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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.

casual look with column of white with black long vest on Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life
cotton stretch white shirt (similar)high waist denim trouser jeansblack linen vest on salebootiestassel necklacesunglasses

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 wearing column of white with black linen vest
cotton stretch white shirt (similar)high waist denim trouser jeansblack linen vest on salebootiestassel necklacesunglassesshoulder bag / budget-friendly option

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.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing a column of white with black vest from j.jill.
cotton stretch white shirt (similar)high waist denim trouser jeansblack linen vest on salebootiestassel necklacesunglassesshoulder bag / budget-friendly option

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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14 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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 ?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. 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.