A lot of minimal, sustainable fashion bloggers that I follow are users of the Project333 system. It’s something that I’ve been reading up on, and after a bit of consideration I decided to try it for myself as part of my wardrobe streamlining process.
The rules of the project are pretty straightforward:
You limit your wardrobe to only 33 articles of clothing for the next 3 months. All clothing, accessories, jewellery, outerwear and shoes should* count towards your number. Exceptions include wedding ring (and other ‘permanent’ jewellery), underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear (yasssss I can still wear my old sweatpants and hoodie combo for lazy Sundays watching Netflix!), and workout clothing.
Clothing that no longer fits or becomes worn down to poor condition may be replaced during the time period.
*I’m adapting the rules ever so slightly for this challenge.
I have chosen not to include outerwear and accessories in my 33 items. I also may need to occasionally swap out some items for other items that are in my ‘off limits’ wardrobe. There are two reasons for this:
1. The fact that the British climate is so incredibly changeable! This week we have had temperature averages of 5 degrees in the morning rising to 20 in the afternoon, but today it is much colder – I think the high will be a maximum of 14 degrees. I have tried to choose items that will be suited to most temperature fluctuations, but given our Winters are generally mild with frequent drops to below freezing it could be a necessity to swap some items around from time to time.
2. I have about 5/6 coats that I wear on heavy rotation throughout the Autumn/Winter months, and all of them are necessary for my lifestyle – I spend a lot of time outdoors walking my dog and also enjoy hiking, for which I wear a specialist double layered waterproof walking jacket. I find that I tend to invest in coats and accessories and then wear them continuously, only replacing them if they no longer fit or are worn out – for example my smart winter coat is a beautiful camel wool coat from Mint Velvet that I bought in the sale back in 2011! I have a day-to-day handbag which is a blue leather backpack, and when I go out with friends I usually use a small black cross-body bag. I rarely stray outside of this unless I am either going hiking (for which I use a waterproof walking rucksack), or I have a very special occasion for which I may swap my black handbag for a navy blue suede clutch. As this challenge is to help me to set boundaries for my regular, day to day wardrobe, I don’t feel it’s necessary for me to be so strict on coats and accessories.
I would imagine this challenge is much easier to try during the warmer months, as it’s easier to dress more minimally when you don’t have to take layering into consideration!
As I work for a creative graphic design agency the clothes I wear to the office are generally relaxed, with a mix of bold colours and graphic prints. I have items that I dress up a bit if we have clients in, but otherwise the environment is pretty chilled. I have picked pieces from my regular wardrobe that I feel will compliment each other and should be straightforward and fun to combine in lots of different ways.
Here’s a breakdown of my capsule Project333 wardrobe:
1 pair brown flat knee high boots
1 pair dark red flat ankle boots
1 pair Converse high-tops (these are my winter Converse as they’re made from waterproof ‘leather’ and have a warm fluffy lining!)
1 pair Adidas Stan Smiths
1 pair oxblood flat loafers
Jeans & Trousers
1 pair blue straight cut jeans
1 pair black skinny jeans
1 pair blue wide legged cropped jeans
1 pair hounds tooth wide legged cropped trousers
1 pair checked peg-leg trousers
1 black and white striped maxi dress
1 red star print mini dress
1 polka dot mini dress
1 light blue cord pinafore dress
1 denim long sleeved shirt
1 white short sleeved shirt
1 polka dot peplum blouse
1 light rust coloured long sleeve polo neck top
1 striped long sleeve top
1 striped t-shirt
1 black t-shirt
1 grey t-shirt
1 white t-shirt
1 band tee (this was a difficult choice as I’m a bit of a t-shirt addict and have loads, but I managed to narrow it down!)
1 dark orange chenille jumper
1 navy jumper
1 yellow cropped jumper
1 grey sweatshirt
1 grey cardigan
1 black fluffy cardigan
1 denim a-line mini skirt
1 black a-line mini skirt
1 leopard print mini skirt
And that’s it!
In order to create this capsule area within my full wardrobe, I moved my Spring/Summer clothes along with all my other clothes that I’m not including in this challenge to another part of my wardrobe. I’m lucky to have the space in my home to use one of our spare rooms as a dressing room as well, and I have a large, open plan wardrobe system from IKEA which holds the majority of my clothing (I have a chest of drawers in our bedroom that contains my underwear, sleep garments, t-shirts and all my workout gear). Moving all other items of clothing to a separate part of my closet and grouping together all the items for this challenge allows me to see, at a glance, what items I have access to and how I can combine them.
A lot of these items are some of my favourite wardrobe pieces that I wear often. I’m really looking forward to seeing if this experiment will save me time in the mornings when it comes to getting ready, and as I’m ‘shopping my own wardrobe’ I won’t be spending any money!
What do you think? Would you consider trying a project like this?
Let me know in the comments section if you like this idea, or if you have any tips for me to help me stick to this challenge!