Add Style With the Third Piece (Bootcut jeans & Utility jacket)

Once upon a time, I remember reading a style blog discussing the use of a “third piece” to finish a look (shoes don’t count). The third piece could be an extra layer, like a cardigan, jacket, or vest. Or it could be a statement accessory, like a scarf, hat, or amazing necklace. The idea is that this third item is the one that will bump your style up a notch and pull your look together and it’s one that has stuck with me.

I would have to say that most of the time I would agree. Anyone can put on a pair of pants and a shirt. In fact, you kind of have to according to the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rule! 🙂 That’s why it’s so much easier to be “stylish” in cooler months – the layering piece is so much easier – at least for me.

I think this is a part of getting dressed that I’ve been much more willing to do since putting more effort into my look. In the past I would just throw on some bottoms and a top and call it good – especially when I was rushed or indecisive in the mornings. Now, I realize the power of that third piece in making a complete outfit.

Originally, I had planned to only wear the jeans and blush-colored tee. But I was feeling “incomplete”, like there was something I needed. So, at the last minute I remembered the third piece rule and added the extra layer. My choices were my longline cardigan or this utility jacket – I went with the jacket just because the weather is blah – and I love the green and blush combo. I think a scarf would have been just as great.

What do you think? Did the jacket make that much of a difference in the overall look or is it all in my head?
bootcuts blush tee

bootcut jeans utility jacket 10

bootcut jeans utility jacket 32

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    1. So funny you talked about the third rule because I always found myself looking for (what I now realize was) a third thing to pull my outfits together. I think it’s so true!
      PS those jeans look fantastic on you!

      1. Thanks so much, Kristen! I have definitely noticed that when I feel kind of “blah” about an outfit, it’s usually the 3rd piece that helps me feel that it’s complete. I think it’s often the difference between looking “styled” and just okay. And I’m loving the bootcuts 🙂

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