Project 333 is not just for the ladies. Some of these men have participated in Project 333, some not, and well, some have likely never heard of it.
They do all have a few things in common though. They are each very passionate about what they do and they all dress with less.
Do you wear a similar uniform each day and can you describe it? I wear one pair of jeans every day, and a gray T-shirt. I also have a pair of workout shorts and a gray workout shirt that I use for running, workouts, and wearing around the house if it’s warm enough.
How many shirts and pants do you own? One pair of jeans, two gray T-shirts, workout shorts & two workout shirts, and a pair of dress pants and dress shirt for going to nicer restaurants.
What is one benefit of thinking less about what you wear? Getting ready for the day, or to go anywhere, is fast, painless, stress-free, with no decisions to be made. I can use my decision-making powers for more important stuff.
Do you wear a similar uniform each day and can you describe it? My employer has only one clothing restriction (no shorts), so I am able to wear clothing of my choice to work Monday-Friday. And I do wear a similar look each day. I wear jeans with a black or gray v-neck t-shirt, black belt, and black sandals. Once each week I present in front of several hundred people, on those days, I choose to wear a black or gray short-sleeved polo shirt along with jeans and sandals.
How do you get dressed up for date night or special occasions? I have one outfit for special occasions: khaki-based dress pants, a black blazer, white dress shirt, and black dress shoes. I find it to be appropriate for almost every special occasion. I also own a black suit which utilizes the same white shirt, shoes, and belt.
What is one benefit of thinking less about what you wear? There are several benefits that come to mind right away: less time to get ready, less expense, less to care for, less staring into my closet wondering what to wear. But more importantly, I have begun to care less about ever-changing fashion trends and I worry less about impressing people with my clothes.
Do you wear a similar uniform each day and can you describe it? I tend to wear a variation of a uniform: a T-shirt or a slim button-down oxford, either paired with jeans. In the summer I wear TOMS shoes because they’re incredibly comfortable on my daily 8-mile walks. During the winter I wear colorful stripped socks and leather boots. When I dress for more formal occasions, I wear a crisp white button-down dress shirt tucked into jeans with a pinstriped navy blazer.
You recently moved to a cabin in Montana. Did you have to buy anything new or change your wardrobe to fit your new environment? Because it’s going to be cold, and I’m going to be chopping a lot of firewood, I bought some thermal underwear. I also purchased a bear-spray holster (does that count as an accessory?).
What is one benefit of thinking less about what you wear? Actually, “thinking less” is the biggest benefit. In other words, getting dressed requires very little cerebration these days—no more searching closets or aimless color-coordinating. Now I just pull on some jeans and a t-shirt or an oxford, and I’m good to go. Another great benefit is that I own only clothes that I love—clothes I enjoy wearing. Thus, every outfit is my favorite outfit. It feels great to be able to wear my favorite clothes every day.
In this Harvard Business Review article, President Obama said, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
Do you wear a similar uniform each day and can you describe it? My day-to-day (as I am a telecommuter) are Reebok Men’s Crushed Basketball Shorts. I have 3 pair of them and all are black. My shirt is typically a T-shirt from Duluth Trading called the “Long T”. It keeps the plumber from showing if you know what I mean! I have one pair of sneakers and they are cross-trainers that get replaced every year like clockwork! When I work outside (either on the tiny house or in the garden/farm) I wear well-worn Carhartt Overalls and my ‘ol trust pair of Georgia Boots.
Clothing is so cheap. Is it tempting to focus on quantity over quality? No, not at all. I used to focus on quantity. I was a bit addicted to variety and following trends. I would gladly get a $25 pair of jeans from Old Navy and then replace them the next month as opposed to an $80 pair of similar looking Carhartt jeans that would last me a couple of years. Because I have moved to living a more simple, budget-minded, lifestyle I prefer to make an initial investment and have a return on that investment (ROI = TIME in this case).
What is one benefit of thinking less about what you wear? I feel more comfortable than ever in my clothes. They represent who I am and what I do. Thinking less about it means I am more in touch with who I am and that just creates a more optimistic attitude in life; internally and externally.
“I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right? I mean, it’s literally, if you could see my closet,” Zuckerberg said, adding that he owns “maybe about 20″ of the gray, scoop neck shirts he’s become somewhat famous for.
In this interview the Facebook founder said he lets his wife have the run of the closet in their Palo Alto, Calif., home and keeps his shirt “collection” in a single drawer.