Project 101: Second Week Blues

Now, I know it looks like I should only be on my first week blues. But, due to a number of circumstances, I’m actually on my second week.

These are the circumstances:

  1. I started it on the 19th, but scheduled the Project 101 post for the 25th so I wouldn’t have a) a post on the wrong day and b) three posts in one week

That’s basically it.

The first week was easy enough, because I spent most of it on a youth camp where I only brought two tops, one pair of trousers, a pair of shorts and two pairs of shoes. All of which I wore, funnily enough. And no, this isn’t as unhygienic as it sounds, I promise. Sincerely. I think the maximum number of days I wore anything for was about two? Probably? (oh man, now I’m getting worried)

The second week was where things got exciting. And when I say exciting, I mean bad. Sort of. Or maybe good because I saw a challenge and grew as a person. 

In essence, I discovered the reason why these kinds of challenges are tricky. I forgot, in my zealous challenge-setting, to consider the change in the seasons. The gradual-in-season change, that is. I.e., it’s colder now than it was before. Evenings are getting colder.

If I’m going to go outside in chilly weather, I’ll probably need a jacket. I probably should have thought of that when I was planning out my clothes.

You’ll be proud though; I didn’t cave. I didn’t sneakily swap one of my pairs of trousers for a blazer, or just sneakily sneak in a jacket of some kind. “What? No, it’s been Project 102 the whole time, honest!”

Another thing I’ve discovered is that those blue chinos aren’t really my favourite thing ever. I prefer neutral trousers and colourful tops, not the other way round! Also it’s a pain when you accidentally spill cider on your trousers and the only other trousers you have are still wet on the clothes horse.

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

On the plus side, I’ve made a really handy excel spreadsheet (!) which I’m using to log which outfits I’ve worn. If I wear all the possible combinations by the end of the month, I win the right to eat chocolate.

IMHO I’m probably going to eat the chocolate anyway, but it’s nice to have goals.

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Project 101

I’m a bit of a fan of the concept of minimalism, especially in wardrobe/fashion. This feels a bit like cheating, because I used to absolutely hate fashion (with a passion!) so I never really had a maxi-wardrobe to downsize to a mini-wardrobe.

Still. I console myself with the idea that it’s basically as if I came to the idea of minimalism pre-prepared! I might actually end up too minimal, because I’ve just realised there are at least two summer tops I can’t wear again unless I become suddenly flat-chested/skinny-as-a-rail. It won’t happen. So I may have to buy a few more things. Or not, I suppose, depending on how this goes…

Anyway, I’ve digressed. Project 333 is a minimalist fashion project where you choose 33 garments and wear them, and only them, for three months. That… is a long time. Especially considering that a) the seasons are changing and b) short attention span combine to make this a tricky one. So I’m making my own project. I’m living life on the edge, baby!

Project 101 is my own challenge I’m setting myself to wear 10 garments (shoes inclusive) for one month. If the title Project 333 confused you (like it confused me), I hope that goes some way to explaining it. (I must’ve spent a good few minutes asking myself what all the 3s were about. Now we know. Cool story, bro.) This is basically going by the usual rules, but so you know:

  1. Underwear, sleepwear, lounge wear and workout wear don’t count (not that I’ll be doing a lot of workouts, but…)
  2. Items not included should only be worn for their intended purpose i.e. no wandering around in trackie bottoms for days on end. That’s cheating.
  3. The 10 item limit also doesn’t include jewellery you wear all the time i.e. watch/wedding ring.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the wardrobe I intend to use during Project 101:
http://pinterest.com/charlim/101-summer-wardrobe/

There is a top missing, because I bought it several years ago and apparently it ceased to exist after it stopped being sold. Anyway, wish me luck etc, because I may well need it.

Oh, and if someone could work out how to embed pinterest boards properly on wordpress.com, that’d be spiffing. I just spend half an hour trying to do it, and that above effort was the best I could do.