I started Project 333 about a month ago and I thought I’d give you all a quick update.
To be honest, it’s been very easy. There hasn’t been a day where I’ve struggled to find something to wear and I’ve only worn something that wasn’t in my wardrobe once – a pair of heels for an engagement party. This was one of the two occasions where I’ve allowed myself to stray slightly from my 333 wardrobe. I’ve had to be really on top of washing and drying my clothes which is the only real annoyance but it does mean my laundry piles don’t build up as much.
Whilst my wardrobe is simple, it’s also boring. My outfits consist of different combinations of shoes, jeans, top and jumper. I want to get a bit more creative with my wardrobe so whilst I’m not actively shopping at the moment for new pieces, it is giving me a lot to think about and what I want to do is add items that I can layer. Things like oversized or asymmetrical shirts, dresses where I can add a shirt or top underneath, items that can easily be dressed up or down. I’m also debating adding a few key pieces to help accessorise.
It’s been an interesting experiment. I’m not yet bored of my wardrobe but I think by the end of the year I will be. I still have 2 spots to fill and whilst I haven’t found anything yet I will keep an eye out just in case.
A few months ago I wrote a post about Project 333 where you wear 33 items for 3 months. I finally decided to take part from October – December. I will wear only 33 items (excluding underwear, socks/stockings and gym gear) for the 3 month duration. The exception being that I have an engagement party and a Christmas party to attend so I will wear items that are not part of the Project 333 and will come from my wider wardrobe. I’m looking forward to it. Initially I thought it’d be easy but October through to December in Melbourne, Australia encompasses such a wide range of temperatures and weather types that I’ll need to make sure that the items I’m choosing are practical and can be layered.
Here are the items I have chosen for the experiment.
Black Cotton On jeans
Stone Cotton On jeans
Black Asos skirt
Blue Jeans West shorts
Cotton On Jeans
Jeans West Shorts
Black Decjuba semi-sheer shirt
Black and white Katies short sleeve top
Black and white Portmans long sleeve top
Black and white Only long sleeve blouse
Black, grey and white Wayne Cooper short sleeve top
Cotton On black long sleeve top
Cotton On black singlet
Cotton On black t-shirt
Decjuba Sheer Shirt
Wayne Cooper Shirt
Cotton On Long Sleeve Top
Cotton On Single
Cotton On T-shirt
Burgundy Wittner ballet flats
Black Innovare heeled boots
Black Rollie flats
Tan Wittner boots
Berry Haviana thongs
Black Seed jumper
White Staff by Maff jumper
Blue H&M jumper
Black Cue jumper
Navy, blush and white Temp jumper
Grey Zara knit
Black and white Staff by Maff cardigan
Black Target faux leather jacket
Grey Cotton On cardigan
Staff by Maff jumper
Staff by Maff cardigan
Target faux leather jacket
Cotton On cardigan
Black ASOS long sleeve dress
Patterned Witchery dress
Black ASOS sleeveless dress
Black and white Kmart dress
Black Atmos&Here zip dress
Asos long sleeve dress
Asos sleeveless dress
I don’t quite have 33 items. I have 31. But I’m going to stick with the 31 to start with. I’m going to allow myself to add 2 more items during the time frame if I choose to. I don’t feel like I will need to but we will see. I may add some other bottoms as the weather gets warmer but I’m very happy with my choices. I already have a self-appointed wardrobe for work so I’m actually giving myself a bit more to play with now.
I’m on day 3 so far and it’s been fairly easy. Day 1 was spent in pj’s as it was a Sunday and yesterday I wore my Rollies, black jeans, black long sleeve top and the Zara knit. Today I’m wearing Rollies, black jeans, Decjuba shirt and Seed jumper.
With September starting tomorrow and with my surgery recovery being much quicker than anticipated, I want to get back into a routine with exercise. I lost it a bit during July and August but now I’m ready to start again.
Here are my September goals.
To exercise daily
I am going to do the 30 day challenge on the 7 Minute App that I love so much
To do yoga 3 time a week
Even if it is just 10 minutes at a time
To ensure the kitchen is tidy every night
It makes my mornings so much better yet for some reason spending the 10 minutes tidying it up the night before just seems excruciating
To say no more
To things I don’t want to do, with no explanation other than ‘no’
To make the ‘junk’ food that I crave rather than buying it
I snack a lot when I’m bored but I have all the ingredients for most of the things I crave like peanut butter, chocolate and coconut things
To honour my hunger
I want to stop eating for the sake of eating and eat nutritious, delicious food when my body needs it. This doesn’t mean that I won’t indulge from time to time but it does mean not eating something when I won’t enjoy it just because it is there
To organise my wardrobe
I want to arrange it so that the things I wear everyday are more accessible than they are at the moment
To read more
I have so many books that I haven’t read or have half read because it’s easier to watch TV or play on my phone than it is to read. I want to change that
To practice Spanish 10 minutes a day
My Spanish isn’t great because I never learnt grammar. I want to improve it. I downloaded the Duolingo app ages ago but stopped using it because I felt I didn’t have time.
The main one I want to focus on is the wardrobe. I have a bunch of stuff in there that I’ve kept because I keep thinking I’ll fit into it again. I’m giving myself til the end of the year so I’m going to pack those items away, pop them in the garage and then in the new year I’m going to try them on again. If they still don’t fit then they go. For some reason these few items have been really hard to let go of. There’s obviously an emotional/sentimental attachment to them but I just can’t quite let them go just yet.
These are pretty simple things but I feel like they’re going to make a huge difference and realistically, most of them will only take an hour out of my day in total. The good thing is a few of them can become a bit of a night time routine if paired together.
