12-2-19 THIS WEEK: One Item, Three Ways

December 2, 2019, 2:51 pm by MSP


Hoping everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. It's always such a pleasant holiday-a gathering of good food and good people. It's still one of my favorites.

Oh my! It's already December. It's time to get ready for Christmas. To make your holidays less stressful, I have a tip to help you-have a few planned outfits ready ahead of time. Think of a few occasions you will need to dress for, then start getting your outfits together (right from your closet). No need to buy more clothes. When you see how easy it is to stretch your basics in clever ways, you'll be wondering why you didn't do this sooner! This week, creative ways to wear one item-in three different ways.


This week's article is all about: Wearing One Item, Three Ways.


How else can I wear this striped sweater dress?

Let me count the ways (3 different ways, to be exact)


Back in the day as a yound teen...I had a dream...

As a young teenager (and budding fashionista) I had this "crazy" idea of owning the never-ending closet. Back in my teen years, my closet was packed full of clothes. In fact, there were so many clothes in there, I found it hard to find anything to wear, plus it was hard to close the door! Regardless, my teenage dream was to own even more clothes-so I'd be more fashionable.

I wanted a fantasy closet where I could simply walk into it, pull something out, and immediately look fabulous. As a teen, I tried to obtain this "never-ending" closet by spending every last dollar I had on the latest trendy clothes. For sure this would make me the envy of all my friends. But, in the end, I did NOT have more style-just an empty wallet.


Yes, I had more clothes than most of my teen friends... but did I have MORE style? 

No, not really. 


The "dream" of the "perfect" closet ended up more like a nightmare. What happened was I had more clothes, but I did not have MORE style! I had a lighter wallet. It wasn't until I learned the correct way to build a stylish wardrobe, that my style improved. It was in college while taking fashion merchandising courses that I learned how to build a core wardrobe. True style meant having a core wardrobe, and then touching on the trends-but not buying every trend. More clothes did not equal more style. 


I'm all grown up...and so is my style.

But, what's the best part? My closet is not jammed full of clothes!!!


My dream is now my reality! This information was a life-changer, as far as my style went. It was an "Aha" moment. It changed how I looked at buying clothes. I became "picky" when it came to any new purchases. Knowing now that less was actually more- if you had the right things. So, I weeded out clothes I never wore (many with tags still attached), set up a core wardrobe with what was left, combed through my shoes, my accessories, and concentrated on using each piece to build at least 3 different outfits. This gave me the idea to create the "rule" of "1 item, 3 ways". 

In order to be in my closet, an article of clothing must be: 

1. Something I need (it fills a gap) 

2. I must be able to wear it at least three different ways 

3. Something must go out-if something new goes in! 

Whew! That's a lot of demands.


Nothing (and I mean nothing) deserves to be in my closet unless it can be worn at least three different ways. Of course, basic items should be able to be worn a lot more ways than just three. But everything else must also meet the "one item three ways" wearing criterion. 

This week all body type Personal Profiles will get "One Item Three Ways". See what I wear--three different ways! See photos of my outfits and the different ways I wear 1 item for 3 different looks. 


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

In a style rut? Try something new with your style.

This week's Style Mission: Wear things a little differently OR something completely new to you!


Jump out your comfort zone and try something new!

When is the last time you wore a dress? Just add opaque tights and boots and you're instantly stylin'!


Instead of the same ‘ol clothes worn the same ways, over and over ... for goodness sake, change things up! 

This week, try one of the complete outfits suggested for your body type in your Personal Profile. Copy everything you see (including the accessories and shoes). Enjoy your new-found style confidence AND the compliments coming your way!

(FYI: You will find complete outfit suggestions (based on your body type) at the bottom of each weekly shopping guide in every MSP Personal Profile membership)



What SYSters Are Saying


DEAR MSP: I went out a bought myself a fabulous scarf that I love in my seasonal colors. It was expensive, but I kept remembering CPW, and know I will wear it a ton, and that makes it a great deal right there. Besides that, it makes me feel fabulous, and there's no price you can put on that, especially since I have not been feeling very good about my appearance lately. Great idea, Leslie. Thank you, thank you. -Alice


After purchasing the eBook today I'm wearing a different combo with my cool scarf!!! Thanks again, Jennifer


Dear Leslie,
i MUST tell you what yesterday happened to me.
My daughter ask me to accompany her to look for a outfit for a job-event.
At H&M (don't know, if this store is in america, too - i'm in germany ) i came across a simple little salt-and-pepper dress.
It was only 40 Euros and i could think of 3 different ways to wear it immediately.
Today i spent 2 hours in my closet to find different outfits with this dress. I found eleven opportunities and i am sure to find much more with one or two colourful tights. I think about orange and petrol. I am so excited about this, that i have to share it with you.
I wear dresses rarely, because i have varicose veins, but with opaque tights - no problem :-)
Thank you so much for your never-ending support and your encouragement to be myself.
Elke from Germany


MSP HERE: Dear Elke, 

Thanks for sharing. Yes, we do have H&M shops here in America. 

It makes me very happy to hear that you have gained style confidence since becoming a MSP SYSter. 

You have learned how to take the current trends and make them your own based on your body type and your own personal taste. Bravo! Job well done.

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. You're going to like this week's article about wearing one item at least three different ways.