It’s Monday, so it must be time for another one of my weekly Project 333 updates. If you’re new to the blog and would like to read my previous Project 333 posts, click here. If you are interested in started Project 333 yourself, this page provides an overview and general rules of the challenge. If you’d like more information and help with delving into the Project 333 challenge, I highly recommend the “Dress with Less” microcourse.
Before I delve into my update, I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my posts last week, especially my Friday “Boring Wardrobe – or Boring Life?” post. It means a lot to me to have the support of my readers! I enjoy reading your comments and value all of your input and insights. While I may not choose to implement everything suggested (at least not right away), I appreciate your taking the time to reach out to me to share your experiences and feedback.
Ten Weeks In and Still More to Say!
It’s amazing that I still have more to write about my Project 333 experience after so many weekly updates! The challenge really is rich in terms of what it can teach you about your wardrobe and your life. After my Project 333 term is over (not that I’ll never do it again, but probably not right away), I will encapsulate all of my key insights in a wrap-up post. A number of others have done this and I’ve really enjoyed reading about their experiences. In fact, I’ve been sharing a few links to other bloggers’ posts in each of my recent Project 333 updates (see below for a few more…).
This week was relatively uneventful in that I didn’t experience any major challenges or epiphanies, but I’m not complaining! It was a good week overall and even included a few enjoyable social occasions. Rather than highlighting wins and challenges as I’ve done in previous weeks, I’ll just share a few of the observations I made during Week 10.
Getting Dressed is Much Easier!
Confession time (there have been many of those, haven’t there?)… I’ve always struggled with being on time to the events and appointments of my life. I’m one of those people who always seems to run a few minutes late, and I often find myself rushing to get out the door.
Working with my smaller Project 333 wardrobe has helped to streamline my getting ready process. Without the difficult task of selecting an outfit from among 200+ garments, I’ve been on time to many more of my appointments! While this has been true throughout the entire Project 333 term, I really noticed it this week. Each of my outfits was compiled on the fly as I “sprinted” (well, not literally!) to leave the house.
Embracing the Warmth
While “June Gloom” is still mostly in full force around these parts, there have been a few breaks in the clouds. I was fortunate that it was warm enough for a skirt outfit on two days last week. I’m really looking forward to the warmer days of July through October when skirts and dresses will be my primary attire. I much prefer skirts and dresses to pants because they are easier to fit (for me, anyway), often more comfortable, and more flattering to my body type.
I probably should have included far fewer skirt/dress outfit options (or even none) in my April through June Project 333 capsule, but I didn’t want to eliminate that option altogether. If I had it to do over again, I likely would have halved the size of the skirt/dress portion of my capsule in favor of a few long-sleeved tops and other topper options besides open cardigans. This would have allowed me the option of wearing a dress or skirt on unseasonably warm days while still having ample pants outfit variety on the days with more typical weather. Live and learn…
Shopping Psychology Shifts
I went to the mall the other day to pick up some cosmetics and hair products. While I was there, I popped in to Nordstrom to see what was left over from their Half-Yearly Sale (the sale that I wrote about in “Resisting the Allure of a Sale“). I visited the shoe department, the handbag section, and a few of the women’s clothing departments.
I did not experience the numbness or the high that I normally get while shopping. In fact, I didn’t lose my wits at all during my time at Nordstrom. My brain remained engaged as I looked at the sale racks and the non-sale items. If anything caught my eye, I was able to consider it and ask myself how the item in question might fit my wardrobe needs. I asked myself if I would want to wear the item tomorrow, if I already had something very similar, and if I would buy a sale item even at regular price.
I Left Nordstrom Empty-Handed!
While I felt a bit “dazzled” by a few glittering pieces, nothing I saw was worthy of purchasing. For the first time in a very long time, I left Nordstrom – my shopping Mecca – empty-handed!
A few of you mentioned that you think my shopping budget is still too high and that perhaps I shouldn’t shop at all for the foreseeable future. Others suggested that I was merely biding my time until I could shop again during my May shopping hiatus. While I’m not saying you’re wrong and I likely will do another shopping hiatus before too long, I am seeing powerful progress in myself as my “recovering shopaholic” project inches toward the six month mark.
Shopping is Losing Its Luster
Shopping is beginning to lose some of its luster for me. I am starting to view it from a more objective standpoint and am no longer buying mindlessly. My emotional buying is what got me into trouble in the past. It’s why I felt so bad about the nearly $50,000 spent during the past ten years. I felt like I had so little to show for all of that money, as much of what I’ve bought was ill-advised and is long gone from my closet. Much of what remains was also bought in haste and to fulfill the hole in my heart instead of a gap in my wardrobe.
I would love to reach a “happy medium” with shopping and I’m starting to believe it’s possible. I know of people who write a list of a few items to buy each season to update their wardrobes and then only buy those items. These people are exceptionally well-dressed and have beautifully curated wardrobes. They shop with an objective mind and don’t allow flashy displays or compelling sales to shift their focus away from buying what they actually need. This is how I want to be around shopping. It may not happen in 2013, but I feel it will happen for me before too long!
Week Ten Outfits
Below are the five outfits I wore during week ten of Project 333. I mostly like these outfits, although I am looking forward to integrating some of my other wardrobe pieces back into my closet. While my wardrobe at large is not optimal, it definitely is more varied in terms of colors and styles than my Project 333 capsule. Although I’ve been tempted to make more swaps during the final weeks of Project 333, I’ll likely stay the course while making note of the ways I’d like to shift my wardrobe moving forward.
Useful Links – Project 333 and Otherwise…
I’m glad you’re enjoying the links to other bloggers’ accounts of Project 333. Here are a few more:
- A More Uncluttered Life: Project 333 – An Introduction (I love her opening comments on her wardrobe realizations! An update with her clothing selections HERE)
- Snazzy Turtle: Project 333 – 2 Months In (an account of one woman’s imperfect P333 experience with lots of learning nonetheless)
I’d also like to share some other articles I’ve read recently. I’m an avid reader and love learning about a variety of topics. Since I periodically stumble upon articles that profoundly impact me, I thought, “Why not share them with my readers?” So from time to time, I will include other “useful links” in my posts. I hope you enjoy today’s selections!
- Three Questions to Ask Before You Buy (very relevant to the topics discussed on “Recovering Shopaholic”!)
- Lessons from Love and Loss: Lean into your Life While You Can (what the author learned from two very different life experiences – a birth and a death)
- A Revolution of Contentment (excessive shopping and other compulsive behaviors are discussed, as well as useful tips for increasing happiness in life)