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The simple fashion formula that will change how you dress forever

The plus-3 fashion rule is the easiest way to transform a look.

Fashion is about creativity, not maths – but this fashion formula will change the way you dress forever.

While putting together the perfect outfit can sometimes feel impossible, it’s much simpler than you think.

Forget buying brand new items every week to stay on trend, or ensuring you always have the latest designer it bag that an expensive brand has released. It’s really is much simpler than that.

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Caroline Daur after DIOR show, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020.

The plus-3 rule works on the idea that all of the best outfits include three statement pieces, which take an outfit to the next level. This could be a colourful handbag, a pair of killer shades or a fabulous coat, or perhaps a black beret, waist-cinching belt and a pair of cowboy boots.

This method can transform an LBD or simple jumpsuit, adding impactful pieces that give the outfit that little something.

Of course, the best way to show you what we mean is by giving you some examples, so read on.

Woman in beret and black Maison Margiela dress seen outside MAISON MARGIELA show, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020.

This outfit couldn’t be any more chic. While the black dress is undoubtedly stunning, in this case, the gloves, beret and sunglasses make the look what it is. These additions result in a Parisian look that’s both feminine and cool.

Karen Britchick
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Influencer Karen Britchick never fails to create incredible looks. In this case, she’s added chunky Dr Martens, a burgundy moon bag from Staud and a fringed jacket to give the look some edge, while still looking effortless.

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Tiffany Hsu
Instagram: handinfire

Tiffany Hsu adds three stand-out pieces to this outfit in the shape of Bottega Veneta boots, an elleme clutch and this Nanushka jacket. While the knitted two-piece is simply perfect, the extra elements complete the look.

Emili Sindlev
Instagram: emilisindlev

Trust Emili Sindlev to know about the plus-3 rule! The stylist and influencer adds a little extra to this Ganni blazer with three stand-out items: a green Chanel handbag, a bobble-beret and purple leggings. It just works.

Leonie Hanne seen outside STELLA McCARTNEY show, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020.

Throwing on a pair of check trousers has become second nature to most of us, but working out what to wear with them can prove troubling. Leonie Hanne uses a block-coloured blazer from Stella McCartney, chunky chain from Laura Lombardi and Givenchy eden handbag to make a statement.

Let us know if you’ll be using the plus-3 rule in the comments below.

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