Interested to find out how I developed my winter capsule wardrobe and discovered Project 333? Well, then read on, my friends.
After getting married, I knew that something had to change. My closet was full of clothes that I hardly wore and I had trouble keeping everything organized and tidy in my small closet in our studio apartment. I was never a huge shopper, but I did enjoy browsing the new arrivals at Target or Old Navy and making random spontaneous purchases to spice up my wardrobe. Most of those pieces ended up sitting in my closet and were hardly ever worn and I just wore my favorites over and over again. I was determined to change for good and that’s when I started to research minimalist capsule wardrobes which then led me to discovering ethical fashion and the issues with the fast fashion industry today (more on that in an upcoming post.)
Over the summer, I did a major closet purge. It was so intense that I ended up getting rid of over 80% of my wardrobe. I spent hours photographing my clothes and listing, selling, and shipping through eBay and Poshmark. It took time and patience, but I eventually earned enough money to purchase a few high-quality basics to fill the holes I had discovered in my wardrobe.
Since then, I have been living with less and I feel so free. I love every single item that I own and getting dressed is a breeze because I know that everything works together. I will eventually be writing posts on how to clean out your closet, wardrobe staples, tips on shopping secondhand, and how to create your capsule, but this is just a post to show you all what I’ve chosen for my winter capsule and what I have been wearing since the beginning of January and will continue to wear until the end of March.
I was inspired by Project 333 which is a challenge to wear 33 items for three months. Included in your 33 items are clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes. Not included are your wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, undergarments, pajamas, and workout clothing.
Here is what I included in my first winter capsule wardrobe for Project 333…
2 long-sleeved tees
(black wool v-neck | Chelsea Tee from Elegantees)
1 pair of jeans
(AEO skinny jeans – secondhand from ThredUp)
2 skirts (old)
1 pair of leggings (old)
1 little black dress (old)
4 cardigans (all old)
2 pullover sweaters
(Urban Outfitters and Madewell – both secondhand from Poshmark)
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1 sweatshirt (Threads4Thought – secondhand from Poshmark)
1 leather jacket (Michael Kors – secondhand from Poshmark)
1 nice coat (Nordstrom Rack – old)
1 waterproof snow coat (Land’s End)
2 scarves (old)
(Yellow 108 Eastwood Fedora | beanie – I made it)
(I use Frye Leather Conditioning Cream on all my leather goods to keep them in excellent condition)
Total items in my winter capsule wardrobe: 33
It’s been several months since I stopped shopping for clothes and started living with less. Since the beginning of January I’ve been wearing only items from this capsule and so far, so good. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings and I will be keeping this blog updated as I continue developing a minimalist wardrobe and learning what works for me and what does not.
Do you have a capsule wardrobe?
Have you ever tried Project 333?
I’d love to hear about your experience!