I Failed Project 333, And That’s Ok.

I Failed Project 333, And That’s Ok.

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Happy Saturday my lovelies! Can you believe we’re in September? It’s finally spooky season! As someone who loves Autumn and Winter, I can’t wait for Halloween and then Christmas, and the weather to get chillier. It’s this time of year when everyone starts to put away their Summer clothes and pull out their cosy jumpers and ankle boots.

And that leads me onto today’s post; as you may know, over the last few months I’ve been doing a sort of fashion challenge – project 333, and for the first 1 3/4 months it went great. And then, I sort of fell off of the project 333 wagon. But you know what, that’s ok.

I think part of the reason why I struggled to keep up with the project was because I hadn’t thought about how long 3 months really is, and in what 3 months I would actually have to keep my 33 items and the project going for. And what I’d completely forgotten was that Autumn would begin half way through the project. Which meant that my wardrobe of choice probably wouldn’t be suitable for the change in temperature.

Another reason why I failed the project was because I went on a bit of a shopping binge. You see, over the last few weeks I’ve really been thinking about the clothes I love and the style that I love to wear, and to tell you the truth I caved and went on a shopping spree and picked up a few new t-shirts, jeans, cardigans, jumpers and basically anything I loved that would fit with the aesthetic I love.

So yeah, I failed project 333, but that’s ok; because I learnt a lot from the project not only about the importance of trying to avoid fast fashion and being more conscious with clothes waste but also about my own sense of style and what makes me feel good. When I go shopping I try and stick to brands who are more eco conscious and have values I believe in.

What I have decided to do now, is donate the clothes that I don’t wear anymore, and put together a condensed capsule wardrobe of sorts with around 40 pieces of clothes and about 5 pairs of shoes. When I pick up anything new I give myself the task of thinking of at least 5 different outfits I can make with it before deciding if it’s something that is worth buying, so I’m not picking up one-wear-wonders.

So, what does my wardrobe contain now?

Well, I have a selection of t-shirts (I’ve been loving tying tee’s up with high waisted skirts and jeans), mom jeans (with one pair I have personalised with fabric markers, you can see them in the photo above), jumpers, cardigans and skirts.

Here’s some pieces from my updated wardrobe:

It’s funny looking back over the last few weeks at what’s changed and what hasn’t, one of the biggest changes being how much my hair has grown and that I’ve dyed it a dark auburn colour! Here’s a rough run down of what my entire wardrobe entails now:

Updated Wardrobe

And those are all of the items in my new wardrobe! There’s a few more classic items like a few more vest tops and black and white tshirts, but that’s about it for what I’ve got. I’ve also included my black military boots, some brown ankle boots, two pairs of platform trainers, black flats and a pair of white converse.

All that’s left is to find a dress that I like and feel comfortable in for lots of different occasions and I think that’ll be everything I need in my wardrobe. Another thing I’ve found a love for is gold jewellery and headbands. Headbands in particular at the moment because my hair is growing out and is in between styles, and these have been super helpful in helping me tame it a bit.

Even though I changed my capsule wardrobe from my project 333 one, looking back I still like all of the outfits I made with that wardrobe, but I feel a lot more happy with my updated one. I think my favourite items are the mom jeans, my personalised mom jeans, camel cardigan, printed t-shirts and my grey halter-neck waistcoat top.

Although I didn’t manage my three months with my 33 items, I don’t see it as a complete failure, because at the end of the day I found out what I do and don’t like to wear, which is one of the main goals of the project, so in some ways, the project was actually a success? I’m looking forward to seeing how my wardrobe evolves over the next few months, and if I can find a dress I feel comfortable and happy in. I think my new goal for my capsule wardrobe of sorts is to stay under 50 pieces in total, and not have many items I rarely wear.

And that’s about it for today! What’re your favourite pieces from your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments! I always love replying to you and seeing what you’re up to. And don’t forget you can always keep in touch and up to date with what I’m up to over on my instagram @theweightofmyworlds and on my pinterest also @theweightofmyworlds!

Stay safe my lovelies and have a great weekend! Love,

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Month 1 Of Project 333.

