Month two of Project 333 is under way! During my fifth week of the challenge, I experienced a lot of ups and downs. I share those “wins and challenges” below, as well as the five outfits that I wore last week.
Welcomed Warmer Weather!
One piece of good news was that the warm weather early in the week enabled me to wear a few skirt/dress outfits. I was also able to wear two of the three remaining garments that had not yet been worn during Project 333. The lone piece which remains unworn after five weeks is the white sequined tank:
An Unforeseen Swap
Sadly, I have to say goodbye to a “wardrobe all-star” that’s been in my closet since 2006. Call it a casualty of pre-menopausal body changes… I’ve become more, shall we say, “well-endowed” over the past year such that some of my clothes (not to mention my bras!) no longer fit properly. One such item is the striped tank in my Project 333 capsule, as I learned last Monday when I included this top in my outfit for that day. The diagonal seams in the front are supposed to fall under my bust line, but I had to keep pulling the top down to keep it in place. It felt fussy and tight and definitely not fabulous! Time to say goodbye…
Fortunately, I have another striped tank to swap into my Project 333 capsule as I pass the previous tank on to charity. The new tank is quite similar in look but fits much better and is much less fussy (no tricky seams to worry about!). Here’s a photo of the old and new items:
Week Five Wins
I feel it’s important for me to identify at least one or two “wins” each week, even during weeks when I feel particularly challenged. Here are my wins for week five of Project 333:
- I’m wearing more of my scarves and jewelry pieces. As I attempt to be creative and add variety to my outfits, I’m turning to my accessories (which aren’t part of my 33) and rediscovering some items I love. I enjoyed wearing scarves three days last week and incorporating a few new (to the challenge) earrings and bracelets into several of my looks.
- I explored some new color combinations that I ended up really liking. I normally wouldn’t wear red and bright blue together for fear of looking too “4th of July” but I liked the look with the addition of a watercolor print scarf. I also wore coral and burgundy together in yesterday’s outfit and plan to re-visit this lovely color pairing again in the future.
- I liked that my outfits were colorful, comfortable, and worked well for my plans and activities of the week.
- I was able to resist the urge to shop this past weekend despite feeling a strong desire to do so.
Challenges from Week Five
I continue to feel challenged and confronted, not only from doing Project 333, but also because I am blogging about it and sharing my outfits. Although I’m trying to just dress as I normally would for the events of my life, it’s hard not to consider that I will be photographing my outfits and posting the images on my blog. I find myself asking, “Is this outfit good enough to post?” A lot of my insecurities are rearing their ugly heads during Project 333, that’s for sure!
Some other challenges I experienced last week:
- I picked up my grey skirt from the tailor and the hem was uneven, so I had to take it back to be fixed. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a big deal, as I have many other skirts in my closet. However, during Project 333, I working with just two skirts, so I feel the absence of one much more deeply.
- I continue to wish I had more variety in my wardrobe. I would like to have more selections within each wardrobe category, both in terms of color choices and silhouette options. I attempted to choose versatile garments for my capsule, but in so doing, I left out many of my more unique and “wow” pieces. I went with the “tried and true” but now I wish I had some of the more “wild-card” items to pull from.
- I also continue to struggle with my “bottoms.” First off, the skirts… I mentioned in my last post that I have nine black skirts. The skirt I chose for my Project 333 wardrobe was the one I wore most often last year, but I’m not sure it’s my favorite of the bunch. My style aesthetic has evolved such that I now prefer shorter, narrower skirts over the longer and more flowing skirts I wore and loved for years.
- Pants are my Achilles Heel! I am constantly trying to balance form with function. I cannot wear tight pants due to varicose veins and a nerve problem, but I prefer the look of more fitted pants and jeans. Before Project 333, I would sometimes wear tighter pants when I knew it was only for a short period of time with minimal discomfort. However, I didn’t include any such pants in my P333 wardrobe, as I wanted to be practical and not fill a precious capsule slot with a potentially uncomfortable garment. Also, I disqualified some pants because they must be worn with heels and I can only walk in most heels for a short time period.
- I’m becoming increasingly “picky” about my clothes and want them to be absolutely perfect. This leads me to consider alterations that probably aren’t necessary or shopping which I shouldn’t be doing. In particular, I wanted to shop for pants, skirts, and shoes, as I’m not fully happy with what I have in those areas. Fortunately, I opted not to shop this past week, especially since I was overly emotional and anxious and I don’t tend to make wise choices in such states.
Lots of challenges, but that probably means that Project 333 is working its magic on me! No matter what, however, I am committed to see things through and continue Project 333 until the end of June.
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.
Week Five Outfits
Below are the five outfits I wore during Week Five of Project 333. Included are two skirt outfits, one dress outfit, and two jeans outfits. In what was a departure for me, I wore the same skirt twice and the same pair of jeans twice. It didn’t up being a big deal at all. I don’t think anyone noticed, and I didn’t really care, either!
I really hate the way my pants photograph and how wrinkly they look towards the bottom. I swear they look better in real life, even if none of my pants are “10”s. Pant lengths can be tricky, though, with different heel heights. Unless one wears skinny pants or jeans, it can be difficult to get the pant/shoe balance just right. In the future, I think I’ll just stick with two heel heights – flats and low heels – for wearing with pants. That will make things a lot easier, and I’m definitely trying to simplify my wardrobe – and my life!
I’m in a much better state today, but I’ve experienced a roller-coaster of emotions since starting Project 333. My next post will delve deeper into my continued desire to shop, what it means, and what I’ve decided to do about it (at least for now). I’m more determined than ever to overcome my compulsive shopping habit, as well as the underlying issues which lead me to shop too much!
Thanks for following along on my journey. I appreciate all of your comments and encouragement. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my struggle and I’m happy to have inspired many of you to examine your wardrobes and shopping habits.