Hi again, stylish friends. How’s your summer going? Do you feel like it’s flying by, or like it’s a movie in slow motion? I’m feeling a little bit of both. I’ve been trying to prep my youngest for Kindergarten; she’s excited, but I feel like she needs to start doing more things on her own, to be better prepared. Things like getting dressed and choosing her own clothes...and making dinner... you know the usual. Seeing her outfit choices makes me smile, and it also gave me the idea for this weeks post. She almost always wears layers; even on the hottest summer day, she will come down in a skirt, top and coat or cardigan. This morning she fussed at me because I wouldn’t let her wear her “panda” coat... ya’ll it’s a faux fur coat, and it’s close to 90 degrees. Meanest mom ever.
But regardless, it brings me to a very general, pretty well known rule in the fashion world. The rule of three. Basically, you want three pieces to an outfit to make it more interesting. Top, bottom, and then a completer piece (shoes don’t count, nice try). A completer piece could be, a blazer, cardigan, scarf, hat, jewelry, bag, belt...etc. Well, that’s fantastic for cooler weather (dreaming of fall, yet?), but what in the world do you do when it’s so humid outside you sweat sitting still? And, more importantly, does a coffee cup count as a third piece?? Because, let's face it, it's a permanent piece of my outfit every morning. LOL.
Here’s where light weight kimonos, hats, bags and statement jewelry come to the rescue. This summer, I have been into big bold earrings, so I haven’t worn my statement necklaces much. But you can swap earrings for necklaces. With this outfit, the dress counts as one piece, so I added a clutch, earrings and bracelet. That makes more than three pieces, but, rules are meant to be broken, right? I could have also added a jean jacket (if it weren’t 500 degrees in the shade). This dress is a LuLaRoe Adeline dress. It’s actually a kid's dress in the largest size. LOVE. If you missed my post about LuLaRoe, find it here. I might even have to write another post about my love affair with their dresses, soon.
I have a few light weight kimonos. The blue floral one is on Amazon; it comes in a lot of colors - find it here. It is oversized, but it’s meant to be that way. I’m wearing a small, but if they made it in XS I would have gotten that. If you order it, and when it comes you put it on and it lays funny, wash it. I found the fabric on mine relaxed a little bit after washing and it lays better.
This pink/blush colored one is my Mimi Chica and I found it on thredUP. Either this one or the blue one look great paired with shorts or jeans. Make sure you wear a tighter fitting tank underneath to equal the proportions out. As a rule, I generally only wear one flowy piece per outfit.
Also, vests are a great way to meet the rule of three. I have a variety of vests in different materials. But really the only ones that I can wear right now...and only on days that it's not unbearably hot...are these two. The olive one is from T.J.Maxx and the denim one is Ci Sono from thredUP.
Now, there have been days that are so hot that even the thought of a light weight kimono makes me sweat. On those days, I go with jewelry (earrings and bracelet) and a cute clutch or bag to hopefully make the rule of three. Sometimes, though, that’s all you need. Take these red shoes. I got them a few weeks ago at DSW, here, and they make enough of a statement that I think they should be considered part of the rule of three. You know, they stand out on their own, so it’s only fair. And by the way, this dress is a LuLaRoe Julia dress, see, I have a huge addiction to LuLaRoe dresses. I feel another post coming about just that. Because, since I last wrote about LuLaRoe, here, my collection has grown, and might be taking over my closet. Don’t tell my husband.
Today, as I am typing this post, I realized that I am wearing these same shoes, except with jeans. This morning, while getting dressed, I realized that this is also a great example of the rule of three. I was struggling with what to wear with this, either big earrings and a bracelet, or a necklace and bracelet. I ultimately decided on a necklace and smaller earrings. While, all these choices work, the necklace adds a bit more interest and breaks up the black shirt. And I met the rule of three. Jeans, top, necklace...and a bracelet and clutch for bonus points. LOL
What other ways can you incorporate the rule of three in the summer? I'd love to have more inspiration. Show me what you got!
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