Giving you a little update on how I’m doing so far this spring with Project 333! Here’s what I’ve been wearing and what I’ve been learning.
I’ve had a few people ask me how my Project 333 is going so far and I’ve been meaning to put together a little update for you. If you aren’t familiar with Project 333, you can read all about what clothing items I’ve chosen for it and why I’m trying this whole thing out in this post here. Honestly, I feel like I have so much to say. The only thing that’s been stopping me from doing an update is that I really do kind of end up wearing the same kind of thing every day. With this system, I’m really finding what I truly enjoy wearing and I have no shame in sticking to it. The only issue is actually putting together enough photos to form a blog post. And please keep in mind that we’re using the term “outfit” really loosely here. This is just me wearing the normal clothes that I’ve found to fit me well and make me feel like regular, presentable human being when I leave the house for most everyday life circumstances. 🙂 Here’s what I’ve learned.
Taking Pictures is Really Helpful
Sometimes you think something isn’t working and you look like a mess, but then you look back later and you realize you look like a normal, respectable person. You might even find that you have a new favorite go-to pair of jeans like I did when you look at yourself from a different perspective. Sometimes you might find that something that seemed like a reliable items doesn’t really look how you thought it did. And maybe it was never that comfortable to begin with so it might be time to let it go. Something about taking a picture and looking at it, even a moment later kind of changes your perspective and allows you to see things more clearly.
Make Use of the Loopholes and Exceptions
You’re allowed to have separate loungewear (that doesn’t count towards your 33 items) for wearing around the house, so make use of that rule. I was all-in on sticking to just my thirty three items, even at home, but then there were some days where I just really wanted to throw on a sweatshirt for working on the couch. I tried to find solutions within my 33 items, but none of them were quite right. So I got out an extra sweatshirt and the world didn’t end. Moral of the story: Make use of the exceptions listed in the rules and don’t be too strict with yourself as you’re figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
It ended being quite a cold spring here and I needed to reach for my winter coat quite a few times well into the spring season. I didn’t force myself to freeze even though the winter coat wasn’t part of my official 33 items for the spring season. 🙂
Breaking the Rules is Great
Along those same lines, it’s great to remember that you still have the power to break a rule or two when you see fit. Sometimes you make mistakes and you chose the wrong items or you forgot something important and you don’t need to make yourself suffer for that for three months. Sometimes you break the rules and you find that now your closet is a little fuller again and you don’t like how that feels so you learn to choose even more carefully next time so you don’t have to overfill your closet and drawers again. Either way, you’re learning and you’re getting closer to understanding what you ideal capsule wardrobe contains.
How to Know if an Item Deserves to be Included in Your 33
If an item is really worth including in your 33 items, then it will work effortlessly with multiple things and it won’t cause you to feel like you need to make further purchases just to make it look right. It’s really as simple as that. If something really works, then it works more often than in just one specific circumstance.
Wear What You Enjoy Over and Over Again. No one cares.
What you’re wearing is truly the least interesting thing about you. I may have already mentioned this somewhere, but someone once decided to do an experiment where they wore the exact same clothes every single day for an entire year. And not an all-black outfit either. She wore a bright red sweater and the same pants every day. And how many times did anyone comment on the fact that she was wearing the same thing as the previous day? Once. So if you wear the same black sweater four days in a week, no one is going to care. Really. Except you. You should care and you should feel great and happy and comfortable. 🙂
Pictured above: Wearing the exact same thing as the day of the first photo, but this time with a jacket. 🙂 This jacket is a few years old, but if I were to need to replace it, this is the one I’d get. I think this is the most lovely version of a utility jacket I’ve come across to date.
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