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Additional Style Power: The Third Piece

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If you have followed my fashion blog for the past few years, you have heard me discuss the power of “The Third Piece.” What exactly is the third piece? It is my secret weapon of styling. When you are getting dressed, you can always use the power of the third piece. It is your finishing touch and the grand finale of your look. Depending on your body shape, your third piece can also help you create the illusion you need to balance your figure.

So, when one of the newest fashion trends came out and it just so happened to be a third piece, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!

Summer’s Hottest Trend: The Blazer
Formerly known as a classic closet staple, the blazer has re-emerged as one of summer’s most updated styles to be worn to the office and everywhere else. The blazer trend is an extension of the menswear trend that started last fall and is still going strong. It is one of those pieces that will add a level of sophistication and elegance to any look.

But with so many different styles of blazers out there, how can you find the right one for you? Every body type is different; follow this simple guide to find the right style for you!

Hourglass Shape
Look for a blazer that hits right at the waist. This style will enhance your small waist even more.

Apple Shape
Look for a more structured blazer that is cut longer in the front and hits shorter in the back. This style creates the illusion of length in your torso. Other details such as lapels at the neckline will add more structure to your round shape.

Pear Shape
Longer blazers will elongate your shape and camouflage a bottom half that is larger than your top half. Make sure the blazer fits well in the shoulders, too.

Rectangle Shape
Look for blazers that have a peplum detail or that have more of a draped look. Both of these styles will add curves to your non-curvy figure.

Inverted Triangle
Because of broader shoulders, you must have an impeccably tailored blazer or one constructed from knit fabric so that you don’t add weight to your already broad shoulders. Additionally, you can look for long-line vests with blazer-like details to be layered over tops. The vest will break apart your top half to make you appear less bulky.

Written by: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style. / @abbywoodwear /