21 March 2023

What’s the “third piece?” And why is it important?

Third piece: $59 utility jacket | ATM t-shirt | Rag & Bone jeans | Valentino bag | Sandals

What’s the “third piece?” And why is it important?

A good friend recently asked me this Q: where do I start when refreshing a wardrobe? Well, I immediately came up with the following suggestion: start with the single, most important piece when creating outfits — the item we stylists refer to as the “third piece.” This is the key to every great outfit.

What is this “third piece” and why is it important? The third piece is basically a jacket of any kind: leather, denim, blazer, utility, cardigan, trench — you get the idea. Based on my personal experience, you should own several different styles for maximum versatility. Also, jackets tend to stay relevant longer, and they make such an impact on every outfit that I think they’re worth the investment.

Today’s post is about the best spring jackets out there, everything from this one under $100 to a faded denim jacket to a linen blazer. All chic and stylish, they are truly the secret to a stylish, put-together, confident look. Keep reading to see my jacket round-up — all available on Nordstrom.com. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with any of these!

Speaking of a wardrobe refresh, this past week I told my husband he needed an an update! 😂 Since we had two events in one week, I decided he was LONG OVERDUE for a cool and casual wardrobe. I actually used to help quite a few men during my Nordstrom Stylist days, but never my husband!! So, it got me thinking, which are the important pieces that men need? At the very end of this post, I’m including a bit about the two jackets we got for my husband. Who knows, maybe your guy needs a little update too! 😉


Susie’s “third piece” outfits


Left: Rag & Bone blazer | Rag & Bone jeans | Sandals | Chloe tote | Middle: Camo jacket | Paige jeans | Valentino handbag | SandalsRight: Trench coat | TankPaige denim | L’Agence sandals


Popular Utility jackets


Left: Rails jacket | Linen tee | AG jeans | Sandals | Loewe tote | Right: Jacket | Ecru tank | Ecru jeans | Sandals | Bracelet | YSL bag

Utility jackets are wardrobe classics, and this $59 one is hands down a favorite — it’s one of the most purchased items on So Susie. I LOVE Rails jackets this time of year and the white one above is brand new. If you like camo, I love this Cinq a Sept one I’m wearing above, and it’s on price-match today.


Wear-with-everything Denim jackets


Left: Denim jacket | Dress | Sandals | Bag | Bracelet | Right: Denim jacket | Sandals | Dress | Bag | Perfume

I might have a bit of a denim jacket obsession, and for good reason!! They go with everything 🙂 Whether you prefer an oversized denim jacket like this brand new Rails one, or something a little more fitted like this one by L’Agence, you can’t go wrong. They’re cool, and look good any time of year layered over your favorite dresses.


Third piece of the moment: Casual blazers


Left: Blazer | Trousers | T-Shirt | Clutch | Heels | Hoop Earrings | Right: Blazer | Silk Tank | Jeans | Heels | Handbag | Earrings

The blazer options are endless right now, and I’m loving all the pretty colors I spotted on the Nordstrom site. Look at this one and the pink is so pretty too. If you want the look of a blazer but want to feel a bit more comfy, this Rag & Bone is hands down a favorite, and it has just been re-stocked.


Lightweight cardigans — perfect for warm climates

Halogen cardigan | Slingbacks, similar | Chloe tote | Frame trousers

This Nordstrom cardigan has been a favorite for years, and I just noticed the new tan color, which is perfect going into warmer months. This linen blend cardigan is the style I wear all summer long, and it works nicely over denim and dresses, as well as for work. At $69 this is a total deal, and it was included in the Top 25 Favorites post I wrote this past weekend.


Give your guy an update!


Left: Theory blazer | Robert Barakett Shirt | AG jeans | Sneakers | Yurman bracelet | Right: Rag & Bone shirt jacket | Vince Hoodie | AG jeans | White sneakers | Hat

As I mentioned, my husband got a little update this week, and even he’s pretty excited about it! You know what the important pieces were? Cool jackets (3), updated denim (3), cool sneakers (bye bye basketball sneakers), updated t-shirts (3) and new slim shirts (2). See above for the details!



Thank you for reading, and thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. xx

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