Why You Need a Third Piece to Complete Any Look

Why You Need a Third Piece to Complete Any Look

Happy Monday and happy March! I spent this past weekend working with the team at the Unclaimed Baggage Center, which I talked about in this post from the fall. I can’t wait to tell you more about it later, but for now, let’s focus on today’s post. This look was created using some pieces I found at the Unclaimed Baggage Center along with some staple pieces from my wardrobe. What makes this into a complete look is the third piece.


This outfit is just a white tee and blue jeans but adding an extra piece makes it look like so much more. The third piece is what you put on top of your basic outfit formula of a top and pants/skirt. In this case, it’s a duster jacket, but it could be a blazer, sweater, jacket, scarf, or another accessory. Adding a third piece to a look helps to make it complete. It adds that extra layer to look at and add dimension to your normal t-shirt and jeans outfit. Remembering to add a third piece will make sure you look like you made more effort into your appearance. And if you are like me and always get cold then an extra layer will also serve to keep you warm. So next time you are unsure of a look try adding something extra to it and see if that helps!


Similar Duster | Vince Crew Neck Tee | Topshop Jamie Jeans | Calvin Klein Loafers (also come in black and white) | Coach Rogue 25 Bag c/o | BP Round Sunglasses | Gold Hoop Earrings| YSL Lipstick in “Beige Tribute”

Why You Need a Third Piece to Complete Any Look
Why You Need a Third Piece to Complete Any Look


What is your favorite third piece to add onto an outfit?


  1. March 4, 2019 / 9:12 am

    I am impressed how well the shoes match the duster. Good find!

    • Alicia
      March 4, 2019 / 8:06 pm

      Thanks so much!

  2. March 4, 2019 / 10:54 am

    I love the look! The sweater is adorable. I also love jeans, a white T shirt, and a colorful then scarf for warmer months.


  3. March 4, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    Totally agree- a third piece can make any look more intentional, and more like an outfit, rather than a haphazard combination. I absolutely love a good trench coat for an extra layer- be it lightweight satin (like the one in my profile link), or the traditional gabardine.

  4. March 4, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    What a great concept! I bet that makes it super easy to look cute no matter what you’re wearing. I’ll have to remember to give it a try! Thanks for the post!

  5. jodie filogomo
    March 5, 2019 / 10:43 am

    I’m usually about the third piece too!! Although lately I have been trying to have fun with statement pieces too!

  6. March 6, 2019 / 6:52 am

    Love this look and wore one similar recently. The camel cardigan is so versatile.

    Thanks for linking with Ageless Style!

    Shelly | The Queen in Between

  7. March 8, 2019 / 9:23 am

    You’re right. The third item makes the outfit. Without it, it’s just jeans and a tee!

  8. March 8, 2019 / 11:02 am

    I love how you transformed jeans and t-shirt into something awesome!

  9. March 9, 2019 / 10:33 am

    You’re so right about the 3rd piece adding impact. Duster coats always add a bit of drama. Thanks for joining the #WowOnWednesday Link up!

  10. March 10, 2019 / 11:18 pm

    I agree, the third piece complete the whole look. And it is still simple casual look. Great cardigan. Thank you for sharing your look with My Red Carpet.


  11. March 11, 2019 / 7:05 am

    I love the duster jacket! Adding a long cardigan or a blazer to jeans and a T-shirt really does make a big difference. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  12. March 12, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    I never thought of this, just add a third piece.. i’ll keep it in mind 🙂

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