Why clothing matters

In high school, I was a cheerleader.  I tend not to share that too much these days (mostly because I don’t much appreciate the snorts of laughter that usually follow my revelation), but I’m sharing it here because it’s relevant to today’s post topic: clothing.

One of the main attractions of cheerleading for me was the uniform:

80s cheerleader

It wasn’t that I wanted to prance around in a short skirt and tight sweater.  It was because, at my high school, cheerleaders wore their uniforms every day any team had an event.  That was 3 days a week in the fall, and 4 days a week in the winter. That’s a lot of days I didn’t have to figure out what to wear.

I’ve never been very good at figuring out what to wear, and in high school I didn’t have much money for clothing.  Later, I had more money, but I still didn’t really know how to do it.  As a result, I was one of those people with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.  Until last winter, when I participated in Project 333.

The idea of project 333 is to create a capsule wardrobe of 33 items, to wear for 3 months.  Sound impossible?  It’s not.  And silly as it sounds, my participation in the project changed my life in fundamental ways.  You can read all about it here, on the Project 333 blog, where I’ve got a guest post today.  In it, I’m talking about how the act of limiting my clothing helped me see all kinds of ways in which my life wasn’t really working for me. Crazy, huh?

If you want to see some of the evolution of my thinking on clothing, you can read the posts I wrote on my old blog, while I was doing the project for the first time:

Thoughts on signing up

What I learned from purging my closet

What I learned the first day of living with 33 items

What I learned after the first two weeks

And stay tuned.  A post from Cane is coming later today…