Project 333, Fall/Winter 2017: Days Given to Us

Last updated November 16, 2017

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"Perfection is highly overrated and you are working with pieces you love, so it will be hard to pick the wrong items." ~~ Courtney Carver
Who's counting?
II've gone back and forth on the question of whether to set a number limit on clothes. Thoughtful people have pointed out that it's more important to have a wardrobe that meets your needs, makes your life easier, than it is to obsess over arbitrary limits. On the other hand, setting a number creates a measurable goal, and keeps the clothes from outrunning the closet.
Clothes from last spring's 10x10 Challenge

Still, the questions keep coming. How do some people manage even less than 33 items, jewelry and sunglasses included? Is resistance to fewer clothes a fear of being stripped down of my protective layers, in the same way that I want to turn the radio on when the room is too quiet?  Or is it just that I can't decide on pink over green? 

I'm still working on those. 
What I have now may not look "minimalist," but at least it is "intentional." 

Life as it is

For this fall, I've chosen 36 items (was 34, but I've added on), counting all clothes, coats, and shoes, but not purses, scarves, or other accessories. This allows enough room for lightweight September t-shirts and cotton pants, and warm sweaters and cords for probable November snow. "NEW" beside an item means that I don't think I've used it on a wardrobe page before.


I try to stay honest about my typical day and week, and say no to clothes from some other life (one in which I'm taller, younger, and dress up for work). I admire Downton-Abbey-style vintage hats, but they would be a bit odd to wear around the apartment. I also don't have any real use for a new travel satchel, although I enjoy thinking that I'd like to pack clothes and go somewhere more often. I'll probably be away overnight just once during the fall, for a weekend retreat on Lake Erie.


These are my other planned activities: 

Volunteering twice a week at the thrift store

Study nights and meetings
Walking to the library or to do some shopping
Computer work (and housework)
Hanging out with my husband
Church on Sundays (not formal, but I like to wear something other than jeans)


End of October Update: I've decided not to start a new capsule at the end of November, but to keep wearing what I have through December and January, then maybe do an end-of-winter list like I did this year.. (I don't have any other winter clothes anyway!)

November Update: I Kon-mari my closet

“Is there not glory enough in living the days given to us? You should know there is adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty, too.” 


Things to Wear

Accessories

Scarves: these are the ones I'll be wearing the most over the fall.
Four belts, all thrifted. The black macrame and chain-of-hearts belts are recent finds. I also added a fifth, a narrow black and silver one (it was a dollar at the thrift store), and I think I've already worn that one more than the others.
Jewelry: mostly earrings and necklaces. 

The three scarf rings near the bottom of the photo were bought in the 1980's, when big bows were The Thing. I use them now mostly to fasten shawls or cardigans. Sometimes I clip them onto a chain, for an instant necklace.
Thrifted necklace that reminded me of Scattered Showers

Purses: same as previous seasons.

Clothes 

Tops and sweaters (11)

Long tank top, deep pink. I also have a dark blue one that is sort of unofficially on the list.

Charcoal-grey t-shirt
Cooler weather swap: a long-sleeved grey t-shirt

Off-white t-shirt


Long navy t-shirt (thrifted)

Grey-patterned loose-fitting top (NEW, thrifted)













Pink rib-knit long-sleeved t-shirt (NEW, thrifted)
Swapped this out for a plum-coloured top I already had. The pink was pretty, but the sleeves were so loose that they got in the way.

Windowpane-check fleece pullover top (thrifted, added later)









Grey/raspberry (or is it magenta?) cotton knit shirt (thrifted, added later). It can also be worn open as a jacket.












Stretchy charcoal-grey shirt (thrifted, added later)














Denim shirt (thrifted)












Lightweight dark green pullover sweater (thrifted) I could have cut this one out after finding a sweater dress in a similar colour, but it's staying on the list for now.

Raspberry pullover sweater (consignment store)


Dresses (4)
Grey sheath dress (thrifted, added later)









Slate-blue sweater dress (NEW, thrifted)













Another sweater dress, in a more fitted style (NEW, thrifted).

This was a last-minute addition; but it's a do-everything dress (or tunic or sweater) that works well with the other clothes. The colour is hard to nail down: the dress appears dark blue at first, but close up it is more of a teal green mixed with black.















Layers and Cardigans (5)

Knit vest, mixed colours (NEW, thrifted)

Dark grey blazer (NEW, thrifted)
Why is it the end of October and I haven't worn this? One reason is that the sleeves are a bit too long; I am going to see if I can get them shortened.













Purple fleece cardigan (NEW, thrifted)

I am on the fence about this one. The sleeves are a bit tight, so it doesn't layer that well; but it's fine with a t-shirt.

Teal green jean jacket 




Navy convertible wrap sweater (NEW, thrifted)
This is the kind of cardigan that can be wrapped, tied, bangled, and looped.
I liked the idea of the long sweater, but I feel swamped in that amount of fabric. I recently found a shorter version in a similar colour, so I'm going to swap that in for this season.













