3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

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:

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Not horrible. But how about one more layer - an accent color to break up the grey, perhaps?

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Now just a few more accessories, to make the look "pop."

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Now you're ready to go - once you add a jacket, shoes and bag.

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

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 

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #2 Power Palette

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #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

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #3 Layering

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #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:

“It adds nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit, making you look put together, polished, more interesting and like you put a little effort into your look.”
— Cat Kollings for WhoWhatWear.com

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!

xoxo

Jenn

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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.

24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

World's Most Versatile Accessory

If you know me, you know I adore my Hermes scarf collection. Aside from their sentimental value (a decade of gifts from my husband), silk twill scarves are my chic and endlessly versatile secret for adding color and flair to my capsule wardrobe.

The 1 Scarf Styling Trick Guaranteed to Transform Your Capsule Wardrobe

Master this one simple little folding trick and you'll be well on your way to tying your scarves a million different ways.

24 Ways to Wear a Scarf

Now that you know how to knot, check out all the different ways I've rocked my scarves below. 

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

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How To Wear A Slip Dress

How to Wear A Slip Dress

How to Wear A Slip Dress

Simply Perfect

Out of all 36 garments in my Summer 2016 capsule wardrobe, this vibrant purple no name silk slip dress, a $19.99 TJ Maxx impulse purchase from 2011, is easily the most elegant.

Her sumptuous fabric, delicate spaghetti straps and cinched waist aren't particularly toddler-friendly details, but when the right occasion warrants a wear, she doesn't disappoint.

No Name Purple Silk Slip Dress -- Origin, TJ Maxx; Circa 2011

No Name Purple Silk Slip Dress -- Origin, TJ Maxx; Circa 2011

In Praise of the Slip Dress

Second to an understated sex appeal, my favorite thing about a slip dress is its unmatched versatility. With a simple switch of accessories you can go from office to out with ease and the classic simplicity of its silhouette shifts between style archetypes like a sartorial super hero.  

Seriously! Say that three times fast.

 

Beauty Business Outfit

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

For a summer cute meets business casual look,  I layered a lightweight linen cardigan on top and paired the look with flat gold sandals. A Hermes silk twill scarf folded length wise and worn around the neck adds a conservative touch, my orange Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff reminds you I am not at all conservative and a beaded green pendant picks up teal accents in the purple print scarf. Lastly, my trusty beige Loeffler Randall work tote goes with everything and is sized perfectly for a laptop, with plenty of extra room to house happy hour shoes and make up. 

Office Accoutrements 

After 5 Vibe

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

For a quick transition from work to fun, I lose the cardigan, switch out the gold flats for nude peep toes and re-tie my scarf around my waist. The cuff and pendant remain as is. With a swift handbag switch and a swipe of punchy pink lip balm (TheBalm Meet Matte Hughes in Chivalrous is EVERYTHING) - I'm ready for rose. 

Date Night Accessory Roll

Slip Dress Style File

The simple silhouette of a classic slip dress makes it an worthy closet staple for a range of Style Archetypes (What's a Style Archetype, you ask? Girl! Discover your Style Archetype here).

Minimalist

How a Minimalist Wears a Slip Dress

How a Minimalist Wears a Slip Dress

A Minimalist doesn't ALWAYS wear all black. The clean lines of a slip dress make it the perfect canvas to accessorize with architectural accents and a muted metallic pallet. 

Jewelry: Gold Bar Necklace, AuRate NYC

Jewelry: Vermeil Icon Cuff, AuRate NYC

Handbag: My own vintage Diane Von Furstenburg, similar

Shoes: Aquazzura Christy Sparkle Lace-up flat or Steve Madden Sunshine Lace-up

Jacket: BB Dakota draped trench

Classically Chic

How a Classically Chic Girl Wears a Slip Dress

A Classically Chic gal is drawn to structured garments and timeless accessories. She grounds the fluid drape of a slip dress with a sharp blazer and tempers the purple with a neutral bag and shoes. True to form, her diamond pendant never goes out of style (or off her neck) but she's not afraid to add personality with signature arm candy.

JewelryDiamond Pendant Necklace, AuRate NYC

Arm Candy: My own Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff layered over Hermes Twilly 

Handbag: My own Loeffler Randall Open Work Tote, similar

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Nude Peep Toe or Jessica Simpson Bibi Peep Toe Pumps

Jacket: My own vintage Pierre Cardin, similar by Theory

Free Spirit

How a Free Spirit Wears a Slip Dress

A Free Spirit loves her clothes to sway and swish and is inspired by any bygone, easy going era. With its clear homage to vintage Halston, a slip dress hits both marks. She layers her dress under an open kimono and pairs with a fringe bag.  Natural stone earrings project good vibes, a draped gold lariat calls attention to her neck and modern caged sandals keep her looking fresh. 

