I love jeans!!! and casual dressing.... I need to be comfortable to some extent... and I am not talking about wearing pyjamas or yoga pants comfortable but rather about feeling like me comfortable!!
I do not like to dress for what people expect me to look like... or to follow a dress code!!!
I have nice, clean clothes that fit me well and make me feel good about myself and that do not feel like I am playing a role!!! They can be dressed up or down depending on the situation.... but having a "work" wardrobe does not work for me!!! Some people say I should because of the position I have but I just can't do it!!! I tried.... but it does not work out!!!
On several occasion I tried dressing up a little more to be more like my age or like my job but I feel awkward and I am not taken seriously... I guess people feel, whether they realize it or not, the "fake" me when I dress up...
Last august, I spent $$$ on getting a new wardrobe for a new job.. and then I entered project 333 !
This, to me, who use to be a shopaholic and a very trendy woman was really hard!!!! But I managed to cut down my number of clothes to 33 by the beginning on November which is when I officially joined the project and blogged about it here. I twisted the rules a little but I still made a lot of progress... and on the course of my project 333 from November 2012 to now, I realize that most of the clothes that were bought for this new job are now no longer there... it was a painful experience in a way.. to see all those $ thrown out the window... but it made me realize how I like to dress.. what my style truly is... when you have to decrease you number of items to 33, you really need to keep the ones that suit you the best - both physically and mentally! And they have to reflect you lifestyle or else you end up having nothing to wear!
So over the course of those almost 5 months now, I amended my list... keeping you guys posted on my progress... and the last list I submitted to you still need to be amended... I am not sure I still have 33 items or less.. but once I get down to that list we'll find out!!! So this is me being REALLY honest!!!
In my wardrobe for the little time of winter we have left, I have:
2 black pants - one straight, one flare
1 red Cotton skinny pants
1 navy spotted skinny pants
3 jeans - one skinny, one torn straight leg and one flare
1 velvet burgundy skirt
1 black dress with mustard flowy sleeves - not sure this is staying - I love it but I never wear it!!! so technically I should not keep it right?
1 purple dress (with fuchsia and grey imprints)
1 sleeveless top grey
4 fancy t-shirts (beige, red, grey/navy/mustard, old pink)
1 electric blue short sleeve blouse
5 long sleeve t-shirt (2 beige, 1 black, 1 gray, 1 electric blue)
1 green long sleeve fancy top
1 pink and purple blouse
1 jean blouse
1 striped white and blue blouse
2 jackets (corduroy- beige, brown)
2 cardigans (grey, mustard)
so here we go....if I do the math it all adds up to: 30 items!! so I am still OK!!!
however, the point I want to make here is that I am not sure I will still count the items per say.... All I know is that from now on, the rule pretty much is one in one out! SO if I buy something new, something else gotta give!!! This will ensure my wardrobe will never be cluttered again!
I do realise that spring, here in Montreal is a weird season, so for a little while starting around April, I may have 2 wardrobe combined... for 2 different seasons... slowly retiring some item as the temperature rises and and adding some for warmer climate!!
What I get out of project 333 is this:
1) You do not need that many pieces of clothes to look good!!! How many pieces of clothing can you wear on one single day anyway? And if you have to much, some stuff does not get to be wear and therefore is not moving and actually becomes stagnant... who wants that???
2) Quality and good fit makes you feel good!!!!
3) Your clothes should reflect who you are - not what you do or what people want you to be!
4) You should have clothes you LOVE only!! therefore it's always pleasant to dress in the morning
5) Having black pants and jeans works for me because all my tops can work out with those so I have lots of flexibility!
6) I am not a dress or skirt person in the winter - summer is different
so there you go... my minimalist wardrobe is a charm!!! I never thought I would say that!!!
what do you think? Are you a shopaholic? A minimalist dresser? Do you have piece of clothing you haven't worn in a few weeks? months? or year? why do you hold on to them? what do you hold on to I should say...
love and peace,