FOR THREE MONTHS I WORE THE SAME CLOTHES

Three months ago I decided to do project 333: The minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months.
I wanted a smaller wardrobe to be conscious of the clothes I like to wear and to get to know my style a little bit better. I also wanted to see if I would have less decision-stress at the moment to choose what to wear every morning.

Three months have passed and here is what I learned from wearing the same 33 pieces of clothes over and over again. (Check HERE to see my 33 pieces)

Learning points:

  • During these three months, I didn’t feel guilty of not wearing an item of my wardrobe. Before I occasionally felt bad that I had clothes I didn’t wear so often – almost never – but still had a place in my closet. This guilty feeling didn´t come back.
  • I found it very easy to choose what to wear every morning. This challenge made me a lot more creative with clothes and outfits combinations.
  • I took better care of my clothes. During these months I washed my clothes less often and I stopped letting the clothes I used during the day on the floor. Once you own less, you feel more the need to be kind to few clothes you have.
  • Social media can be your worst enemy. Even though I know social media is not real, some days I felt bad about myself and sometimes even boring and ugly. When I scrolled down Instagram and saw all the amazing bloggers with amazing new clothes I felt a little bit left out. This took me some mind work, but I just kept on reminding myself why I started this challenge and I just left my telephone aside and went back to feeling good with the challenge.
  • This challenge learned me that the most important thing is to feel good about myself. This is what I will reflect, regardless what I wear. You will never find something that makes you feel beautiful, smart, and loved. until you believe you are all of this.
  • The last two weeks of the challenge were very hard. At some point, I was a little bit tired of wearing the same. I eventually had favorites within my small closet, so I kept on repeating those items, making me feel a little bit done before the end. I could have replaced the items that I didn’t like anymore but I was almost ready with the challenge. The last week I cheated a little bit and wear two different pieces of clothes that were not in my closet.
  • The weather where I live (The Netherlands) is bipolar. This made it hard for me to chose my items, so I opted to have basic pieces making my wardrobe looking to save and sometimes boring. Even though I chose only pieces that I love, next time I would like to choose more colorful and printed pieces. To be honest, I missed more dresses and summer clothes, but I was so scared of the weather that I played it safe.
  • I can not say that I know my style 100%, but I know which are the pieces that I like, and which ones I don´t. I hope this will help me in the future to buy more consciously clothes.
  • The item that I wore the most was my black destroyed jeans and the black jeans, what I wore less was the striped dress.
  • What I had less trouble with: repeating shoes.
  • At my work, I didn’t hear any comment regarding me, repeating clothes. When I talked about the challenge with my colleagues they didn’t notice before that I was repeating clothes. I was so scared of people realizing that I was wearing the same clothes over and over again, but soon enough I realized that nobody cares! I was maybe too egocentric to think that people would notice, but the truth is that the only person who cares what you are wearing is yourself.

The challenge is over. What now?
No polyester! I want to start removing polyester from my life and start having clothes from more sustainable materials. I shop a lot at second-hand shops and markets but I want to be more aware of this low-quality material and start refusing it. I want my clothes to last and to be good with the environment.

More ethical brands. I started investing in fair fashion brands, and I would like my wardrobe to have more of these brands. I do combine it with second-hand because that’s also a more sustainable way of shopping.

Buy only what I need. Even though I am most of the time a conscious buyer, sometimes I do buy things that I regret later on. From now on, I want to have less of this and more smart shopping.

Own fewer clothes. Now that the challenge is over, I took back my box of clothes that were not in the challenge and I still love them, but I feel that I have too much. Maybe I won´t own only 33 items, but I will definitely stick to 50 or less.

Here are some pictures of my favorite outfits:

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Picture: Marisa Elisa Photography

 

I hope you feel inspired to start this challenge. Read more information about it here.

With Love,
Alisson

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SOME TRUTHS ABOUT THE PROJECT 333

Almost two months have passed since I started the project 333. I keep on repeating outfits and for most of the time I love it, but some days I get tired of it…
These are my outfits from the past 3 weeks.

 

During the 5th week, I replaced a basic white v-neck t-shirt for a blue and white striped top. I didn’t like the feeling I got when I wore the basic white tee so that´s why I decided to replace it.

 Some truths about this challenge: 
I feel good about my clothes and about this challenge, but some days when I go out of the house and see people wearing new clothes, I get caught looking at the latest trends and start feeling that I am left out. This doesn’t happen so often, but somehow I do get influenced by the trends and in the “must-have” feeling.

Checking social media too much can be dangerous. More specific: Instagram. This channel is a constant reminder that your life is not as good as the life of an Instagrammer. They wear the coolest clothes and the latest trends. This can be discouraging while doing the challenge. I have to admit that sometimes I do get bad feelings and have to remind myself why do I do this challenge.

Some days I do feel a little bit bored of my clothes. I chose for basic colors because of convenience, but I do miss some colors and patterns. I might add some items if the feeling stays.

