“How many things in your wardrobe do you actually wear?”
When I asked myself that question I was staring at a disorganised rail of clothing packed so tightly I could barely get a hanger out – let alone find anything.
I’d just agreed to try minimalist fashion challenge Project 333, and was now grappling with the daunting task of creating a “capsule wardrobe” of just 33 items – including shoes, bags, jewellery and other accessories. It didn’t mean throwing the rest out, of course, just putting them away (in my case in the spare room) so I was only looking at the clothes I could wear.
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In the end, I chose four skirts, three pairs of pants (jeans, black jeans and navy pants), three jumpers, five dresses, three bags, five tops, two necklaces, two jackets (denim and faux leather), leggings and five pairs of shoes.
While project creator Courtney Carver wants people to try the challenge for three months (33 items for three months = Project 333) I was just going to try it for 33 days. A month seemed long enough. This was going to be extremely difficult for someone who likes clothes as much as me, after all.
Fast forward to the end of the month and I discovered it was a fairly different experience to the one I thought it was going to be. Here’s what I learned from trying a modified version of Project 333.
My wardrobe needed some serious organising.
I never really considered myself a shopaholic, fashionista or hoarder. I like clothes and sure, I've been guilty of many fashion crimes and a sucker for the bargain buy, but I didn't have a problem. Or so I thought...