8-9-21 THIS WEEK: The 3 Piece Rule

August 9, 2021, 10:42 am by MSP


Feel like you are missing something? Perhaps your style is a bit off, but you can't quite put your finger on what the problem might be. I've got your solution! Three's a charm. It's all about adding an "extra" item to take your outfits up a notch

When assembling an outfit, there is something called the "third piece rule" and this rule really does work!

The third piece rule. The rule is; your outfits should always incorporate three pieces, not including your shoes. Your top and bottom are considered first and second pieces, leaving your third piece to be a extra outfit element. This week you will learn various ways to apply the "third piece rule".

So what’s so special about a third piece? It is what adds a special nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill look, making you look more put together, polished, more interesting, and like you put a little effort into what you're wearing. 

If you’re in doubt about the third-piece’s power, just take a look at some of these outfits I show you this week! 

You will be amazed how this little style trick works wonders!


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission 

Dear SYSters,

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

However, I know as women we often “buy into” the current 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...


Guidelines to help you decide which garments need to go:

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

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

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

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


What SYSters are Saying


Hang in there, we really need you!

Dear MSP, thank you for being inspiring, encouraging, humorous, and knowledgeable. There will always be negative voices out there, but you should be proud of the work that you do, helping women see themselves and show themselves in their best light. Please, know you are loved. And that you are doing good, important work! Nancy



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