 

Until now, the item that I wear the most is the black ripped jeans, and the one that I wear the least is the denim skirt.

Are you also trying this challenge? Do you come across similar issues? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson

 

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I HAVE BEEN WEARING THE SAME CLOTHES OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Today it’s been a month since I started the challenge 333. I have been repeating my outfits over and over again. When I think about it, it sounds crazy and it makes me feel that it is not possible to live like that, but now that I see it on my pictures I feel confident that it´s totally ok.

This is how my last week looked like:

 

 

 

On my day to day, I sometimes forget that I am doing this challenge. It´s only when I see the pictures that I realize that I wear the same black destroyed jeans and the golden shoes at least twice per week. It´s great to document my outfits to realized it. Another thing that I have noticed is that none one of my friends or my colleagues have told me anything negative about my clothes or asked me why I repeat clothes so often. I thought it would be obvious but I guess that was only in my head. It´s been only one month but I feel that I have gained the confidence to wear my clothes over and over again. I chose clothes that I feel good in, this makes it easier to repeat outfits. I consciously change the color of my lipstick or I use a choker or a bandana or even change my hairstyle to give it a little twist to my look.

During the month of June, these were the items I wore the most:

 

 

The black destroyed jeans I wore 12 times, the golden shoes 9 times and the blue jeans 6 times.

These are the items I wore the least:

 

 

The striped dress and the white V-neck shirt I have only worn once and the denim skirt to my own surprise, I haven’t wear at all.
One month was over very fast but I am loving this and can´t wait to see if I can keep it up two more months.

Next week more updates, check my last week updates here and here.

With love,

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PROJECT 333: DID I CHEAT?

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. I started to do this challenge three weeks ago. If you missed my first update, check it first here.
This is how my second week looked like:

 


Learning points:
I wore the jeans 5 times in one week and honestly didn´t even notice. When combined with different tops and shoes it makes me feel confident to wear the same item almost every day.

I need to follow my feeling better. A lot of the items I chose for this challenge, I did for practical reasons, but deep inside I didn´t like them so much. Some of those items are too casual or too worn out and don’t make me feel good when I wear them. That is the reason that by the end of week two I decided to trade in the items that I knew for sure I was not going to wear with new items that I felt were missing in my wardrobe. At first, I felt that I was cheating, but I just reminded myself that the whole point of this challenge is to get to know my style and feel happier having only on my closet the clothes that I love.
Saying that, these are the 5 items I put away:

 

And this are my new 6 items:

 

The black top, yellow top, and the Birkenstock sandals are second-hand, the rest I already had in the box I stored at my attic before I started the challenge.

With the new items in my closet, this is how my outfits of the 3rd week looked like:

 

Learning points:
With my new items, I feel very comfortable during this summer days. The new tops are from a nice fabric that fits a casual or a less-casual occasion.

The yellow top adds some color to my wardrobe. At first, I didn’t dare to add colorful items because I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to combine them and thought I would get tired of wearing the same color. But all those reasons are only assumptions.

Strolling around a second-hand shop I found the sandals that my wardrobe was missing. Last Sunday I went to Utrecht and went to the second-hand shop “Episode”. I found the Birkenstock sandals and felt in love right away. They still look just like new! My 33 items are now complete.

I might need to add a thin summer dress to my wardrobe. The past days have been very hot in The Netherlands. For this kind of weather, I miss a cute thin summery dress. If the weather continues like that, I might look again through the box in my attic and get one. I have reached 33 items but I don´t want to be so strict and would add one more. It all depends on the weather…

I am not counting my bandanas in the 33 items. During the summer I like to wear bandanas. I have 3 and I like that they bring color to my outfits. (And are the best for bad day hair). The first and second week of this challenge I didn’t wear any because I felt like cheating on the 33 items, but since last week I decided to keep them in my closet and don’t count them in. They make me happy and that’s what the whole project is about right?

With the new items added, this is how my actual wardrobe looks like:

 

7 tops, 4 blouses, 6 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 1 layers, 3 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
33 items in total.

Next week more updates,

With love,

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MY FIRST WEEK HAVING A MINIMALIST WARDROBE

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. One week ago I started it and this is how my week looked like:

Friday 2nd of June

 


Saturday 3rd of June

 

 


Sunday 4th of June

 

 


Monday 5th of June

 

 

 

Tuesday 6th of June

 

 

 

Wednesday 7th of June

 

 


Thursday 8th of June

 

 

Learning points:
Don’t trust the weather. On Friday I went with a friend to an open air food festival. The weather was perfect. 27° and sunny. After the festival, we decided to go to a pub but before, we had to stop at my friend´s place and she lent me long pants because the temperature suddenly began to drop. I cheated a little bit, but that also reminded me to be prepared because here in The Netherlands the weather is very treacherous.

Good quality jeans are a must. The black jeans I have been using for the past week, are from a fast fashion brand and the quality is not the best. I have used it 4 days in the past week and I can see now that they won´t make it alive this tree months. I will eventually need to replace them. An update on this will follow.

