Well, I have survived the opening month of this phase of Project 333. I have worn 27 of my original list of 29 garments – one top is too warm for Summer wear (but just right for Autumn) and one skirt I found needed mending before I can wear it (and still needs mending two weeks later – bad me!).
So far, it has been very straightforward, helped by the school holidays combined with the ‘currently-not-in -paid-employment’ thing (which I do intend to change, but that’s a whole ‘nother post).
I haven’t had any particularly earth-shattering minimalist revelations as a result of doing this. Yes, it does make getting dressed in the morning quite simple, but I was already dressing pretty much the same every day before the project, so that’s not a huge change for me. It has helped me become more aware of which are the ‘workhorse’ garments in my wardrobe: a few surprises in there with the ubiquitous jeans – who knew a turquoise cropped cardi could be so useful?! But (confession time), I am getting a little bored with seeing the ‘same old things’ in the drawer every day.
I have become very aware of how much of my creativity is tied into my wardrobe – especially as I knit, crochet and sew. I have been finding it very hard to get motivated to work on projects I know I won’t be wearing until April. And this hasn’t translated into a huge outpouring of creativity in other areas. If anything, my creative productivity has slumped quite dramatically – even my already sporadic blog-posting has dropped! If it wasn’t for my twice-monthly knitting group meetings, I’d be getting even less done.
Of course, I could re-jig my chosen items to make the selection more creative, but then I would have to do laundry more often, which I don’t want to do for a variety of reasons, including environmental ones and the simple fact, that with a family of four, I have enough laundry to do already!
So I have decided that, while I will complete this phase of the project, I won’t be joining in on future phases. I will continue to maintain my wardrobe inventory and will work towards having a small (but larger than 33 item!), creative wardrobe.
While I have no interest in rampaging consumerism and up-to-the-minute fashion, I do want to express myself through my clothes. And, while I am doing this to some extent through the project, I am looking forward to doing it even more after the end of March!