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Blogger Secret #1: The Third Piece Rule
Recently I fished up an article on Pinterest with a totally click bait title that hooked me immediately: Fashion Blogger Secret: The Third Piece Rule.
According to WhoWhatWear the secret to looking stylish is to add a third element (not including your jacket or shoes) to your outfit. Otherwise: Accessorize. Uh, thanks Captain Obvious.
But maybe it's not so obvious?
Today's outfit delights me in many ways but it really does boil down to the impact of the third (and fourth and fifth) piece rule. Had I not applied that theory, the outfit would have looked like this:
Not horrible. But how about one more layer - an accent color to break up the grey, perhaps?
Now just a few more accessories, to make the look "pop."
Now you're ready to go - once you add a jacket, shoes and bag.
VOILA! So simple. Just add one more piece and you've performed outfit magic.
Okay, that's a lot of extra pieces but you see my point. It's the considered extras that add oomph to an outfit, which is exactly why I preach that you should maintain a well edited capsule wardrobe and flex your fashion fun in the accessory department.
Blogger Secret #2: Power Palette
It's easy to create a personal Power Palette. First start with 3 - 4 Neutral anchor colors (take a look at your shoe collection for inspiration). Now, think back to what were you wearing the last time someone said "that color looks amazing on you!" Bam! Accent color #1. Now add 3-4 additional colors to complement the color that complements you. Get creative.
Blogger Secret #3: Layering
The last critical element of this style hack trifecta is my favorite technique -- layering. A sliver of the poppy red J.Crew silk cami sandwiched between the heather grey Market & Spruce hi-lo tee and the charcoal grey Banana Republic mini skirt makes all the difference.
Sure the outfit would have worked without it, but that simple element illustrates the thesis of the Third Piece Rule:
Share Your Style Secrets!
What do you think? Do you employ any of these styling tactics to get dressed in the morning? Do you have styling secret formulas of your own? Show me! Share your pics and your feedback on the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide private Facebook group.
Be the Bright!
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The Only Capsule Wardrobe E-Book You Actually Need
If you appreciate the practical "how to put an outfit together" tips in this blog post you are going to LOVE my new e-book!
MappCraft | Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide is the definitive source for creating a customized capsule wardrobe (full of color, texture and personality) and cementing your personal style in the process.
Wearing Clothes vs. Wearing an Outfit
From the stiff-ish collar popping out from under her sweater, to the way she half tucks her tee shirt to the quirky personal touches she adds to each outfit - when a stylish girl walks in a room, everyone notices.
We all know a girl that always looks put together.
This is her secret.
The 4 Step Outfit Formula
Styling doesn't come easily to everyone, but it's definitely a skill you can hone if you break the process down to basics.
Step 1: Outfit Base
The critical first step to creating an outfit is pretty straightforward - start with a base. Be it a top plus pants, jeans, shorts or a skirt; a dress or a jumpsuit, the outfit base refers simply to the clothes that cover your nakedness. Totally utilitarian.
A lot of women start and end at this step. Sure, you can leave the house in this get up, but with no hints of texture or personality - no one will mistake it for stylish.
I recommend going through your wardrobe and identifying 5-6 core bases to build outfits around. Select classic garments that fit well and reflect your lifestyle. This will streamline your process and provide a reliable template to reference when creating looks.
Step 2: Add a Layer
Now things start to get interesting. Once you've settled on your outfit base the next step is to add a layer. Layers are like throw pillows -- they add visual interest, color or texture and may or may not serve a functional purpose.
Examples of layers include another top, a cardigan, a vest, a printed wrap or a blazer, leather bomber or denim jacket you plan to wear all day (not outerwear).
Step 3: Make It Pop
Woo Hoo! Accessories in the house! Now that you've got your functional base sorted and you've created dimension with a layer, it's time to add personality with accessories. Jewelry is a given, but also consider a scarf (around the neck, your head, your wrist, your ponytail), a belt, hair flair, a hat or a cluster of pins.
Step 4: Out The Door
Look at you girl! Almost ready to go. Time to add the ultimate finishing touches - bag, shoes and outerwear (if necessary). The formality and details of your outfit will dictate which shoes and bag you choose. If you are feeling a bit monochromatic, add color with a bag. If the outfit is heavy on color and prints, ground it with neutral footwear. Don't be afraid to rock sneakers with a suit pant or a metallic clutch with denim. And NO! your shoes and bag do not have to match.
"The Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula" is an excerpt from my new e-book Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide: How to Create the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe, out late March 2017.
Join the TCESG launch list and I will send you a coupon code good for $5 off the Guide (reg. price $20)!
Be the Bright,
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Image credits: Erin Nicole Brown Photography
In mid November I launched Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide - my very first capsule wardrobe e-book.
The goal was to help readers create a micro holiday capsule out of clothes they already owned (with a few festive additions) so they could look festive, feel stylish, save money and have an outfit ready for every occasion that pops up from Thanksgiving - NYE.
The results? Festive #AF. All the gals that purchased the e-book - plus plenty more who simply love capsule fashion - spent the season sharing holiday looks on the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide Facebook Group (you should join!).
The Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide was such a success I plan to launch a follow up e-book in mid February: Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide. This evergreen style guide will walk readers through the entire capsule wardrobe creation process with instructions on how to create a core capsule wardrobe you can supplement all year long depending on the season and occasion.
Until then, enjoy this round up of my holiday looks!
Holiday Styling Strategy
Holiday Capsule: 20 Garments
Holiday Capsule: 16 Accessories
My Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Looks
Hope your holiday season was festive, fashionable and fun!
See you next year.
Small Gesture, Big Impact
Just like a capsule wardrobe simplifies your closet, a well executed gift gifting strategy will streamline your December to-do list. But I am not talking about planning the big ticket gifts for kids and family -- I've compiled this tiny gift guide specifically for the little people in your life that make a huge difference to your days.
What better time than Cyber Week to tackle this chore early and at a deep, deep discount? Imagine how less stressful the onset of December will feel with these special people crossed off your list? Better yet, all are available on Amazon Prime - you can have them in hand by Friday!
Hostess with the Mostess
I love Nest holiday candles - they smell exactly like Christmas. Seriously! I have both holiday flavors and my 5 year old asks me to light them every morning. Your favorite party hostess will thank you for years to come.
You love your cube mate but her desk is a wreck. A gentle nudge in the form of cute accessories will have her feeling productive #AF come January 1.
Get your babysitter off her phone with beauty treats to play with after the kids go to bed.
It's cold out and lonely out there delivering holiday cards in the snow! Show your appreciation with something to warm his ears, hands or smart phone.
World's Best Teacher
Chances are your kids have at least one teacher under 30 who also happens to be your favorite. Show her some fashion forward, colorful love with gifts that recognize she has a life outside of elementary school.
Capsule Wardrobe Wonderful
If you are reading this blog you are a capsule lover or know someone who could benefit from the practice. Help get her started with some of my personal closet org faves and hell, throw in a copy of the Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide while you're at it.
Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll! Hope your week is awesome, filled with family fun and good food, plenty of wine and NO POLITICS!
PS: Join the Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Facebook group! Even if you haven't purchased the guide, you'll be inspired by holiday fashion chat and plenty of #OOTDs
PSS: This gift guide contains affiliate links, but I selected each gift suggestion personally and with lots of love. If you buy anything from the list MappCraft.com will earn a few pennies. Think of it as a little gift for your favorite blogger!