There’s a common rule of thumb in business called the “Pareto principle” or the “80/20 rule” that makes a basic observation:
In most events, 80% of the perceivable effects come from 20% of the known causes.
In other words, in just about every system there’s only a few causes that are really driving things. The rest is making small, localized differences. They matter — but there will be a few big causes that are doing most of the work.
In fashion, there are three qualities that drive nearly all of your clothing’s effect on your appearance:
These three make up the “style triangle” — they’re the characteristics that define a piece of clothing, for good or ill effect. They’re where you’re getting the most “bang for your buck” in your clothing purchases.
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