Project 333: A Minimalist Fashion Challenge

Hi there! I’m Anna, and if you’re new here, welcome! 

On this website, I talk about minimalism, personal finance, and self-improvement. 

Today I want to talk about minimalism and, more specifically, “project 333”. 

What is project 333? 

If you’re not familiar with project 333, here is what you need to know. 

It’s a minimalism fashion challenge created by Courtney Carver. During 3 months, you only wear 33 pieces of clothing. It includes your outdoor clothes, shoes, jackets/coats, and accessories. You don’t count your underwear, the pieces of jewelry you never take off, your clothes when you’re at home, and your workout clothes and, your pajamas. 

The first time I heard about this project, I was scared. Clothes were an essential part of my life, and I thought it was impossible, with my previous job, to wear only 33 things for 3 months. I had, like the author, a job in which appearance is really important, and I was obsessed with what people would think of me. 

But you know, minimalism is not an end road, it’s a journey, and through the years, I decluttered a lot, found my personal style, and changed my job. A lot of changes for the best. 

But clothes were always a problem even if I did a big declutter in my wardrobe when we moved in. My clothes just couldn’t fit in the closet I shared with my boyfriend.

During every sale, I was the first to check on websites to see if I could have the best deal. And I have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear or don’t fit in. 

How did it start? 

If you haven’t read my last blog post, go check this out because it’s when this challenge started. 

It was in January, and if you know me, you know that I love challenges (except workouts challenge ^^). So last year, I did the 30-day Minimalism Game in which I decluttered around 500 items from my apartment. But I couldn’t redo this challenge this year because I knew I didn’t have 500 things to declutter. 

So I’ve started the year with a no-spend challenge in which I could only spend money on bills, groceries, and transportation. 

And when I was scrolling on social media, many people doing this challenge were also doing project 333. It tickled my curiosity, so I ordered the book and read it immediately.

Obviously, this challenge was for me. It was a good time to start it, and it was exactly what I needed for my wardrobe. 

It’s a really great book because if you’re new to the “minimalist world,” you realize how decluttering and living with less could have a big impact on your life. 

So I’ve decided to start right away after finishing the book. 

What are my goals with this challenge? 

I love the challenges about living with less, about stopping to consume a lot. 

Last year, I did the MinsGame, and it was so much fun. I thought I wouldn’t have 500 items, but it was a success in the end. These challenges opened my eyes to my consumption of anything and everything each time. And it’s great to set the record straight from time to time. 

So my goals with this challenge are to identify clothes that don’t fit with my body and my lifestyle and be more creative with the clothes I already own. Find new ways to use pieces together to create outfits. 

I don’t really have a problem finding an outfit in the morning before going to work, but I have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear at all. And I really need to identify them, to know exactly what I need in my wardrobe that is in complete alignment with my life. I need to know my personal style and avoid buying clothes that don’t fit my body and my life. 

What is my project 333 list? 

In the beginning, I thought it would be easy to find 33 items. I thought I wore the same clothes every day. I have a job in which I stand up all day long, so I need comfortable shoes, a pair of jeans and a sweater. I don’t go out a lot, so I don’t need fancy outfits. 

So for me, it would be easy. 


Just to give you some context: I tend to buy clothes in sales that don’t fit me, you know, to be motivated to lose weight. I know I’m not the only one here! It didn’t really work (no kidding!), and I have a lot of clothes waiting for me to lose 8 kilos to be worn finally. So a few months ago I’ve decided to put these clothes under my bed not to have to see them every single day. Maybe one day (finally), I will wear them… But not now. 

And by doing this every single time, I don’t have a lot of clothes that fit me perfectly. 

So I have to say that the first items were pretty easy to select. For the shoes, it was easy too. I’ve chosen a backpack and a handbag, one piece of jewelry. But when I finished the list of the “obviously” clothes, I still had 10 items to find. 

To make this selection, I put all the clothes I have (except those that don’t fit me) on my bed, and I select items one by one. So I had an “obviously” stack, a “maybe” stack, and a “no” stack. 

What decided me to keep some clothes than the others is that my challenge ends in mid-April, so I need some lighter clothes than an oversized winter sweater. So I selected some blouses that I could wear alone or with a cardigan. And I had my 33 items! 

Here’s the list of my 33 items 

My Project 333 List

I didn’t have regrets about the clothes I didn’t select because I didn’t wear them a lot for most of them. 

For the rest of my clothes, I put them into bags and under my bed. I can tell you that I’ve created another bed under my bed with all my clothes! Even my cat can’t move around freely. 

How is the first month going? 

It’s going pretty well. It’s been a month since I’ve started this challenge, and I have to say that it’s really great. Even if we had sales in France, I didn’t want to buy anything. 

I know what to wear every day and I already created new outfits with what I already have. I feel confident with what I wear and I think it’s because I don’t see all the clothes I bought if I lose weight. 

One of the things I’m proud of is about this weekend. It was our anniversary with my boyfriend and we went to a great restaurant and even if I wanted to choose other outfits outside of my list, I ended up finding a really appropriate outfit for this occasion in my 33 items. 

I will give you some news of this challenge when it is over (mid-April). 

I hope it would give you the opportunity to think about your wardrobe and perhaps start this challenge. 

See you!