Month 1 Of Project 333.

Happy Saturday my lovelies! We’re in August! And it feels like the world is slowly going back to normal at last. Over the last month I’ve been trying to be more conscious about my environmental footprint, in particular my fast fashion waste. So, at the beginning of July I started project 333.

Project 333 is a minimalist sort of challenge which involves having 33 items in your wardrobe including clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags and you’re only allowed to wear those items for the next 3 months. The project is supposed to help you minimize your wardrobe, reduce the stress of getting dressed in the morning and help reduce fast fashion waste. Now, because I love fashion so much, I decided to take on this project but only with clothes and shoes, I love earrings too much to count those in my 33!

Since it’s already been a month doing project 333, I thought I’d share some of my outfits that I wore this month!

And those are just a few of my outfits I’ve worn over the last month!

I won’t lie to you, I did end up with one or two new items. But you know what? I’m human! And that’s ok. The 4 new items I got were two tops I forgot I ordered about a month before the beginning of the project that ended up coming from abroad about 3 weeks in and then a pair of super cool patterned leggings from a small business that I had been wanting for ages that finally came back in stock and then a coca cola t-shirt that I simply couldn’t pass up. And as someone who used to buy way over 4 new items a month, that’s pretty darn good if I say so myself.

What was week 1 like?

For the first week I immediately felt stress free when it came to getting dressed in the morning, and I was super excited when choosing what I wanted to wear for the day because I liked everything in my wardrobe! Every outfit I put on was comfy and I actually felt more productive when working from home because I was dressed nicely!

Week 2?

Month1 Project 333

I was still enjoying the project during week 2, and I continued to wear loads of outfits I loved and hadn’t thought to put together before! It was this week where I ordered the cute leggings (from Lucy and Yak if you’re wondering!) you can see above! This week I started wearing shoes I wouldn’t have normally paired with certain outfits before and found that I loved these new looks!

Week 3 thoughts?

By week 3 I was still enjoying wear my wardrobe, but there were one or two items I noticed I wasn’t wearing for some reason. I tried switching a few things up and wore one of the items but found I wasn’t as comfortable so decided that I would switch out those items at the end of month 1 if I still wasn’t wearing them. I was also given a dress that was my grannies so I wore that to a family bbq! It was free so I don’t count that as breaking my challenge! I did break my shoe rule by wearing a brown pair of boots I didn’t plan on wearing for the project but it looked cute and it was only twice because they were comfy for walking.

The end of month 1?

I still like pretty much everything in my wardrobe, it’s just the one or two items that I haven’t worn that I’ll probably switch out soon, and that’s only a few items. After a month, I’ve realised that I don’t actually miss my old wardrobe that much, and I’ve only thought about one pair of trousers and a skirt from it this entire month. And since I’m possibly switching out one or two items, I might just add them in.

So, what have I learnt so far?

You can make a hell of a lot of outfits from just 33 items!! And as long as you pick out pieces that are versatile that you love, you can’t go wrong! After a while things can become a little stagnant if you don’t think of creative ways to wear your clothes, so remember to think differently when picking out your look for the day! Also, don’t beat yourself up if you do buy something new and forget you’ve set yourself a 33 limit!

I can’t wait to see what the next month will bring in the form of outfits! What’s your favourite outfit from this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend my lovelies!

Love,

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My Project 333 Wardrobe.

My Project 333 Wardrobe.

Happy Saturday my lovelies! So, this week I’ve been taking a look at my clothes and my shopping habits. I’ve noticed that during lockdown I haven’t bought nearly as many clothes as I did before lockdown and the clothes I did buy were of a much higher quality from brands who have ideals I stand by. I’ve also found that I have a pattern with how I shop; and that pattern is, the second payday hits, I like to go and treat myself to something new to wear. The problem is, I don’t need any more clothes.

And I literally just bought a £65 jumpsuit from Asos that I simply just had to have because it was a bold black and white floral pattern. When it arrived yesterday I realised what I was doing and lucky for me it was way too long on my little legs so it’s being sent back for a refund – bad shopping habit 0 – Victoria 1.

