I know a dropped somewhat of a style bomb YESTERDAY with my mention of #PROJECT333. Have you guys had a chance to check it out? If not, here’s a little bit more info for you in case you’re interested in taking part in the challenge, or just virtually following along with my crazy shenanigans.
- #PROJECT333 is all about streamlining your life and finding happiness in what you already have (and may not currently appreciate).
- #PROJECT333 is not an end all, be all hard set list of rules. You can modify the program to fit your specific needs and lifestyle. For example, no matter how minimalist my fashion is, I LOVE me some shoes and handbags. I do. A lot. My shoes and handbags are part of my persona and I couldn’t imagine leaving 99% of them behind, so I chose not to include shoes, handbags, coats or accessories in my 33 unit capsule collection. It makes everything more “do-able” for me and therefore more likely to be done.
- This exercise is a great way to take inventory of what you already own, what you actually wear and what you LOVE. Since you’re only limiting yourself to wearing a set number of pieces for a fairly long time, you better LOVE each and every one. Equally as important, those things you love better fit impeccably… if they don’t, they’ll be a wasted item in your already limited collection.
- Once you get your #PROJECT333 cycle kicked off, you’ll soon see a distinct personal style emerge when you may have thought none existed. At the end of the exercise, you’ll easily be able to distinguish the types of clothes that work for you and those that don’t. Those that don’t will generally be the ones in your collection that went unworn for whatever reasons. A bummer, but a learning experience nevertheless.
So now, on to my Fall/Winter 2014 Capsule Collection:
Isn’t she a beaut?
As you can see, I stuck to a color palette of black, grey, and neutrals, with the occasional pop of maroon/oxblood/pink. Those are the colors that work best for ME, but if you’re not really much of a neutrals kind of gal, by all means customize your collection to your own tastes. Personally, I find that the neutrals give me much more flexibility to mix and max and really optimize the number of outfits I can put together. The NY-er in me also wants to wear all black all the time!
Most of the items highlighted above are exact replicas of what I currently have hanging in my closet. See any familiar goodies? Some things like the sweater dress, plaid button down, grey zip moto sweatshirt and maroon draped tank, are similar products to old styles I own that are no longer available for purchase. Now speaking of purchasing, the ultimate takeaway of #PROJECT333 is to not run out and buy 33 new things to wear every 3 months, it’s to use what you have and selectively add in items that you learn to be crucial in making your collection work. For example, if at the end of this exercise I find that hey, I really didn’t NEED that many skirts… I may cut down on my skirt selection and instead add an additional shirt/jean/dress next seasonal cycle. Since you’re also committed to wearing only 33 items for an extended time period you’re less likely to make impulse, random clothing purchases that you don’t need. Thoughtfulness, is key.
Lastly, if you are interested in any of the pieces I highlighted above, you can now hover your cursor over the image to see product details and click directly on the image to be routed to the appropriate retailer. Cool, huh!?
So who’s up for a challenge?! I’ll be documenting my progress as I go, so make sure that you follow me on INSTAGRAM to see my daily outfits! If you have any questions about #PROJECT333, my personal collection or need assistance with your own, please feel free to reach out in the comments below, or via my CONTACT page found in the main menu.
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