How to Create a Casual Weekend Look Using The Three Piece Rule

 

When the weekend rolls around, those casual outfits are just calling my name. Well, who am I kidding, they’re always calling my name! In the winter, I love nothing more than throwing on a comfy, over-sized sweater, my mom jeans and just calling it a day. It’s the perfect combo for running errands or grabbing that spontaneous coffee or brunch with friends.

More and more I seem to gravitate toward clothing that’s comfortable versus something that leaves me with those thoughts of “I can’t wait to get home so that I can change out of this!”. Maybe I’ve grown lazy in my old age, I am almost thirty, or maybe the idea that fashion can be comfortable has grown in popularity. Seriously, who would’ve thought that wearing pajamas as part of your outfit would ever be considered fashionable? Since comfort has been calling my name lately, I wanted to share how I like to create a casual weekend look in winter that keeps me comfortable and looking totally stylish– the three piece rule!

 

 

There is a fine art you when it comes to creating a casual weekend look during the winter that feels laid back, yet still screams fashionista. When putting together a casual outfit, or any outfit, I like to follow the Third Piece Rule. With this rule, your top and your pants act as the first and second pieces, then you go on to add a third piece to your look like a jacket, scarf, or even a statement necklace to create an outfit.

I’m sure that you’ve seen the three piece rule applied to outfits and not even realized. Think of the athletic wear trend that’s been happening lately! Women can wear a cute third piece like a leather or bomber jacket over their workout clothes that takes them from “just at the gym” to “street chic” and leaves you wondering how they look so cool. It’s all the work of that miracle working third piece–totally genius!!

The Third Piece Rule is incredibly easy to implement when it comes to your weekend look this winter because it includes all kinds of things you most likely own and wear already. I love that you can be totally creative and put together an entirely different look depending on what Third Piece you choose. If you’re feeling fierce, you can even add a fourth piece like a belt or hat! This is my favorite way to stay incredibly comfy, yet bring an air of sophistication to a casual weekend outfit.

 

 

For my look, I implemented the three piece rule by adding my oversized blazer to layer over my cozy pink sweater. I’ve had this blazer for ages and I wear it all of the time! It’s probably one of my best purchases and I only spent like $2 on it at the thrift store. You can also see how I style it with my plaid skirt. My sweater is from an adorable boutique in Berlin that I discovered during my travels back in September. The weather decided to rudely change from summer to autumn on my adventure and I only packed for summer temps, so I was desperate for something warm to wear. I went ahead and added a fourth piece to my outfit by accessorizing with a choker necklace. My red lip acts as a cute little fifth piece : )

 

Photography: Max Baker 

 

I hope that the three piece rule helps you if you’re ever feeling a bit stumped when you look at your outfit in the mirror and think, “my outfit needs something!”. Now you know it may just need a third piece to complete it. Do you ever use the three piece rule when styling your outfits?

Meaghan xx

 

Jacket: Thrifted

Sweater: Ankleidezimmer

Jeans: Zara

Shoes: Office

Necklace: Aldo

 

 

34 Comments

  1. Brittany S on January 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I’m all about casual lately! Especially in the winter. Thanks for sharing the Third Piece Rule – makes so much sense!
    Brittany – http://www.agneswright.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Casual is the best in the winter! It gets up to triple digits here in the summer, so I just pile on the layers as long as I’m able to in winter haha. Thanks for stopping by Brittany xx

  2. Emily Soto on January 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I love this comfy, casual look! Those shoes are too cute!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much Emily!! I love great statement shoes to bring an outfit together. Thanks for stopping by xx

  3. Angelica on January 25, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Ahh I just learned something new! Thank you for sharing that Three Piece Rule tip, I had never heard of it. It’s totally blown my mind with ideas. Your outfit looks so amazing, by the way, even though it’s casual. LOVE IT

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Aww well, I’m glad I could share something new with you! That makes me so happy. It’s really helpful when I’m trying to put outfits together! Hope it helps you just as much xx

  4. stephani on January 25, 2017 at 4:03 am

    love the color of that sweater!! and those shoes are super cool! great look babe!

