My second week of Project 333 is behind me. Two weeks down, eleven to go! In this post, I’ll share how things are going for me with the challenge, the positives and negatives of my experience thus far, and my week two outfits (there are 6 this time).
Only Two Thirds Worn So Far!
Surprisingly, I have only worn 22 of my 33 items thus far. I thought I would have worn almost everything by this point, but I’ve only included two-thirds of my capsule wardrobe in my April outfits. The following items have not yet been worn (see this post for photos of my Project 333 wardrobe):
- Turquoise blazer
- Leopard print cardigan
- Black cardigan
- Black sequined tank (long)
- Striped ¾ sleeve top
- White embellished tank
- Grey/black print sleeveless blouse
- Striped tank
- Black embellished tank (short)
- Black trousers
- Polka-dot skirt
My First Project 333 Swap
I swapped out one item from my original choices. I decided I didn’t love the leopard print t-shirt, as the material was too thin and flimsy and had to be continually “fussed with” throughout the day. I had held onto this top because I love the print, but when dealing with a smaller wardrobe, all pieces should be things we love and look forward to wearing.
The leopard print top is now in my consign/donate pile and has been replaced by a white V-neck tee. I’ve already included the white tee in a week two outfit and I feel it will serve me well for the remainder of the 3-month term.
Beginning on a high note, here are the “plusses” I’ve experienced through Project 333 so far:
- I have loved every outfit I’ve worn since the Project began.
- I’ve received a lot of compliments on my outfits this month. While I often receive positive comments on what I’m wearing, I’ve noticed an increase in such praise since beginning Project 333.
- I get dressed much faster than I used to! It’s so much easier to put together an outfit from a 33-garment wardrobe than when dealing with a closet almost ten times that size.
- I’m being more creative with accessories and when dreaming up future outfit combinations. I’m wearing my scarves more often and bringing previously neglected jewelry pieces into my outfits.
- I’m wearing pieces I love instead of donning “wardrobe benchwarmers” out of guilt or obligation.
While I try not to dwell on the negative, there have been some low points in my Project 333 experience:
- I find myself wishing I had more tops to wear. I’m actually longing for particular pieces and am sad I have to wait until July to wear them.
- The weather has been cooler, so I haven’t been able to wear most of the tank tops in my capsule wardrobe and I’ve only worn skirts/dresses three times so far. You may find this hard to believe, but spring in San Diego isn’t the best in terms of weather, especially in the coastal areas (where I live). We often experience what we call “May Gray” or “June Gloom,” which is basically cool, overcast weather (and sometimes extends into April). Knowing this made it difficult for me to decide which pieces to include in my Project 333 capsule, but I definitely wanted to add some skirts and dresses to the mix.
- Anything I buy will have to wait to be worn until July, including the lovely green top I bought last week.
Week Two Outfits
Below are the outfits I wore last week. My outfits mostly included pants and jeans, as it was too cool on most days to wear skirts and dresses. While it doesn’t get that cold here, I run cooler than most people. I’m the type that you see wearing a jacket when everyone else is in tank tops and shorts! That said, I was happy with all of my outfits and loved revisiting some of my favorite scarves.
An Unexpected Wardrobe Purge
Around the middle of last week, I started to feel the urge to weed out more of the less than stellar garments in my wardrobe. While I resisted the urge at first and told myself to wait until the end of June, yesterday I opted to pull out my boxes of clothes and go through them. I ended up designating 24 more items to consign or donate. As a bonus, my husband and I also identified nine pieces in his wardrobe to pass on.
My standards are definitely increasing as a result of Project 333. Because I am dressing with less, I’m becoming more comfortable with letting go of items in my wardrobe that are not at least an 8 on a scale of 1-10. As a result, I’ve pared down my closet quite a bit since I decided to take on the challenge. At the beginning of the year, I had 272 garments in my closet. I now have 217, a 20% decrease! Yes, that’s still too many, but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.
Although Project 333 is challenging for me, I’m happy I decided to take it on. I can feel myself changing and I look forward to seeing how I feel – and what my closet looks like – at the end of June, not to mention the end of the year.
NOTE: If you’d like to learn more about how to do the Project 333 challenge, I highly recommend the “Dress with Less” microcourse from Courtney Carver, the creator of Project 333.