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Adding In a Third Piece–Pizzazz to Jeans and a T-Shirt

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Style over 70 for casual days

Adding In a Third Piece–Pizzazz to Jeans and a T-Shirt

One of my secrets in many outfits is to add in a third piece. It’s an easy way to add pizzazz to a basic outfit like jeans and a t-shirt. In fact, the three of us are all going to wear jeans and a tee and show you how we give it our own personality.

Quote of the day: “In my life, I’ve discovered that if I cling to the notion that something’s not possible, I’m arguing in favor of limitation.” Gay Hendricks

The classic outfit of jeans and a tee is not bad. Yet all of us have a special sauce. You know, those interesting habits or hobbies that make you-you!! It seems like I may push accessories or finding original things quite a bit, yet I truly believe that each of us is wonderful on the inside, thus we should show it on the outside.
And my mom is showing how adding in a third piece to her jeans and t-shirt gives a basic look some pizzazz.

Want to see other posts with this concept?
A Jacket Gives your T-Shirt Instant Appeal
Wearing Your Graphic T-Shirt Under a Jacket
How to Style Jeans and a Tee with 3 Easy Steps
Style for Jeans and a Tee with Color and a Kimono

Below is my mom in just the jeans and tee and then with the third piece added. Of course there’s an interesting story even behind the t-shirt below.

Jeans: Bill Blass ~~ Jacket: Mom made it~~ Top: Rafaella (mom added decoration)~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles c/o~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse: thrifted

Let me give some details about the t-shirt Charlotte is wearing. It was a plain white tee and my mom added the applique decorations to it. She remembers the suggestion to make patterns for appliques from children’s coloring books. That’s why she chose these boats, not because she sails or anything, haha.

Adding in fun with a third piece

Charlotte’s Third Piece

A jacket is not just for warmth, but can add in the required pizzazz with print, colors and especially those buttons. The story behind this jacket is my mom made it. No surprise there, I bet. Yet how it came about is almost like my DIY knitting failure from the other week.
Charlotte found the white denim material as a remnant (meaning it was the only amount left from the roll) and was only enough material for a sleeveless jacket. Considering my mother is always cold, she knew she would wear the piece much more if she added sleeves. That’s where trying to “fix it” comes in handy.

The material for the sleeves is decorator fabric (used to make curtains or pillows) that she found. After that, she bought the buttons when she and her Sewing Guild went on a tour of the La Mode Button distributor in Denver, Colorado. They pick up the color of the turquoise from the sleeves, and that’s why she also used turquoise thread for the button holes.

What do you think when you see the jacket?? For me it shows a whimsical and fun side of my mother with the polka dots and colorful circles. And it’s definitely unique, which is something we truly all are when it comes down to the details.

Matching Accessories

Accessories can be another great way to add your own touches to a basic outfit. I’m sure it’s no secret I learned that from my mother.

Insider tip: Even if you like to match your accessories, sometimes a “similar color” may work just as well as a matching one. For instance in my mom’s outfit, her yellow bracelets and earrings aren’t an exact match to the lime green spots on the sleeves. Yet they still look fabulous.

Adding a third piece to jeans


If you’re reading the same articles that I am, then you’ll know that the silhouettes are changing for the “modern” denim. I love the fact that we can embrace all different styles of denim, yet I doubt that skinny jeans are nearing the end. They are just too easy and work so well with tall boots. But who knows!!
So for those who love the wider legs or straight leg denim, then you should be loving life right now. And if you’re unsure about if your jeans are “in” or not, then think of a fabulous third piece as the perfect distraction. No one will even notice the shape of the jeans.

In fact, if you’ve been shopping, you’ll realize that the newest things are very much reminiscent of the 1970’s. I missed out on most of those styles growing up so I adore them. The embroidery, the flares and the crochet details. Even if you already wore them once, I hope you join in again!!! It’s never bad to enjoy the trends the second time around.

Owl socks with sneakers

Socks and Sneakers

We were out exploring in Cave Creek for the day, so comfy shoes were in order. Charlotte wore her Walking Cradle sneakers from our first experience working with Walking Cradles. In fact, these sneakers are an older style, but it looks like they are still available on their Last Dance site. (The Last Dance site is separate from Walking Cradles. Here is the info about it.) I see these are also on for more money, but at least you could return them.
My mom loves these sneakers for two reasons. One is because of the zipper that she can unzip when her foot swells a bit. And two is because they match her jeans so perfectly!!

Charlotte wanted to showcase her cute owl socks too. My post on ways to wear socks and boots included matching the socks to your pants or boots, and my mom did both!

Dark jeans for older women

Now if you don’t want to add a third piece or it’s too warm for that, then here’s another idea.

Wearing a third piece

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

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