3 Easy Ways to Make Your Summer Outfits Instantly Look More Stylish

A few years ago, I read an article about the “third-piece rule” for making your outfits look amazing. According to the article, sales associates at stores like Nordstrom and Madewell are encouraged to wear an outfit comprised of three pieces, not including shoes – so a shirt and pants would be two pieces, and a third piece would be an element like a blazer, scarf, or statement accessory. Why the third piece? It adds interest to an otherwise ordinary outfit, making you look polished, more interesting, and like you put a some extra thought into your look. This rule is easy to adopt in chillier months, with the addition of moto jackets, vests, and cozy scarves. But it’s a bit trickier to add a third piece to a summer outfit when it’s hot outside. Through some trial and error, I’ve come up with three easy accessories you can add to your summer looks to instantly make them more stylish.

lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban one shoulder top and silk scarf summer 2017 outfit ideas

1. Add a scarf. Silk scarves and bandanas are everywhere this season. I’ve been adding them to simple, solid basics to add some color and interest to my look.

Shop my favorite scarves: 


lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban styles wide leg striped pants and a panama hat for summer 2017

photo by Coco Prop Shop

2. Wear a panama hat. I’ve always been a hat girl – white blonde, fine hair meant that hats were a necessity in my youth to keep my scalp from burning. My parents brought me home this hat from Panama, and you’ve probably noticed that it gets a ton of wear. Aside from shielding my face and scalp from the sun, a chic straw hat adds some extra cool factor to any summer look.

Shop my favorite panama hats:


lifestyle blogger emily ravenna of the hip suburban wears misa los angeles in laguna beach california

3. Tie a denim jacket around your waist. I pretty much lived in my Levi’s denim jacket all spring. Now that it’s a bit hotter outside, I’ve been tying it around my waist to spice up my little summer dresses.

Shop my favorite denim jackets:



Outfit #1: 

Scarf: Hermes (similar) // Top: Sincerely Jules (similar, similar) // Denim: Blank Denim // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Bag: Ferragamo


Outfit #2: 

Hat: similar, similar // Top: Topshop (similar) // Pants: cupcakes & cashmere // Sunnies: Karen Walker 


Outfit: 3: 

Dress: MISA Los Angeles // Denim Jacket: Levi’s // Sunnies: Tom Ford (similar under $55 here) // Bag: Saint Laurent



  1. deb
    June 28, 2017 / 7:21 am

    The rule of 3 is helpful! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Ashley DTKAustin
    June 28, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    All of these looks are perfection! And that is such a great rule of thumb to keep in mind~

  3. June 28, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Great ideas! I never think about adding a scarf!

  4. June 28, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    The rule of thirds is so great! I love adding a scarf, statement jewelry or a hat to up my outfit! Loved this post.


  5. June 28, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I used to work at Anthropologie and this was a big thing there, too! Even if it’s a small accessory, it does wonders. Love all of these outfits!!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

  6. June 29, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Great tips! I love adding a scarf to spice up the look!

  7. Sandy a la Mode
    June 29, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I love this and all of the ways you styled your looks! These outfits are gorgeous – accessories change a whole look!

  8. Anna English
    June 29, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Great tips, #1 and #2 are my favorites!

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