Good Day to you all lovely people!!
I am so happy that you are here.
If you recall, last Friday I asked if any of you were familiar with the Rule of Three when styling an outfit and I mentioned that I was trained in retail styling that the rule was five, but that Coco Chanel’s rule overrode everything else.
What in the world was I talking about?
When planning an outfit for the day count your pieces. Top,pants or skirt and shoes consider as TWO pieces. The Rule of Three means that you need to add a jacket or sweater on top of this. This is what I refer to as dressing with intention. When you are getting older and your colors are changing/fading it is crucial to dress with intention. A woman, who cares, will dress using the rule of three in order to look like she gives a shit. Why should you look like you give a shit?
Because, believe it or not, it is not for the folks who are looking at you as you stroll through Walmart, it is for you. Looking pulled together and chic gives a person confidence and again, believe it not, we all need confidence. It’s one thing to say “Oh, I don’t care what others think of how I look!” Great that’s a super attitude if you can pull it off. But we all know that every single one of us wants to fit in, somehow. Even if you want to fit in with the non-conformists, you are still trying to fit in.
There you have it, the reasoning behind dressing with intention or The Rule of Three. Now, my Rule of Five is exactly the same but you need to add jewelry to that and or a scarf. Simple, yes?
Now, picture yourself in your closet and you are in the process of growing out your hair to gray so not really looking fabulous in that department. Again I ask, do you want to look like you climbed out of the dumpster? No, no one does. So, you’re in your closet and you say, well I only need jeans and T to go to the grocery store. Yup, ok, put those on. Next look at your cardigan and blazers there on the rack. Pick a cute one. It doesn’t need to be fancy just a complementary color to your shirt. (every color goes with denim it’s a miracle of life).
Ok, so you’ve got Jeans, a top and now a blazer. Nothing fancy, just pulled together. Now pick shoes. No, you are not going to the gym or the pool so NO gym shoes or flip flops. Weather dependent choose a boot, sandal or some other cute shoe. Do you like high heels? Flippin’ put them on. What are you waiting for?
Now, go to your scarves? Anything look good? Oh, what? You say you don’t know how to tie them. There’s a You Tube for that. It’ll take a second, go ahead and watch it, I’ll wait.
Ahhh, no time for that or no scarf you like? Then we move on to necklace, rings and bracelet and if you are so inclined earrings. Ok. You did it. Step back and look in the mirror. Take a good look and now remove ONE accessory. That my dears is the Coco Chanel Rule. Accessories also include hair barrettes and headbands so take that into consideration also.
Whew! That was a lot yes? But it is so simple. You are puling yourself together to feel confident and exude that confidence. And also to look like you actually give a shit that you are here, on earth and ready to load up on some damn fine groceries.
Please leave your comments, opinions and questions here so we can continue this chat all week.
Yours in technicolor