Each year, when the air gets a little brisk, I take some time and get lost in the September issue of Vogue magazine. Even though I rarely shop anymore, this year was no different. I poured over 758 pages of the latest and greatest in fashion.
After a year of Project 333, I look at the glossy pages of the September issue through a different lens. The clothing that I thought I would save up for, or try to purchase on the cheap is not that appealing.
I still appreciate the styling and creativity. I still love seeing color combinations that would never make the cut in my closet. The difference is that now having the latest and greatest is not important to me. By living with less, I curbed my passion for fashion.
If you aren’t ready to live with just 33 items in your closet. Here are a few more suggestions.
How to curb your passion for fashion
- Just One. One purse, one pair of sunglasses, one simple black dress. The days of “Oh I love this so I’ll get it in every color” are over.
- Neutrals. If your core items are the same neutral color, you can create a stunning wardrobe.
- Mix Styles. You are not one dimensional and your closet shouldn’t be either. I stay simple but mix it up with purple patent leather heals or a sequined skirt.
- Feel Good about what you wear. Magazines want you to think you need what they offer, but what about purchasing a knit hat from Robyn Devine, or a simple, elegant necklace from Katie Waltman? When you buy from good people doing good business, you feel better about yourself and how you support artists.
- Lose the labels. You may covet Channel but choose clothing that fits and flatters instead of becoming a walking billboard.
- Remember, no one cares. Unless you work for Anna Wintour or Heidi Klum, it’s likely that no one cares or really notices what you wear. Even if you wear the same outfit over and over again.
- Express yourself. Let yourself shine so you don’t have to compensate with clothes. Figure out what makes you happy and do it. Even if that means changing jobs, or bringing a great idea to life.
- Assess the cost. The next time you are considering a new pair of $250 boots, do the math. Divide $250 by the how much you make an hour. Would you work an extra X number of hours for those boots? If the answer is no, walk away from the boots!
Fashion is art and dressing with less doesn’t mean that you don’t get to appreciate art. If you are inspired by the beauty of fashion, continue to be inspired. You can love the art of Van Gogh without hanging a painting on the wall, and you can admire a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress without hanging it in your closet.
After years of dressing with less, I can tell you that I have not had one “I have nothing to wear” moment. I’ve never had anyone recognize that I was dressing with less, and I don’t miss spending countless hours in the mall shopping for things I will never wear.
Have you been participating in Project 333? What’s been the biggest benefit? If you haven’t started yet, what are you waiting for?