Jewelry: Gold Connected Necklace, AuRate NYC

Jewelry: My own Kendra Scott Chalcedony Danielle earrings

Handbag: Urban Expressions fringe bucket bag

Shoes: My own Schutz Juliana Caged Heel

Kimono: Anna Sui Bird of Paradise kimono or Romeo & Juliet Couture fringe hem kimono

Editorial Eclectic

How an Editorial Eclectic Wears a Slip Dress

Miss Editorial Eclectic approaches fashion like a mixed media artist. She confidently blends colors, textures, prints and fabric into every outfit. When pairing the deep purple slip dress with every jewel tone in her closet, her mind draws Jungle Book parallels from the bold palm print jacket to the gold winged ear cuff. Clutching a richly beaded handbag on her way to NYFW, she trots up the Lincoln Center stairs in tropical yellow it-girl heels, followed by a throng of bloggers vying for her street shot.

JewelryVermiel Feather Ear Cuff, AuRate NYC

Arm Candy: My own Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff

HandbagBeaded clutch

Shoes: Aquazzura Wild Thing sandals

Jacket: Dolce & Gabbana printed silk jacket 


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Jenn

July 4: Perfect Mid Summer Party Outfits

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Outfit 1: Pledge Allegiance to the Pallet

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Top: Peter Som for Bergdorf Goodman linen handkerchief top with navy piping. Skirt: J.Crew Collection Navy blue sequined skirt. Shoes: Christian Louboutin Demi Yu Nude Peep Toe Pumps. Bag: DVF Clutch. Accessories: Hermes Twilly and Hermes Cuff.


Outfit 2: Rose All Day, S'il Vous Plait

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Top: South Parade novelty tank. Shorts: FifteenTwenty graphic shorts. Shoes: Sergio Rossi flat gold sandals. Bag: Loeffler Randall Industry bag. Accessories: Hermes scarf as head turban.


Outfit 3: Fruit Punch Brunch

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Outfit 4: I'm On A Boat!

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There are only 10 weekends left in Summer. How are you going to celebrate?

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Jenn

 

5 Tips for Landing an Epic Gift

Photo Credit: Erin Nicole Graf  

Photo Credit: Erin Nicole Graf  

 

An effective capsule closet, one that guarantees out-the-door outfit solutions that make you feel fantastic every day, is hinged on a solid wardrobe core. Expertly crafted accessories and signature jewelry strengthen this core considerably.

Sartorial objects d’art do not come often, nor do they come cheap. Such investments must be plotted, planned and timed impeccably – which brings me to Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a critical wardrobe core strengthening opportunity. I will not let you blow this.

Here is my well-oiled, time-tested strategy to ensure that you end the first Sunday in May with a prize befitting your child bearing, sleep deprived, patience torn, sacrificial breast and belly exquisiteness.

Like, right after tax day. 

Like, right after tax day. 

1.     Start Early

If you are embarking on this process today – we may be too late.  Men are not trained to read brains. It is your responsibility to approach this mission with thoughtful consideration to what you want and how to get it. I'd advise spending the three weeks leading up to Mother’s Day researching by day and – ahem – wifing by night.  

Additionally, volunteer back rubs, ask him if he lost weight, and exclaim, “you’re so smart!” at least once.

Toddlers work best. 

Toddlers work best. 

2.     Recruit Support

Toddlers are awesome at telling people things you told them not to repeat. Work this in your favor. First, emphatically make your toddler promise not to tell Daddy about that time in Target when the check out boy told Mommy that she was the prettiest Mommy he’d ever seen. Now wait one week and show toddler a picture of your prize.  Say “Isn’t that pretty for Mommy?” Make toddler promise not to show the picture to Daddy or tell Daddy how much Mommy wants the prize for Mother’s Day. When toddler asks why, tell toddler you are sad because the prize is so expensive. Try to fake cry a little.

Size 37.5; 100mm heel; nude patent leather Christian Louboutin Demi You pump, specifically. 

Size 37.5; 100mm heel; nude patent leather Christian Louboutin Demi You pump, specifically. 

 

3.     Be Very, Very Specific

Now that we've laid the groundwork it's time to clarify exactly what we want for our Mother's Day prize. Print out a picture and information about your prize and tape it to the refrigerator. Circle the prize in red. Specify size, color, retailer and shipping deadline. No need to be clear on price.

If you have a husband who insists on selecting his own gifts, present him with three options. Include the prize you want and two lovely but more expensive ideas. 

If he can afford it chances are you can, too.  

If he can afford it chances are you can, too.  

 

4.     Have a Back Up Plan

Let’s pretend it’s May 8. You put in the wife work, planted hints and provided impeccable purchase instructions. Surprise! Daddy bought Mommy a sunflower sweater and wind chimes.

Momma, promise me you’ll buy that beautiful prize for your damn self. You have my permission. You earned it and your capsule wardrobe will thank you.


Whatever you do, don't tell Matt I want these gifts. They are just too much.


 

Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you get something pretty.

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Xoxo ❤️ Jenn