Friday, October 25, 2013

Project 333 Summer 2013 = Fail

A few months ago I wrote about starting the summer edition of Project 333, where you pick 33 items of clothing and wear only those for 3 months. I never made it to 90 days of wearing my 33 items, but I made it to about 55 days. I was taking photos of my outfits every day, until I got sick of taking photos. I finished my 55 days not taking daily photos.

Project 333 - summer 2013

What made me fail?
I was super bored with my clothes. I was starting to hate some of them. It was easy to get dressed in the mornings, but it wasn't fun. I own a lot of clothes, and a lot of fun & colorful clothes, but I wasn't getting to wear them. And I was sad. I wanted variety! In the middle of August, I took a trip to Las Vegas for work, and I knew I didn't want to wear my 33 items. So I packed for that trip from my entire wardrobe, and wore anything I wanted from there on out.

This quote sums up my daily 'getting dressed' experience. With such a limited wardrobe of 33 items, there were days where I felt like I had nothing to wear. I wasn't able to dress how I felt; for the woman I felt like I wanted to be that day.

exactly-how-i-feel

What would I change next time?
Don't pick stuff you don't love! This yellow dress was the worst. It's cute, but it was too tight across the back and I hated it so much that it's now in my DONATE pile.

day30_7-23

For this summer challenge, I chose too many shoes - 4 pairs of shoes for this girl who works from home? I probably could have gotten away with 2 pairs. And FIVE long sleeve tops? It was summer! I should have picked ONE cardigan, and that's it. One of my long sleeve tops I don't even remember wearing at all! I don't think I wore my belt at all, either, so that was a waste.

Pick a variety of things! Why did I choose TWO purple dresses? Sure, they're different, but they felt the same because they were both tank tops, about the same length, and both purple. Snooze.

purple-dresses

Pick funky stuff! My style is a little bit funky. Graphics, prints, color... This rust-colored tank top was one of my favorites because it felt the most 'special'. This dress/skirt was bold, fun, and the opposite of all the plain ol' basics I picked.

funky-pieces

Would I do it again?
I think I might try Project 333 again in the future. Sometimes my overflowing closet starts to annoy me pretty bad, and I get super motivated to simplify. But I think this exercise was just a really effective lesson in only keeping what you like and that you know you'll wear. It makes me second-guess any new clothing purchases. It also makes me grateful for the freedom I have in my wardrobe on a daily basis. I try to be thankful for all my options and push myself to try something new & different.

This time was a FAIL, but I'm glad I tried it anyway :)

2 comments:

  1. I love when you do these! Even though you didn't get all the way through the challenge, you still learned a lot! It is a really good way to think about a wardrobe, how stuff looks on you, and what you really like and what you can get rid of. I'd like to try this too. At least just taking pictures of what I wear. It would be fun to look back at my style of clothes and see how it changes over time. Also, for some reason it looks different to look at a picture versus the mirror! haha. How do you take the pictures? Do you have a tripod? BTW, I really like the pants on day 3, sweater on day 4, outfit on day 10, and top on day 19. :) Where are those pants from?

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  2. Thanks, Rochelle! I didn't use my tripod for this project -- I didn't want to have to set it up every morning. So I just set my camera in the same spot on my kitchen counter top every day!

    Those pants are probably my personal favorite pair of pants! I found them at a Goodwill in Minneapolis - they are Converse One Star brand, which is a brand sold at Target.

    That rust-colored sweater from Day 4 is from Target, too. They come in a bunch of colors and are actually on sale for $15 online right now! http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-supply-co-juniors-long-sleeve-shawl-cardigan-assorted-colors/-/A-14489598#prodSlot=dlp_medium_4_16&term=mossimo+supply+co.

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