Monday, 4 January 2016

Winter capsule wardrobe for Project 333

My autumn capsule wardrobe worked really well, however winter has definitely arrived so I need to retire a couple of short-sleeved tops until it's time to think about my spring capsule. For any new readers, the idea behind Project 333 is to limit yourself to a maximum of 33 items of clothing for the next 3 months. It may sound limiting to some of you, however if you choose your 33 items wisely your capsule wardrobe should prove to be versatile and far from boring.

Even in sunny Spain it's a lot colder during the winter months, so I rarely wear dresses or skirts at this time of the year. I've included four neutral bottoms in my winter capsule: grey trousers, navy denims, chocolate jeggings and sand trousers.


To create a column of colour (to help me look taller and slimmer!) I have included a navy cardigan, grey jacket, navy and grey jacket, brown cardigan and sand cardigan. I can't resist a bit of colour though, so you will also see a red cardigan, an olive one and my hero cardigan, which is shown in the last picture.



Now to a selection of tops to go with the bottoms. This is where I break away from the neutrals and have a bit of fun with my winter capsule. True there is a chocolate brown top, however the lace sleeves add some interest, and the olive top has sequins round the neckline, but as you can see I've also included blue, purple, red, lime, teal and orange. You may spot some striped tops too: I never can resist a striped top!



I like to show off my mathematical skills, so I've calculated that there are 16 tops and 4 bottoms in the capsule, which gives 64 different combinations. Don't forget that there are eight cardigans and jackets, so this increases the possible permutations, although admittedly not every top, bottom and jacket goes together. It's clear though that I can wear a different top every day over a two week period, so there's no need to become bored with my capsule. Remember that I can use those all important accessories to add even more variety to my wardrobe. 

Talking about maths, there are only 32 items shown here: this allows me to introduce a dress if we're invited somewhere smart or a wildcard in case I find something special in the January sales! Finally, two puffer jackets, a burgundy coat and my new copper trench are shown below: these should cover me for all types of weather and all occasions.


If any of you have been thinking about having a clear out of your wardrobe and/or building a capsule wardrobe that will give you plenty of variety, why not start it now? Click on this link to find out more about Project 333. I should admit here that I do bend the rules, as I don't include accessories, jewellery or shoes in my 33 items, but trust me: my wardrobe is definitely a lot less cluttered and more organised than it was before I started Project 333!




7 comments:

  1. Hi Sue! I did the same thing when I tried Project 333. I have created a winter capsule, too, but I haven't counted to see how many pieces there are. Nice to see you again. Happy New Year!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your winter P333 capsule. I like the way you are thinking by bringing in the maths. Due to P333 last year I listed all my long sleeved T-shirts in a spread sheet. Some old - some new - some only for good. I lead a very casual lifestyle. I have 36 T-shirts! All quite basic and usually hidden under a polar fleece jacket. Last year I picked out a colour scheme for winter but this year I think I will just scroll through them and weirdly I will only wear each top 3 times in a 3 month period. You learn what system suits. Love your colours and I know you can't resist stripes. Happy New Year! Carol S

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Happy New Year to you as well! Between you and me, I didn't dare count my t-shirts when I first started doing P333, but I'm gradually whittling them down. Maybe I'll do a t-shirt count this time next year! Obviously I have only shown the ones for my winter 33, so I still have plenty to go through when I need to look at my spring 33. You're quite right in saying you need to have a system that suits.

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  3. Love the combinations in your winter wardrobe. I live in the southern hemisphere and will soon be planning an autumn/winter wardrobe. Very interested in the number of each type of garment. They seem perfect for me with a retired lifestyle. After the 3 coldest months of last winter, I realized I had worn 3 or 4 pairs of pants with different tops the whole time. Merino Ts and fleece for home and jeans and a cashmere button up cardi for a family dinner at a restaurant, with various other combinations for other activities. I haven't counted my tops, but will do so this coming winter.

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    1. Thanks Laura. I did think that maybe there were too many jackets and cardigans, until I realised that most days I'm wearing one of them over a top, and it does add some variety to my outfits. Let me know how many tops you have when you've counted them!

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