The Concept of the Third Piece

If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to add a third piece to a lot of my outfits. This, this and this look, are just some of the few. The concept of the third piece is simply adding one last item to your outfit to make it more complete.

olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt - The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt - The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

This third piece can be anything from vests, jackets, scarves, hats or statement pieces such as necklaces and earrings. For more on the Third Piece, see my blogger friend Erika’s post on it. She expertly styles this concept with finesse! olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

Whew…did we have bad storms last night! There were tornado and thunderstorm warnings and watches everywhere. Yesterday was a beautiful day, but sure enough, it brought some nasty storms and hail along with it. If any of you experienced these, I hope you are all safe and sound!

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olive-shein-long-line-vest-topshop-mini-skirt The Concept of the Third Piece by Illinois fashion blogger Style in a Small Town

Skirt: Topshop // T-shirt: Target (super old, similar) // Trench vest: Shein c/o (currently sold out, try this option, here, here, here + more linked below!) // Necklace: Baublebar // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: Alex + Ani 1, 2; Baublebar (old, love this, this, this + especially this!)// Booties: French Connection (exact here, similar here, more options here, here, here + here) // Clutch: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here, love this!) // Sunnies: Karen Walker via DITTO c/o (a sunglasses subscription service, kinda like Netflix for your sunnies!, use code STYLEINASMALLTOWN to try it out + get your first month free!)

Howie was a special kind of looney during the storms last night. He’s a puggle, so half pug, half beagle and 100% energy! From what I’ve seen, most pugs like to take baths, get wet, etc. Not my Howie, he HATES getting wet. So when he had to go to the bathroom he’d run around the house like a crazy man and when he wasn’t doing that, he was hiding under the blanket on my lap. This did not make for very successful blogging last night, but oh well. I secretly loved it! #puppymommaproblems

For those of you who have pets, do they act crazy in storms too?

I can’t believe that we are half way through the week. I am taking a girl’s trip at the end of the week and those kinds of weeks usually seem to drag on. Follow me on Instagram to find out what I’m going to pack and where I’m going!

As always, thanks for reading!

xoxo, Hillary

Photography by: Tony Kerr

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