Obviously the ring and the shoes are a little unobtainable although I do want a pair of Louboutins as my wedding shoes. The others, well they’re manageable in the scheme of things but it really come down to a case of do I want to actually spend money on these items and how will I feel about the decision once I have purchased them?
Buying jeans and wearing them and then realising a few months down the track that you have a great big hole in your inner thigh area because, god forbid, your thighs touch.
Why hasn’t anyone made a pair of jeans where this section is reinforced so you don’t need to replace them every few months? It frustrates me because I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I don’t want to contribute to unnecessary landfill and I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on lots of clothing but I’m being forced to because whether I spend $30 on jeans or $400, I still have the same issue. So yes, I do buy the $30 jeans because if I have to replace them every few months at least this way I’m only losing $30. And to be honest I really like these jeans anyway. They are the Cotton On High Rise Skinny jean but it’s still infuriating that it costs more to repair my jeans than to buy a brand new pair.
So if anyone has a great pair of jeans that seem to not tear at the slightest touch I’d love to hear from you!
Project 333 has been going around for a while now. The idea is that you wear a combination of 33 items for 3 months.
There are variations to this idea with many people adopting their own rules but the general idea remains the same.
I’m intrigued by it, mostly due to feeling that I already encompass the 33 items (or close to) without trying too hard. So I’m keen to give it a go and see whether my view is accurate or not.
Once the painters have finished I want to do another clean out of my wardrobe and then I’ll be choosing 33 items of clothing to wear to work and on weekends for 3 months. Generally gym gear is not included in the list but I am going to include one outfit because it’s generally what I wear in my down time. I will not be including any type of formal wear so if I have a special event I’ll be using an item that is not part of the 33.
During this time I will also not purchase anything unless one of the items becomes unwearable during the time frame.
I hope this exercise serves as a way to really reiterate to myself that I don’t need multiple items of clothing because I don’t mind wearing the same thing over and again. I already have an unofficial uniform for work so obviously new pieces aren’t that pivotal to me.
I already have a list of items that I know I need in order to really round out my wardrobe but maybe this will help me either refine it or discover pieces that I need that are versatile but still already work with my current offerings. Before starting I know I would like a black leather jacket. I already have one but it’s very thin and suited for summer so I would like one that is warmer. Considering I usually wear jeans I think a black leather jacket would be a good piece to add.
I’m looking forward to this project. I’ll need to wait until after I have surgery and am back at work so I imagine I won’t start until about mid September. It’ll be an interesting time because I’ll need to consider the change in seasons.
Have you completed Project 333 before? What was your experience like? If you have, please link your blog post if you’ve got one in the comments!
My wardrobe once again seems to be very full and its making me anxious. There is so much in there that I don’t use and I really need to just let it go and move on. I don’t know how it’s piled up because I don’t feel like I’ve purchased much recently.
What I have noticed though is that there are still key pieces that I am missing that I either never owned to begin with or I got rid of because they no longer fit me.
These are some of the pieces that I would like to add to my wardrobe.
Black wool work pants – these need to not have pockets on the side because that is really unflattering on me. I would also like them to be straight leg so I can wear them with boots or heels alike.
Black, long-sleeved wool dress – I’d like this to be basic enough that I can wear casually or for work. I don’t mind what sort of neck line it has but I don’t want something that is cut at the waist.
Black short sleeve dress – I would like this one to be a bit more dressy that I could wear to weddings and events but still be able to dress down easily enough. Ideally it’d stop a couple inches above my knee and have either a scoop neck or v-neck.
Black shorts – these would need to be mid length so my butt-cheeks don’t hang out and long enough that I don’t get thigh chaffing.
Black leather loafers – no zips, ribbons, bows, buttons or any sort of embellishment. Just plain black, leather, slip on shoes.
Sheer black top – I don’t want that mesh/fishnet material but I want something that is dark enough to not be obviously sheer but still get hints of what is on underneath.
You’ll notice a bit of a trend here and that is that everything I want is black. This is for a couple of reasons – 1. It’s easier to mix and match clothing when they are all the same colour and 2. I don’t wear colour. I’ve never been a fan of colour and always feel more comfortable in dark, neutral tones.
It’s been surprisingly difficult to find these items. I want to buy good quality investment pieces but I don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune on them. Ideally I’d like them to be made in Australia using Australian fabrics and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.
The good thing is that I don’t immediately need these items so I have time to shop around and wait for sales. It’s been fun researching because I’ve also come across a number of designers that I’ve never encountered before and whilst I can’t afford most of their pieces it’s good to know that they are there if I ever need them. Being this specific has also made me question whether I really need an item if I find something similar but not exactly what I want and truth be told, most of the time I don’t.
I’ve also started being really realistic about my clothing style. It’s best described as simple. I don’t have a work uniform but I’ve given myself one. In winter – black Cotton On jeans, black Rollie shoes, black Cotton On long sleeve top, black Cotton On singlet underneath and either a black Seed jumper or a black Cue jumper. In summer the only thing that changes is that the black long sleeve top becomes a short sleeve top and I may wear a black Asos skirt instead of the jeans with a pair of black Wittner heels. Because my work wardrobe is so basic it means that my weekend wardrobe has become that way now. I’ve realised that I don’t need all the different coloured tops I’ve kept just in case because realistically I’m not going to wear it.
But there is one part of my wardrobe that I can’t seem to let go of and that is my shoes. I have pairs of beautiful heels that I just don’t wear that I can’t bear to let go of. I know I should but I have such an attachment to them that I don’t want to let them go. So I’ve decided that’s ok – provided I let go of other pieces that I’m holding on to for no reason other than it cost a lot of money at the time.
What’s your wardrobe item you can’t bear to let go even though you never wear it?