dress I made, well it just doesn’t do it for me along with so many others.
I strongly feel that this plan has legs. The ‘sew my own core wardrobe’ was doomed to fail for me. I just can’t produce enough, fast enough. That and I shouldn’t have just sewn with one color in mind. Anyhoo, enough about what didn’t work. I’m ready to move on.
What do you think about Project 333?
- Courtney Carver Project 333: Be More With Less