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What is the ‘Eight-Point system’? Stylist shares tips for achieving aesthetic fall outfits: ‘Frickin genius’

As coveted aesthetics like the “’90s NYC fall girlie” continue to trend on TikTok, both millennials and Gen Z-ers are in pursuit of a cozy-yet-quintessentially-chic fall wardrobe.

One stylist has taken to TikTok to share what she describes as her “eight-point system” for getting dressed and looking aesthetically on point, especially as we transition into cooler months.

Marissa Fair (@marissafair), a stylist whose TikTok account includes videos like “90s/Old Money Fall Outfits to Try This Season,” “5 Outfits as Olivia Rodrigo Songs” and “30 Days of Fall Outfits,” recently shared what she described as a “beginner’s style tip” that “will help you achieve all those aesthetic fall outfits” you’ve been drooling over on Pinterest.

The eight-point system, according to Fair, mainly operates on the idea that certain categories or articles of clothing are worth a certain amount of points. The goal here is to always curate an outfit that clocks in at around six to eight points in total.

“I will never get dressed again without doing this trick,” she said on Sept. 18. “The eight-point system is a counting method that determines whether your outfit is overwhelming, underwhelming or right on the money. How it works is, you count your outfit using a point system.”

Statement pieces or garments that feature a pattern will typically amount to two points, while everything else — tops, shoes, belts — will be worth one point, said Fair.

Fair’s point system goes as follows:

  • Tops: 1

  • Bottoms: 1

  • Dresses: 2

  • Patterns: 2

  • Jewelry: 1

  • Shoes: 1

  • Socks: 1

  • Belts: 1

  • Hats: 1

  • Overcoats: 2

  • Hair accessories: 1

“My shirt would be one, jeans would be one, sneakers would be one, and I don’t have any jewelry on,” she explains of the look she put together. “See how this outfit is maybe cute, but it’s only three points? So we really need to add more points here.”

Fair decides to add a dainty necklace and a plaid blazer, which brings her up to six points. Her final touch, she says, is her orange Prada shoulder bag. Together, her outfit is now a total of seven points.

“See how it’s looking much more put-together and much more fashionable than if I just had the three pieces we started with?” she says. “I love the eight-point system. I was so excited when I first heard about it, and it has helped me a lot over the years in building outfits.”

Fair’s style tip has resonated with several TikTokers, many of whom have taken to her comments to thank her for the newfound knowledge.

“Genius!!!! Definitely using this every time I get dressed too!” @lexiknotek declared, while @crystalreed3400 called the tip “Frickin genius.”

In a recent question-and-answer video, Fair also clarifies that socks count for points only if they serve a stylistic purpose for the outfit.

“If they are adding to the outfit, then yes, they do count,” she said on Sept. 20. “So this would be socks with frills, striped socks, embroidered socks, anything like that.”

@mamagoblin shared their own tip: “I saw this somewhere: “3 items is just a foundation. 5 is an outfit. 7 is a ~☆Whole Look☆~”. It’s helped me to be more style conscious.”

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