The Rule of Three

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Top – LOFT | Skirt – Banana Republic Factory Store | Scarf H&M via Poshmark | Shoes – Bandolino via Nordstrom Rack

I believe I’ve mentioned my “rule of three” when it comes to outfits before.  Basically, it comes down to the idea that you should always wear at least three things to make an outfit look put together.

Today’s outfit is a perfect example.  Here’s what I mean.


The outfit on the right is fine.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with it.  But look at how adding the scarf adds some visual interest and breaks up the pattern of the shirt.  By adding the scarf you’ve gone from college student to business professional.  With one piece!

What do you think of the rule of three? 

13 replies on “The Rule of Three

  1. Emily

    I am liking this run of three thing. I am a huge scarf girl and felt a bit naked all summer without my usual scarf. There were only a couple days in three years of living in Seattle where I didn’t wear a scarf! Love the outfit!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      A hat is going to be harder to pull off for the office! As for casual, I still see it as something more akin to a coat instead of an accessory that would be part of your indoor outfit. But that doesn’t mean you couldn’t make it work.

  2. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I have to agree with your, this three items thing really works and is a great foundation. (A scarf is always a great accessory, it packs a punch and is super easy. And my neck always gets cold.) I like how you broke down your outfit in this post, showing the “before” look and then explaining how to take it a little farther. The patterned scarf looks amazing with the stripped shirt and the whole look is very sleek.

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I think I need to steal you and have you come to my apartment every night to lay out outfits for me. I like this rule of three thing, though. It sounds like something this SEVERELY fashion-challenged girl could reasonably apply to her life!

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