Monday, April 15, 2013

Capsule Wardrobe Project 333: My first week in "my" uniform

This was NOT the best week for me to begin the Project 333 - our weather was impressively wintery, so I had to do some creative layering, and piling on of scarves.  Happily, I managed to figure things out, and I was very pleased with how I felt...

Monday and Tuesday - I started with my black "suit", added a pink tee shirt and a scarf, with some socks and loafers.  I was particularly delighted with the Tuesday outfit, in which I layered a sweater over my dress (which is something I will do all summer), but then added a white cashmere scarf, opaque tights, and my boots.  Instant cold-weather outfit!


Wednesday I went all black, with flats, an Hermes scarf and pearls.  Wearing tights with flats makes everything warmer.  And for Thursday, I sort of ripped off what I'd worn on Tuesday, and used a scarf, tights and boots to snuggle up a basically summer outfit.

Friday - the solid black column, with my blue cardigan, and yet ANOTHER scarf.  Saturday - gym clothes.  The first thing I do when my feet hit the floor on Saturdays is put on my gym clothes - that way it gets me a little bit closer to that treadmill...


19 comments:

  1. As usual, I love seeing your wonderful designs in ACTION. It's great to see all of these plans on a theoretical level, but seeing that you really wore them (and hearing when they did work well for your actual week, and appreciating your candor when they did not), it really helps give me a boost for my own project.

    Thank you, Janice! You're a fantastic boost to my week! (And yes, mother nature does deal us doozies here in the North...)

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  2. The scarf in Friday's post is really nice pulling blue and black together. Is it the first time featured here? Or maybe I missed it amongst the most fabulous collection of scarves. Tuesday's outfit is really creative.

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    1. That scarf is from Brooks Brothers - they have wonderful scarves!

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  3. Love the Hermes scarf! I would struggle with the cold when everyone else is in spring...I know that must be a challenge. On the fun side, I am jealous that you can still wear boots. Mine were packed away a long time ago!

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  4. Hi Janice,
    Sorry you're having cold weather. Come visit us in San Francisco. Spring has sprung!
    Rose

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  5. Why would you force yourself to start wearing your spring/summer clothes when you are having a winter storm? It's possible I'm not clear on the 333 rules, but it feels a little too strict and rule-based that you can't keep your warmer items (which we know you have because you wore then last week) for cold weather.

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    1. Because I'm a chowder-head, and I took everything down to the sub- sub-basement storage locker! You're entirely right - there are no arbitrary rules, and had it actually snowed, I'd have gone back downstairs to retrieve something more suitable. Thanks for helping me clarify this!

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  6. (PS, that sounded snarky and I didn't mean it to. It's an earnest question. I like your blog very much but this is something I truly don't understand.)

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    1. no worries - I've got the thickest skin in Chicago (you have to have thick skin to be a blogger!) and it was a very legitimate question. I'm delighted that you asked, and gave me the opportunity to explain more clearly what I was up to!

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  7. I love your project 333 wardrobes. They inspire me tremendously.

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  8. Janice,
    I just happened to see your variations on a skirt over at A Femme. Beautiful!

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  9. I wonder if you could sometime address a couple of issues that I suspect many of us struggle with:

    The first is fabric type/weight. I have a black linen dress. Even paired with clothes that would keep me warm, (sweater, boots), that linen dress would look wrong on a cold day.

    Second, fit. I saw a woman the other day, and, while the colors of her outfit went together well, the bunching and puckering of her clothes made the whole outfit look unacceptable.

    Thanks,
    Jora

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  10. Two fantastic posts today!!! I am such an addict for your blog. Wow, that skirt which is the central item in your post at Femme, I'm trying to tell myself how much I 'neeeed' it! Thanks for the ever enjoyable posts, information, actually the beautiful art that I enjoy every day here.

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  11. Beautiful combinations. I love your sweater-over-dress idea and wonder what brand the dress is? I love a straight (not A-line) dress and they're hard to find. Believe it or not, the A-line is NOT universally flattering. I keep reading that EVERY woman looks good in this and it's not true, esp for apple-shaped women.

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  12. Mine is from Eileen Fisher. I love her clothes and I live close enough to the "Company Store" in the western suburbs that I can go there a couple of times a year and stock up at a discount... The dress is wonderful - I can easily see wearing it each week, all summer.

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    1. Ah...thank you! When you said "silk," I should have known. I've never seen a sleeveless EF silk dress but am now searching for one. It's fabulous -- thank you!

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  13. Would you please identify the brand on those colorful T's in the basic 333 wardrobe? I started following your blog 2 months ago and look forward to it daily! I avoided scarves(5'2" & short waisted) but you have inspired me. I have 3 that I now wear frequently. Thank you.

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  14. Your classy items really make me feel like this is possible.
    Lovely blog, Francesca.

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