Since I’ve been on a bit of an unofficial shopping ban for the better part of this year, my attitude to capsule wardrobes, and minimalism (to an extent – but that’s another story for another day) has really shifted. I’ve embraced the idea of living with less, and how effortless getting ready each morning becomes with a carefully edited selection of pieces.
I felt much less inclined to stick to the foundations of Project 333 for winter, instead taking a much more different approach to my capsule this season. My focus turned more to the core pieces that I was planning to wear this winter, my preferred colour palette (which will come as little surprise…) and the proportions my outfits would be based on. There are some stripes, a few merino knit sweaters, loose flowing midi skirts, cropped woollen trousers and a cocooned raw wool coat. The palette is just what you’d expect from me; black, white, and every shade of grey in between, with a little bit of camel thrown in for good measure.
So I thought I’d put together a quick and fun video sharing with you all the foundations of my winter wardrobe – for those of you wondering how a languid flowing almost-mini-dress has made the cut, think a very thick pair of opaque stockings and some Uniqlo heat tech for good measure.
I will be fleshing it out a little as needed, but I’m quickly learning just how much a creature of habit I can truly be.
As I alluded in a post a few weeks back, I finally decided to give Project 333 a shot to just see how I go. It seemed only fitting given that I’m currently adding less to my wardrobe, while getting more wear out of my closet essentials.
If you haven’t heard of Project 333, it’s a wardrobe challenge whereby you select 33 pieces from your wardrobe (including bags, shoes and accessories) and wear those exclusively for three. whole. months. The motivation behind it is that you can very easily live with less, wearing only the pieces that you love, while feeling well-dressed on a daily basis (because don’t we all have those ‘blah’ days?).
I’ve changed up the rules a little bit, just to ease myself in for my first attempt as to be completely honest, I’ve been a little apprehensive about whittling down my choices to a mere 33 items over a 3 month period. So, while the 33 items in my capsule will consist of pieces from my wardrobe, I’ve decided not to include jewellery, handbags, shoes or scarves in the count. Ultimately, having a few less restrictions in place lifts the ease in which I’ll be able to complete this challenge, and as I see it, there’s also less chance of failure (besides, I already have enough restrictions in place with the 5PFW challenge).
I only have the one scarf from Acne Studios that I will inevitably reach for if it does get chilly, but Sydney’s cooler months are on the mild side, and chances are that I’ll only need to wear it a couple of times, if at all. With jewellery, I don’t wear a lot. I have a few special pieces that I will switch out but I regularly leave the house in the morning having forgotten to put on a single jewel. As for bags, I’d rather keep these on regular rotation – the ones that I do own weren’t exactly on the cheap end of the scale, so the last thing I want is for these to be holed up in the back of my closet gathering dust.
When it comes to shoes, there’s no denying that these are my biggest extravagance (well, shoes and Lover lace dresses…), and while I managed to whittle it down to four pairs, in the end, I realized that I’d rather have the ability to rotate my footwear on a more regular basis to ensure that I don’t wear down just a few pairs over the course of the three month capsule.
So let’s get onto the actual capsule itself – it’s a lot of sleeveless tanks, light jerseys, blazer jackets, pencil skirts, and low-heeled shoes. I work in a corporate office so I’ve selected the majority of my items based on what would be appropriate for a professional working environment. I get the feeling this would be 100x easier if I was a freelancer working from home, but I digress.
So those are my 33 items – and considering I’ll be wearing them for the next three months, I really do hope that I’ve chosen wisely. I am going to give myself a little bit of leeway if say, I add a new piece to my A/W wardrobe, as I realize these purchases aren’t going to be dictated by the Project 333 cycle. At the end of the day, the rules are essentially guidelines, and I want to try and make this as fun as possible, rather than spending three months waiting for it to be over, or stopping the challenge halfway through.
Just like with the 30×30 challenge, I’ve put together a video on my Youtube channel (it’s not short, that’s for sure!) where you can see each of the pieces in action, and get a little more insight into why I selected each piece. Do let me know if you’ve tried Project 333 and if you were successful, I’d love to hear any tips or tricks that you used to keep things interesting over the three months!