Sigrid’s Project 333-Life is Short, Wear a Dress!

My Project 333 is based on the philosophy that we shouldn’t always wait for the perfect time to celebrate life. I live in Seattle where über-casual dressing is the norm, but I am ready for a change after slumming it in jeans and t-shirts for many years.

You can read more about Project 333 and capsule wardrobe dressing here:

http://www.theproject333.com

I need a wardrobe that covers the 3 F’s of dressing: flexible, fun, and fast. I am currently caring for my father whose health has declined, and will continue to do so for an extended period of time. The rigors of eldercare are such that many days I don’t have time for myself. However, I get dressed every day, so this is an opportunity for self-expression and a quick mood lift. We never know when either crises or opportunities will happen, so it’s nice to have smart outfits ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Since I wear petite sizes, I like the Eileen Fisher brand of clothing because they are cut properly for petite-sized women. The classic mix and match styles she designs are a good buy over the long term, and having interchangeable outfits is imperative for a minimalistic wardrobe. She also has an Eileen Green consignment shop about 3 miles from my home in Seattle, and this has been a great place to purchase nice clothing at a reasonable price.

I’m starting my Project 333 on September 1st. This happens to be my husband’s birthday and the slide into the rainy season, so I wanted to have outfits that could stand up to warm weather or muddy roads. Seattle’s rainy season rarely gets below freezing, but it is frequently damp and cool. I mapped out ahead of time which garments I thought I would want to swap out as the weather cools.

Looking at the list, I am already wondering if I need as many clothes as listed. I am not an avid shopper, but despite this I have still managed to amass fair number of garments. I think I may be prone to shop sales, thinking I should buy something at a good price because I will need it later. I categorized my items for the project so I would have a better idea of which type of garments I really need. As items wear out, I will know which garments to replace and can avoid my sales hang-up.

Number

Item/Swap item

Category

1

Gray Silk Shirtdress

Dress

2

Black V-neck short sleeve Dress/ Black wool dress

Dress

3

Gray linen skirt

Skirt

4

Black and white straight skirt/ Gray flannel skirt

Skirt

5

Green Boucle sweater

Top

6

Charcoal wool menswear cardigan

Cardigan

7

Charcoal heavy wool cardigan

Cardigan

8

Yellow linen cardigan

Cardigan

9

Black viscose T shirt

Top

10

Red turtleneck

Top

11

White cap-sleeved silk t shirt

Top

12

Blue cotton ¾-sleeve t shirt

Top

13

Blue wool sweater

Top

14

Black blazer

Outerwear

15

Japanese cameo necklace

Jewelry

16

Magenta freshwater pearl necklace

Jewelry

17

Clear glass and silver lariat

Jewelry

18

3-strand freshwater pearl necklace

Jewelry

19

Light Yellow jacket

Jewelry

20

Wool coat

Outerwear

21

Trench coat

Outerwear

22

Sunglasses

Accessory

23

gloves

Accessory

24

Sun hat/ Handmade recycled heavy silk hat

Accessory

25

Green cotton scarf

Accessory

26

Handmade recycled heavy silk scarf

Accessory

27

Black flats

Shoes

28

Gray flats

Shoes

29

Black sandals/Black sling-backs

Shoes

30

Black Dress rain boots

Shoes

31

Gray Jambu sneakers

Shoes

32

Purse

Accessory

33

Messenger bag

Accessory

 

I took a few photos. Now I understand why the fashion industry uses models to photograph clothes; the clothes don’t look like much on a hanger. I’ll snap come more photos when I am wearing some outfits.

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3 thoughts on “Sigrid’s Project 333-Life is Short, Wear a Dress!

  1. I love the title of this post, it grabbed my attention right away on Project333! Also, my hats off to you for taking care of your father! I know how it can be, I helped take care of my grandfather when I was a teenager and it’s hard in ways folks just don’t know about. Anyways, lovely blog!

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    • Thank you! It’s been a fun learning experience so far. Eldercare can be fun too at times. I’ve never had as much time to visit with and learn about my father as a person before. He has done so many things! I’m glad to have this opportunity.

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