Better care for your clothes. Now that I have fewer clothes, I feel more responsible for taking care of them. I am not washing the “dirty” clothes as much as I used to. Every time I get the chance, I hang the used clothes in the fresh air and when I have them back they smell fresh and I can use them again.

Next week more updates,

With love,

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THESE ARE MY CLOTHES FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS

My wardrobe for the next three months will only consist 33 items! Well, actually 32! On my last post, I explain the rules and give tips for the ‘challenge 333’. You might first read that post if you still haven’t.

The choosing process was easier than I thought. First I gathered all my clothes and hung them on an empty clothes rack. After that I grabbed boxes and labeled them:

Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why.
Donate/Sell: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Trash: These items are in poor condition. You can bring them to a charity shop.

 


This is how it looked when I was done sorting out the items:

 


When I was finished, I put that “Trash” box away and brought it to the charity shop. I started uploading the clothes of the”Donate” box to the second-hand apps that I use. If they don´t get sold within a month, I will bring that box to the charity shop as well. The “Maybe” box, I kept until I was done with choosing out of the 33 items and then I put it in my attic. Out of sight.

On my “Love” pile were more than 33 items. I had to go through it again to downsize it. While doing this I was thinking about what I really like to wear and what is appropriate for the coming summer season. After going trough the love pile one last time again, these are my final items:

 

 

7 tops, 3 blouses, 4 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 2 layers, 4 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
32 items in total.

Things I realized while doing this:
– 90% of my clothes are second-hand
– I like to wear basic clothes.
– I don´t like to wear jewelry. I own very little necklaces and bracelets.
– I don´t own any nice bag. The ones I choose are more because of convenience. I need them when I go out. My next investment is going to be an ethically made bag that I  truly love.
– I don´t own much ethically made clothes as much as I will like to. This challenge is meant to keep me from shopping but eventually, I will like to replace some of my items with similar ones but ethically made. I will do this little by little.
– I chose way too many jackets and shoes. It´s hard for me to decide which ones should stay or not.
– I don´t own any sandals or flip flops. I left some space in the 33 items so that I still can add a pair of sandals to my wardrobe. This season really asks for it. I am looking for something ethically made or second-hand. But the condition is that I have to really love them.

Before and After

 

I hope you enjoy this blog post and get inspired to join me in this challenge,

With love,

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PROJECT 333: THE RULES

Minimalism. A word that I heard first back in university when I was studying art history. Back then my interest began to show but I never did anything about it. A couple of years have passed and since I discovered Marie Kondo and the book “The life Changing Magic of Tidying up”, my fascination for minimalism came back, and this time I decided to start decluttering my house. And so I started my journey towards a simpler life. When I watched the film “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”, I felt an even stronger need of owning less stuff. One of the things that caught my attention the most is the “Project 333”. This project is a minimalist fashion challenge created by Courtney Carver. The challenge invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. And I decided to do it!

The Rules:
33 Items in 3 Months This includes clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

What is NOT included in the 33 items: “wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)”

No shopping during the experiment! Trade the time that you would normally use to shop to do productive activities such as talking to a friend, reading a book, taking a walk, call a family member etc.
Consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
I decided to make this challenge from June 1st – August 31st.

I decided to do this challenge because
-I want to get to know my real style. I own a lot of clothes that I think I like, but I end up wearing the same clothes. I want to be able to understand my style and stop investing in things I know for sure I won´t wear.
-I don´t want to feel guilty anymore when I look at my clothes and see that t-shirt that I “love” but never wear or those shoes that I knew I didnt need but still bought.
-I want to get better in decision making and want to trust more my intuition. Owning too many things that I don´t use may confuse me  and make it hard for me to make choices. If you also want to join this challenge, it is important that you find your reasons WHY you want to do this as well.

These are then the steps to proceed:
Gather all your clothes and put them on your bed or all on the floor.(Please note that if you haven’t set aside your winter clothes, this is the time to do it.) Then you start categorizing every item and place them in one of this 4 piles:

Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (You know you have those items)
Donate/Sell: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Trash: These items are in poor condition. You can bring them to a charity shop.

When you are done piling all your clothes put the trash and donate pile away inmediatly. And then you go trough your “love” pile and choose the 33 items you love the most. Once you have chosen your 33 items, take the rest of your “love” pile and the “mabe” pile and pack them into bags or boxes, seal it, and place it out of sight.

Project 333
These are all my clothes. I will choose my 33 items out of here. Some t-shirts and other things are on the laundry so I will add them as soon as they are dry.

My wardrobe for the next three months will only consist of 33 items. For my experiment I am not including my rain jacket because I live in The Netherlands, and my main transportation is my bike and I need this in case it rains, and it rains a lot in here.
I will keep you updated with my outfits, along with my triumphs and challenges. Let me know if you want to join me and exchange tips and tricks. Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Wish me luck!

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