I can hardly believe another week has passed! Time just seems to be zipping by me at an unspeakable rate! Anyone else experiencing this phenomenon as well?
I’ve been busy acclimating myself to my new makeup courses. I’ll admit to you all that this is much more challenging for me than my styling classes. Styling was my wheelhouse. It felt extremely natural. On the contrary, though I have always loved to play with makeup, I don’t necessarily have a natural affinity for it and the process, on a professional level, is much more detailed and intense than you think when you’re just sitting at home playing with different colors of lipstick or eye shadow. Of course, this makes me dig my heels in all the more, determined to figure this all out and do my very best! I’ve been accumulating e-books and watching YouTube video after YouTube video, in addition to my regular work, in hopes of really saturating my mind with all the information and skills I possibly can. You may have to pray really hard for me, guys!
You may remember about a month ago when we talked about Thrift Shopping and I gave you my 12 Tips for the Thrifty Fashionista. Today I want to talk to you in a little more detail about Tip #3 – Following the Rule of Three.
The Rule of Three is really a simple concept, and I use it not only when I’m thrifting, but when I’m doing any kind of clothes shopping. Rule of Three is simply this – Before you buy something, picture your home wardrobe and make sure you can wear that piece in at least three different ways – for instance: Is there a way you could style it for a work outfit? Is there a way you could style it for a date night? Is there a way you could style it for running errands on the weekend? If you know you could get three different looks out of it, you know you’ll get your money’s worth.
Right off I’m going to give you exceptions to the rule because if you’re anything like me your mind is already going, “Well, what about this, and what about this and what about…” Some exceptions would be – a special occasion dress. If you’re buying a dress to attend, or be in a wedding, to go to the prom or a banquet, or some other extremely rare or special occasion – obviously these are unique pieces that you are not going to be able to mix and match and are probably not going to be able to wear for many, if any, other events. Another exception – bathing suits. I think that speaks for itself. Also, nightwear – again, obvious. The exceptions to the rule are pretty self-explanatory pieces, and you’ll pretty much know it when you’re shopping for one.
So, how does my process work? Let me walk you through it. Last week I did a large thrift shop because my favorite store gives you 50% off everything in the store for your birthday! Sweet deal! While looking around I came across this great Zara blouse. It was a great shade of blue with some tan embroidery. (So it worked for my “seasonal colors”. I knew the color would work on me.) It was still tagged (NEW! Not a lot of wear and tear.) and I really didn’t have anything comparable to it already in my wardrobe,
so I wouldn’t be “double-purchasing.”(Nobody needs 2 dozen blue long sleeve blouses.) It was priced at $3.99 – already a GREAT price – plus I’d get my birthday discount! Awesome! I tried it on…perfect fit! So far it’s looking like an ideal purchase. But, it still has to pass one last test… the Rule of Three.
My mind starts thinking…. (I’m sure you could see the smoke coming out from under the dressing room door!) I start running through my home wardrobe. What’s in my drawers, my closet…skirts, pants, shorts…anything that would create an outfit with this shirt.
Of course, I could always pair it with jeans. That’s a no brainer. EVERYTHING goes with jeans. That’s almost a cheat, so I didn’t even count it. (You certainly can if you want to, though!)
The first thing my mind went to was my wide leg linen pants. The color of the embroidery on the shirt was so similar to the color of the linen pants, they were going to compliment each other perfectly. As well, both pieces have a slightly “masculine” feel to them and it would give off a bit of a Katherine Hepburn vibe, and who doesn’t love Katherine Hepburn?! Outfit #1 is covered!
Next, my mind went to my khaki Lucky Brand pants with studding down the sides. Khaki is a great, but not always expected, neutral that, once again, is going to play into that masculine edge on the top. This would be a more casual look for the shirt, where as the linen pants would have to be worn with heels. Now I have a little more versatility. That’s always a plus! Additionally, I have multiple pairs of pants in this color, each styled slightly different, which gives me options for this same basic look. Outfit #2 done – one more to go!
Finally, I knew I could pair the top with a skirt. Just after Christmas I had picked up this great floral pencil skirt from New York & Co. when they were having their close out sale. One of the colors incorporated into the floral pattern is a blue very similar to the blouse. It will pull that color out beautifully, and, I believe, because of the long sleeves, but light weight of the blouse, I’m going to be able to take the look through multiple seasons! Ta-DA! Three looks – mission accomplished and the shirt came home with me.
Let’s take a look at our three outfits once they were put together:
You may now be asking, Ronnie, what’s the point in going through all this? It seems like a lot of work. Why can’t I just look at something, think it’s cute and buy it. Well, you can. But, I’d wager there’s more than a few of you out there – and in the past I’ve been guilty of this myself – who have bought some “cute” piece, or “great deal” (But it was so cheap!), got home only to realize it doesn’t go with anything in your closet, shoved it in the back never to be seen again. Or maybe it came out for one wear before it went into the black hole of forgotten clothes. The Rule of Three eliminates the black hole. Taking five minutes to think through your wardrobe allows you to know for sure that when you get home there will be ways to style your “cute” top or “great deal” so that it really WAS a worthwhile purchase!
Hopefully now they’ll be a few less black holes in our closets and a lot more really workable pieces!
As I sign off, I’m looking forward to the weekend! I’ve got a new Thrift Box coming from Janeane at Designing from My Closet! (A birthday gift from Mr. T! Isn’t he awesome?!) I’ll be sharing that with you in my next post. And on Friday, my beautiful niece, Melanie, is getting married! So hard for me to believe! I still see the blonde, curly-haired little girl running around so long ago. Now she’s a stunning young woman who’s found this amazingly sweet young man! What was it I said at the beginning? Time is zipping by at an unspeakable rate!
Until We Meet Again!