Skirts and Pants (8)
Navy maxi skirt (NEW, thrifted)
This one is just an experiment, since I haven't had huge luck wearing long skirts and dresses. 

Dark grey midi skirt (NEW, thrifted)
I liked this skirt a lot, but it was too big in the waist, and the alteration wasn't something I could do well myself. I paid to have it taken in, so that's my motivation to wear it a lot this fall!

Grey corduroy skirt (thrifted, added later)

Dark grey cords (NEW, thrifted)

Navy cotton ankle pants (NEW, thrifted) (these are for warm weather)
Blue jeans (thrifted)
Navy sweatpants (NEW, thrifted)
Charcoal jeggings 
Dark grey pants in a dressier fabric (thrifted)

Outdoor wear (4)

Grey openwork poncho and matching circle scarf (NEW, consignment store).
This is one of my favourite clothing finds. The poncho can be worn straight-on, sideways, or belted as a top. The scarf will add a bit of warmth when the weather gets colder.














Green outdoor jacket (thrifted/DIY)
Purple coat (thrifted)
Cold-weather jacket


Shoes (4)

Flat shoes (added later)
Grey and white sneakers

Grey wedge heels (thrifted)


Lace-up black boots (NEW), and a pair of boots from last year as backup (especially if it rains)




How I'm Wearing Them
Most of these outfit photos don't have shoes. That is not because I don't wear shoes; it was just easier to lay them out that way.

Warm weather, very casual

Jeans, off-white t-shirt (shown with backpack)
Navy sweatpants or navy ankle pants, navy t-shirt

Warm weather, medium-dressy to dressed-up

Charcoal jeggings, grey top, grey scarf, chain belt
Dark grey midi skirt, grey top, lilac scarf, chain belt
Dark grey midi skirt, pink tank top, silver belt

Cooler weather casual
Charcoal jeggings, teal/black sweater dress (styled as tunic)
Teal/black sweater dress, denim shirt
Grey cords, Revolve dress as top, knitted vest

Cooler weather, medium-dressy to dressed-up
Dark grey corduroy pants, green pullover, dark grey blazer. This also works with the grey skirt.
Charcoal jeggings or grey cords, poncho, chain belt (there should be a top or camisole in there too)
 
 Navy maxi skirt (pulled up to shorter length), raspberry pullover, tights/boots or wedge shoes
Dark grey midi skirt, Revolve dress as top, necklace, boots or wedge shoes
Grey blazer, grey-blue sweater dress, necklace, wedge shoes

What I Added

Dark grey corduroy skirt (thrifted). This has turned out to be really useful.


Stretchy charcoal shirt, and a sort-of-retro belt (both thrifted)
Flat shoes, to replace the summer ones. 
Grey "suiting"-fabric dress (thrifted)
Multi-coloured scarf (thrifted)
Grey/raspberry (or is it magenta?) cotton knit shirt (thrifted). It can also be worn open as a jacket. 
Small purse with a shoulder strap (thrifted)
Grey-blue cardigan (thrifted), that can be worn wrapped or open. This is a replacement for my other navy cardigan that always feels a bit droopy.
Teal green jean jacket
Fleece pullover

What I Wore

Sept. 3:  Church: blue sweater dress with a belt. Hanging out later: navy cardigan, navy jogging pants, dark blue long tank top (not on the list).
Sept. 4:  Labour Day antiquing: jeans, grey v-neck top layered over grey t-shirt, a fun necklace. 
Sept. 5. Bag-lunch day at church: jeggings, dark blue long tank top (still not on the list), navy cardigan.
Sept. 6: Housework and stuff: navy jogging pants, vanilla t-shirt.
Sept. 7: Also at home: jeans, long-sleeved pink top
Sept. 8: Charcoal jeggings, fitted sweater dress as tunic, grey/silver circle scarf
Sept. 9: Groceries on a cool morning: jeans, green pullover, purple fleece cardigan
Sept. 10: Church: darker sweater dress (belted to knee-length), purple scarf, tights and heels.
Sept. 11: Navy sweatpants, purple top

Heat Wave Interlude, during which we wore whatever was handy

Sept. 12: Grey jeans (not on the list), grey t-shirt, denim shirt
Sept. 13: Burger date with my husband: dark grey corduroy skirt, grey V-neck top, jade green jacket, black macrame belt, fabric shoes
Sept. 14: Jeans, navy t-shirt
Sept. 15 & 16: Casual-warm things
Sept. 17: Church: Grey midi skirt, grey v-neck top over t-shirt, belt, bead necklace
Sept. 18: Grey corduroy skirt, a summer t-shirt
Sept. 19: Antiquing trip: navy pants, navy t-shirt, jade green jacket
Sept. 20: Charcoal t-shirt, grey corduroy skirt, macrame belt, Beach Pebble necklace from Ten Thousand Villages
Sept. 21: Shorts and t-shirt.
Sept. 22: T-shirt, print denim skirt I bought at the end of the summer
Sept. 23: Navy pants, navy camisole, denim shirt
Sept. 24: Dark blue long tank top, print denim skirt, jean jacket, none of which are on the fall list.
Sept. 25: Jeans and t-shirt.
Sept. 26: Summer dress.

