Month: September 2014

Dressing like a Minimalist: Project 333 and Capsule Wardrobes

In the wake of a fairly productive yard sale and a truckload of donated items, I wasn’t sure what next to tackle on my minimalism journey. Suddenly, my kid learned how to crawl and I realized that Laundry Mountain was a real and insurmountable obstacle in my life. Well duh, this means I have too many clothes! Between pregnancy and motherhood, gaining and losing the same 20 pounds, and five years of jobs with uniquely different clothing requirements (retail management, food service, and offices), it was obvious my wardrobe was out of control. My closets are stuffed, my attic is full, and I’m not even sure most of it even fits or looks good. I barely even manage to find pants in the morning.

I stumbled upon Project 333, the brainchild of Courtney Carver, who first writes about her minimalist wardrobe challenge in 2010 at her blog “Be More with Less“.  For the past 4 years, Courtney’s wardrobe has been filled with only 33 items (shoes, accessories, outwear, etc) for 3 months at a time.

“I remember my pre-333 days thinking that a new dress that I saw in a magazine would make me improve my life, or scoring an amazing deal at a semi-annual sale would make me happy and finally complete my wardrobe, but it never did. I always needed more. There is nothing you can buy that will finally make you anything. The secret to having it all is recognizing that you already do.”

– Courtney Carver, Project 333

 The project is a variation of what’s called a “capsule wardrobe“, which is a term coined by a London boutique owner named Susie Faux in the 1970’s. The idea is to have only a few classic items in your wardrobe that will never go out of style, and you augment them with trendier seasonal pieces. Capsule wardrobes tend to be color coordinated so that you can easily mix and match pieces to create a variety of new outfits without taking up space in your closet.

For the next few weeks, my goal will be to minimize my wardrobe by following in Courtney’s footsteps. My first 3 months will range from October 1st – December 31st. If your post-college, post-baby, post-breakup wardrobe needs a makeover too, please follow along and comment below!