Fashion Forward: Statement Pieces

By Erin Jelinek

Do you know someone who always seems to look put together? Maybe she doesn’t even have outfits that you think are over the top. They may even be quite simple, but she still looks good. Have you ever stopped to think about why it is that she looks this way?  Our guess is that she probably always has a “third piece.” What do we mean by this? We mean that, in addition to wearing your top and bottom, and not including your shoes, you add a third piece. It can be anything from a jacket, blazer, sweater or vest, to some type of statement accessory.  What is it about this piece that makes such a difference? It’s just a simple way to make an ordinary outfit look a little more polished, put together, and just generally more interesting.  If you don’t believe us check out a few of these examples.

We’ve always said a jacket or a blazer is an easy way to put a stylish outfit together with minimal effort. You can looked pulled together with simple pieces such as a chambray shirt and jeans. Look at these two examples. They aren’t uniquely stylish pieces. In fact, they are actually basics, but the blazer and the jackets take the looks to the next level.

Just like above with the jacket and blazer, a sweater can achieve the same goal. What’s nice about a sweater is that it can take you into the spring and summer, especially if you have a short sleeved or ¾ sleeved version, in addition to a long sleeved one.

Vests have been big in fall and will continue to trend for spring. This is great because you can wear the same vest with a long sleeved shirt in colder weather and with short sleeves during warmer temperatures. Here a simple striped dress that is certainly cute by itself, but the vest makes the look seem more interesting. (Yes, we know the dress is only a single piece, so the vest is technically not a third piece in this example, but we can say that the dress counts as both a top and bottom.) Also, these jeans and white shirt definitely look more stylish with the addition of the vest. See how adding the white vest to the printed pants and basic white top gives this look so much more visual appeal?

If you aren’t interested in adding a layer with a piece of clothing, then try it with some accessories. A simple pop of color added to a shirt makes all the difference in the world. Or try a scarf.  They aren’t just for winter anymore. We’re loving the fresh look of a floral print scarf. It’s right on trend with the floral prints that are being shown, but is so much easier to wear than a printed top or pants. 

So, when you are getting dressed, consider adding a third piece to your outfit. If you need more inspiration, check out our Third Piece Pinterest Board. Join us next month for some more fresh ideas on how to maximize your wardrobe.