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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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