AKA: The Power of a 3rd Piece!
Happy day, reader dearest!
How is 2021 feeling so far in your corner of the world? Vaccines are rolling out in our area. So far we’ve been able to get Mama jabbed, and Mr. CP because of his work, but I’m at the bottom of the barrel. There’s some conflicting information out there between what the state Department of Health has posted and how the counties have been instructed to proceed. What’s a few more months? I’d prefer weeks, but am trying not to get greedy. How about an odd number of weeks. Preferably a single digit odd number. Why odd?
The human eye loves odd numbers. Which may be why I’ve been tied to blogging thrice weekly. AND why blogging twice weekly feels wrong, even if it is what I need to do for a while. Please, let me know your thoughts! I’m thinking Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. Do let me know if you have a preference!
Back to the human eye loving odd numbers… Research data shows that even newborn babes will look longer at an odd numbered group of objects (dots, rubber ducks, flowers) than an even numbered group. We find odd numbered groups more interesting and often more aesthetically pleasing. Which is thought provoking when you consider that much of our body comes in twos! Our body isn’t necessarily designed to catch the eye, it’s designed for function. (Note: Some people are hard-wired for symmetry in ALL things and find odd numbers of items disturbing.)
This innate interest in odd numbers plays out in dressing, too! A third piece makes an outfit feel finished and more interesting. Today we’ll take a basic top and bottom and add a third piece to see the difference it makes. (Yes, the top and bottom are the jeans and white tee, again. You’re probably sick of them, but that combo is incredibly generic, often seen, and gets the point across.) Here’s our:
Note: I’ve been asked about shoes. For some reason, shoes don’t seem to count. I’m working on the why… It may be because they come in a pair and our eye discounts them because they have a mate. My instinct tells me that it has more to do with whether they are neutral or colored, than number. I need to do some more research on this one!
For our visual experiment, I chose to keep all the additions neutral. Not because I want to dress in all neutrals or think you should. As a matter of fact, I think you should wear color. I encourage you to wear color. I WANT you to wear color! Probably every day! I chose all neutrals to illustrate the 3rd piece point. Because color is so powerful, it would confuse the issue.
Add a Topper
You could choose a jacket, vest or waistcoat, kimono, or a cardigan.
Add an Accessory
In warmer weather, when a topper might cause wilting or heatstroke, look for an accessory to be your third piece. I like to tie on a scarf…
Or don a hat…
Or throw on a necklace! Pinning on a substantial brooch would work, too! Or pop on a pair of statement earrings. (Let’s think bold, here.) A single dainty necklace isn’t going to have the same impact.
For me, odd numbers also play out in the number of accessories. I wear 1, 3, or 5 pieces on my wrist. That might mean one large cuff or just my watch. Or my watch and two or four more bracelets. Odd numbers works for pops of color, too!
So How About YOU?
What third piece do you gravitate toward most frequently? Did any of the ones above catch your interest? Are you going to give it a try? Is there one you’d never wear? Do tell! Please, let me know your thoughts about blogging only twice a week. It’s not you, it’s me… I need more space! 😉 Mondays and Thursdays, or Tuesdays and Fridays? Or some other combo I haven’t thought of at all? Maybe a Saturday?
Stay safe and sound, sane and stylish, friends!
(Even in all neutrals!)