Cooler weather arrives

Sept. 27: Jeans and t-shirt
Sept. 28: Fitted sweater dress, just because it feels like fall
Sept. 29: Grey cords, raspberry pullover
Sept. 30: Jeans, stretchy shirt, belt, boots

Oct. 1: Church: jade green jacket and scarf, grey Revolve dress, tights and boots. After church: grey corduroy skirt, raspberry pullover
Oct. 2: Jeans, purple top,workboots (it was that kind of a day)
Oct. 3: Jeans, grey t-shirt, green pullover
Oct. 4: Gŕey cords, stretchy shirt, grey poncho
Oct. 5: Jeggings, grey-blue sweater dress worn as tunic
Oct. 6: Jeans, purple top, pink and purple striped scarf
Oct. 7: Grey cords, a plum-coloured top (not on the list, but I am going to swap it in), pink and purple scarf, green outdoor jacket, boots
Oct. 8:  Church: Grey corduroy skirt, stretchy shirt, grey poncho with belt, tights, new flat shoes
Oct. 9: Thanksgiving: Sweater dress, tights and flats
Oct. 10: Grey cords, grey long-sleeved t-shirt (not on the list but I'm going to swap it in for another top). I added a new-to-me multi-coloured scarf I found at the thrift store.
Oct. 11: Jeans, t-shirt
Oct. 12: Loose sweater dress, navy cardigan, belt, tights
Oct. 13: Jeans, plum t-shirt, multi-coloured scarf (and the cold-weather jacket, probably the default from this point on)
Oct. 14: Grey midi skirt, green pullover, grey and green scarf, tights, flat shoes
Oct. 15: Raspberry pullover layered over (new, thrifted) grey dress. Multi-coloured scarf, tights, flat shoes.
Oct. 16: Hanging out at home: Jeggings, navy t-shirt
Oct. 17: Grey cords, long-sleeved grey t-shirt, knit vest, boots. (Finally got to wear the vest!)
Oct. 18: Jeans, paisley shirt (new, thrifted)
Oct. 19: Jeggings, t-shirt, denim shirt
Oct. 20: Retreat: like Oct. 15, only with corduroy skirt
Oct. 21: Retreat: like Oct. 9
Oct. 22: Church: Grey corduroy skirt, paisley shirt, macrame belt, flats
Oct. 23: Navy t-shirt and sweatpants
Oct. 24: Jeans, stretchy shirt, navy scarf, flat shoes
Oct. 25: Jeggings, dark blue long tank top, grey-blue cardigan (new, thrifted, replacing another cardigan)
Oct. 26: Jeans, t-shirt, pullover, scarf. Evening meeting: Grey cords, grey top, knit vest.
Oct. 27: Grey cords, paisley shirt
Oct. 28: (Saturday shopping, cold/rainy weather): jeggings, grey/white tunic top (not on the list), purple scarf, boots, warm jacket
Oct. 29: Church: Grey-blue sweater dress worn backwards, with the blazer (finally got to wear it), tights, boots, necklace. Later: took off the blazer, turned the dress around and tucked it up as a tunic (with jeggings). Added: grey-blue cardigan (new, thrifted).
Oct. 30: Jeans, long-sleeved t-shirt.
Oct. 31: Volunteering morning: grey cords, green t-shirt, jade green jacket. Dinner out: grey sheath dress, grey poncho, thrifted bead necklace with a lot of blue in it.

Nov. 1: Jeans, t-shirt, scarf
Nov. 2: Grey cords, raspberry pullover, scarf
Nov. 3: Jeans, grey/white tunic top, an old scarf, boots, warm jacket
Nov. 4: Jeans, off-white t-shirt, dark green jacket, necklace, warm jacket, workboots
Nov. 5: Church: Grey Revolve dress, dark green jacket, necklace, tights, shoes, (purple coat)
Nov. 6: Jeans, navy pullover. Later (dinner with my husband): grey midi skirt, green pullover, belt with wooden beads, tights, flat shoes
Nov. 7: Jeans, plum t-shirt, purple fleece cardigan, purple scarf, boots
Nov. 8: Jeans, t-shirt, blue cardigan, Beach Pebble necklace
Nov. 9: Cleaning: sweatpants, t-shirt. Later: grey cords, green pullover, green scarf

(First snow, and lots colder)

Nov. 10: Jeans, checked fleece pullover, necklace, sneakers
Nov. 11: Grey cords, grey top, knitted vest, (warm jacket, muffler)
Nov.12: Church: Turtleneck sweaterdress (thrifted, from previous capsules), poncho with matching scarf, tights, flat shoes, (warm jacket). Later: same dress, knitted vest, bead necklace.
Nov. 13: Jeggings, denim shirt, knitted vest
Nov. 14: Jeans, plum t-shirt, scarf, (warm jacket)
Nov. 15: Jeans, indigo t-shirt
Nov. 16: Jeggings, navy t-shirt, blue cardigan
Nov. 17: Same as October 17th and Nov. 11th. 

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