8-14-17 THIS WEEK: 3-Piece Rule Done Right

August 14, 2017, 2:36 pm by MSP


Looking to get your style to really come together? Guess what? I've got just what you are looking for! It's about adding something "extra" to what you wear every single time you dress...and it works like a charm.

The third piece rule: it's essentially a rule you apply every time you dress.  The rule is; your outfits should always incorporate 3 pieces, not including your shoes. For example, your top and your bottom are considered your first and second pieces; leaving you to add third piece. It should be an extra outfit element that adds to what you're wearing. This week at MSP, I've got the plan and outfit photos to show you how. 

What’s so special about a third piece? It all about how you put it all together. It is something that adds a special nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit. It's the frosting to your cake, if you will, making you look put together, polished, more interesting (like you put some effort into your outfit). When you see different ways to creatively apply this "third piece" rule your outfits will be so much better~instantly!!!

Take a look at some of these outfits in this week's article! Get ready...I'm going to wow you and knock your socks off, lol! You'll be amazed how this little trick works wonders and takes your style to the next level!


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission 

Dear MSP SYSters,

Either your clothes create a good impression or they don’t. With that said, I can’t help but jump on my soapbox (again) and mention the importance of wearing the right clothing styles for your body type! That's what it’s all about ladies; the right fit and styles for YOU and your current body.

However, I know as women we often “buy into” the current season’s trends even though they might not be the best choices for us.

This week’s Style Mission is to de-clutter  and remove those clothes that simply don’t flatter you...

You're NOT wearing 'em...bless someone else with them...

Out they go!


Some “trendy” styles will NEVER look good on us—no matter how hard we try—and that’s a reality. Certain styles can make us look “fat” or out of proportion. 


Use these guidelines to help you decide which garments need to go:

1. Shape of garment: items like mumus, baby doll dresses, full-pleated skirts, boyfriend blazers (long & boxy and from the 80's), very short skirts.

2. Fabric texture: wide-whale corduroy, shiny metallics, taffeta, boucle, satin, quilted fabrics, wide horizontal stripes, large loud prints.

3. Color: overly bright neon colors, any color that makes you look sick or washed out.

4. Garment fit: anything too big or too tight. Anything that is an “odd” proportioned and you never looked right in it (like capris perhaps?).

This week...please remember: Either your clothes make a good first impression or they don’t. So what’s still in your closet that isn’t doing YOU any fashion favors?

Love, Leslie MSP


Pssst! Guess what? You're only 10 Steps Away From An Organized Closet!

What SYSters are Saying


Wow!!! LOVE the recent article on makeup!!!

Thanks MSP! I am now having a marathon 'MissusSmartyPants' weekend to catch up on all the emails and weekly issues. And enjoying it very much. The article on Make-up was really good and I will endeavour to make an appointment at the make-up counter. Love, Estelle


I appreciate your good advice & seasonal updates!

MSP, I am a long time subscriber who continues to appreciate your good advice and seasonal updates.

I was recently in the hospital for knee replacement surgery and realized how deeply your philosophy has penetrated. When I was packing for my 10 day stay (between the hospital and rehab after), I knew I'd need practical, comfortable clothes that were easy to get into and out of. Shorts and t-shirts filled the bill, but it didn't but a few more minutes to throw in some jewelry and scarves. I was quite a hit in Physical Therapy when I showed up with a little bling and lots of MSP style. It raised my spirits too and was especially important to me because I had my surgery in the hospital where I have worked in the past. The biggest hit were my slipper socks that look like Dorothy's Ruby Slippers. Quite a switch from the brown ones the hospital issues. 

As you frequently tell us, style doesn't have to cost a lot or take a lot of time. And believe me, when just finishing getting dressed required a nap, adding a necklace or scarf and earrings wasn't too much additional effort. Thanks again for everything you do! -Lynn


Dear MissusSmartyPants,

I wanted to let you know I gave a copy of the closet purge (from your front page) to a co-worker last week. She told me today she did it over the weekend and she was totally thrilled with the results. She said it was a lot of work and a whole weekend but, she took out 8 large garbage bags of stuff to donate and put together the outfits in her closet the way you said to do it. She found things she did not even know she had, and she found all the stuff she knew she had but could not find. She said her closet rod was ready to fall it was so overfilled and now it is great and she is so happy. She could not wait to tell me today, so I thought I should tell you.

You are a blessing and my friend appreciated your advice. She sure appreciates what you made available and thanks you for your help. She is 62 and works full time and cares for her mother who lives with her. You helped make things easier for her.

Thank you!!! Corrine