A few weeks ago, I shared my elation over a new pair of patterned pumps from J. Crew (now on sale!).  I wouldn’t call myself a huge pattern person, but the floral and studs just won me over.  It can be scary to take the plunge into a trend or style that you aren’t normally used to, especially if it requires a moderate investment.  When you find yourself in that situation, remember to apply the Rule of Three.  It works well in writing (“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), in advertisements (“Location, location, location”) and it’s also effective in making a decision on that unique piece you have been coveting.  If you can think of three things you can wear with it, then go for it!  Here are three ways to wear a floral patterned pump that go beyond a basic white tee and jeans.


[DIY Dress / Urban Outfitters Sunglasses (similar here)]

Mix Patterns.  It may be counter intuitive to mix a strong piece like a floral pump with another pattern, but finding a subtle, abstract print in a matching color can enhance a statement piece, not overpower it.


[Ann Taylor Top (try this or this) / DVF Pants (similar here) / 31 Thanwa Clutch]

Pair With Jewel Tones.  An aubergine color, though not a direct color match, complements the pink in the shoes quite nicely.  A neutral lace top adds texture and interest but does not compete for attention.


[Tracy Reese Dress / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Zara Clutch (similar here and here)]

Choose Leather.  I think leather goes with almost anything, but in this case a neutral dress in caramel with a leather embellishment makes the look a little less expected.

21 thoughts on “Rule of Three: The Patterned Pump (Part 1)

  1. I love these shoes!!! I never thought about the 3 outfit rule but I’m definitely going to start using it when I shop. Such a good way to look at things and justify purchasing certain pieces!

  2. I am now kicking myself for not snatching these when they were an additional 30% off. You look so amazing and paid them perfectly every time. I love when a stunning shoe is also incredibly versatile!

    xx Cara

    1. Thank you so much! There is still time if you are still considering, now there is 25% off $150 or more, maybe the sale shoe applies? I was a little bummed to see it on sale BUT you never know which styles will sell out immediately and which ones don’t.

  3. Love these pumps. Your concept of 3 outfit rule is superb and I didn’t think about it before but I will definitely try it soon!! BTW they looks amazing with second outfit.

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