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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

Rain in Style

 

Let’s chat about the rule of three and what it means regarding style. It’s something to keep in mind when thinking about your fashion goals for the rest of the year.

The rule of three means your outfit contains three elements to create a more interesting and visually pleasing outfit. Easy, right? Top, pants and shoes. Done. But no, shoes don’t count! I know, it’s words I never thought I’d say...I mean shoes always count for me! The third piece must be a jacket, cardigan, blazer or other statement accessory (e.g., a hat, scarf, jewelry, belt or bag). Here’s what you can do with them:

Throw on a jacket.

Simple, right? It’s winter, so we all wear jackets and coats. However, take it a step up with a fitted faux leather or suede jacket. Moto (short for motorcycle) jackets are a great way to add edge and interest with their eye-catching buckles, zippers, and snaps.

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Of course you can apply the rule of three to athleisure too! Jacket is Abercrombie and Fitch, Acemi top, 90 Degrees Reflex leggings, Aldo clutch and Adidas shoes.

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Michael Kors jacket from TJMaxx, Wayf top from Nordstrom, J brand jeans, Mix No. 6 booties from DSW

Try a blazer.

These aren’t just for work. Try one over a camisole, tank top, or a t-shirt for a structured look. Slide on your favorite jeans and you are rocking “the three.”

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Make a jumpsuit work for the rule of three, add a jacket, fabulous clutch and bold earrings.

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Studio M jacket, American Eagle jeans, Emory Park top from Stitch Fix, booties and scarf from Zulilly. Bag is by Miss Sixty.

Grab a cardigan.

Chunky knits and long length cardigans are in this season. Throw one on over a top. If your top isn’t fitted, try adding a knot on the side, or doing a half tuck.

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Cardigan by Luna Ivy from Marshalls, Truly Madly Deeply top, Lularoe leggings, Mix no. 6 booties and Grace and Lace Scarf.

Add a statement piece.

Try a scarf! It’s my favorite way to make that rule of three work. Hats or jewelry count, too. My favorite jewelry pieces are big earrings—hello, Nickel & Suede. Belting a dress or skirt is another great way to use accessories to get that third piece in.

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Tart leggings, BP sweater from Nordstrom, Scarf from Zulilly, Inisa boots.

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Seeing as February tends to be dreary, finding an upside to the frigid air can be tough. But, fear not, there’s hope! It’s a lot easier to create outfits using this rule of three now than during the summer when it’s as hot as the surface of the sun. Am I right? So, let’s all throw that third piece on and rock the heck out of winter.

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