The Third-Piece Rule

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Are you someone who wants an easy rule on how to style pieces?

Do you wish you could look a bit more polished with the outfits you choose, but not spend a lot of time picking them out?

I recently heard of the Third-Piece Rule, and found it was super easy to follow to help me put pieces in my wardrobe together in a way that made them look even more cohesive.

Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 6.15.04 PMThe Third-Piece Rule is essentially what you might think it is.  It is putting together an outfit that consists of 3 pieces (not including shoes).

In the cooler months this is super easy to do.  Throw on a jacket, sweater, or cardigan and you instantly have a complete outfit.

Those warmer months can be a bit more difficult to make this happen without adding extra layers and heat.  I found that my best friend is the handy dandy cami!

I have been a long time promoter of the cami–specifically the LONG cami.  In the world of LuLaRoe we often want tops long enough to cover those “zones” that we want to hide when we are wearing leggings.

I discovered that if I put on three pieces I immediately felt a bit more “put together.”  I could throw on a pair of leggings, pair with and Irma tunic. I just looked a bit more polished when I put a long cami under to pop out from under my top.  A super comfortable outfit just felt a bit more dressed up with that added piece.

17334106_1948453578711630_5647701227656445952_nIn the realm of LuLaRoe I have found that adding a long cami to my outfits was an easy way to pick out my clothes for the day.  I had to find two items that matched, and then add in my cami to be my third piece. For an added pop up pizzazz I added my accessories to bring it up another level.

The Third-Piece Rule is also a great way to stop yourself from going overboard with too many pieces.  If you find that you want to throw on leggings, a skirt, a shirt, a vest, and a cardigan overtop, maybe consider if this is just far too many layers.  You want to make sure that you have a show stopper piece and just a couple other pieces to compliment that item.

 

When creating an outfit within the Third-Piece Rule, simply follow this formula:

  • 1 Piece as the focal point (this will have some sort of a print)
  • 1 Piece as the coordinating piece (this will be a solid or neutral print that will  coordinate with the focal piece)
  • 1 Piece that pulls both together with a neutral color or shared color.  Usually easiest to have this as a solid. I often say that this is the piece that grounds everything together.

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To showcase this rule I am planning on having a “Third Piece Rule” Sale TOMORROW April, 24.  I would love to have you join!  I will be putting two LuLaRoe pieces together with my favorite long cami and if you purchase and outfit you get the cami as a gift from me!

You won’t want to miss out!  You can join the event here.

Do you feel you are already pairing outfits within the Third-Piece Rule, or is it something totally new to you?

10 Tips on Mixing Prints

When I first started as a LuLaRoe Retailer I was a little nervous about this whole “mixing prints” thing, although I was ready to take on the challenge.  I am one that loves to try new things and I figured I could manage this.

You see, I would look online and see pictures models with stripes AND floral and never thought twice about it.  I realized it was because these prints coordinated, and really worked to give the outfit more visual interest.

Needless to say, I found myself hooked with stripes, polka dots, and finding a new way to jazz up what I was wearing.

Early on I made a video with my daughter trying to teach a few of these skills.  If you are in the mood for a good laugh check it out.

Since then I have honed my “power clashing” skills and feel I have a good handle on what does and doesn’t work.  Once you practice it a bit it gets easier!  Here are my top 10 tips on how to mix prints!

1.  KEEP COLORS IN THE SAME FAMILY

This means keep pastels with pastels.  Jewel tones with jewel tones.  You get the picture.

2.  REPLACE A COLOR WITH A PATTERN IN THE SAME COLOR

Take a solid blue top and replace it with a monochromatic blue top.  Blue stripes.  Blue dots. Blue floral.

3.  MAKE SURE BOTH PRINTS HAVE ONE COMMON COLOR

Make sure that the two prints that you have actually have a color in common. It makes those prints feel more cohesive with each other.

4. THERE ARE CERTAIN PRINTS AND PATTERNS THAT GO WITH EVERYTHING!  THEY ARE NEUTRAL PRINTS.

These prints are stripes, polka dots, and leopard. If you have a leopard print, a stripe, a polka dot, those are going to mix with anything. Those are prints and patterns that you can put with any other print or pattern and it’s going to look phenomenal.

5. THINK ABOUT THE SIZE AND SCALE OF PRINTS THAT YOU ARE MIXING.

The thing to remember here is you don’t want the patterns competing with each other. You don’t want prints of the same scale.  You can use a micro-polka dot with a large floral print. The large floral will be the show stopper, and the polka dot will compliment it.  This leads to the next point…

6. CHOOSE ONE PRINTS AS YOUR MAIN FOCUS AND ACCENT IT WITH OTHERS.

Make sure that you have one print that is very obviously the focal point of your outfit and then add in other prints in different sizes, in different scales.  When you step back from the whole outfit, you should know the real showstopper.

7.  ADD IN A SOLID PIECE TO GROUND AN OUTFIT WITH MULTIPLE PRINTS.

A great way to bring together an outfit with multiple prints is to layer it with a solid piece. A black and white striped top paired with a black based floral print is really pulled together if you layer a black cardigan over top.

8. TRY FLORAL WITH FLORAL

Keep in mind colors and the scale of the prints, but floral with floral can be really beautiful.

9. COLORS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE COLOR WHEEL ARE COMPLIMENTARY

I know this isn’t about mixing prints, but it is a great way to mix color if you want to wear solids, but don’t want to wear monchromatic clothing.

10. BE CONFIDENT AND GO FOR IT!

I think we get too caught up in what others might think. The best think you can wear is confidence, and that will show through any outfit you put on!

For even more information about each tip, check out this video!