Tiny r(E)volution joins Project 333

by andrewodom on October 10, 2010 · 13 comments


Project 333 by Tiny r(E)volutionAs I started sorting through clothes this morning I had all but forgotten that just 3 years ago I was in Paris attending some of the hottest runway shows that season. In fact, the night before I attended the John Paul Gualtier show I was having coffee with J. Alexander (also known as Miss J of Project Runway fame) and talking about how fashion had become a four-letter word to most American men. It has long been my feeling that fashion is such a large part of who we are and it encompasses so much more than the shoes on our feet and the shirts on our back. Fashion is also conveyed through the way we carry ourselves, our personalities and our views of the world. But as I stood in front of a pile of empty hangers that were once backbones for Brooks Brothers suits, Armani khakis, 7 for all Mankind jeans, and Dior sweaters, I began to think that perhaps fashion really is about learning to do more with less. Afterall, haven’t we heard for years that all wardrobes should contain the simple black dress for ladies and the navy blue blazer for men? Those are staples. They are to go from day to night without a blink of the eye.

We spend so much time thinking about what we wear, that I now feel whole-heartedly that we start simplifying our wardrobes and stop giving so much precious time and attention to our costume. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying it is suddenly okay to wear fluffy slippers to the market or where ratty t-shirts to a dinner engagement. Rather, I am saying that we should take the principles of minimalism and apply them to our closets and drawers. We should find pieces that mix and match and are made with complimentary fabrics. As Courtney Carver said on her blog Be more with less, “Eating at a restaurant with a 24 page menu can be overwhelming. The choosing becomes more important than the dining. Having too much to choose from is not always a blessing. Imagine never looking at a fully stuffed closet and thinking “I have nothing to wear” again. What if you knew exactly what you were going to wear every day?”

And it is because of Carver’s influence that I have decided to join Project 333 (albeit exactly 10 days late.) As with all minimalists, I want to live with less. Preparing for Tiny House has made me realize that because we will have little storage space and even at that much share said space, each of our clothing items should be worry-free and utilitarian. I am at a point in life where my clothes do not make me. They merely augment me. I am happy with who I am and what I stand for and I shouldn’t have to wear Vuitton loafers to gain attention.

So here it is……

You are invited to Project 333

3 months with 33 items

When: October 1 – December 31

What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.

What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring, boxers, sleep, in-home lounge wear,  workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout), and my one business suit that I was required to buy for my day job.

How: over the next two months, outline your 33 items, by the 1st of October, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of site.

What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. If you purchase items for project 333, stick with the one in, two out approach. Consider the essentials and stick to 33.

Here is my list:

  • 1 pair of black Sketcher casual shoes
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of rancher boots
  • 1 pair of old (but still beloved) flip flops
  • 2 coats
  • 2 pair of blue jeans
  • 1 pair of farm overalls
  • 3 pair of wrinkle-free khakis
  • 4 button-up, “dress” shirts
  • 1 necktie
  • 3 white t-shirts
  • 6 t-shirts
  • 1 brown belt
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 fleece skull cap
  • + 4 items of clothing I may have overlooked….oh wait, I was wearing 1 pair of basketball shorts and 1 t-shirt when counting my items so technically I have room for 2 more items of clothing.

I think it is going to extremely interesting to see how I am able to stick to 33 items since the farm tends to get cold during the late fall and I typically have to buy a new thermal undershirt or at least a good sweater. Whatever the case, I am committed to this project and I do think I’ll be able to see it through. I am pleased I won’t feel pressure to buy anything special for the holidays or the occasional night out. Instead, I will challenge myself to mix and match even further finding comfort and style in each piece I own.

So, even though we are at least 10 days in, are you ready to join Project 333? Do you think you can live with just 33 items of clothing? Join up. At the very least visit all who are participating by “Liking” the Facebook fan page.

  • Anonymous

    You’re WAY behind the curve in my estimation, but then again shorts, tees and flops are my “runway”.
    RAS

    • http://www.anotherkindofdrew.com/ anotherkindofdrew

      hahaha. I do take after you a bit. I wear shorts up until Christmas Day. I then switch to long pants until March when I can get away with showing my legs again. hahahahaha.

  • Shellyrhodes

    You make me think, is there anything you haven’t done or tried? I dream of going to a fashion show or the opera one day. Although it is not the most important thing in my life to do, it is something I would like to do before i die.

    • http://www.anotherkindofdrew.com/ anotherkindofdrew

      I have never purchased illegal substance from anyone in South America. I have also never drank vinegar as a “cure-all.” Otherwise? I try to do anything/everything within my ethical and moral boundaries.

      Going to the opera is a wonderful experience and most operas have great introductory programs during the school year to make it a more inviting, comfortable experience. Check with the local opera house (usually the closest metropolitan area) and ask them about special programs or discounts or anything like that.

      As for fashion shows? I was usually bored. It is 15 minutes of sickly girls, loud music, and clothes that will never see the light of day.

      • Shellyrhodes20

        Thanks! Hopefully, when Ashlyn gets a little older I will take her to see the little mermaid in theatre or something like that. I would really enjoy it. I can see that with the fashion shows. I just love fashion and things like that but hate the way girls have to look to be in them.

        • http://www.anotherkindofdrew.com/ anotherkindofdrew

          Absolutely. Kids love theatre and with so many coming out that are either inspired by a movie or are a Disney production, it is just a great intro. I am theatre fanatic so maybe when we make the move in November I can do some research and get us all a theatre date!

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  • Mama Monique

    Haha! What a great idea! I can easily say I do. For two months now I can not wear any of my normal clothing. I’m four months pregnant ;o) Because I refused to buy myself some suitable clothes, I think I’m pretty on the road you are suggesting right now..

    Great idea!

    Lovely greets from Holland
    (Mama’s Simple Life)

    • http://www.anotherkindofdrew.com/ anotherkindofdrew

      Thank you so much for joining the conversation Mama. Great to hear from you. Keep us posted on the decisions you make. Would love to hear more about it!

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  • Sabrina Saxon

    wow i’m already a part of this project and didn’t even know it!   i have 2 long sleeve dresses and 3 sleeveless dresses, 2 tops, 2 skirts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shoes, several rings (maybe 8 but i don’t wear them all at the same time and most were my late husbands that i like to wear from time to time – i only wear 1 of his rings all the time), 3 necklaces, 1 coat, 1 hat, 1 scarf ….. i need to acquire before winter: pair of good boots, a few pairs of tights, more socks … okay maybe i would go over 33 come winter … just because of the need for vermont winter extra clothing …. are tights and socks considered in the list of clothing?  they really are more like under-wear rather than clothing or outwear … hmmm …. maybe i will be 33 or under after all.  thanks for the post!!!!

    • anotherkindofdrew

      Thank you for reading Sabrina. I appreciate you joining the r(E)volution, so to speak, and jumping right into the conversation!

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