People often tell me they have a closet full of clothes but they wouldn’t call it “a wardrobe”.
Why is that? It’s often because of the lack of third pieces. A third piece is a jacket, cardigan or vest. These can be the key piece in pulling an outfit together.
Third Pieces Are An Investment Third pieces are often twice as much as any other piece in your wardrobe, however, they are well worth the investment since you will get more than twice the wear out of each piece, they will complete many outfits and you will wear them for years. They can be difficult to find so you need to be intentional about looking for them.
You Need Them In Every Category Third pieces are essential for weekend wear, dressy casual and business clothes. Just because you have a black jean jacket for casual doesn’t mean you don’t need a fashionable black jacket for dressy casual and a black jacket for evening. It’s seldom that a jacket can move between these categories.
Buy Neutrals Before Color You can wear the same neutral colors over and over and no one will notice, however, if you wear a third piece in a color it is more memorable. For this reason, even though colors are often more fun to buy, be sure to add those neutrals first to enable maximum coordination.
Third Pieces Give You Credibility If you are in business, always wear a third piece for credibility in photos and meetings with clients, both virtually and in person.