Choosing My Outfit Using The Three Colour Rule

I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to put together chic looking outfits. I have known about the three colour rule for a while but it is something I have never paid much attention to. In case you aren’t aware, let me tell you a little bit about it.

The Three Colour Rule

The three colour rule is actually pretty simple. The idea is that you keep your outfit to no more than three colours, even if you’re mixing patterns, prints and textures. As you are wearing less than three colours the mixing of pattern etc will look intentional rather than like you have randomly grabbed things out of your wardrobe. Choosing what to wear should become less traumatic too. There are a few points to remember when adopting the rule.


Techinally you can get away with wearing four colours if one of them is white.


If you are going for a very busy print then make sure you keep the rest of your outfit simple. Try to only wear other colours that feature in the print.


Your handbag should match an element of your outfit so if you are wearing blue trousers and your bag is patterned, one of those colours should also be blue. Apparently if you decide to wear red lipstick this also counts as one of your colours. You should also stick to either silver or gold jewellery. If you have read my post on busting myths surrounding wearing jewellery then you already know how I feel about this.


Shop The Look

Unfortunately I can’t add the shoes to the widget so if you want to get your hands on them they are from Shein. I think they make great Chanel dupes!

My Thoughts

I’m not sure how I feel about this rule. In some respects I think that I naturally dress like this as I’m struggling to think of an outfit I’ve worn recently that features more than three colours. I guess you could argue that there are parallels between this and creating a capsule wardrobe.

At the same time I don’t agree with the fact you shouldn’t mix silver and gold. I also feel like rules can often prevent you from expressing yourself and your style so we should all be able to wear what we want, how we want.


  1. July 2, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I’m all about mixing my metals at the moment.
    Generally, I stick to a 3 colour rule with my clothes although I didn’t know it was a rule I was following! Haha!

    • lifesacatwalk
      July 2, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Clearly you’re ahead of the game! Haha

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