    xo, steph
    http://www.sassandsun.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on January 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks, girlie!!! I saw them at the shoe store and I had to have them. Glad you stopped by Stephani xx

  5. Courtney Bentley on January 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    YAS! Love love love this look! Those shoes are everything I need them STAT!
    Courtney Bentley :: http://www.courtneyvioletbentley.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much Courtney! They’re definitely one of my faves. I may just let you borrow them ; )

  6. Victoria Schneider on January 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    First off, these pictures are STUNNING! you look so awesome. Secondly, this style is my favorite. I am all about comfy clothes all the time. Especially on the weekend. Thank you so much for sharing this look!
    victoria | victoria@thesoutherntrunk.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      You are so sweet, thank you Victoria! Being comfortable has become a much higher priority over the years haha. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for reading xx

  7. Tiffani at Breton Bay on January 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I love this casual look on you!! I think you made it totally chic by rolling those jeans. I think if I did it, I would look like I am stuck in the 80’s but you pull it off so darn well. I think those shoes are perfect to be chic and comfortable!! And trust me, at 38, comfort becomes even more of a priority 😉

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you Tiffani! I’m glad you like the rolling of the jeans, I find I don’t like this pair wide at the ankle like they intended, so I improvised : ) Well, even at 29, comfort has definitely become more necessary! Haha Thank you for reading xx

  8. Zarrin Alam on January 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I love your photography style! I’m a sucker for the moody edits. The third piece rule is the best.

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you Zarrin! I’m spoiled with an awesome photographer. I’m all about the moody photography these days, it’s more “me”, so I decided to just go with it. Thanks for reading xx

  9. Leah on January 30, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    You pull this look off so well! Love that sweater!

    x- Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much Leah!! It’s incredibly cozy and an item I’m SO happy I purchased because it reminds me of Berlin. Thank you for taking the time to read xx

  10. Stefana Silber on January 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Love the jeans and the nod to 80’s style. It has definitely come back and seeing it look so chic on you makes me less afraid to try myself.

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Yes, it totally has that vibe! Glad I could give you a bit of courage to try something new, it means I’ve done my job : ) Thanks for stopping by the blog Stefana xx

  11. Debbie Savage on January 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Love! This is such a beautiful casual look! You have a fantastic smile too!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Aww thank you so much, gorgeous! You are too kind. Hope you have a lovely day xx

  12. Kristin Kruse on January 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Ahhh, the perfect combination! I’m so with you on dressing more for comfort…nothing is worse than having something on and just counting down the minutes until you can get home & change. If only not wearing a bra more often was more acceptable because then I’d basically be set with all outfits 😉 Gorgeous, girl!

    xox,
    Kristin

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      I pretty much live in comfy jeans and sweaters or athletic wear because I just want to be comfortable all the time haha. You should wear bralette’s, they’re so much more comfortable than bra’s and feel like you have less on, but keeps you acceptable in social settings ; )

  13. Jessica on January 30, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Love those boyfriend jeans! I have been looking for a pair!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Jessica!! They’re a fun jean to have in your wardrobe. I love my Zara ones, so I would start there. Have a lovely day xx

  14. komal on January 31, 2017 at 12:49 am

    The Third piece rule is key!!! Those pants look killer on you btw 🙂

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      SO key!! What’s your favorite Third Piece to add? That is very sweet of you to say! I’ve fully embraced the mom jeans haha. I appreciate you stopping by Komal xx

  15. Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary on January 31, 2017 at 3:14 am

    You look so cute! Love the purple on you.

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Amanda!! It’s rare that I gravitate towards anything pink or purple, but this sweater drew me in! Hope you’re having a wonderful week xx

  16. Jenna on February 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

    What a great look. I’ve never heard of the Third Piece Rule but it definitely is something I can do. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers, J
    http://www.cheersj.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on February 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Yes, it’s a really easy rule to incorporate! I like that it helps steer you in the right direction, but leaves the creativity wide open. Thank you for reading Jenna xx

  17. Olia on December 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Great post lovie!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on December 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Aww thanks my beautiful friend!!! Glad you enjoyed it xx

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