So, as much as I love fashion and shopping, I need to change my shopping habits, not only for the sake of my bank balance, or my lack of space to put more clothes, but also for the environment. Granted the majority of clothes I decide I no longer want are donated to charity rather than just thrown away, but the amount of clothes that were worn once and then donated is much too high for my liking.

And this is where project 333 comes in. Project 333 is a bit like a wardrobe challenge, with the idea being that you only have 33 items in your wardrobe, including your clothes, shoes, accessories and bags; and you are only allowed to wear your selected 33 items for 3 months. The project was created by Courtney Carver who is a minimalist expert and author, with the aim of taking the stress out of deciding what to wear in the morning.

I personally don’t find getting dressed in the morning too stressful, because choosing my look for the day brings me joy, but there are still way too many items in my wardrobe which don’t get worn as often as they should. ( Or they simply shouldn’t have been bought in the first place).

Now, because I’m still a big lover of fashion and I love accessorising every single outfit I put on depending on my mood for the day, I know there’s no way I am going to be able to have 33 pieces in total including my accessories and bags, so for me, I’m going to do this project with just my clothes and shoes. Baby steps..

To give you an idea of what my wardrobe looked like before I decided on my 33 items, here’s what everything looked like when I decided to try this out and what my wardrobe looked like during the clearing out process:

For the record, none of the clothes are being thrown away, I’ve vacuum sealed them away in my loft because after 3 months I’ll swap some items out. And although my clothes rack before looked fine, I know that it was struggling to keep the weight of all those clothes up.

So, now that I’ve cleaned out my wardrobe, what 33 items are in my wardrobe for the next 3 months?

Well, my selection consists of 12 tops, 2 jumpers, 1 skort, 1 pair of shorts, 1 denim skirt, 3 pairs of mom jeans, 1 pair of checked trousers,1 pair of pink cargo joggers, 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees, a leather jacket, a pair of black boots, white birkenstocks, black flats and white converse.

Here’s the tops I’ve chosen:

Here’s the bottoms I’ve picked (I’ve got two pairs of blue mom jeans so I only took a photo of one pair):

Then we have my 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees and jacket:

In deciding on what to have in my 333 wardrobe I went with pieces that could make several outfits to make sure that I don’t get bored with my choices. So, here’s a few simple outfits I can make with the very basics of the wardrobe:

You’ll probably recognise a few of these outfits from my post from a few weeks ago, as they also gave me a lot of inspiration for these looks. I tried to make sure I picked pieces that made me feel good but were also comfortable and practical so the entire wardrobe could be pretty versatile for all occasions. And as for my shoes, I figured going simple would be the best option for me, one pair perfect for hot days, one casual pair for going out and about (not that we’re going anywhere haha, one pair for when it’s chilly and one pair that is a little more smart casual.

I think something I’m looking forward to with this challenge is being forced to look at my wardrobe and the clothes I own in a new way, and finding new and exciting ways to wear pieces that would have gotten lost in the mountain of clothes I had in my wardrobe before. Along with that, I can’t help but think of all the moments I’m going to have to catch myself before I buy anything new, so that will be an interesting challenge with a good outcome if I can stick to the project. My bank balance will certainly thank me!

At the end of each month I’ll give you an update on how things are progressing and going, and I think I’ll try and keep a weekly diary of outfits and how my now much smaller wardrobe is making me feel. Just looking at it now, it looks so incredibly empty compared to how it was before. After all, going from what must’ve been over 100 pieces to just 26 items of clothing and 4 pairs of shoes seems kind of insane, but it’s also quite freeing and calming. That corner of my rooms certainly seems a bit brighter which is nice.

Plus, if this works I can forget about over-packing for holidays! I’ll just take my entire wardrobe haha.

Hopefully this project will bring with it an even greater appreciation for the select items I’ve got and which ones I truly love to wear.

And with all that said and done, what do you think of my new wardrobe? Have you tried this challenge before? How did it go? Let me know in the comments! Wish me luck and have a great weekend my lovelies!

Love,

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