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August 18, 2016

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Style | Finding a Really Great Pant and The Third-Piece Rule

A Daily Something Elizabeth Suzann A Daily Something in Elizabeth Suzann A Daily Something Elizabeth Suzann A Daily Something Elizabeth Suzann A Daily Something Elizabeth Suzann A Daily Something Elizabeth Suzann A Daily Something Elizabeth SuzannDo you ever have that item of clothing that – for whatever reason – you hesitate wearing at first? You try them on and they don’t feel flattering, or they remind you of something you wore when you were 13, or you can’t find JUST the right top/shoes to pair with them? Well, whatever the reason, I hesitated wearing these Cecilia Pants at first. I just couldn’t quite do it (to be honest, I think I didn’t look the way I imagined I’d look in them). I tried and tried.

Then one day, I tried again, and I didn’t know what my problem was. They’re basically a perfect pant. They’re high rise (and cover almost all my baby stretch marks, which means I can wear the Birdie Crop and not worry about showing off those mama scars), slim & tapered, and wonderfully comfortable. They can get folded, wrinkled, etc, and don’t need ironing. And they’re incredibly sturdy!

Worn with the Emma Kimono, you have a perfectly put together look that adheres to the third-piece rule. Have you heard of that rule? Apparently, Nordstrom encourages retail associates to wear outfits made up of three pieces (to promote more sales), not including your shoes (try it, it can be a challenge). Your third piece can be a jacket, sweater, statement accessory, etc. Besides the goal of promoting sales, a third piece adds a subtlety to your look, it sets you apart. You look put together, as if you put a little more effort into your ensemble. After reading about this rule, I went over to my FASHION board on pinterest and realized that lots of the photos on my board are using this rule (or even a rule of fourths and fifths). I’ve been trying to apply this rule for a few months (it’s had to do in 100 degree weather), and have been SO pleased with the outcome! (I still wear jean cut-offs and just a T-shirt. Or jeans and just a T-shirt. ETc.). I’ve learned that I feel like more of a grown up when I add that third (or fourth) item! Try it!

Oh, and I just read this post by Elizabeth about traveling ONLY with items from her Signature Collection. I’ve been so inspired by this idea (and her photos are really beautiful), that I’m going to try to pack super minimally for our trip to San Francisco (we leave tomorrow)! It will be a huge challenge for me, since I like to pack everything I might ever need when traveling, so follow along on snapchat today and tomorrow to see how I pack!

Sources:
Pants: Elizabeth Suzann Cecelia Pant in stretch cotton (4, short)
Top: Elizabeth Suzann Birdie Crop in natural handwoven cotton (OS MINUS)
Kimono: Elizabeth Suzann Emma Kimono in flax linen (OS-)
Slides: Jeffrey Campbell Perpetua Mule in pink (color sold out)
Earrings: The Salt Empire Dusting Tassel Earrings (in custom length, coming soon to site)

Photos by Laura Metzler

 

  1. Karrie

    August 18th, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try this third rule! I’ve never heard of it before but it totally makes sense! Also, yes, make sure to pack light for your trip! I just went to California last week and I totally overpacked! Have a wonderful time on your trip. I was only in San Francisco for a day, and enjoyed it so much!

  2. Kiersten

    August 18th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I’m so glad you tried these pants again because they look amazing on you! I’m going to start thinking more seriously about the third rule because half of the time, I feel like my outfit is just thrown together by a toddler… (Using your pinterest board as inspo!)

    Have a great trip to SF!

    Kiersten

  3. Sophie

    August 25th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    That outfit looks lovely on you. I’d love if you post about some of the places you go in San Francisco, I’m from Australia and i’m heading there later this year and I would love some recommendations. I hope you have a great trip

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