my summer wardrobe challenge – project 333

I love clothes and I love feeling good in my clothes and I have found that as I have reduced my wardrobe and really focused on what makes me feel good I have loved getting dressed in the morning even more.

I have done a few 10×10 challenges in the past year, pairing down my closet to only 10 items for 10 days and while I love what they have done for figuring out new outfits and challenging myself I wanted to try something else, which brings us to this summer and Project 333.

What is Project 333? Project 333 is a minimalist fashion challenge that challenges you to only wear 33 items of clothing or less for 3 months. Different people take this to include different things including shoes, accessories, jewelry, and outerwear.

How am I going to do it?

  • Time: 3 months; June, July, and August
  • Items included: Clothing, shoes, outerwear
  • Items not included: jewelry, other accessories, workout clothes, home lounge wear, dress for weddings in the summer
  • Break: One week where I am going to live at camp I will not include as I will need completely different clothing

Prep: I started the prep for this challenge over a month in advance as I knew this was something that if I wanted to succeed in I couldn’t just throw it together and hope it worked. I started by creating a list in a notebook of all of the categories of clothing and the approximate number of items I wanted to include from each section. The categories I chose were:

  • Bottoms
  • Tops
  • Dresses
  • Jackets/Sweaters
  • Shoes
  • Tank Tops
  • Purse
  • Jumpsuits

I then took a look into my closet and started pulling out my absolute favourite pieces that I knew I wanted to wear this summer and started making sure that things I liked fit together and could mix and match. I then wrote everything down (in pencil so it could be easily change) and let those choices sit for a while. I also took this change to take a look at the items I didn’t chose and see if I wanted to get rid of them from my closet which I did for a few of them.

A few days before May ended I took a look at my list again and made a few changes, making sure that the 33 items were what I really wanted to spend my summer wearing and packed everything else up under the bed for a few months from now. I spent the last few days wearing the non chosen clothes for the last time and then said goodbye to them.

Here is what I will be wearing this summer:

Bottoms: 7

  1. Striped loose pants – Eco Vibe
  2. Mint Jeans – old Old Navy
  3. Coral Capri’s – thrifted
  4. Black paper bag pants – old Forever 21
  5. White Shorts – thrifted
  6. Blue Jeans – thrifted
  7. Mustard Skirt – thrifted

Tops: 8

  1. Checked shirt – thrifted
  2. Blue floral shirt – thrifted
  3. Mustard shirt – Target
  4. Purple floral blouse – thrifted
  5. Striped button up shirt – Eco Vibe
  6. White floral shirt – Dynamite
  7. Grey polka dot t-shirt – thrifted
  8. White striped t-shirt – thrifted

Sleeveless Tops: 4

  1. White button shirt – thrifted
  2. Blue floral tank – thrifted
  3. Teal tank top – thrifted
  4. Grey Pacific North West – local Portland artist

Dresses: 4

  1. White patterned – thrifted
  2. Blue and yellow dress – thrifted
  3. Striped t-shirt dress – thrifted
  4. Larger striped dress – old Old Navy

Outerwear: 4

  1. Disney sweater – Disney
  2. White cardigan – thrifted
  3. Green jacket – thrifted
  4. Black blazer – old H&M

Purse: 1

  1. Black – PixieMood

Shoes: 5

  1. Navy polka dot – thrifted
  2. Yellow lace ups – Toms
  3. Black toms – Toms
  4. Beige loafers – thrifted
  5. White sneakers – Toms

Well here we go on this new adventure, wish me luck as I pare down my wardrobe and find ways to wear just 33 items for 3 months.

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