Project 333 – My Winter Wardrobe

Project 333 – My Winter Wardrobe

It’s that time again! Time to ‘shop my wardrobe’ for next season’s outfits. All the clothes that didn’t make it into the Autumn capsule, previously stored, out of sight, in my drawers, are now coming out for the selection process. Once chosen, everything I can wear is on show, either hung up or on the shelf underneath the hanging items. This is an important aspect of a capsule wardrobe… seeing what you have, in plain sight, makes your wardrobe easy on the eye, easy to choose from and it means you’re not tempted to pick from your other clothes! I’ve written my top tips and the joys of the capsule wardrobe, previously, so it’s no surprise I enjoyed creating this one too!

Without further a-do, let me introduce you to ‘winter 2020’ (Jan-Mar 2020):

  • 2 x coats – ‘The Duvet’ and the check overcoat (both purchased secondhand from Ebay)
  • 2 x jackets – Faux leather jacket (bought new, 2(ish) years ago) and a velvet blazer (Vintage – handed down from my mum)
  • 6 jumpers… I get cold… 4 of these bought new around 2 years ago, the pink cashmere and fluffy silver jumpers were recent additions from a charity shop and clothing swap respectively)
  • 3 x basic vests (hella’ old but make great layers)
  • 4 x other tops – long-sleeved, roll-neck, boat-neck (me-made from bamboo jersey) and t-shirt
  • 3 x jeans – 1 black skinny, 1 blue skinny and 1 black boot-cut (bought new, all 2+ years old)
  • 2 x trousers – black wide-leg and burgundy ‘joggers’ (bought new, all 2+ years old)
  • 2 x skirts – burgundy mini and black faux leather mini (as above… there’s a theme here!)
  • 3 x bags – cross-over, black tote and burgundy backpack
  • 3 x shoes – silver trainers, black trainers and black ankle boots
  • 1 x denim shirt – (hella’ old)
  • 2 x scarves (not pictured)

Each time I curate my wardrobe, I have sense of a weight being lifted. I no longer feel the need to add more ‘stuff’ to it. It is a sustainable way to store and use my clothes. The fashion industry tries to convince us we need the latest trends and that can lead us to feel inadequate, like ‘stuff’ will better us. Sometimes, more is, actually, less.

Of course, a well-organised closet is not going to change the world, but it’s a good place to start.

The joys of the capsule wardrobe

The joys of the capsule wardrobe

Practical advice on how to curate one from your own wardrobe

Is your new year’s resolution to sort out your clothes? Not to buy clothes, buy less or even have a wardrobe clear-out? Curating a capsule wardrobe can really help to own the process – the decision then becomes choice, challenge rather than, seemingly, sacrifice.

I had fallen foul of too many a sales tag before I decided to change the way I thought about my clothes. The build up of clothing- some unworn, some barely, some loved but now hidden in the dense cloth forest – was my daily view in getting dressed. So many clothes but nothing to wear!

I have been doing capsule wardrobes for a while now. It definitely takes a few goes to work out what works. I love the Project 333 as a great base for a simplified wardrobe. I was strict at the beginning but I got more flexible in that, if I hadn’t worn something in the first 2 months and there didn’t seem as though it was going to see the light of day in the 3rd month – I would swap it out! To be clear, I only swapped 2 items last season… not an entirely different set of 33 items, ha ha!! That may be considered cheating.

Last year, I was thrilled to be asked to write a piece for the Style Coaching Institute on my sustainable styling ideas whilst I train to become a Style Coach. Capsule wardrobes area brilliant starting point for a more sustainable, greener wardrobe.

I do enjoy the process of planning a capsule wardrobe and for Winter 2019/2020 it has been no different. This is probably because I love winter clothing. Afterwards, I love seeing my neat and tidy wardrobe and being able to pick out an outfit that works together easily.

I never intended to go out a buy a whole new wardrobe – firstly ยฃยฃยฃ, secondly, that’s quite a terrifying thought of what to buy, colours and styles to go for from scratch. The best place I could start was at home, with the known. I’ve found you can build on and really hone your style from there!

So, here are my practical top 10 tips on curating a capsule wardrobe from your own home:

  1. Check your diary – what’s coming up in the next 3 months? Are you going on holiday? A wedding? What specific outfits will you need to wear for work?
  2. Curate for your REAL life, not your fantasy one. Yes, those 10 pairs of gorgeous stilettos look amazing … but if 90% of the time you’re commuting to work/on the school run/ at the supermarket/at the gym, they may not be the most practical choice.
  3. Don’t worry about the ratios. There’s no set formula for how many tops/bottoms etc. but if you start on the basis of 1/3 tops, 1/3 bottoms, 1/3 outer and accessories, you won’t go far wrong!
  4. Help is out there – where you go for a Style Coach service, take the Project 333 challenge, use Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration or, simply, phone a friend – it can feel emotional and overwhelming the first time so a little support goes a long way.
  5. Start from scratch – take everything out. Yes, the ones lurking, crumpled, at the back, in the dark, probably under shoes… those ones. This is also a great time to clean the wardrobe ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Declutter as you go! This is the perfect time to get rid of those items not worn for a age, and not likely to be! Leave yourself only with good options. Win-Win!
  7. Utilise what you have. The process allows you to really take stock of what you already own – do you already have items that will satisfy the events from point 1? Environmentally, the most sustainable clothes are the ones in your wardrobe . Plus, they won’t cost you a penny.
  8. Identify any gaps Shopping before this stage is not advised. This can be quite a task for those on ‘retail therapy’ but that’s the point. It’s about taking back control of your wardrobe spending. Make a list, check it twice… For extra sustainable brownie points, opt for vintage, second-hand or sustainable brands.
  9. Once you have chosen your items, pack away all your other clothes, out of sight, if you have the space, or to one side, if not. This way, after 3 months, you will be more excited to see them! Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that jazz.
  10. Switch things around in good time. I know when I am coming to the end of my 3 months as I start to look at clothes online! Shop your wardrobe first! You may have just forgotten about something that’s similar to what you’ve got your in your shopping basket!

It’s a learning process, starting at home. It’s finding out what works and what doesn’t – identifying the gaps in your wardrobe and researching sustainable options. I hope you have found this useful, let me know if you give it a try! At worst, you’ll find the back of the wardrobe again!

Previous capsule wardrobes:

Autumn 2019

Summer 2019

About Me

Iโ€™m Lucy, a lover of clothes, nature documentaries and all things crafty. Lucky Mummy to 2 and wife to 1. Iโ€™m on a journey to make our lifestyle more environmentally friendly; well specifically, more sustainable. I started writing my blog as a sort of journal for myself but then I thought if people wanted to do the same but were unsure of where to start then they could join me… at my beginning.

There is so much exposure for the way we treat our planet, it is hard to ignoreโ€ฆ. Or is it? Actually, it has been easy to. Fast fashion, fast food and fast living are still socially acceptable with the assumption that governments and big business must changes their ways first. However, I believe the power is with the consumer and thanks to the โ€˜Blue Planet Effectโ€™ more and more people, like me, want to change their ways. I plan to share my journey to a sustainable lifestyle- easy changes, easy to keep.

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