Project 333 – day 32

by andrewodom on November 12, 2010 · 8 comments


Project333-day 32As many of you know I began Project 333 just over a month ago. Inspired by Courtney over at bemorewithless, the object was/is to limit myself to 33 items of clothing (and accessories) and wear only them for 3 months. While I started just over a week late, I did start and I have enjoyed every step of the way.

In the spirit of confession I admit it wasn’t hard to pare down to 33 items as I only had 34 to begin with. I decided I didn’t need two of them so I placed them in a box at first thinking I would just put them away. After a day I realized someone else would wear them more so I donated them. So in essence I began my journey with only 31 items including (but this is not the whole list):

  • 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

What I quickly realized is that the 4 button-ups were 2, too many. I put two in the list and have yet to even wear them. While I love the button up over the tshirt look, I really only like this one button-up shirt I have so I mix it up with different colored t-shirts underneath. I also realized that 3 pairs of khakis was awesome in theory but again, 2, too many. I have worn the same grey “broken-in” khakis from Old Navy about 4 times now and for probably 2 days each time. They just fit so well and are so comfortable and they look great with all of my shoe choices. With my boots they are great for day to day. With my sneakers they are perfect for a little light walking, etc. Rolled up a few times and worn with my flip flops they make great “tropical” attire. In fact in today’s picture (inspired by PoMo Golightly and her Project 333 pics) I am wearing the grey khakis, my boots, and a red, plain t-shirt that my wife loves and says I look handsome in (reason to keep it #1).

I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying Project 333; the people I have met through it, the self-analysis I have done because of it, the time I have saved because of it.

What about you? How many clothes do you have? Would you consider joining us in our 333 endeavors?

  • http://www.MyMarriageCoach.com Jay

    What an awesome project….seriously, I gotta get rid of some clothes, today. I don’t know if I can go to the extreme that you’ve gone to but I’m going to donate some. Thanks for the challenge.

    • anotherkindofdrew

      Good on you Jay. I like to think of it not as discarding my own clothes but rather gifting something to another that will make better use of it than me. Part of our problem as a society, I think, is that we feel the need to update ourselves on a seasonal basis no matter what condition the clothes are in. Granted not everyone is creative. But there are so many ways to repurpose old clothes to breathe new life into them. However, if you don’t wear them in 3 months, chances are you never will.

  • http://www.wbnm.typepad.com PoMo Golightly

    Great post! Love your pictures–the boot picture is tres artistic!

    • anotherkindofdrew

      Thank you PoMo. That pic may be the only artistic thing about me. hahahaha. They are GREAT boots. I hope I am still wearing them when I die.

  • Fsuphimu

    I’m guessing you don’t have to dress up for work?!

    • anotherkindofdrew

      I do not. However, if I did, it wouldn’t stop me. I think the key to being minimal is not how much you have but how you use it. Take the LBD. It is a timeless piece and if cut right and not completely seasonal you can easily get 10 styles out of it.

      1) Wear it alone with black tights and black point toe heels and you have a very Euro-Mod look.
      2) Wear it without stockings/tights and with peep toe heels and you have a simple, elegant look.
      3) Wear it with colored tights, a large white shirt over it and perhaps a black vest and throw in a beret and you have a French poet look.
      4) Wear it with colored tights and a matching high waste belt and you have a whimsical, fairy tale look.
      5) Wear it over jeans with ballet flats and you have a bohemian look. Accessorize with big, over-the-top jewelry.
      6) If the dress buttons in front you can wear it over shorts or jeans, a t-shirt, and open buttons for a very rocker-chic or casual look. Pair it with vintage, black boots.
      7) Start off with a black fedora on your head, add some large, long pearls, a broach, black hose, and wingtip shoes for a ’20s jazz look.

      See where I am going? One main piece and then a few accessory pieces. You also have jeans and shorts thrown in which themselves can be worn multiple ways. It is all about how you use the piece.

  • Kymworsham

    I just love this project, as clutter makes me crazy. I’ve always been pretty good about my “purging”, but you’ve inspired me to be better. Actually, I’m on my way now to cleaning out my hall and clothes closet… tired of the frustration i feel when stuff falls on my head. Although I don’t know that I can pare my wardrobe down to 33 items, I can try the other direction, and at least get rid of 33. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • http://www.anotherkindofdrew.com anotherkindofdrew

      Even just getting rid of the things that DON’T make you feel fabulous or the items that are in disrepair that you’ve “been meaning to fix”, etc, is a HUGE step in the right direction.

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