Project 333 - A Wardrobe Breakthrough?

I came across Project 333 awhile back - the idea to is pick 33 things and wear only that for 3 months.

Its no secret that I've been frustrated with the state of my wardrobe.  I want to keep a minimal closet but I've already gotten rid everything that I either don't like, don't fit or can't fix.  So...now what?  I still have more than I need and dressing in the morning hasn't gotten any simpler - everyday I stare at the closet and think I'll just wear a Tshirt (or, more realistically, I'll just stay in my pajamas until I go to work).

So I re-read the Project 333 site last night and a little light went off.  I don't have to get rid of anything!  I just have to chose to only wear whatever for a short period of time.  It's like the perfect way to see if I actually like the DKNY Cozy or if blazers are good for me and I'm not just chasing some trendy pipe dream.

I feel like I hold onto certain pieces because I like the idea of them, but I don't wear them very often.  If I force myself to try wearing something regularly, then I can decide if its earned a spot in my closet or not.

I like how the rules allow for PJs, work uniform, and workout stuff to be counted separate from the total 33 items - BUT you can't wear them for anything but their expressed function (ie. working out).  This will hopefully help my "Tshirt Just Because" attitude.

I won't bore you with my entire list but I will say that I chose:

  • 3 pairs of shoes
  • 3 pieces of jewelry
  • 2 purses
  • 4 other accessories (scarves, sunglasses, hat)
  • 5 bottoms   
  • 2 coats
  • 3 dresses
  • 4 sweaters
  • 7 tops

The rest of my clothes/shoes/accessories got put into a nice little box that went into the kid's closet and will hopefully not see light again until October.  I understood that if I wanted to add something new I would just need to switch something else out - but I think this would be better enforced if by "take it out" that means "give it away".

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