Happy Saturday my lovelies! So, this week I’ve been taking a look at my clothes and my shopping habits. I’ve noticed that during lockdown I haven’t bought nearly as many clothes as I did before lockdown and the clothes I did buy were of a much higher quality from brands who have ideals I stand by. I’ve also found that I have a pattern with how I shop; and that pattern is, the second payday hits, I like to go and treat myself to something new to wear. The problem is, I don’t need any more clothes.
And I literally just bought a £65 jumpsuit from Asos that I simply just had to have because it was a bold black and white floral pattern. When it arrived yesterday I realised what I was doing and lucky for me it was way too long on my little legs so it’s being sent back for a refund – bad shopping habit 0 – Victoria 1.
So, as much as I love fashion and shopping, I need to change my shopping habits, not only for the sake of my bank balance, or my lack of space to put more clothes, but also for the environment. Granted the majority of clothes I decide I no longer want are donated to charity rather than just thrown away, but the amount of clothes that were worn once and then donated is much too high for my liking.
And this is where project 333 comes in. Project 333 is a bit like a wardrobe challenge, with the idea being that you only have 33 items in your wardrobe, including your clothes, shoes, accessories and bags; and you are only allowed to wear your selected 33 items for 3 months. The project was created by Courtney Carver who is a minimalist expert and author, with the aim of taking the stress out of deciding what to wear in the morning.
I personally don’t find getting dressed in the morning too stressful, because choosing my look for the day brings me joy, but there are still way too many items in my wardrobe which don’t get worn as often as they should. ( Or they simply shouldn’t have been bought in the first place).
Now, because I’m still a big lover of fashion and I love accessorising every single outfit I put on depending on my mood for the day, I know there’s no way I am going to be able to have 33 pieces in total including my accessories and bags, so for me, I’m going to do this project with just my clothes and shoes. Baby steps..
To give you an idea of what my wardrobe looked like before I decided on my 33 items, here’s what everything looked like when I decided to try this out and what my wardrobe looked like during the clearing out process:
For the record, none of the clothes are being thrown away, I’ve vacuum sealed them away in my loft because after 3 months I’ll swap some items out. And although my clothes rack before looked fine, I know that it was struggling to keep the weight of all those clothes up.
So, now that I’ve cleaned out my wardrobe, what 33 items are in my wardrobe for the next 3 months?
Well, my selection consists of 12 tops, 2 jumpers, 1 skort, 1 pair of shorts, 1 denim skirt, 3 pairs of mom jeans, 1 pair of checked trousers,1 pair of pink cargo joggers, 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees, a leather jacket, a pair of black boots, white birkenstocks, black flats and white converse.
Here’s the tops I’ve chosen:
Here’s the bottoms I’ve picked (I’ve got two pairs of blue mom jeans so I only took a photo of one pair):
Then we have my 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees and jacket:
In deciding on what to have in my 333 wardrobe I went with pieces that could make several outfits to make sure that I don’t get bored with my choices. So, here’s a few simple outfits I can make with the very basics of the wardrobe:
You’ll probably recognise a few of these outfits from my post from a few weeks ago, as they also gave me a lot of inspiration for these looks. I tried to make sure I picked pieces that made me feel good but were also comfortable and practical so the entire wardrobe could be pretty versatile for all occasions. And as for my shoes, I figured going simple would be the best option for me, one pair perfect for hot days, one casual pair for going out and about (not that we’re going anywhere haha, one pair for when it’s chilly and one pair that is a little more smart casual.
I think something I’m looking forward to with this challenge is being forced to look at my wardrobe and the clothes I own in a new way, and finding new and exciting ways to wear pieces that would have gotten lost in the mountain of clothes I had in my wardrobe before. Along with that, I can’t help but think of all the moments I’m going to have to catch myself before I buy anything new, so that will be an interesting challenge with a good outcome if I can stick to the project. My bank balance will certainly thank me!
At the end of each month I’ll give you an update on how things are progressing and going, and I think I’ll try and keep a weekly diary of outfits and how my now much smaller wardrobe is making me feel. Just looking at it now, it looks so incredibly empty compared to how it was before. After all, going from what must’ve been over 100 pieces to just 26 items of clothing and 4 pairs of shoes seems kind of insane, but it’s also quite freeing and calming. That corner of my rooms certainly seems a bit brighter which is nice.
Plus, if this works I can forget about over-packing for holidays! I’ll just take my entire wardrobe haha.
Hopefully this project will bring with it an even greater appreciation for the select items I’ve got and which ones I truly love to wear.
And with all that said and done, what do you think of my new wardrobe? Have you tried this challenge before? How did it go? Let me know in the comments! Wish me luck and have a great weekend my lovelies!