Frilling Fashionista: Ali’s 3-day 3-layer Challenge

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We’ve been talking about the “Rule of Three” - the idea of layering pieces to create a more cohesive, sophisticated look  -  over here on the blog lately.  There’s been lots of discussion happening on facebook about it, and apparently it has struck a chord of inspiration with some of our favorite readers.  Fabulous.  Frilling!

My darling friend Ali gave herself a challenge to help her step up her game a bit in the style department.  She decided that for 3 days she’d follow the Rule of Three.  I asked her about her experience and here’s what she said:

I’m fashionally challenged.  So after Fran explained the “three layer rule,” we made it homework: three days of three layers in one week.  To start, I went thrifting and found a few new pieces that I could easily layer with items I already own:

  • a sky blue cardigan
  • a long necklace with turquoise stones
  • a black-and-white striped tee with red accents
  • a teal cardigan with fluted edges

Day One: I picked the sky-blue cardigan, layering it over an favorite T and adding the new necklace. I wasn’t convinced it was a great outfit, but I knew I’d made a start.  I took my photo–but I wasn’t happy about it. 

Day Two: I picked the teal cardigan, which I had fallen in love with. I poked around on the LOFT website, looking for how their models wore their cardigans.  I noticed most of the “loud” cardigans were paired with neutral tops, so I imitated that.  A beaded necklace functioned as my third layer.  I felt confident in my choices and let my husband snap a cute pic for me.

Day Three: I faced a two-outfit day.  For work, I picked the black-and-white striped tee. Fran had challenged me to use a scarf as my third layer rather than a necklace, so I added a black cardigan and a hot pink scarf.  I paired the top with a flirty skirt instead of my uniform pants–and I felt like a movie star.

For after-work, I knew I’d be attending a formal awards banquet.  I chose a print top with a cami and a complementary necklace, paired with a white skirt and metallic wedges.

How does it feel, now that it’s done? As someone who usually finds shopping and dressing to be painfully difficult, the three-layer challenge was liberating. My confidence grew exponentially. And, as I stood in my closet the night before the final challenge day, putting together my outfits was actually fun.  Frillingly so.

There are so many things I love about this.  One is that Ali was about to make the Rule work for her in her daily life fairly easily.  Two is that she went shopping with a purpose, looking for specific pieces to work with and Frill up her existing wardrobe.  Three, that Ali embraced some bright, fun colors.  And four, that she said her outfit made her feel like a movie star.  And that, folks, is where it’s at.

Ali, You FRILL us!

PS: Ali, your next challenge is to remix those cardigans into other outfits.
PPS: Stay tuned for the next installment of our cardigan series, hopefully later this week!

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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