I get dressed according to 3 rules:
- Comfort (Always number one!!)
- The Third Piece
Now, let me explain…
No.1 // Comfort
The first rule is obvious, of course, but it’s worth emphasizing. I’m sure there are people who love fashion so much they are willing to be uncomfortable for a few hours for the sake of wearing the most spectacular shoes or chic dress. But I am not one of those people. If it’s not comfortable, I don’t wear it. Period. Life is too short to feel trapped in clothing that doesn’t allow us to just be ourselves.
No. 2 // Balance
What do I mean by this? What I’m referring to here is the essential mix of masculine and feminine items that help create the effortless, casual-cool look I’m always striving for. I personally tend to lean towards more masculine styles (probably because they tend to be more comfortable!), and as a result I’m always looking to add feminine accessories. A wide-brim hat, a scarf, lace-up flats, jewelry—all of those do the trick for me. On the other hand, if it’s one of those occasions where the base of my outfit is feminine—a flirty dress, for example—then I try to incorporate a masculine touch to keep my look grounded and cool. This rule obviously isn’t for everyone! I know some people are 100% into flirty, feminine looks or very comfortable in more androgynous masculine looks. And you know what? That’s totally okay. This is just a rule I stick to myself and since you’re reading this blog I imagine you will find it helpful, too!
No. 3 // The Third Piece
I first learned about the “third piece” in an article I read last year. In a nutshell, “Your pants and top are your first and second pieces, and your third piece is an extra outfit element such as a jacket, blazer, sweater, vest or statement accessory.” If you’re wearing a dress, that would be one piece and then you would add two more pieces to complete the look, like a hat and a watch or a necklace and a shirt tied around your waist. It’s so simple and it makes a huge difference! It has 100% changed the way I get dressed.
Do you have any rules of sorts that you rely on to help you put together outfits?