Spring Project 333 and The Mindful Shopping List
Linen jacket, scarf, and shirt
It’s April and the start of the 3-month Spring Edition of Project 333. As a six-month veteran of this project, I’m excited to swap over the winter woolens for the summer linens. At the moment there is a dreary cold rain and it will be another week before temperatures rise into the 50’s, which is my personal minimum for non-wool clothing. What can I say? I’m a wimp. (If you want to know more about Project 333 or need a refresher, click here.) I admit I feel a bit of an April Fool sitting here wrapped in a wool shawl and writing about airy linen shirts!
I love linen, and am enamored of the Flax clothing line. Most of the tags say “Made in Lithuania,” but I haven’t been able to learn more about the company and its practices online. If anyone knows more about it, please add it to the comments! Anyway, I have several pieces of Flax clothing, most bought on final markdowns, and one piece bought for $3 at the thrift shop around the corner (brand new, unworn). I love linen clothing because if I hang it to dry after washing, I can smooth out the seams and button plackets with my hands, and even stretch the sleeves and body to gain length (I’m on the tall side with condor-style arms). This means no ironing and also retention of the lovely fabric texture.
The pieces I have are very simple in color and style: a wheat-colored longish skirt, chambray blue cropped palazzo pants, tan jumper, pale rust-color 3/4 sleeve button-front top/jacket, and my holy of holies, a sort of poet’s shirt/artist’s smock button-front long-sleeve tunic-length top in pure white. The latter is my go-to summer top to wear over tanks and tees and looks fab with my skinny jeans and a pair of thong sandals. Most of my pieces are from past collections but you can get the general drift by looking through the site.
Along with the above pieces, there’s the usual jeans and tees, a pair of black cropped pants, my summer hat, two great scarves/shawls (one in silk, the other in linen), and a greeny-gray swing rain coat with a button-on hood. One thing that turned up that I’d forgotten I had was a black jersey knit ruana, which will really come in handy on cooler days. I’ve also a pair of shoes that I can walk forever in and they still look good with summer clothes.
One thing I’m going to do differently during this period is to have enough clothes to get me through a full two weeks, as I like to alternate clothing laundry with towels and linens laundry on an every-other-week basis. It saves time and electricity by doing full loads in my washing machine, and there’s just the two of us to launder for. I’m also going to include extra scarves, an extra sun hat, and jewelry. I really truly missed my jewelry this winter and I wear more in the summer than winter. It won’t be everything, just a couple more. They make me happy and all my pieces have meaningful origins. There will be closer to 40 items than 33, as a result.
The Mindful Shopping List is something I’ve added to this site, and if you take a look at the bar at the top of this page, you’ll see the tab for it. This is a page for the names of and links to responsible-production brands, mostly for women’s clothing, but some for men and some for shoes. Please feel free to send me more brands and even a little about them to add to the list. In time I’d like to organize it and make a PDF of it so we can keep a copy with us when we shop. If you’re like me, you always forget names
Happy April, and hope your weather is more April-like than it is here!
Linen shirt detail