Project 333: A Progress Report

For the past six weeks I have dressed from a thirty-three item wardrobe inspired by Project 333. Though you can start anytime, Project 333 participants generally begin their three month terms to coincide with the seasons (January, April, July, October). I began in early March along with Lent, and I “gave up” about three quarters of my wardrobe to try living with less. Some of these items have been donated or will be sold, and others are packed away for the season or because I am not yet ready to part with them.

While I’ve been engaged in this limited wardrobe experiment, I have recorded my outfits with notes and photographs. I am also keeping a “wear count” because I’m curious about which items I wear frequently. Since I have bridged seasons with my time frame, some items have not yet been worn due to weather (i.e., my linen romper–come on already, Spring!), and I have swapped out at least one item that was decidedly Winter (a lined brown tweed jacket) for something more Spring-ish (a half sleeve hooded jacket).

What I’ve found most interesting is that I have not worn the exact same outfit twice. With the twenty-seven clothing items I’ve actually worn, and with an intentionally limited selection of shoes and accessories, I have made a unique outfit every single day. Documenting my outfits has inspired me to find different combinations.

I am more self-aware and less self-conscious. I feel like I have a better idea of which shapes and proportions work for my body, and I feel more confident in what I’m wearing. Viewing my style in photographs has given me slight objectivity, and building outfits from a smaller, preferred selection of items is producing better results for me. I guess it’s similar to cooking with the best ingredients available to you; even simple recipes taste delicious when built from quality ingredients.

Based on my wear count, here are my most popular items:

1. Dark wash skinny jeans (14 wears)

2. Dark wash bootcut jeans (7)

3. (tie) Rust cardigan; denim jacket (6)

4. (tie) Chambray tunic; mustard cropped chinos (5)

5. (tie) Cream lace top; purple dolman tee; striped dress (4)

While I wait for warmer weather so I can actually wear the shorts and skirts that I included, I’ll remain reassured that I have more than enough. I’m not bored with my options yet. Though I committed to the project through Easter, I have decided to extend it through June. I may swap out a couple more items between now and then, but I know I’ll have plenty to wear.One Sweatshirt, Six Ways(Oh, the possibilities! Here is one sweatshirt, six slightly different ways. I cut the tag out of the sweatshirt, and now it’s reversible. I ended up wearing the combo in the lower right.)

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4 comments

  1. Pingback: Project 333: Outfits Part 2 | Hark at Home
  2. Wanda Dotson

    I just started today cleaning out my closet. My closet had both winter and summer clothes and they fit in the same closet. I’m wondering what you do with the out of season items? I’m not excited about finding a new home in my apartment for the out of season items, but I do like how my closet looks now — it could be a boutique.

    • harkathome

      It sounds like your closet clean out has been a great success! I’m thankful to have an extra closet right now to store some of my off-season items. I also use plastic storage bins that fit under the bed. I especially like those for sweaters and things that moths could get to. Maybe storage under furniture would be a solution for you?

      • Wanda Dotson

        We have the leaves to our dining room table under the bed. I did clean out space in my cedar chest and put my out of season stuff there. Thanks. I’m already finding that I look at my clothes differently and am thinking of new ways to use the old items in new combinations.

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