Do you know about the “third piece” fashion construct? The concept is that your outfit is not complete without a “third piece” to pull your top and bottom pieces together. Many people feel silly or uncomfortable wearing a traditional blazer while working or lounging at home these days, so we are here to offer you some alternative options, from cozy to dramatically stylish.
P.S. As a reminder, prices and availability are changing quickly these days! If you like something, don’t wait to buy it. And always check sites directly for up-to-date pricing.
A Soft Jacket is truly the perfect outfit topper for your work Zoom calls right now. It is still a bit chilly inside but you need to look professional and feel put together. A sweater or sweatshirt isn’t going to make you feel as “boss” as we’d like, but a formal blazer doesn’t keep you warm enough or look right. The Soft Jacket is the answer to this wardrobe conundrum. Most of the jackets below are styles we have tried on and sold to our styling clients so we know they work well. My favorite of the jackets below is the BlankNYC Faux Suede Drapey Jacket, a cozy, stylish steal at $35.20!
Sometimes, whether for style or warmth, you just need a sweater. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the first month of the quarantine without my (now sold out) Uniqlo sweater coat. I’m still wearing it. From a cashmere kimono to a camo knit, there is a sweater for every style type. I’ll put away my big sweater coat for the summer of course but plan to keep my basic long black cashmere cardigan out all season.
Caftans and Wraps
The caftan is the ideal third piece for summer. It makes a fashion statement and gives just the right amount of coverage. I can’t wait to pull my favorite caftan from Roman out of the closet once it warms up a bit. Caftans can be made of a warmer material like cashmere or wool, and therefore transcend seasons, or a more sheer fabric appropriate only for summer, as is usually the case for a beautifully patterned caftan.
Indiblossom by Anu Wrap,
Anu is hoping to launch her e-commerce store soon! In the meantime, if you’re interested reach out to us or Anu herself by emailing her at email@example.com. She has a huge variety of prints, each more stunning than the last!
Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Learn how you can train with Lani to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio.
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