When I talk about minimalist fashion or a minimalist wardrobe, I’m not referring to the style you wear but rather the amount of items you have to choose from. You can create a minimalist or capsule wardrobe with any fashion style you like.
Since dressing with 33 items or less every 3 months (including clothes, jewelry, accessories, and shoes) for more than 10 years, I’ve experienced quite a few unexpected perks. I didn’t know what to expect in 2010 when I created minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 but from the beginning, it was full of pleasant surprises.
This minimalist fashion challenge didn’t just change my closet, it changed my life.
7 Perks of a Minimalist Wardrobe
1. More money
Project 333 isn’t an excuse to shop and wear 33 new pieces every 3 months, but an invitation to dress with less to create time and space in your life and figure out what really matters to you. And while you are doing that, you aren’t spending money on new clothes. My 33 items change somewhat from season to season but at least 50% of my seasonal wardrobe carries through to the next season.
Once you create your minimalist fashion collection, you don’t have to worry about spending on anything new for at least three months.
2. Less guilt
Opening my closet used to be a daily reminder of my debt and discontent. There were the clothes that didn’t fit, the clothes I never wore, and even clothes with price tags still hanging on them. Once the excess went out the door, so did the guilt and other emotions I had been paying with for so long. When I let go, I realized I had paid enough. I paid with my money, my time, my attention and emotions. Haven’t you paid enough too?
3. More clarity
Now that I don’t spend my mornings deciding what to wear, or my evenings and weekends online shopping or trying thing after thing on at the mall, I experience less decision fatigue and have way more clarity. I know what matters to me now, and it’s not more shopping.
4. Less stress around body weight and size
Once you start to choose clothes that fit your body instead of trying to make your body fit into clothes, you’ll worry less about body weight and the size of your clothes and instead wear your favorite clothes every day. You have more important things to do in life than trying to fit into a version of yourself that does not exist.
5. More freedom
Now that I’m not interested in the latest trends, or the 40% offers and other sales, I’m not affected by advertising and marketing campaigns that tell me to buy now. I buy when I need something new, not when they want me to buy.
I’m surprised when I think of all the time and attention I devoted to buying on someone else’s schedule. Now I’m free.
6. Less time shopping
I shop for clothes 4 times a year or less. I don’t shop every weekend, or for every event and emotion anymore. If you are thinking … but wait, I love shopping, I’d like to invite you to challenge that idea. Shopping was my go-to distraction from pain; the pain of boredom, disappointment, sadness, exhaustion. I didn’t know what I loved. Take a 3-month time out from shopping and see what you really love.
7. More confidence
I always thought I needed to wear something new or special to prove myself. I needed the right heels to feel powerful, or a new dress to feel sexy, or a trendy jacket to feel put together and prepared. Once I started dressing with less, I found confidence in who I was instead of what I wore. Today I feel powerful, sexy and prepared from the inside out instead of the other way around.
Resources to help you with your minimalist fashion challenge or capsule wardrobe:
- The new Project 333 book – A chapter by chapter guide to creating freedom in your closet and your life.
- Project 333 rules and information – Everything you need to know to start the challenge.
- The Dress with Less Course -For extra guidance, motivation and support join the Project 333 Video Course.
- Instagram – follow me here for future wardrobe updates and inspiration to live and dress with less. Use hashtag #project333 when sharing your own minimalist fashion challenge and daily outfits so I can cheer you on!