I’ve been doing the Project 333 for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS. It’s time for an update.
The Project 333 encourages us to whittle down our wardrobes to 33 items or less, then every 3 months re-assess, get rid of what we haven’t worn, and continue the process.
I’ve gained a fair bit of wardrobe wisdom while doing The Project 333. I can’t say I’ve got this fashion thing nailed, but I’m getting organised, saving money and finding clothing management easier. So here are my Five Steps of Wisdom with The Project 333…
STEP 1: I learn…that I have too many clothes!
I had a huge amount of clothes that I never wore. Apparently this is typical. Some statistics say most women only wear about 20% of the items in their wardrobe. I’d agree with this.
Too many clothes meant I couldn’t see
– what I had,
– what I didn’t have,
– what was in great condition,
– what needed to be thrown out,
– what fit,
– what didn’t, and
– what might go together to make a complete outfit.
My wardrobe was an overstuffed shambles.
STEP 2: I learn…that I don’t have enough clothes!
The next thing I found was that although I’d got rid of a lot of clothes, my wardrobe was missing some key items to make it workable.
For example, I had lots of tops I never wore, but I didn’t have a single pair of jeans that fit well to wear with them.
With summer coming on, I didn’t own summer sandals, or any summer tops or t-shirts that fit well.
I was completely lacking tops that were “neat casual” – tidy enough to go out for a drink with friends, but comfy enough to wear around the house.
Being a gym rat, I had heaps of gym clothes but nothing nice to wear outside the gym.
I had lots of formal dresses (I’m a part-time singer), but nothing to wear to a cafe.
My wardrobe had lots of clothes, but it all wasn’t working together as a cohesive unit.
I had lots and lots of clothes, but nothing to wear.
STEP 3: Repeat offender…
I learned I am a repeat offender.
I don’t find fashion easy, so when I find something I like I tend to buy multiples the same. The result? Ten pair of gym trousers and about a dozen scrappy looking t-shirts, but no neat casual tops or dresses.
I’ve now learned that one is enough. Except jeans. You always need more than one pair of jeans!
STEP 4: I learn…that I find it hard to let things go…
The Project 333 has taught me that
- a) Returns policies are my best friend
b) Reselling or donating a mistake is always, always better than it sitting, unworn, in my wardrobe
c) If it’s not quite right the first time I bring it home, it’ll never be quite right. For whatever reason, it’s a mistake. Accept that, get rid of it, and move on
d) I am human. I make mistakes. Some of those mistakes include buying clothes for the wrong reasons, or buying clothes that looked good in the ad but not on me. I’m okay with that. But keeping the item doesn’t make it any less a mistake.
e) Even favourite items get old and need to be replaced. Unfortunately, because they’re favourites, they tend to wear out and become tatty even faster 😦
STEP 5: I learn…that less is better, easier, quicker, more fashionable!
My wardrobe is much smaller now.
I can see what I own and what I have to choose from. I know my options. It’s liberating.
Having fewer clothes makes dressing easier and faster every morning. I look more pulled together. People are commenting.
I have finally begun to accept that gym trousers are never acceptable to wear…outside of the gym!
My goals for 2015 as a reborn simplista fashionista 😉
No gym wear – except for workout! This is one of the principles of the Project 333, and probably the hardest one for me to abide by.
No t-shirts – except on weekends with kids! I wear t-shirts and hoodies too much. I need to tidy up my look.
No gym shoes – except at the gym! I’m getting better at this, and recently bought myself some lovely new leather ankle boots which look much smarter with jeans. They make a huge difference to my look!
Always wear a belt with jeans! Not only does a belt look tidy, it prevents me from continually pulling up and adjusting my jeans. Which is NOT a good look!
Always wear an item of jewelry! Even wearing a ring makes me look well dressed. The little things make a difference.
My wardrobe is in much better shape than it was four months ago. I recommend the Project 333 to everyone who has ever looked at a bulging wardrobe, stuffed full of clothes, and felt like they had nothing to wear.