Thoughts By Natalie

Legit Mom Style: My 3 Style Rules

My 3 Style Rules | Thoughts by Natalie

I get dressed according to 3 rules:

  1. Comfort (Always number one!!)
  2. Balance
  3. The Third Piece

Now, let me explain…

No.1 // Comfort

The first rule is obvious, of course, but it’s worth emphasizing. I’m sure there are people who love fashion so much they are willing to be uncomfortable for a few hours for the sake of wearing the most spectacular shoes or chic dress. But I am not one of those people. If it’s not comfortable, I don’t wear it. Period. Life is too short to feel trapped in clothing that doesn’t allow us to just be ourselves.

No. 2 // Balance

What do I mean by this? What I’m referring to here is the essential mix of masculine and feminine items that help create the effortless, casual-cool look I’m always striving for. I personally tend to lean towards more masculine styles (probably because they tend to be more comfortable!), and as a result I’m always looking to add feminine accessories. A wide-brim hat, a scarf, lace-up flats, jewelry—all of those do the trick for me. On the other hand, if it’s one of those occasions where the base of my outfit is feminine—a flirty dress, for example—then I try to incorporate a masculine touch to keep my look grounded and cool. This rule obviously isn’t for everyone! I know some people are 100% into flirty, feminine looks or very comfortable in more androgynous masculine looks. And you know what? That’s totally okay. This is just a rule I stick to myself and since you’re reading this blog I imagine you will find it helpful, too!

No. 3 // The Third Piece

I first learned about the “third piece” in an article I read last year. In a nutshell, “Your pants and top are your first and second pieces, and your third piece is an extra outfit element such as a jacket, blazer, sweater, vest or statement accessory.” If you’re wearing a dress, that would be one piece and then you would add two more pieces to complete the look, like a hat and a watch or a necklace and a shirt tied around your waist. It’s so simple and it makes a huge difference! It has 100% changed the way I get dressed.

Do you have any rules of sorts that you rely on to help you put together outfits?



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  • Janel
    June 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Oh my gosh. It makes so much sense, this is so eye opening! Off to go find a third piece for my outfit today!

  • Ariel
    June 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I had never thought about it this way! My style is pretty similar to yours (ha, at least I would like to think so) in that it is comfortable not not very ‘girly’, but I never have been able to articulate it like this– as a balance between masculine and feminine. It’s so true! I find myself throwing on a pair of pointed-toe flats or some jewelry when my jeans and shirt don’t feel quite feminine enough for my taste. The “third piece” is such a great idea and puts a new perspective on getting dressed in the morning. :)

    • Natalie Borton
      June 21, 2016 at 7:46 am

      The third piece thing has totally changed how I put together an outfit!

  • Kelly
    June 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Your outfits (even your workout clothes!!) always have that special something! You are the epitome of effortless chic .

    • Natalie Borton
      June 21, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Thank you Kelly! So kind of you to say!

  • Elizabeth Mayberry
    June 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Love this post! You are adorable!

  • Renee Jones
    August 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I love this way of dressing! It makes total sense and I can’t wait to implement this into my wardrobe! Can you link your pieces in this picture? I love this outfit!