Live A More Accessorized Life * The Rule of 10

Julie Smith, Ippolita, Accessorize 10, and IossellianiUPDATE: I’ll now be featuring OUTFIT RECIPES by LOOKCANVAS.

Style blogs are fun, but are hard to keep up with. Most style blogs look like the writer has a walk-in closet the size of a house, with a million pieces to choose from, and always the latest trend.  

Maybe you don’t want to dress like you’re a human modern art installation photographed during Fashion Week, but instead want to look put together for a first date dinner.  And maybe you don’t have a carousel of clothes, but just want to know how to mix and match what you already own to look good for different occasions. 

Outfit Recipes by LookCanvas are tasty little bites of inspiration to get you dressed and looking delicious in no time!

The foundation of the Outfit Recipes are pieces you probably already own, and are spiced up with accessories you probably have some variation of.  And feel free to mix your expensive, vintage, and fast fashion pieces to get the look right.

You may look at an Outfit Recipe and think, “I can’t wear that outfit, because I don’t have that exact piece.”  Remember, the Outfit Recipe pictures are here to help you, not hinder you.  So don’t think you MUST have the SAME EXACT pants, watch, shirt, etc. to get the look right.

Just like with cooking recipes, sometimes you have to substitute ingredients, or add a little more of your favorite spice, to get the taste to your liking.

Same goes for Outfit Recipes.  Get inspired, play around, and have fun!  

Finish up the looks with The Rule of 10, and you’ll be ready to head out the door in no time!


I once was standing in line at a sample sale, and there was a girl in front of me who was casually dressed but looked super put together.

I couldn’t figure out how she pulled off looking polished but casual until I started counting all the different things on her that contributed to her look.

I counted 13 things!

Then I looked down at myself and counted…6.

That’s when I realized that looking put together took about 10 different items to contribute to looking polished, whether you’re dressed casually or for a fancy date.

So I came up with The Rule of 10.  Before you step out the door, count all the things on you that contribute to your look.  Aim for at least 10 if you want to look polished.

This is what the girl had as part of her look:

  1. Yellow tank top
  2. Knit short sleeve sweater
  3. Gold open toed sandals
  4. Nice shorts
  5. Gold, thin-chained necklace
  6. Earrings
  7. Medium-sized brown leather bag
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Polished finger nails
  10. Groomed eyebrows
  11. Brushed, shiny hair
  12. Lipstick
  13. Eye makeup

You might be surprised that items 9-13 aren’t actually clothing or accessory-related, but all those things obviously contribute to looking polished!  And putting on makeup often takes less time than figuring out how to accessorize an outfit.

So when you do an item check, only count items that can be seen, and be honest with yourself.

+1 Point: If it adds to your look, give yourself +1.

0 Points: If it doesn’t add to your look, give yourself 0 for it.

-1 Point: If it actually takes away from your look, give yourself -1.

So if you’re wearing running shoes but you’re not exercising, you get a 0 or even a -1 if they look really rundown.

If you’re wearing nail polish, but they’re badly chipped, you get a -1.

It actually becomes easier and easier to follow The Rule of 10 after a little practice, and the payoff is worth it because you start feeling better and more put together when you step out the door.

Side Note: For those ladies who love to pile stuff on and don’t need The Rule of 10, heed Coco Chanel’s advice: “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.”