A little over a week ago, I completed a full stint of Project 333, the minimalist fashion project which challenges participants to wear only 33 items for three months. Although purists of the challenge include shoes and accessories within their 33, I opted to only count articles of clothing. I reasoned that taking on Project 333 was scary enough for this longtime “clothing maximalist,” and I wanted to have a higher chance of success.
Warning – Numbers Overload Ahead…
Succeed I did – and Project 333 wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be! Being the tracking geek that I am, I kept a full accounting of everything I wore during April, May, and June. In today’s post, I share my June numbers (see the April and May numbers here and here) as well as my final numbers for the full project. I also share my favorite outfits worn over the course of Project 333.
Before I delve into my Project 333 debrief, I have to warn you that there are a lot of numbers! If you’re at all like me, you’ll love my level of detail, but others might find themselves thinking, “This woman is nuts!” Don’t worry, though. I’ve included lots of photos for my more visually inclined readers.
Project 333 Lessons Coming Soon!
Later this week, I will recap the top lessons learned from dressing with less for three months. I had originally planned to do it all in one post, but the “by the numbers” information was long enough for one day! I also feel that my lessons learned are significant enough to stand alone (and I hope may compel others to take on Project 333!).
NOTE: If you’re new to this blog and are curious about Project 333, please refer to my previous Project 333 posts or check out the “Dress with Less” microcourse from Courtney Carver, the creator of Project 333.
Project 333 – June Summary
Here are my clothing stats for the month of June:
- Number of Garments Worn during June: 27
- Garments Worn 4 Times: 2 (navy pants, white/black/grey print skirt)
- Garments Worn 3 Times: 4 (black jeans, black skirt, black tank, orange blazer)
- Garments Worn Twice: 6 (denim blazer, grey cardigan, burgundy cardigan, black cardigan, green tank, blue tee with leaf print)
- Garments Worn Once: 15
- Garments Not Worn: 6
June Shoes and Accessories Summary
Although shoes and accessories were not included in my 33 capsule items, I committed to tracking which pieces I wear and how often. I’m not as concerned with excesses in these areas of my wardrobe, as I don’t tend to overbuy shoes and accessories as often as clothing. However, I do want to purge items I don’t love and wear within all of my wardrobe categories.
Below are the shoes and accessories I wore during June, along with the numbers for each category.
Shoes Worn: 13 (one pair worn 4 times, three pairs worn twice, the rest once, April/May repeats = 7)
Earrings Worn: 15 (four pairs worn twice, the rest once, April/May repeats = 10)
Watches Worn: 3 (one worn 9 times, one worn 6 times, one worn 3 times, all are repeats)
Bracelets Worn: 10 (two worn 4 times, one worn 3 times, two worn twice, the rest once, repeats = 7)
Necklaces Worn: 4 (all worn once, no April/May repeats)
Scarves Worn: 3 (all worn once, one April/May repeat)
Purses Used: 3 (one April/May repeat)
Overall Project 333 Summary – Clothing
- Garments Worn 12 Times: 1 (black jeans)
- Garments Worn 9 Times: 2 (navy pants, burgundy cardigan)
- Garments Worn 8 Times: 2 (black skirt, Cabi jeans)
- Garments Worn 6 Times: 3 (grey cardigan, orange blazer, Gap trouser jeans)
- Garments Worn 5 Times: 6 (print skirt, blue print tee, white tee, denim blazer, cobalt cardigan, black cardigan)
- Garments Worn 4 Times: 9
- Garments Worn 3 Times: 10
- Garments Worn Twice: 1 (grey skirt swapped out in May for print skirt)
- Garments Not Worn: 1 (white tank swapped out in May for black tank)
- Swaps Made: 8 (all done during first half of the challenge)
- Garments Consigned/Donated: 3 (grey skirt, original striped tank, olive/black striped tee)
The image below includes the garments that I have termed my “Project 333 All-Stars.” These are the items that I wore most often during April, May, and June.
Overall Project 333 Summary – Shoes & Accessories
Over the course of Project 333, I wore 26 pairs of shoes (10 flats and 16 heels). I purposely wore many pairs of shoes, as I wanted to evaluate which shoes should stay in my closet and which ones should be consigned or donated. Although I am keeping the 26 pairs I wore during the challenge, I purged 13 other pairs after attempting to wear them and learning that they just didn’t meet my comfort requirements. No more “taxi shoes” for me!
Here is a summary of my shoe wear during Project 333:
- Shoes Worn 8 Times: 1 (metallic Raffini sandals)
- Shoes Worn 6 Times: 3 (black Ecco flats, pewter Clark’s peeptoes, pewter Enzo flats)
- Shoes Worn 5 Times: 1 (leopard print flats)
- Shoes Worn 3 Times: 3 (black Beautifeel slingbacks, Pewter Naot pumps, Black White Mtn. peeptoes)
- Shoes Worn Twice: 4
- Shoes Worn Once: 14
Below is a photo of my top five “Project 333 Shoe All-Stars.”
I enjoyed rediscovering a number of my accessories during Project 333. Because I was dressing with only 33 garments, I relied heavily on my jewelry and scarves to add interest and variety to my outfits. Here’s a summary of my accessory wear throughout the challenge:
- Watches Worn: 3 (one worn 26 times, one worn 23 times, one worn 11 times)
- Earrings Worn: 29 (one worn 5 times, four worn 4 times, five worn 3 times, six worn twice, others worn once)
- Bracelets Worn: 17 (one worn 14 times, two worn 9 times, one worn 6 times, three worn 3 times, three worn twice, others worn once)
- Necklaces Worn: 8 (three worn twice, others worn once)
- Scarves Worn: 14 (one worn twice, others worn once)
The image below shows my top twelve “Project 333 Accessory All-Stars” (three watches, four bracelets, seven earrings):
Favorite Project 333 Outfits
Throughout the Project 333 challenge, I posted photos of 57 outfits. Some of these outfits I liked a lot, while others fell flat. While I didn’t always enjoy photographing my ensembles (let alone posting them on the Internet!), seeing all of the images in front of me taught me a lot about my style. I’ll delve into this topic more in my next post, but for now I’ll just say that I learned a great deal about what I like, what I don’t like, and what I’d like to change. As the old saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words!
From all of my outfit photos, I have selected my top 8 skirt/dress outfits and my top 8 pants outfits. My decision on what made these ensembles my favorites was based upon comfort as well as appearance, as I believe we always need to feel good in what we’re wearing!
For those who are still with me, congratulations on your stamina! When I started writing this post, I didn’t realize how much data I had compiled over the past three months… Yes, it’s a lot, but the tracking I did really contributed to my learning process (read more about “Why Track Your Wardrobe?”). I really believed I would have worn my 33 garments far more often! Even 9 or 12 wearings over the course of three months isn’t all that much.
I will share lots more about what I learned in my next post. I may still participate in the summer session of Project 333. I’ve been tracking what I’ve worn thus far. When I reach 33, I will look at what’s on my list and decide whether or not to keep tracking or finalize a Project 333 wardrobe capsule. I’m still keeping my options open, but I am leaning toward either doing Project 333 again or devising a different type of wardrobe challenge for myself. Stay tuned!