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January 2012 Lookbook: The Rule of Threes

Omiru's January 2012 Lookbook: Colorblocking Cubed
This look is part of Omiru’s January 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece January 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

There’s a certain rhythm that you get when you see a pattern in triplicate.  This "rule of threes" is pleasing to the eye, which is why you see it not only in fashion, but also in home, in graphics, and really, everywhere.  Here, we’ve done colorblocking in triplicate - on the dress, on the clutch, and on the shoes.  By itself, each colorblocked item is lovely.  But combined as a team, they’re more than the sum of their parts, creating a sense of vitality in the look - but also a sense of balance. Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a colorblocked base: a silk shirtdress with a colorblocked hem over a pair of colored jeans.  Note how the orange on the dress and the blue of the jeans complement each other.
2. Toss on a leopard print denim jacket to keep your arms warm. (Or a heavier jacket, if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors.)
3. Pile on the accessories.  I’ve kept the sunglasses and scarf neutral and simple so as to have them take a backseat to the other two colorblocked accessories: the pink and tan clutch and the lilac and yellow pumps.  I love how the pink and tan of the clutch echo the orange on the dress - and how the lilac and yellow pumps really wake up the bright blue jeans.

How do you wear color?
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