I haven't done a Project 333 update lately. Although at this point, I should call it a Project 313 update. I'll explain in a minute.
For those of you who don't know, Project 333 is an attempt to build a small, capsule wardrobe of 33 items (excluding workout clothes, underpinnings, and pajamas) for three months, adding in and cycling out clothes every three months as the seasons change. You can read more about my journey with this here and here.
I thought I had whittled my wardrobe down really well, and have been really pleased with how easy it is to get dressed in the morning, and how everything I own works with each other (this is because I have five basic colors I use -- three neutrals, navy, gray, and white, and two accents, pink and lavender).
But I just donated another huge bag of clothes. It's just so surprising that I really can live quite comfortably with less clothes. Right now, it feels like I only have about 13 items, rather than 33, hence Project 313!
One factor in getting rid of some clothes has been my weight loss. I've lost 17 pounds so far, and a couple pair of trousers went into that bag. I hope never to see that size again!
I'm hoping to lose another 25, for a total of 42 pounds. If I keep going at this pace, one pound lost per week, I will reach my goal the first week of September.
So, obviously, a few more items of clothing will be going in the donation bag.
I've looked at my spring/summer clothes, and I think I have enough pieces to get me through these two seasons, and through additional weight loss, without having to buy anything new. Casual summer dresses, which I mostly wear, are pretty forgiving. I might buy an inexpensive pair of cotton ankle pants in an intermediate size, to see me through.
I currently am down to one pair of jeans and one pair of casual trousers. The jeans are getting too big, but I have another pair that I can fit into after losing about five more pounds. I will just swap the current jeans out.
I have about five or six casual summer dresses, and some dresses for church, and that will do me, I think. I have a couple special occasion dresses that have been too small for me, that will now work perfectly for upcoming graduations and weddings.
Dresses and sweaters and tops are fairly forgiving; it's the jeans and trousers that need to be sized down.
I'm looking forward to building a new wardrobe in the fall, but for now, I'm making do, and doing with a lot less.
The big shift now in my wardrobe has to do with shoes. Having spent most of the past year or two in socks or bare feet, it's a killer to put on my favorite high heels. And when I look in my closet, I shake my head and say, really?
A couple dozen pair of high heels? Two pair of flats? No good walking shoes?
Things have got to change.
I wear heels to church (maybe in them 4 hours a week), and out to a nice dinner or concert (once a month?). How many pair of heels do I need?!
I used to run errands and go to the library and the mall in heels, but, now? No, thank you.
One thing I've learned is that I need to have clothes and shoes that fit my real life, not my fantasy life. As much as I like to get all dressed up and fancy-like, it's not really my life. And even if it was, do I really want to kill my feet anymore?
So I just ordered myself a pair of Minnetonka moccasins (yes, they still make them!) in a soft gray suede. They have a nice comfortable sole on them. They will be perfect for errand running, and they're cute, too.
And I'm donating some of my heels. I have to admit, I'm keeping a half dozen in my closet. The rest I'm boxing up with a note to reassess in the fall. Maybe after losing 42 pounds, I will be a little lighter on my feet, and they will be more comfortable.
But I really think the writing is on the wall. Several pair of comfortable walking shoes and a couple pair of lower-heeled dressy shoes is all I need. All these 3- and 4-inch heels I have are probably going to be gone in a couple years.
I have to say, this is hard. It has to do with recognizing that I'm getting older. It has to do with acknowledging that I have to accommodate a body that would rather be comfortable than stylish (although those terms really aren't mutually exclusive).
On the other hand, there is great freedom in this. It all has to do with being kind to myself and taking care of myself. Since I've been on this new lifestyle of eating whole, unprocessed food, without sugar, I picture all my little cells rejoicing in being fed better quality food; now I can picture my feet saying to each other, "yay! she's finally taking care of us!!"
So, I'm on the lookout for stylish, comfortable, lower-heeled shoes to wear for dressier occasions. I need two pair to replace two dozen. Not in any hurry; I'll wait to reach my weight loss goal first. Any recommendations?
(I'm sorry for the lack of photos; the one I used is an old one from my files. I am having trouble downloading pictures right now. Have no clue why. Wish there was a teenager in the house to help.)