Building a no-brainer, minimalist wardrobe is a great way to beat decision fatigue. But sometimes you want to look fancier. Putting together a stylish outfit can be frustrating, especially when you’re not quite sure what you’re doing. The “Connect Two” rule makes it a little easier.
Refinery29’s Style Director, Connie Wang suggests a simple outfit-building option: match just two of your pieces. She explains her concept:
We call it “Connect Two,” where you only go match-matchy with two items in your outfit. You can either pair up your shirt and jacket, your pants and shoes, your skirt and shirt, or some other creative combination. Keep the rest within a complementary colour family (neutrals count, too), and you’ve got a seriously fun outfit..”
In the above photo, the two items are obviously the dress and the tights. Everything else she’s wearing is complementary, but those navy pieces form the foundation.
Obviously, just picking two random items of the same colour doesn’t necessarily make a great outfit. And plenty of great outfits don’t match anything at all. But I like this option because it offers a simple way to get started. It’s just an easy, go-to rule that can yield nice results. Plus, it looks like you tried, but not like you tried too hard, which is often the case when you get too matchy with stuff.
Check out the link below for more examples of the “Connect Two” trick, plus some other styling tips.