Minimalist Fashion Projects
I am no Coco Chanel, but style and fashion is part of being more with less. We spend so much time thinking about what we wear, that I think it is time to simplify the concept of getting dressed. I’m not suggesting that we don’t get dressed, just that we stop giving it so much attention. Then again, when you stop paying attention and start wearing your yoga pants everywhere, it’s time to get yourself together. (I am speaking from experience and knew I had a problem when my daughter told me she was going to secretly throw my yoga pants away).
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?
There are several minimalist fashion projects that have inspired me to create one of my own:
- The Uniform Project – The Uniform Project™ started in 2009 when a young woman realized she was drowning in the doldrums of an advertising career. To counter the uninspired demands of the corporate world, she came up with an unusual creative challenge; to wear the same dress for an entire year.
- Six Items or Less – each participant gets to choose six (and only six) items of clothing and pledge to wear only these six items of clothing for a month.
- http://thecardiganproject.tumblr.com/ – A fashion fast to clear your mind and simplify your life.
For me, the purpose of dressing with less is twofold. First and very simply, I want to live with less, and second, I have used clothing to express my creativity, and tell a story about who I am. Now, I am ready to tell the story myself. If my clothing is simple and more of a canvas, then I can shine instead of my patent leather shoes. (I don’t really wear patent leather shoes).
With inspiration from the minimalist fashion projects above, I have decided to start one of my own that I hope can be long lasting for me and you, if you are interested.
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, underwear, sleep, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
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 initial list. I will post the final list a few days before we (yes, we) get started…
- 1 pair of heels
- 1 pair of dress boots
- 1 pair of casual boots
- 2 coats
- 2 pair of jeans
- 2 skirts
- 2 dress pants
- 1 dress
- 2 blazers/jackets
- 2 white button down or dress shirts
- 3 sweaters
- 1 sweatshirt
- 2 v or crew neck shirts
- 2 tank tops
- 1 purse
- 1 pair sunglasses
- 1 hat
- 1 pair gloves
- 2 scarves
- 1 bracelet
- 2 necklaces
(See my updated list here: Minimalist Fashion Project #333 Begins)
The holiday season has always been a time of spending on new apparel for parties and other events. With Project 333 happening October – December, I won’t have to worry about that. At the end of the three months, I hope to discover that I can comfortably live with fewer choices in my closet.
Update: Check out the new getting started page for all things Project 333.
What do you think? Did I forget anything? Are you in?
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