You know me, I’m always down for a fun fashion gimmick.
So when I came across the 8 Point Rule of Fashion, I was intrigued.
Here’s how it goes:
Each item in your closet is worth 1 or 2 points — 1 point for basics, 2 points for items that have more zing and pep.
After you put on an outfit, tally up the point value of each item you’re wearing.
The goal is to keep your entire outfit to about 8 points. That’s the sweet spot, where the outfit is neither too bland nor too excessive.
The first time I tried it, it was way less complicated than I expected, only taking a few seconds.
Don’t think of it as a rule. Think of it as one more technique you can pull out of your wardrobe tool kit when needed. (I find it’s especially useful when I’m experiencing fashion brain freeze.)
So let’s take this outfit as an example:
- Tee = 1 point | This tee is a 1-pointer to me because I wear this cut a lot so, it’s white, and I’d wear it with anything.
- Jeans = 2 points | I’m giving these jeans 2 points because they have a more trend-forward baggy fit.
- Flip Flops = 1 point | These flip flops are a 1-pointer because I wear them all the time with everything.
- Bag = 2 points | This bag gets 2 points because it’s designer, it’s not black, and it’s got an interesting shape to it.
- Jewelry = 2 points | I’m giving the jewelry 2 points because I’m wearing earrings, a bracelet, and three rings — for me, that’s more jewelry than I usually wear at once.
Add it all up, and you get 8 points!
As a gal who LOVES her basics, it’s helped me make sure my basic outfits aren’t too, well, basic! It’s nice to have a simple strategy that helps me level up. Had I not been thinking of the points system when I put this outfit together, I probably wouldn’t have worn as much jewelry or the beautiful bag. But thanks to the points system, I was able to make those quick changes to elevate the look.
Of course, everyone will have their own perception of what constitutes a 1-pointer or a 2-pointer. I have a more minimalist aesthetic, so that heavily influences my point choices. Someone with a maximalist aesthetic would probably rate these same items differently than I have. But that’s the beauty of this strategy. It’s not universal — it’s personal. YOU get to decide based on your style, taste, and preferences.
Have you ever tried the 8 Point Rule of Fashion before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
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