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Friday, March 28, 2014

Project 333: Year 2 / Phase 2

Recently, I saw that Project 333 was featured in O Magazine.  Pretty exciting!  So even though I haven't blogged in a while, I was inspired to post an update on my Project 333 journey.

I have continued to follow my own "rules" for the project the same way I described them in January, with a few personal customizations.  My dates for Phase 2, for example, are March 1 through June 12, which is the last day of school and therefore the beginning of summer vacation and a different wardrobe! I also have little tweaks regarding accessories such as I don't count my sunglasses, and I allow myself to swap out jewelry on a monthly basis if I want to.  I also don't count tights or leggings which makes it easy to add variety to a "capsule wardrobe".

After doing Project 333 for over a year, I can definitely attest to the fact that you have to design the project to fit your life and style.  33 really isn't a magic number: it's the awareness that comes with living with less that makes limiting your wardrobe so powerful and strangely rewarding.

I've been living with my current 33 items since March and I think they will serve me well until mid-June.  I may need to swap my boots out for sandals, but so far it hasn't been warm or dry enough. Also, I've noticed that since I am no longer working an hour from home (where it is 10-20 degrees warmer each day) I don't need to vary my wardrobe as much from season to season.  Many of the items I have I can wear from January through mid-June, at least!  This is also partly because Santa Cruz has a mild climate and the summers here are actually pretty cool with a layer of fog for a large part of the day.

I'll go ahead and use the same system I've developed to code my list, since it helps to see that I actually haven't needed to buy much new clothing for quite some time.  I purchased only three new items this phase, and two were from thrift stores: I recently replaced a worn out white tee with a new one, and found a new-to-me dress and scarf at Goodwill.  I should be able to add photos this week, since most of these are already in my archive from past phases!

Items in bold on the list are ones that I kept in my wardrobe from the previous phase (December - February). An asterisk (*) indicates items that were purchased or that I plan to purchase during this phase, as opposed to taken from my off-season storage box.

~Accessories~
1. silver hoops 
2. blue dangle earrings
3. turquoise and coral earrings
4. leopard print scarf
5. green scarf*
6. flower scarf

~Tops~
7. white short sleeve tee (recently replaced with a new one)*
8. grey short sleeve tee
9. coral short sleeve tee
10. green long sleeve tee
11. black tank

~Pants~
12. black jeans
13. blue jeans
14. tan wide-leg pants
15. tan cords

~Skirts~
16. long black skirt
17. denim skirt

~Dresses~
18. black dress
19. pink dress*
20. brown and white dress
21. denim dress

~Sweaters & Jackets~
22. grey loose sweater
23. denim crop jacket
24. coral crop sweater
25. blue cardigan
26. tan cardigan
27. black cardigan
28. tan wool long cardigan
29. black wool long cardigan

~Shoes~
30. grey loafers 
31. black docs
32. cork mary janes
33. blue converse