This past winter, I started a project to challenge myself and my thoughts on my personal wardrobe. The project is called Project 333, and the general idea is that you wear 33 articles of clothing (or less) for 3 months and only those 33. MY main reason for trying this out was based on the amount of clothing I had in my closet that I didn't even wear. I wanted to focus on finding what made me feel best about myself, without getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of items.
And whaddya know, I made it through Winter without any wardrobe malfunctions (or regrets - at least in the clothing department)! I'd say it was a successful first attempt!
Now that Spring is almost over, I've noticed which items of my Spring wardrobe I wear consistently, which are my favorites, and which ones I could retire.
I noticed while picking out the clothes I would be wearing for Spring, there was a good combination of items from my Winter wardrobe, as well as items I assumed I'd want for my Summer wardrobe.
Spring in New England can vary from 40 degree weekends, to 85 degrees come Monday, so I realized (very quickly) that I needed a wardrobe that consisted of a range of layers for cold mornings and hot afternoons.
Spring is also helping me to embrace change in my thoughts about various styles (having clothes that not only look nice, but fit well is helping too), as I've never been one for bold colors or prints, or anything not form fitting. While I do still have some form fitting items, I'm finding that I really like the look and feel of loose sweaters and flowy skirts, something I never thought about wearing myself, even though I loved the look on other women.
I also learned that the things I worried about getting rid of, articles I could use for potential photo shoots, I didn't have to get rid of.
Once my move was completed, I separated articles that I would use solely for modeling, and put them in their own bag in a different closet. This way I wasn't sorting through ballgowns and pirate hats when looking for something to wear to work (though let's be honest, that might make work a bit more interesting...at least for a day).
The following are items I have in my Spring Wardrobe:
- 3 tank tops
- 2 sleeveless blouses
- 3 short sleeve cover-ups/boleros
- 4 short sleeve tops
- 1 long sleeve top
- 1 button up top
- 2 pull over sweaters
- 2 open sweaters
- 2 pairs of pants
- 3 dresses
- 3 skirts
- 1 suit jacket
In total, that makes 27 articles of clothing that I've been actively wearing during this past season. Out of those 27, there are 9 items from my Winter Wardrobe that I've kept in the closet.
I noticed that once again, some of these items I didn't wear as often as others. For example, even though I kept the gray button up shirt as an option from my Winter Wardrobe, I only wore it once, and much preferred one of my light-weight pullover sweaters if I needed anything with sleeves. I also preferred a dress or flowy skirt over my high-waisted pencil skirt if I wanted something more feminine. I've preferred lighter (in both color and material) skirts for their movement and tendency to help me stay cooler these last few months as the temperature rises.
If you remember from my Intro to My Capsule Wardrobe, I didn't include my coats, shoes, or jewelry in the general number. I decided to go with the same idea again, seeing as I have a leather jacket for Spring, but rarely wear it unless it's a chilly morning, and will switch between ballet flats and heels while I'm at work on a daily basis.
As for jewelry, I mentioned what I wear on a daily basis in my Winter post, and that hasn't changed. I still haven't applied the rules to my jewelry, as I like to try new accessories at random from my jewelry box, especially since I haven't been wearing any sort of scarves this season. Seeing as how I already managed to lower the number of items I've worn this season from my original number, I may end up including shoes or jewelry next time as an extra challenge for myself.
I can't believe I'm saying this already, but keep an eye out for the Summer Edition of this project!