Summer Capsule Wardrobe Changes
Wooden Earrings Replaced with Silver Earrings
Soon after starting my summer capsule, I absentmindedly left my wooden earrings in my shorts pocket and sent them through the wash. I was so irritated – those were some of my favorite earrings!! Such a typical thing for me to do. I don’t particularly enjoy actually wearing jewelry, so when I’m at home it always gets put in my pockets. The earrings were ruined and I replaced them with a silver pair with turquoise accents.
Sunglasses Replaced with Blouse
The second thing that happened was my sunglasses broke. They were a cheapo pair from Target, of course, so it wasn’t such a big deal. I had actually decided that I was going to stop including sunglasses in my 33 items anyway. I don’t really use them as an accessory. They pretty much stay in my car and I only wear them to keep the sun out of my eyes. That’s not the same as earrings or shoes, which would stay on throughout the day (unless you put your jewelry in your pockets as soon as you get home!). So anyway, I replaced the sunglasses with another top (I’ll show you in a bit).
That’s the beautiful thing about Project 333. There are no rules about WHAT you include. Just that you limit it to 33 items. So it is totally within the rules to include a blouse instead of sunglasses!
That brings me to the things I’ve learned about this summer wardrobe.
Things I’ve Learned
Necklaces are necessary. There have been a few times when I felt like my outfit just didn’t seem complete. A necklace if often just the thing to bring it all together. I didn’t include any necklaces in my wardrobe, but I will from now on.
Three scarves was overkill. Although I’ve worn all three and have enjoyed having them, and at the beginning I couldn’t decide on one to leave out so I just included all three. It hasn’t been unbearable or anything – no reason to make a midseason change. Just something I’ll probably do differently next summer.
Four tank tops was too many. I didn’t need that many when I only wear them under other shirts. I could have gotten away with just 2. That would have allowed me to include another top or skirt or a necklace maybe. Also, I’ve seriously considered not counting tank tops that I only wear under other shirts at all. I mean, you don’t have to count under garments in Project 333 and this is borderline. These are technically tank tops that I could wear as a shirt, but I don’t just because it’s not really my style. So I’m on the fence with this.
It’s important to have the right shoes. I wish I had a dressier pair of comfy flip-flops or other sandals that I could have included instead of my silver flip-flops. They are just a little too plain. I’ll probably put that on my wardrobe wish list.
You can love something and it still not be your style. As much as I love the white vest, I have only worn it twice. I don’t really know why. I love it. I love the finishing touch it adds to an outfit. But I just don’t wear it. I’m thinking maybe it is one of those things that I love in theory but just isn’t truly my style. Like statement necklaces. I am contemplating adding that to the donate pile when the season is over.
Sleeveless blouses are your best friend. They easily transition between casual and dressy.
But you still need blouses with sleeves. I needed one more blouse that I could wear in a somewhat professional setting. At the end of June, my project started having weekly progress meetings that I did not anticipate. While I can still wear jeans since they are at a construction site, I do need to look like a professional. So I added this gauzy blue blouse with white birds. I wear it over the beige tank top.
All in all, I’ve really enjoyed this season’s wardrobe! It’s been fun trying to get creative with mixing and matching. This is the first time I’ve had documentation of the outfits I’ve worn. That has added another element of fun to it because I like to challenge myself to try not to duplicate an outfit exactly.
I have been doing seasonal capsule wardrobes for a year now. This summer has been my first attempt at Project 333, and I’ve loved it! I will definitely be going this route again for fall. In fact, I don’t anticipate stopping. It truly is freeing to have only a small number of wardrobe pieces to select.
I wish I could find the words to explain how liberating it is. If you’re intrigued, but are afraid 33 pieces will make you feel super limited and confined, my advice is to start slow and be flexible.
I started with 50 items and I gave myself permission to make any changes I needed to make throughout the season by swapping items out. As I got more comfortable with mixing and matching and anticipating my wardrobe needs, I found I was swapping things out less and less. Then I decided it was time to go for it and really challenge myself this summer. I read tons of blog posts on remixing your wardrobe, wardrobe essentials, and Project 333 specifically. And I’ve got no regrets!
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Do you use seasonal capsule wardrobes? Taken the plunge into Project 333? What is your favorite part?
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