Each morning we pick out our clothes, we usually search for which pants will go with this top. Or, what blouse would look good with that skirt. We want to pair things together...we dress in sets of two. We want something on top and something on the bottom. This system seems to work well...all areas are covered, we match, our outfit is complete. But, maybe we don't always look so "put together"...
When you take your two-piece outfit and add a third piece, you are going to look and feel more put together. As I have mentioned before, my go-to outfit has always been a black top and a pair of jeans. Simple. When I take my basic "uniform" and add a third piece, it not only transforms 2 very basic pieces, but adds interest, changes my look, and adds some umph...is that a word!?
Here, I'm wearing my white girlfriend jeans and a black camisole. Yes, they can be a cute couple, but when I added the third wheel, a silky loose fitting floral jacket, I took my outfit a step forward. I know some of you are thinking, "Really? Finding two pieces to put together is hard enough!" But, this three piece rule will actually make your wardrobe more versatile, and take some stress out of getting dressed each morning.
First, you start with a classic and clean slate...those pieces you own that don't go out of style. Think tees, camisoles, tank tops, jeans, button-ups, etc. Then, you can play some when adding your third piece. Add a trendy jacket, or a leather vest. Even a chunky statement necklace or fun printed scarf will change things up and leave you with a more put together look. I love a jean jacket or cardigan layered with a classic top too. By adding this third piece to your basic wardrobe, you free up clothing budget. Instead of shopping by outfit, you can purchase layering pieces, fun accessories, and trendier options that might not stick around for long. When you do this, it stretches your closet; allowing you to change up your entire look by adding just one extra piece to the basics you already have hanging up.
As we get in to warmer months (especially here in Texas), layering that third piece can get a little daunting, but I would argue its one of the best and most necessary times to do it. Pairing shorts and a tank in the hot Summer months is a necessity for many, but the less we wear, the less put together we look. Try tying a colorful scarf around your head as a headband or adding a big chunky necklace. Even the D'Orsay flats (shoes that reveal the arch of your foot and a big trend right now) I'm wearing in this look are a dressier sandal alternative and make your two piece look a more put together outfit. Thin knit cardigans and kimonos are great Summer pieces and perfect to have on-hand in a chilly restaurant or movie. Bam!
Trust me, three of a kind always beats a pair. Try the tri. Third time's a charm. Three's a crowd. See, I really think it's meant to be.