A Year of Minimalist Fashion Challenge Project 333 (with video)

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Project 333 contributor, Erin Verena wrote this for you …

About a year ago I came across Project 333. It was right at the start of the summer season and seemed like exactly the challenge and push I needed to reduce my closet, rethink my wardrobe, and try dressing with less clothing. I loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe and all the benefits people talked about but was unsure if I could actually do it and if I’d enjoy having such a small amount of clothing.

Pretty much right after the initial declutter I started feeling better about my closet; I had gotten rid of tons of clothes I wasn’t wearing, I had space and could actually find things, and it took less time to put outfits together.  After the first 3 months, I felt like I had learned so much already and had a better idea of how to build a capsule wardrobe. The positive experience also gave me the motivation to start simplifying and minimizing other areas of my life.

As I went through different seasons and capsules I started to realize what I wanted my capsule wardrobe to look like and how to adapt it to better suit my needs. I also became a lot more analytical of my clothes and how they serve my lifestyle. I’ve always felt clothing plays an important role: it can influence how we feel about ourselves and how others see us, and it can be a tool for creativity and expression. It might sound cheesy, but having a capsule wardrobe actually helped me love my clothes again.

If you are thinking of trying Project 333 I couldn’t recommend it more! It definitely can be challenging at times but there are so many benefits, not only to your wardrobe and style but you also learn a lot about yourself. If you’re new to Project 333 or feel like you could use some help, the Dress with Less Microcourse offers excellent advice and guidance through the process.

I know that I’m going to have a capsule wardrobe for the rest of my life, I can’t imagine going back to that cluttered closet. Thank you Courtney for Project 333 and for inviting me to share my experiences with your readers!

Erin is a fashion designer, illustrator, and eco fashion blogger who is trying to live a simpler and slower life. She creates videos about ethical fashion, green beauty, and capsule wardrobes on her YouTube channel and can also be found on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.