As the years winds down, phase 1 of Project 333 comes to a close, and we all gear up for phase 2, I find myself really thinking hard about what goes into a wardrobe other than just shirts and pants.

On any given day I wear my ‘ol brown boots, a belt, and my wedding band as well as carry a pocket knife, a wallet, and a tube of chapstick – all in addition to my pants and shirt. While much of that doesn’t count in the project, the boots, belt, and wedding band do. Is it necessary though? For me? Yes. In fact, a belt has become as much of a daily staple for me as a set of earrings have for most women. I simply feel naked without it. Unlike most men though, I only have one belt. It works with me, it plays with me, it goes to church with me, and it goes out to dinner with me. It is nothing special really. Just an old black, leather belt with a silver buckle that I got a few years back at a store in one of these obnoxious outlet malls. I am not even sure I paid for it. Seems like it would be something either my wife or my momma bought for me (clearly to protect me from unsightly plumber-esque wardrobe malfunctions!)

And my boots. I probably don’t need to say anything about my boots. Some men have dogs. I have boots.

But the tee? Now the black tee in my wardrobe is like the cadillac in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. Without it there would be no foundation for the story. I have 3 Fruit of the Loom black, pocket tees. They are all the same size and all the same make and I wear them all the time. It is my uniform, if you will. So you can bet they will be around for phase 2. As will the belt….oh, and the boots! They are what makes me, me.

I have learned a number of things during the project. I have taken pictures. I have shared my story with others. I have met wonderful, new friends. And I have learned that we simply don’t need as much as we think we do. But what I have learned most and what week 10 really brought for me was the lesson that no matter what people think (as I am sure they think my black tee must stink wearing everyday as I do) is not nearly as important as how you feel!

Other Project 333 links:

Project 333 on Twitter

Project 333 Flickr Group

Minimalist Fashion Projects

Minimalist Fashion Project 333 Begins

Two Girls, A Guy and A Fashion Project

The Dress with Less Challenge