The third piece rule transforms your outfit and elevates your style. Your pants and top are the first and second piece. The third piece is an extra outfit element such as a blazer or a statement accessory.
Blazer / Vest / Cardigan / Jacket
These pieces elevate a basic t-shirt or blouse.
Old Navy ($40) – this burgundy knit blazer totally pulls this outfit together. It could also be worn over a blouse for work. I bought a similar version at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and love it.
Nordstrom ($170) – this vest is pricey but I think it will instantly make an outfit look cooler and more put together. It can be worn over a sweater, blouse, or tee. I might have to put this one in the cart.
Gap (on sale now for $49) – I love this cardigan. The color is beautiful and it upgrades your outfit from a basic t-shirt and jeans. Also going in the cart!
Misguided ($60) – Duster coats can upgrade any outfit. They can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses and make your look pulled together and fashionable.
Scarf / Wrap
Scarves add a pop of pizzaz to your outfit.
Nordstrom ($29) – this scarf adds so much color to your face and interest to a plain white tee or blouse.
Nordstrom ($39) – this can be worn as a wrap or a scarf. The neutral color will go with so much and will look especially great with a cream sweater or long sleeve t-shirt and tall boots.
A bold accessory is something that draws your eye to it like a statement necklace or a bold cuff.
BaubleBar ($42) – I love this necklace. It adds a lot of interest to your outfit and can be worn with a lot.
Nordstrom ($78) – this cuff is so cool and different. It will definitely draw the eye and add impact to your look.
A hat is another item that can add a ton of interest to your outfit. Pairing a floppy hot with tall boots, especially OTK ones, is a great look.
I hope this helped explain the third piece rule and inspires you to make amazing outfits.