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.
I started Project 333 last week and have found it to be fairly easy during the work week. As mentioned in the previous post, I already have a work uniform that I adhere to, made up by me so I ensured that those items were part of my 33 items. The weekend was a little different. I longed to wear items that I haven’t worn in a long time. Items that I wouldn’t have even thought of wearing and only did because I’ve restricted myself. I think that’s the issue with these types of experiments – you don’t want things when they’re available but the second you can’t have them it’s all you want and all you think about.
I only went through a few items. I wore 3 different types of outerwear, 3 tops and one bottom. I wore 3 different types of shoes and no dresses. It’s been easy so far but one thing I realised is that I have to really be on top of washing my clothes as soon as I’m done wearing them. Being in Melbourne it rains every second day so I do tend to dry things on an indoor clothes horse and depending on the item it can take 2-3 days to completely dry but I’m sure as long as I keep on top of that, things should be fine.
I was thinking it will be interesting because when I decided to do this challenge, I don’t think I had planned to go on a holiday to the Sunshine State (QLD, Australia) where it’s usually quite warm. I don’t generally wear dresses without stockings and a jumper/jacket/cardigan but I think I’ll have to during this trip if I want to stick to the Project 333. I still have 2 items to choose so perhaps I’ll make that decision before my trip or alternatively, I may have to swap out some items for this specific trip. The problem with either of those options is that I only have one option for summer bottoms and they are the pair of shorts I already have included in my list so I’d have to go buy something else. But the point of this challenge for me was to help me work out whether I have a well rounded wardrobe so if I feel I’m missing a key summer piece or two then I’m more than happy to purchase something that fits my style.
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.