Want More Bang for Your Buck? Just Follow the Rule of 3

Ease your shopping stress by styling this chambray top 3 ways

There's a generally accepted rule in the world of discount shopping: if you wouldn't buy it at full price, you shouldn't buy it on sale either.

And that's sort of a sobering thought, isn't it? You get a chance to take a step back and evaluate if that top, dress or pair of sandals is something you really want or if you're just settling for it because it's at such an awesomely low price.

If you're like me though, then you probably only shop for affordable and on-sale items anyway which sort of take the "would I buy this at full price" mentality out of the picture, huh? So what I've come up instead is: The Rule of Three. Basically If you can't think of three different ways to wear an item then you should under no circumstances buy it. Take this Short-Sleeved Utility Shirtl ($39.99, down from $49.50, at Gap.com) for example. At under $40 it feels like a worthy deal to click into my shopping cart, but if I follow my new rule I need to take a step back and come up with multiple ways to wear it before I can make the purchase. Right now I'm thinking:

-tucked into a pair of high-waisted shorts with ballet flats
-worn untucked with skinny jeans and espadrilles (the jeans in a dark wash)
-over a printed swim suit as a super-cute beach coverup

Done, done and done!

How else would you style this top? Chime in below!

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