This is Part II about my spring Project 333 capsule - read Part I here. Here are some of the factors I considered in putting this together -
Wearability - Everything ought to be comfortable (for instance: not tight around the shoulders, not too short in the torso - two of my common problems). Nothing that I only wear out of the house and want to change out of the second I get back. This principle sounds obvious but I haven't prioritized it like I should sometimes. If there are major drawbacks to an item, I'll usually leave it hanging in the closet and opt for something that won't risk me being in pain or self-conscious. The navy strap wedges are somewhat untested and the riskiest on this criteria.
Practicality - Clothes that fit my life (currently stay-at-home mom). I need casual stuff that is easy to care for. My white denim capris probably score lowest in this category due to pesky dirt, but are still easy to wash. Conversely, I'd like to include a silk shirt but the maintenance would deter me from ever wearing it. It's also obviously important to choose clothes that are practical for the season, in this case spring in Virginia. On the first day of spring, the high here was 43 degrees. By June, it might be hitting the 90's! I've probably weighted this group towards the warm weather, because I find that it's easier to vary the outfits when layering is an option in the cool weather. Four of my five long sleeves (2 cardigans, 2 button-downs) can be worn open as a top layer. Whereas I like having more items from which to choose when I am stuck with shorts and t-shirt every day.
Affordability/Sustainability - These are not the same thing, but they work out the same for me by shopping at thrift stores. 13 items were bought new (4 of which I've had since before having kids, over eight years ago, which makes them officially Older Than Dirt. Only one of my new items, the burgundy tank, is new this season) and 19 were secondhand, mostly from Goodwill for $5 or less.
Cohesiveness - Everything works together. That's really the underlying point of capsule wardrobes - fewer items are all you need if they all go together. This is where Stylebook was handy because I could see the group at a glance, not having to visualize everything in my head from a list. My tops match all, or all but one, bottom and can layer with each other. The neutrals are mostly navy and white, with brown leather. There is no one accent color, but I aim for cool tones.
Style - In terms of fashion, I will not be winning any awards for wearing a t-shirt and jeans every day. Good thing that's not the point at all. By style, I mean colors and silhouettes that suit me, and have some consistency. "Disheveled preppy" is how I lovingly term my current aesthetic :) I try to make sure there is adequate level of contrast with some combination of light, dark, and color.
My single favorite piece is the navy with white polka dots button down (J Crew Factory from Goodwill). It's lightweight and comfortable, fits great, and can be worn under, over, or by itself. Should be in heavy rotation all season. The saver in me, though, still has to fight the urge not to wear it so I won't wear it out because I like it so much! It's just an instinct that I have to talk myself rationally out of.
You can learn more about Project333 here. I mostly go by the traditional terms, except I don't count my one pair of sunglasses and the eight pairs of earrings I wear year-round. Here they are, looking fancy on the blue pipe cleaner I strung between two hooks on the wall: