closet: January 2011
I mentioned my new dressing-with-less endeavor, the 52/52 Project back in April, and, at long last, today is my official start date!
“Wait a sec,” you might be saying, you sharp, sharp reader. “I know for a fact that 52 > 33. WTF, Beverly?”
You’re right. I’ve increased my wardrobe by 19 pieces (see how I really can do math?). The other 52 in the project title means 52 weeks. So instead of 33 items for 3 months, I’ll have 52 items for a year.
Let me share some of my self-made rules, with a tip of the hat to Project 333:
- This is not about suffering. If an item gets shabby, I will replace it. If an item no longer fits and can’t be altered, I will replace it.
- Work out clothes and undergarments are not included in my list. Work out clothes are not to be worn for anything other than working out.
- Jewelry is lumped together as one item. I have culled my jewelry collection to the pieces that I will not get rid of. It’s a small, sentimental collection.
- If I make it, I can wear it. I’m not a prolific seamstress or knitter, so this doesn’t add more than a few shawls, hats, and maybe a sweater or two to my wardrobe.
- Outerwear does not count. I don’t have a lot of variety with coats, so I’m counting outerwear as one. I don’t buy these things in excess; to me they are necessities of living in New England. I’ve pared coats down to trench, jean, cloth, and short winter jacket.
- I can exchange one item that is not working each month. My goal is to create the most versatile, elegant, small wardrobe possible so that this transforms from a project to a way of life.
Want to see my list? Of course you do!
- Grey sheath dress
- Gray pattern dress
- Eileen Fisher dress (I don’t own this, but I plan to order it)
- party dress (floral)
- Red spring/summer dress
- Gray spring/summer dress
- Liberty of London summer dress (white)
- Liberty of London summer dress (blue)
- Gray skirt
- Jean skirt
- Denim wrap skirt
- party skirt (black)
- black tank top
- black tank top (need to purchase second one)
- black v-neck t-shirt
- white blouse
- red blouse
- denim shirt
- lace blouse
- Floral short-sleeved
- Floral button down short-sleeved
- black cardi
- cashmere cardi
- gray cardi
- Gray turtleneck
- Black cap-sleeved shirt
- Black long-sleeved shirt
- Black turtleneck (to be purchased)
- Black velvet blazer
- Camel cashmere capelet (wait until you see this! I bought it in France this summer-divine!)
- Green pants
- Black slacks
- Skinny jeans
- Black slim jeans
- Pearl Harts
- Flip flops
- Ballet flats
- Chinoa boots (these need repair)
- Ugg sneakers
- Ugg boots
- Danskos (these may get swapped…I haven’t worn them often in the last year)
- Frye boots
- Spike sandals
- Orange Kate Spade handbags
- Leather bag purchased in Mirepoix, France
- MZ Wallace bag
- La Trop
I’m one item short, and in the next week or so as I pack away anything not on the list, I may find an item I don’t want to do without. What wouldn’t you want to do without in a minimal wardrobe?
If you’d like to join me or start Project 333 (you can start any time; there’s no reason to wait), but you’re feeling a little anxious about cutting down the wardrobe, I recommend you start with Courtney Carver’s excellent Micro-Course Dress with Less: Click here to view more details.* The course is a week-long, and it includes pdf worksheets, playlists to inspire you (Courtney’s a real Mix Master), and access to a private FaceBook group, where you’ll find lots of people ready to cheer for you and answer questions.
And if you have any questions about paring down your wardrobe, well, I’m here for you. I’d love to chat with you about your clothing list-sometimes it helps to hear that you really can get by with one pair of black pants!
*Please note: I am an affiliate for this program. I believe with all of my heart in Courtney’s work. Having done Project 333 for almost 2.5 years, I know her advice works!