I know, I know... a much overdue summer minimalist wardrobe update... so sorry for the delay.
First an update on how I have progressed from being a one time shopping diva to an almost prudent clothes shopper. If you have not read my previous wardrobe posts I must tell you that I am a former clothes addict. Flashback to two years ago and at this time of the year I would have normally been contemplating my summer sales purchases and my next visit to a charity shop to fill my wardrobe gaps.
Somehow, and I still can't believe this has happened, I have now reached the point where an overfull wardrobe makes me feel stressed and unworn clothes hanging in my wardrobe seem wasteful. VIP invitations to sales don't get a second glance now and instead of contemplating my next purchase I find myself making plans for my next wardrobe purge (and getting quite excited at the thought).
My wardrobe cull has been partly circumstantial. Downsizing forced me to give up at least half of my wardrobe and to begin to consider adopting a smaller yet stylish collection of clothes. The mistakes and fripperies have been weeded out and my wardrobe is gradually being honed to a functional and wearable collection. Sometimes I pine for a purged item of clothing but then I remember something about the item that made it an outsider in my closet. My current collection of clothes is small but well-loved and new items have to be vetted, tested and deemed pretty sensational in some way or other to earn their hanger stripes.
I first took part in Project 333 last December and learnt an awful lot. Over the Christmas - New Year period I managed successfully to dress myself presentably and sometimes stylishly with 33 items of clothing. To be honest I found this is a challenging number when putting together outfits for different occasions and weather. However, don't be put off, the project allows for flexibility. This time I have not included bags or jewellery in my 33 items because I now don't have many of either. My handbag collection is small and finally under control and I keep my accessories simple.
So.. this season's 33 items. This list was put together over two months ago and has been my wardrobe since May when the weather first started to improve in the UK. There have been a few tweaks since I first put these 33 garments together. I originally had a pair of pewter wedge sandals on my list but have not even thought about wearing them. Maybe if I had an occasion like a wedding to attend they might have been required but my gladiator sandals have been more than adequate for any evening/smarter event I've attended. So the wedges have been put to rest in the loft and have made way for a favourite cotton dress that has enjoyed a revival in this balmy weather.
Whilst it would be nice to start afresh with a new minimal wardrobe I almost gain more pleasure in knowing that I'm reviving old favourites, especially those that were charity shop finds (*).
However, there have been some new additions to my late spring/summer wardrobe:
a maxi dress
new pair of ballet flats
plain orange Gap t-shirt (semi-fitted)
crochet waistcoat (essential for that summer vibe... not...) I'm counting this item as an accessory as it can't be worn on its own
All these items have been good buys in terms of price/per wear. I love finding a great item like my maxi dress and wearing it over and over again.
So my current list....
1. skinny blue jeans
2. white jeans
3. white linen trousers
4. smart white trousers with fine pinstripe*
5. tulip shaped skirt
6. white linen three-quarter length trousers
7. denim shorts
8. green crinkle vest*
9. purple t-shirt
10. orange t-shirt
11. white birdcage t-shirt*
12. aqua check shirt
13. teal cap sleeved top
14. multi-coloured three quarter length sequin top
15. multi patterned short sleeved top
16. salmon and grey jumper
17. Joules sweatshirt*
18. navy blouse
19. floaty orange sleeveless cotton tunic*
20. crinkle sleeveless tunic
21. green dress
22. maxi dress
23. blue boyfriend cardigan
24. green wrap cardigan
25. purple wrap cardigan
26. black cardigan
27. waterproof storm jacket
28. trench coat
29. black/cream ballet pumps
30. purple birkinstocks
31. gladiator sandals
32. brown ankle boots
I won't bore you with photos of ordinary denim shorts or plain white linen trousers but here are a few shots of the stars from my summer Project 333 list. Many are non-iron, charity shop/car boot finds or sales gems (from my past life).