As promised, I will share a bit more of my wardrobe clean-up.
This is an overview of the bedroom on Saturday morning before I started.
It is not looking the best as I have made it to the end of the full-time working week and now it is time to sort things out.
I mentioned in my earlier post that I removed everything from the wardrobe. I made the bed and hung up the jackets from the end of the bed before I started so that I had a clear working space.
Although one of the basic ideas behind Project 333 is to actually remove all but 33 items of clothing from your closet I had never actually done that. I believed that most of my clothes were worn year-round due to our relatively temperate climate. That is still the case and I have not limited myself to a precise number but as we are approaching our coolest months of the year I removed my summer clothes.
Here is the small pile of dresses, sleeveless tops and shorts which I will not wear again until the weather is hot. This is in addition to those items which I have specifically set aside for our trip to Singapore.
I took the time to critically examine each garment and try on a few different combinations to discover what worked together and how I felt about it. A few pieces have been taken by the local recycle boutique on consignment and a couple more gone to the op shop.
This is what I was left with. I will wear these clothes for the next 3 months with 1 or 2 possible purchases.
There are 2 pairs of trousers, a pair of jeans, 2 shirts and a jacket not shown as I was wearing them/they were in the wash. The pile of summer clothes is bagged and on the top shelf along with a couple of bags and 2 sunhats.
It is now easy for me to see what is ‘missing’ so that I can make considered choices when I go shopping.
One of the things that is obvious from my selection of clothes is that I love prints – florals, stripes, spots, checks – I have them all. I can now see that this is what has held me back from pursuing a ‘capsule wardrobe’ as many like to describe it. So many blogs and discussions seem to revolve around plain colours, neutrals and mix’n’match themes. In general terms, they also lean to what I regard as ‘wishy-washy’ colours – cream, sand, khaki, pale denim which do not inspire me. I love (and look best in) black and white as neutrals with strong, clear colour accents – red, emerald green, purple and fuschia and my clothes mostly reflect that.
I feel like my wardrobe works for me.
I agree with you that wearing prints can be tricky when taking part in Project 333. I also love what you refer to as ‘washy colours’!. I’ve been doing Project 333 for less than a year and I have battled with the need for everything to match and how it can inhibit personal style. Like you, though, I’m keeping some bright colours and using some interesting colour combinations to try to keep it a bit lively. Your wardrobe looks very neat and organised – something I aspire to!