Some may think that because I work for myself, dressing with less is easier. I don’t have a dress code, and people don’t expect me to look a certain way. It’s true that I may have more flexibility now, but I started Project 333 when I worked full time in advertising sales. I was attending sales meetings, client strategy sessions, evening events, and networking lunches.
While I am so glad that I don’t do that anymore, my capsule wardrobe started in that environment. I dressed with 33 items or less every 3 months (jewelry, accessories, clothing, shoes) and no one noticed. You can see my original list here. https://bemorewithless.com/minimalist-fashion-project-333-begins/. I worked in a corporate environment with a full life outside of that, and thrived with 33 items or less each season.
It’s also important to note that prior to starting, I …
- shopped for clothes regularly
- had clothes in my closet that didn’t fit (my body or my lifestyle)
- always needed a new dress for events and parties
- bought a new pair of sunglasses whenever I visited a new state or country
- dreamed of a closet the size of my bedroom
Project 333 started as a three month experiment and I thought it might be a disaster, but it kept making my life better, so I stuck with it. Today I share a closet with my husband, own one pair of sunglasses, and rarely shop for clothes, or anything else. Change is possible.
If you work full time, this can still work for you. If you need a gentler approach, try counting all of your suits or uniforms as one item in your 33. At the end of three months, you can decide what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Some think Project 333 or dressing with a capsule wardrobe is easier when you work from home, or work for yourself, but in my experience, it’s the other way around. Project 333 makes it easier to do work you love, make a big change, and to pursue what means most in your life. Not only do you save money, but you build confidence, remove distractions and realize that you have enough.
If you don’t think you can make Project 333 work at work, let me know how I can help.