October 1 marked an exciting milestone: My four year anniversary participating in Project 333.
For those not familiar with it, Project 333 is 33 items of clothing for 3 months. It’s more about the lessons than the rules, so some people include only include clothes, while others add shoes, jewelry and accessories. The point is to see what it feels like to live with less. That can be uncomfortable at first.
I had no idea what I was doing that first time, so I picked a wardrobe for the calendar — October 1 through December 31 — filled with all cold weather items. I’ve lived in Oregon since I was 9, so I really had no excuses for making that particular mistake. I know October here is better than June.
Which is exactly what happened.
I tried to stick it out at first, but I was just too dang hot in my sweaters and long sleeves. I decided to go month by month — it was my first time! I was learning! (I am the queen of justification) — and that was actually a really good call on my part because it gave me confidence. I knew if something didn’t work, I could swap it for something that would.
And look at me now. I had 29 items in my summer capsule, including shoes. I never thought that was possible in the early days.
For me, fall and spring are the hardest seasons for P333, just because the weather is so unpredictable in the Pacific Northwest. But I also think that’s what makes it fun. It’s good to be challenged every now and again. Plus, having lived with the benefits of a small wardrobe for so long, I can’t actually imagine not. It just makes my life so much easier.
I am all about easier.
It’s also fun because I have fall and winter items that only come out in the fall and winter (imagine that). It’s nice to see old friends.
Items in my wardrobe are as follows:
Shoes: 4 (boots, ankle boots, maryjanes and loafers, all black)
Scarves: 4 (orange floral, blue/black stripe, black, grey)
Dresses: 3 (black tunic, black/green t-shirt dress, navy girly dress)
Skirts: 4 (grey, black/beige, black/blue and beige/brown/black/teal)
Pants/leggings: 6 (black and beige slacks, black and denim jeans, 2 pairs leggings*)
Shirts: 4 (grey tank, black tee, grey long sleeved, and beige/orange peasant)
Sweaters/sweatshirt: 8 (grey, black and blue cardigans; blue, black and grey/black stripe turtlenecks; burgundy, navy sweatshirt)
Jackets: 4 (beige, white corduroy, denim, winter coat)
… and my messenger bag
For those keeping track, that’s 38 items. I don’t count PJs, tights or my tennis shoes (which only get worn when I take walks because I’m not a fan of that style in general).
While I won’t be adding to this wardrobe, I will be subtracting: When the weather gets really cold, there won’t be any need to have a tank top or short sleeved t-shirt in the closet. And I have a feeling I’ve got too many jackets. One of my leggings is a spider web print for Halloween, so they will get worn this month and then retired. (A stupid purchase last year, but kind of fun.) If the weather swings back into the 70ºs and 80ºs again, I can wear skirts without tights or leggings.
And this wardrobe will get me to my job at the paper, dress up occasions (we’ve gone to a lot of weddings this year) and just hanging out on the weekend. I’ve heard that we’re not as formal on the west coast as they are on the east, so that might help. 😉
So that’s that. Anyone else a P333-er? Any tips or experiences to share with the group?
You can read about my summer Project 333 wardrobe HERE.
*While I think it’s perfectly acceptable that other people see leggings as pants, I am 44 years old and do not believe anyone needs to see me do that. Therefore, leggings go under my dresses and skirts.
Next up: I’m getting so bold about being a zero waster, you guys.