When getting dressed in the morning we all have a basic formula we follow – blouse and pants/skirt, makeup, hair and are out the door. It’s basic, simple, to the point and it works, but it needs something more. That’s where the 3rd piece styling rule I follow comes in handy. It’s the same concept as the blouse paired with pants/skirt, but when you layer your outfit with a 3rd statement piece your style goes from standard to standout.
As a tried-and-true Madewell and J. Crew shopper, I have always admired the way in which the models and mannequins are dressed. If you look closely at each you will always notice that every outfit has multiple layers to it. The basic concept for this easy-to-use dressing rule is to take your standard outfit, such as a blouse paired with pants or a skirt and add another piece on top of the outfit to create a layered look.
l have always tried to implement the 3rd piece styling rule, but never took the time to really think through the concept until just recently. Taking the time to research and understand the 3rd piece rule has given me a new appreciation for layering. The 3rd piece rule revels in its ability to add a stylish element to an otherwise basic ensemble. The simplest way to do this is to take your basic blouse and pants/skirt and add one of these elements on top (you can also go for a 4th or 5th if the mood and style strikes you!).
3rd piece layer to add includes:
I live in a hot climate, so I rarely top off my look with a coat, but I can layer with a cardigan, blazer or vest and on hot humid days I add the 3rd piece in simple ways with a statement necklace, hat or scarf. The scarf also comes in handy when I enter shops in Florida since Floridians love to set their a/c to arctic temperatures!
Whether I am heading out for the day with The Mister or just running to the grocery store I always take an extra minute to add that 3rd layering piece, which makes my outfit complete.