If you find a clothing item you like in a shop, but it it doesn't go with anything you already own, you're just digging yourself a hole. The "three outfit" rule keeps your clothing purchases in check.
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Have you ever found something you really like and then got home to find that it doesn't go with anything in your wardrobe? You end up buying more things later on just so have something you can wear with it. Suddenly, that shirt that was on sale is costing you even more than the full retail price. Jacqueline Curtis at Money Crashers suggests you use the "three outfit" rule to keep you in check:
Before making an unplanned purchase, I think of three ways that pieces in my existing wardrobe can be worn with the new item. If I can't, it goes back on the shelf.
Knowing that three outfits can go with your purchase likely ensures that you can wear the item for multiple occasions. You can make a positive addition to your wardrobe without having to completely revamp it.
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