Over the next 3 months I’m going to be participating in a minimalist fashion experiment called Project 333.
Project 333 was created by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less a few years ago, and since then it has taken off globally. She explains all the rules in depth here, but the quick and dirty version is:
- Choose to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months
- 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewellery, outerwear and shoes
- items such as your wedding ring, undergarments, and workout clothes are not counted
These are the ‘official’ rules, but many Project 333’ers (including myself) choose to alter them to better suit their lifestyles. For example, I really love my jewellery collection and I don’t feel like it needs decluttering, so I’m choosing not to include it in my 33 things.
To be 100% honest with you all, my entire wardrobe is only a little bigger than 33 things (after all, I’ve been a minimalist for quite a few years now!) But I thought this would be a fun exercise to share with everyone because I know many aspiring minimalists are curious to know what minimalism looks like in real life.
The answer is it looks different for everyone, but I hope sharing a sneak peak into my closet – and explaining why I dress with less – will help you feel inspired to consider minimalism in your own life!
WHY DRESS WITH LESS
My minimalist journey began in my closet.
At one point in my life, I had a closet almost bigger than my current apartment and I owned over 100 pairs of shoes. I spent my free time reading fashion blogs and magazines, shopping, and reorganising my closet.
My wardrobe was the most obvious manifestation of my problem with stuff. I was struggling with unhappiness, self acceptance, and lack of purpose – and I dealt with these feelings by shopping. My clothes were more than just ‘things’; they represented my hopes, my dreams, and my fears.
Deciding to dress with less meant a lot more to me than just having a streamlined, beautiful closet and getting dressed quicker in the morning (although these things are nice too!) It also meant:
- Facing past mistakes, forgiving myself for them, and moving on
- Making a conscious decision about my values and priorities
- Letting go of my fantasy self and accepting my true self instead
This is why I think Project 333 is so powerful. It’s more than just a minimalist fashion experiment; it’s also a springboard that can start you down the path to minimalism and intentional living.
Before I go into all the details of my wardrobe, I think it’s important to share a bit about my lifestyle (because obviously my closet reflects my life!)
I’m in the Southern hemisphere and it’s winter here – but I live in a subtropical city (Brisbane) so it still reaches 70°F / 21°C most days. It does get much cooler at night and many homes/offices are unheated, so warm clothes – specifically layers – are a must!
I currently work in the transport industry doing short term contract assignments. Some weeks I work full time, some not at all. My work dress code is generally smart casual.
MY 33 ITEM WARDROBE
Say hello to my Project 333 wardrobe!
Not pictured but counted in my 33 items: 3 more black tanks (1 dressy, 2 casual) + 1 more grey tank
Not pictured but not counted in my 33 items: leggings, tights, a black thermal undershirt, raincoat
THE DETAILED LIST
1. Black sleeveless blouse with small grey print
2. Plaid sleeveless blouse (*regular readers will know I don’t wear white because I don’t like to do seperate loads of laundry. I let this one slip in, but I don’t seperate it for washing and so far so good!)
3. Lightweight chambray button down top
4. Cream and navy striped 3/4 sleeve top
5. Olive green sweater
6. Black 3/4 sleeve cardigan
7. Black racerback tank top
8. Grey racerback tank top
9. Scoopneck black tank top *not pictured
10. Muscle tee black sleeveless tee *not pictured
11. Cropped black sleeveless blouse *not pictured
12. Grey tank top with draped back *not pictured
13. Black trousers
14. Grey casual trousers
15. Black pencil skirt
16. Black skinny jeans
17. Blue skinny jeans
18. Black and white printed miniskirt
19. Black faux leather miniskirt
DRESSES + COAT
20. 3/4 sleeve black printed dress
21. Sleeveless black dress
22. Brown suede coat
BAGS + SHOES
23. Crossbody tan leather bag
24. Brown fringe leather bag
25. Black and gold clutch
26. Black platform high heeled sandals
27. Tan flat sandals
28. Black ballet flats
29. Black trainers (sneakers)
30. Tan leather ankle boots
31. Black high heeled booties
THE MISSING PIECES
Realistically, I think I might need another warm top. I’ve been holding off on buying one because I want to see if I really need it … but it has been pretty chilly lately!
Also, I may need to get another pair of shoes for work. Sometimes I get assigned to work sites that require more sturdy shoes for health and safety reasons. Again, I’m going to hold off until I know for sure before I buy anything.
This isn’t really relevant to Project 333, but I thought it would be worth mentioning that 9 of my 31 items were purchased secondhand. Just a gentle reminder that there are a lot of great secondhand options out there – a great way to save money and be kind to the earth!
If you’re interested in seeing how my Project 333 wardrobe plays out (read: outfit photos!), I’ll be posting occasional updates on Instagram (#simplyfiercely333) and I’ll be posting monthly updates here on the blog.
If you feel inspired by this post but don’t know where to start with your own closet, please check out my Simple Guide to a Simple Wardrobe.
Dressing with less has made such a difference in my life and I truly believe it can change your life too! I invite you to join me on my Project 333 journey. Comment below and let me know if you’re in!
If you want to share your progress with us, use #simplyfiercely333 on Instagram, or leave a link to your blog/social media below.
photo credit: Me or the hubby!