If the idea of dressing with 33 items or less completely freaks you out, and makes you want to go shopping, keep reading. Almost every single person (including me) had fears, objections and excuses before getting started.
Excuses and fears like:
- climate is too cold
- climate is too hot
- climate is too hot and cold
- people will notice
- must dress for many different things
- can’t fit into the corporate culture
- might gain weight
- might lose weight
- will get bored
Some people jumped in anyway, but many people broke the rules and crafted a modified Project 333 that worked for their life situation. They broke the rules for the joy of the practice.
5 ways to break the rules
Events and Meetings
If you have to attend dressy events or formal meetings for work and don’t know how to fit in enough items, don’t count your event wear. Group that with your gym clothes and sleep wear.
Don’t count your uniforms. If you wear scrubs to work, a special outfit for school, or specific items for your career, count the items once or not at all.
If you have a thing for shoes, and wearing the same pair twice in the same week (or month) has never crossed your mind, don’t count your shoes.
Love jewelry or accessories
Don’t count it, or don’t include any. Boxing up either of these categories for 3 months can be very eye opening. You might discover that excluding these choices from your wardrobe makes everything simpler, and that your additions were more excessive than you thought.
Worried that your 33 won’t fit your upcoming cruise or trip to Europe? Pack a small travel bag in advance and don’t count it as part of your 33.
What If I don’t want people to think I’m weird?
They might think you are weird, but if you are worried about what people will think, don’t tell them, or invite them to join you. Challenge your friends or colleagues. There are groups like the professional organizers of Kansas City and even students on college campuses that are practicing Project 333 together.
By modifying the rules, you have a chance to experience the benefits, fight your fears, and see for yourself if there is anything to this minimalist fashion project that adds value to your life. If it does, try it again a little closer to the original rules. Whatever your approach, make it fun, challenging and meaningful.
There is no prize for practicing perfectly, so do this in a way that helps you get started.
This project in dressing with less will seep into other areas of your wardrobe, home and life if you give it a chance.
P.S. The image above shows 20 of my 33 (missing from image: 5 pair shoes/necklace/bracelet/gloves/hat/sunglasses/winter coat/black sweatshirt/jeans) You can see my complete winter list here.