Three months. Thirty-three items of clothing. Project 333.
I stumbled across a website/blog called “Be More with Less,” through a post called “Minimalist Fashion Projects.” I am not brave enough to wear the same dress every day for a year, but the idea of creatively paring down my wardrobe is appealing. So… three months, 33 items of clothing? I can handle that.
The original challenge calls for the 33 items to include clothing, shoes, outerwear and accessories (jewelry, sunglasses, hats, scarves, etc). But I’m a rulebreaker (OK, the word “cheater” may be more accurate), and I’m making some adjustments.
- I have selected a small amount of jewelry to fit inside a travel-style jewelry box. I will not count these in my 33.
- I am planning to minimize my hair, and thus I want an adequate supply of warm scarves and hats. These items will be limited to what fits inside one photo box. These also will not count in my 33.
- Yes, I am cheating.
- According to the original rules, socks, underwear, workout clothes and wedding ring DO NOT COUNT. Tights and leggings = underwear in Chicago.
So what’s the point of all this? For me, it’s about creating a style wardrobe for myself (and seeking a true sense of personal style), curbing my desire to buy clothes and consuming less. In theory, with fewer clothing options, I’ll be forced to spend less time thinking about what clothes to wear (or wash) and more time writing, reading, socializing or sleeping. Mostly sleeping, on those cold Chicago mornings that are just around the corner.
- Dresses :: 4
- Tops :: 8
- Work bottoms :: 4
- Casual bottoms :: 3
- Sweaters/jackets :: 8
- Shoes :: 4
- Outerwear :: 2
*I’m tweaking and refining my list this weekend. Day 1 has established three items: gray dress, black pumps and black trench coat. This weekend, I’ll refine and post my detailed list.