A Crash Course on the Fashion Rule of Thirds

striped shirt

I have found over the years that my style is actually pretty rudimentary. It is more practical, comfortable, and sensible that what probably deserves a fashion blog. 
However, I always incorporate THE RULE OF THIRDS.
striped shirt
striped shirt
striped shirt
SHIRT: Gap | SHOES: Converse | SKIRT: LOFT | CHAMBRAY SHIRT: Apt. 9 (old- similar here) | GLASSES: Freyrs | PURSE: Dooney & Bourke

What the heck is that? It is easy to learn!

  1. Always incorporate 3 pieces of clothing: a shirt, pants, and a "style" item such as a jacket, a statement necklace, anything that grabs attention. Not wearing pants? The rule still applies! Take 2 statement items and make an outfit! Not sure what a "statement" item entails? Here are some prime examples of statement pieces.
  2. Never use more than 3 colors in your main outfit: You want your color scheme to be smooth. If there are too many colors going on, people's eyes will get tired! We want to draw attention to our outfit, not scare it away. Accessories don't have to count towards these three colors, BUT accessories should be the same color metal or pattern. I am a lover of all things neutral colored. They are so easy to pair! Grab a white skirt like mine from here. Stripes get me every time as well! If you look into my closet, you'll find striped patterns like these everywhere!
  3. Everything looks better in 1/3's: And your outfit will, too! Cutting your body in half with an outfit will not accentuate your figure! Wear high waisted pants, and your legs will take up 2/3 of your body, looking long and lean (leaving 1/3 left!). When wearing a tunic, make sure the length hits lower on your thigh, to leave only a 1/3 of your legs showing. It is just more aesthetically pleasing! You didn't think the Eiffel Tower was gorgeous because of it's surroundings, did you? NO WAY! It is constructed into the thirds rules. These tunics are perfect examples of taking up 2/3, instead of cutting the body in half!

I am by no means an expert, and these are only things I have learned while studying fashion blogs and magazines. What I do know is that it has always worked for me!

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23 comments:

  1. I totally agree...it also works when cropping your photo! I love anything styled with white converse shoes -- I've been meaning to buy a pair!

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    1. YES! It does work when cropping photos. I have yet to master that!

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  2. I agree, great combination. I really like the glasses.

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  3. Love the rule of thirds - great advice!

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  4. I never really thought about all this. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  5. Such a cute casual outfit! Great advice too!

    Sierra
    Sierra Elizabeth

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  6. Great advice. So often do I leave the house in a hurry and forget to add that statement piece. Thanks for the tips.

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  7. I'm always game to try anything that will flatter my body. Thanks for sharing this useful fashion tip!

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    1. This will definitely flatter your body then!

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  8. I've never realized it, but I use this rule! I might wear a skirt, tank and a cardigan or pants, tee and a statement necklace! Now I'm going to really enforce this rule and make sure I'm using it ever time! =)

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    1. YAY!!!! You are brilliant for not even thinking about it!

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  9. I love your outfit and want those converse! Thanks for the tips .

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    1. Thank you! Converse are so comfortable and cute!

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  10. That's really good advice -- especially the 1/3 body part. I never thought of it like that but I totally get it.
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    Traci

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  11. That is good advice. I always have trouble telling what body shape I have.

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  12. I had never heard of this rule before. Thank you for the great advice. Love the combination.

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  13. I like your philosophy. Basic is usually better. Plus, you could have one main piece you rotate two others out with, and plan ahead.

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