Style Tip: The 3-Piece Rule


Do you wake up with visions of the perfect, pulled together outfit in your head? Only to stand in front of your closet minutes later struggling to pull an outfit together and feeling like you have nothing to wear? All of the outfits on your Pinterest board seem to work so well and you wonder what the secret is. The answer, the 3-Piece Rule.

The 3-Piece Rule is a widely used rule of thumb by stylists and in the retail world that helps build more complete, pulled together outfits. It’s actually super simple to pull off… even before your morning cup of coffee!

Piece #1 (top) + Piece #2 (bottom) + Layered Piece #3 = Outfit Magic!

So what is this magical 3rd Layered Piece we speak of?  This piece is the cherry on top, the icing on the cake, the mystical unicorn, the free gift with purchase if you will. It’s the piece that ties the whole outfit together and it can be any of the following:

  • Outerwear: jackets, blazers, coats, ponchos, or vests
  • Accessories: bold necklaces, belts, hats, scarves, statement jewelry
  • Sweaters: cardigans, pullovers, sleeveless cardigans

Once you select your 3 pieces, add in necessities for the day – shoes, work bag, etc. to complete your outfit. Now let’s see what happened when put the 3-Piece Rule to the test!

Piece #1 + Piece #2… not bad but it’s definitely missing something!

Now, watch what happens when we add a 3rd layering piece… Vest, Blazer or Statement Necklace to turn this outfit into 3-Piece Rule magic!

What do you think? Would following this simple rule make your morning outfit dilemmas easier? Let’s face it, between prepping baby bottles, changing diapers, dressing our little ones, and getting ourselves out the door on weekdays, we need it to be simple!

We’d love to see you before and after 3rd Piece rule photos! Share them with us on Facebook!


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  • Reply
    Sarah Doggett
    January 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Love this rule!!! <3

    • Reply
      Sarah @ The Modern Mamanista
      January 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      It really is life changing (especially when you’re still half asleep in the morning) … it takes your outfit from meh to wow!

      • Reply
        Sarah Doggett
        January 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        I feel like this will totally change my wardrobe life…lol. I would’ve never thought of that!

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