Playing With Proportion

I’ve never met a crisp white shirt I didn’t love. They play both starring and supporting roles in many of my outfits because they’re timeless and easy to wear. They’re not every woman’s cup of tea so remember, just because the white shirt is a classic, doesn’t mean it belongs in your wardrobe.

Today’s outfit is a column of white with black accents using the third piece rule. The white shirt with white pants creates a column of color which helps you look taller. When you add an outer piece like this vest, the third piece, it helps you look slimmer. The vest visually hides the outer portions of your silhouette so you see a narrower you!

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing black linen vest over white jeans and shirtI usually wear a dark column but while our temperatures are still fluctuating, I’m happy to wear it in white. This time of year, cotton and linen are still the coolest fabrics to wear most days because they breathe.Jennifer Connolly of a Well Styled Life wearing a long black vest as a third piece over a column of white This linen vest is light as a feather so floats around your legs when you walk. It doesn’t add any warmth to your outfit which makes it a perfect third piece for any time of year. A third piece is what goes over your basic top and bottom. It instantly pulls your look together and helps you look polished.

A touch of subtle animal print in my booties adds some pizzazz to this outfit without overpowering. These are by Dr. Schols. I haven’t tried this brand for years and love that they’ve really upped their fashion game, without sacrificing comfort. The heel is low and they’re wide enough for me to add a cushioned insole for extra comfort.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing casual colmn of white and snake print booties

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life dressing to show the third piece rule

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing tassel necklace and tassel bag

My tassel necklace makes a strong statement against the white and ties in with the tassel on my bag. It draws the eye down which also helps me look taller. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Talbots white denim trousers

Have you used the third piece rule to look slimmer and pull your looks together?

PS – Remember, a white shirt means you should wear the only bra you ever need to own.

Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.How to make the third piece rule work for you

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  1. Nancy
    September 27, 2019 / 5:55 am

    I ruined a wonderful wool ruana with a backpack style purse.
    The other one is a miracle fabric that never wrinkles, not too hot, not too cold. It’s a print of every color, I usually wear black and gray so I can put it on over anything. Gold hoops, Chanel #5. Now all dressed up.

    • September 27, 2019 / 8:59 am

      That sounds fabulous Nancy! I find satchels and handheld bags the best for capes, coats and wraps. They don’t interfere with the clothing.

  2. Margaret
    September 23, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    Nicely styled, Jennifer!

  3. September 23, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    I am so hot in South Texas but I have this vest, so you just gave me inspiration for tomorrow. Loved how you popped classic black & white with a creative boot! You look great as always!

    • September 23, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      Thanks, Pam. It is a great vest. I loved how you styled it.xx

  4. Rose
    September 23, 2019 / 7:43 am

    I love this look on you. I don’t currently have any vests but would be a good investment for fall.

    • Karen woodard
      September 23, 2019 / 11:37 am

      I love this and your blog. I would like to know other people’s opinions of white after Labor Day I live in NC and there seem to be some strong thoughts on this subject ?

    • September 23, 2019 / 7:02 pm

      Vests are a game-changer for many outfits. Keep your eye out for fun ones.

  5. Karen Gaston
    September 23, 2019 / 7:00 am

    Everything that you’re wearing looks great on you. I especially love your unique animal boots!

  6. September 23, 2019 / 6:55 am

    It’s a very flattering look and I do it almost daily. I’m not short but it’s less decision making and a good look. Just throw a scarf on and you’re done!

    • September 23, 2019 / 7:01 pm

      Great point! Less decision to make.

  7. Eileen
    September 23, 2019 / 6:46 am

    I love a one column look, a dress, jumpsuit, a suit, or two pieces. It does make me look taller.

  8. Deborah Broughton
    September 23, 2019 / 4:22 am

    Love this Post! It is still hot here in Alabama too! I am realizing that I tend to buy white tops, I just don’t reach for them. Seems that my yellow based skin tones look better in the off whites. Still trying to figure this out. My usual column is black pants and top with a vest or jacket. I think I am going to order that vest today!

    • September 23, 2019 / 6:58 pm

      I’m delighted this resonates with you, Deborah. Warm-tones whites are less common but very elegant on the right skin tone. I am better in cool-toned off white but don’t find them that often so I add more makeup and enjoy the shapes I find.

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