Before You Purchase: The Rule of Three


As a stylist in Chicago I help women look put-together easily with wardrobe capsule collections.  As a very plan-driven, practical shopper, I’ve developed a true love for my “Rule of Three” when considering a new purchase and it’s really the only “rule” I believe in.

Rule of Three
: Can you wear it three different ways in your existing wardrobe? 


As a fashion stylist and personal image consultant when I buy pieces for my clients and put together wardrobe collections, most importantly, I consider its versatility.

There’s nothing like a beautifully made, neutral sweater that can be worn:.

  • Under a suit for classic perfection
  • With a skirt, tights, boots and earrings for date night
  • Worn casually with dark denim and boots for strolling the city

Easy! Three outfits and more.

While that beautiful leather pleated skirt may look fabulous on the mannequin and in your (dream) life, will it pair easily and effortlessly in your existing wardrobe?

Don’t get the leather skirt if:

  • You don’t have or want to take the time to play with outfits
  • You’re unsure if it’s office appropriate
  • You have to buy three or more pieces to make the one work


 Secondly, If it’s an investment piece, will you wear it in a year? Two? Three?

Don’t get caught in the trends of the moment.  If a piece or accessory is an investment for your current budget, have it be a piece you’ll love in minimally a year but five or more is really fabulous.

There’s nothing like a well-made, black handbag that’s timeless and can be worn with anything.

Lastly, the big four letter word. Sale! If an item weren’t on sale, would you pay full price?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzy of a “sale.”  Give yourself 24 hours and if you’re still thinking about the piece the next day, go ahead and buy it.

More often than not, you’ll forget about it.

Do you really love the item and it’s on sale? That’s just a shopping bonus!




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