Saturday, June 29, 2013

Project 333: Living With Less Clothing

Can I do it? Wear only 33 items for 3 months? 

I did the 30 for 30 Challenge in February 2011, where you wear a mix of only 30 items for 30 days. The first time I failed, but the 2nd time was a success!

But Project 333 is 33 items for 90 days! That's basically doing 30x30 three times in a row.

I'm going to try.

Last weekend I went through my closet and carefully culled through my piles and piles of clothes. I narrowed it down to 33 items. The Project 333 rules say this also includes jewelry and shoes!

Since it's summer I won't need a coat. I couldn't justify adding a pair of earrings if it meant losing a top/bottom/dress. So I put my basic silver earrings in my ears and they won't be changing until October. I'm assuming the weather will stay quite warm until October, so I limited my long pants and heavy sweaters and picked lots of dresses instead.

Breakdown of bottoms:
- skinny jeans (I often wear these rolled up in summer, as capris)
- corduroy pants (can also be rolled up)
- maxi skirt (breezy for summer but can be layered with leggings if it gets cool)
- capris
- shorts (it's hot in DC)
- long leggings
- crop leggings (some of my dresses are short so I may want to layer with leggings)

Sneakers in case I'm doing something active, lace-ups as a sandal but great for walking, flats for easy slip-on abilities (and they look dressy-ish), and old-fashioned sandals for when it's hot as heck.

wow, shoes are grungey! :P

The last 2 items are accessories: belt and necklace.

The rules state that you don't need to count workout gear or lounge clothes (or undies). This is good. But it's also bad for me, because I have TONS of loungewear. Stuff that I never wear out of the house, but I wear to bed. The rule is that you can't wear your loungewear or workout gear out of the house (to run errands and such). 

My own personal rules for this project:
- You must get dressed for work (I work at home, so I'm not really required to get dressed. I usually do anyway, but during the next 3 months I am requiring myself to be clothed in something from my 33 items.)
- You must be dressed in your 33 items to leave the house, even if it's just to run downstairs and get the mail.
- No workout gear unless you're working out, and no loungewear unless it's almost time for bed. 
- Don't buy any clothes. You couldn't wear them until October anyway.

Right now, I think I'm going to like this challenge. Most days, I stand in my closet for several minutes trying to figure out what to wear. Everything has something wrong with it: this is too tight, it itches, that makes me feel fat, that's too dressy, it's too casual, nothing matches with this, etc, etc.

Hopefully since I carefully selected my 33 items, I won't need to complain about these issues and getting dressed will be fast, painless, and stress-free. We'll see how it goes.


  1. Kate McDowell BellOctober 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    So are you still doing the 333?? I am looking at doing it myself.

  2. Ahh, I totally fell off the wagon with this project! I think I stuck with it for about a month and a half. I plan on posting an update soon. Try to analyze what it was that made me fail ;)

  3. Update on my summer 2013 Project 333:

  4. Am in the process of paring down. I don't have a lot compared to other people but I'm getting to the point that minimalist is my golden goal. Love the story of the Asian boat people who live on there boats with nothing but the bare I love this blog. I have wayyyyy too many clothes to compare and i have less than most people. I thought having 8 pairs of shoes/boots was a've inspired me!

  5. Fashion forecasts for the next year are full of solid colors among them shiny solid colors and metallics, tons of animal prints and stripes, bohemian looks as well as over sized and bulky

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