Recently, I was exposed to this idea of the three piece outfit rule. The rule is that you have to be wearing at least three pieces for an outfit to be complete. Your pants (or skirt) and shirt are your first two pieces and you need at least one more piece to make your outfit complete. The third piece can be something like a cardigan, a statement necklace, a scarf, a blazer, a vest, etc.
I acquired this paisley print waistcoat (aka long vest) during my last trip to the UK and it has quickly become my favorite "third piece." For this look I choose to pair the printed waistcoat with a simple gray tank, distressed boyfriend jeans, ankle booties and a leather jacket.
If you like the idea of a waistcoat but aren't sure you want to commit to a statement one, most retailers have solid options that are great for elevating both work and casual looks. Scroll down for a few of my favorites!
1. Zara Long Waistcoat with Slits
2. H&M Sleeveless Trenchcoat
3. Forever 21 Longline Draped Collar Vest
4. Mango Long Linen-Blend Vest
5. Topshop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket