I put together a Project 333 wardrobe for late winter and early spring. This spring I’m teaching a master’s level class, so I’m aiming for a decent mix of professional wardrobe options, along with some clothes more appropriate to farmer’s market weekends and our regular trips to work out at the YMCA. The weather here remains wildly unpredictable, so I’ve got clothes here for snow days along with dresses and a swim suit for spring. Choosing a wardrobe gets easier with each cycle of the project – I know my go-to outfits and favorite items, and I have a good sense of what coordinates.
- my vintage dress coat, which I wear every.day. Like a cartoon character. I’m in love.
- corduroy pants in several colors (these are my version of “office professional,” and I find I wear them more than actual dress pants. On teaching days, I pair them with a blouse or sweater, throw on my Mary Janes, and roll out the door).
- t shirts and shells: I try to have more of these than any other item, since they have to be washed the most frequently
- the lovely cashmere sweaters my mom has given me over the years, which are my FAVORITES (…and my cashmere hat. So cozy!)
- the wool sweater that Josh’s mom gave me for Christmas. I wear it all weekend, every weekend- it’s love.
- cardigans for layering over dresses and shells
- spring dresses that I can dress up or down for the occasion
- my tall boots. I live in them all winter. They’re warm and weather proof and look good with almost anything.
- brown Mary Janes. They work with everything and have good support – as an OT, I’ve come to really value that. You’ll notice that there are never any high heels in my Project 333 collections. I just don’t believe in suffering for fashion. Ever.
- my yellow raincoat – it’s almost spring, and in North Carolina, that means months of rain!
- favorite jeans from the clothing swap! (see below) I can already tell that these are going to be a go-to on the weekends.
- dressy sandals (I got mine at a J Crew warehouse sale, and I love them). They’re super comfortable, but also work for fancy occasions, and are the one thing I can pair with my party dress.
- my YMCA clothes, including my new running shoes! Running shoes are the most frequently replaced item in my wardrobe. They’re the one item I don’t recommend wearing until they fall apart – too hard on the feet!
- a lot of Carolina blue. It’s basketball season, y’all.
- my yellow pencil skirt. I like to pair it with boots and a blouse on work days.
As always, my choices are mostly pet friendly and wash-and-wear, along with a few more special items (a fancy dress for spring weddings; the amazing burgundy wool vintage coat I found this winter and can’t stop wearing). Confession: I love that coat so much that I coordinated most of my wardrobe around it. I also added the Madewell tote bag I’ve been coveting. It’s probably time for me to get a grown up purse that will also work as a briefcase (for my laptop, student papers and the rest), but I’m having a hard time choosing. This project has made me a much more selective, thoughtful shopper, and I love that. That Madewell Transport Tote (in black or saddle; I love them both) is at the top of my birthday list this year :)
I’ve got a few new items in the mix this season. My friend Jill had a clothing swap recently, and I was able to swap out many of the nice things I just don’t wear enough (loss aversion kept me from donating them to a thrift store up to this point). I’m going to play around with the new-to-me items I scored at the swap and see if I want to swap any of them in to my Project 333 rotation. Probably so! I’ve already added the awesome blue jeans I scored from our friend Emily. Clothing swaps are a great, free, sustainable alternative to shopping – ours also included cookies and a few rounds of Bananagrams. A good time was had by all!
Happy spring, you guys. I know I’m ready for it! What about you?