Mighty Life List
Jul 2 2012

Mighty Closet: Natalie Holbrook


Photo by Rebecca Baust of The Daily Muse, who deserves some high fives.

The first time I saw Natalie of Nat The Fat Rat, she was wearing a huge white tulle skirt and a Raglan sleeve skirt at the ALT White Party. In a room full of designers, she kinda won that party. Let’s take a look at her outfit:

Right? Right!? Slow clap, Natalie.

I could tell just by looking at her that she had a sense of humor, and my brain whispered, “Heeeey. Hey. Will you be my friend?” as I passed by her. Without making eye contact.

Fortunately, a few months later, Sarah Bryden-Brown hosted a Sunday Supper, and Natalie plopped right down next to me. She’s been writing online since 2003, and said she’d been reading Mighty Girl for years. We talked and laughed all night.

Bam! Friended up.

Over the years, Natalie’s site has catalogued her struggles with infertility, the joyful birth of her son Huck, and her life in New York with her husband Holbs. She’s a full-time mum who still loves dressing well, and one of my favorite things about her site is all the photos of her pushing a stroller around with her maxi-skirt fluttering in the wind.

In person, Natalie is just as kind, but much more dangerous than she is on her site. Admit it, Miss Natalie! There’s a midnight skinny-dipper in there. I see through your hipster Sandra-Dee act, and your closet does too.

Many thanks to Rebecca Baust of The Daily Muse for taking the lovely photos and bringing Natalie’s happy face over here.

Take it away, Ms. Holbrook:

I’m the kind of person who is completely in love with the idea of a minimalist “uniform” when it comes to getting dressed. There is something so emotionally satisfying to me about a really well edited, perfectly considered closet. In fact, when I was in high school, I took this idea very, very seriously. (Not surprisingly, I took *everything* very, very, oh so very seriously in high school). I felt sure that I was going to define myself through my wardrobe, and that I could pick just one look and really commit to it all the way. Otherwise, how would I know who I was? But I could never decide what that should be. It used to give me such grief. Uh, I was a little intense about things back then. I slowly figured out that, as much as I wish I did, I just don’t work that way. It turns out I am a total maximalist in the closet. I need about a million different options in the morning when I’m getting dressed, because every day I like to be someone different. Picking out clothes for the day is the ultimate game of dress up. I finally learned to stop taking it so seriously, and to just have some fun.

That said, there are a few pieces in my closet that I gravitate to over and over and over. And here they are!

At my very heart and soul, I am a jeans and a tee shirt girl. I’m also real short-like, so I rarely wear flats. These shoes are zippy, huh! They’re from Forever 21. (Shhh, my WHOLE CLOSET is Forever 21.)

Something I’ve learned about myself: If you were to hold me at gunpoint and tell me I could only wear one kind of shirt for the rest of my life, I would choose the baseball tee. Because baseball tees are freaking sexy, is why.

Tee: Target
Jeans: J.Crew Matchstick Crop
Shoes: Forever 21

I’m on a mission to bring back the overalls. Won’t you join me?

Wanna know why overalls are rad? Millions of pockets.

Top: Forever 21
Overalls: ASOS
Hat: Forever 21
Heels: Madewell
Head scarf: Missoni for Target

Okay but if you held me at gunpoint and told me I could pick two kinds of shirts, the second kind would be stripy kind.

Also I have four pleated skirts of various colors.

This blush one is my favorite.

Top: Madewell
Skirt: eBay
Shoes: Forever 21
Hat: Forever 21
Bag: Zara

This dress was the single most exciting purchase of my life.

As a seasoned Forever 21 shopper, this was the most I’ve ever spent on a dress, and I’ll never do it again either, I swear it. My goal is to get the cost per wear down to about four bucks, so I’ve been practically living in it.

Luckily it happens to be the perfect dress, so I haven’t minded.

Dress: Madewell
Shoes: Kork-Ease
Bag: Zara
Hat: Forever 21

I don’t get a whole lot of excuses to dress up, unless you count going to church on Sundays.

I like my fancier things to be just this side of almost-too-casual-to-work.

I also believe strongly there is nothing that can’t be made better with denim.

Top: Walmart
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Forever 21
Belt: J.Crew
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Madewell, Forever 21

Natalie, I kiss your face. Thank you so much for all your hard work putting this post together. And thanks again to Rebecca too.

Maybe I can’t figure out how to make a pair of overalls look this good, but I’m finally going to buy a damn maxi skirt. I can hear your evil laugh from here.

16 Responses to “Mighty Closet: Natalie Holbrook”

  • robyn Says:

    at 5’2″ i finally broke down and bought a maxi dress yesterday at Target. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    and love nat’s wardrobe – exactly how i would dress if i wasn’t so lazy with my closet!!

  • Megan Says:

    Natalie, you are adorable! But I will fight you about bringing overalls back.

  • the egg Says:

    ok, so maybe i’ve been stalking nat for awhile now but i’m so glad i have because she has brought me to this fab place! can we all be friends?? its kind of like match.com.

  • Sarah Says:

    I’ve just discovered ASOS, Natalie and love it! I also love your style — you are the perfect mix of Audrey and Amelie! Thank you for sharing your sweet style.

  • Amber Says:

    There is pretty much nothing more comfortable than a pair of overalls. I, for one, would welcome them back into fashion. I love that yours are pink, Natalie! :)

  • wgoldstein Says:

    Super fun and cute. I wish I could wear more heels in San Francisco!

  • neo Says:

    I love her thrifty, frugal finds. I always feel like I have to spend money to look good and this post makes me feel better.

  • Evani Says:

    I’m short too so I love this style post! Natalie is so cute, I’ll have to go check her out. Thanks for sharing Maggie!

    Evani

  • Angie Says:

    This closet series is reason enough to love you, Maggie, but there are so many other reasons! I love Natalie’s mix of low, lower, and high. No one would look cute in those overalls BUT HER however, so nobody try it…

  • TJ Says:

    absolutely in love with this! her style is fabulous! and i really, really hope that overalls make a comeback!
    oh, and that tulle skirt outfit is my favorite!
    xo TJ

  • Nicole Says:

    Nat is the cutest. And Maggie, you have to go for the maxi skirt. I finally did, and yes. Just yes.

  • Veronica Says:

    You all have convinced me on the maxi skirt — something I never thought possible. I keep reading that they are easy to find at thrift stores. I will start there.

  • Becca Says:

    I simply adore natalie- and her rockin style! If she says this blog is awesome, then i believe her! I’m off to poke around!
    xo Becca

  • Jill V. Says:

    Met her at Sunday Supper also that night and wanted to put her in my back pocket when we were on the street talking after dinner.

    Thanks Natalie for sharing your closet!

    Hope to chat again soon!

  • Jill V. Says:

    Oh and I’m right there with you on the baseball tee! I love love love them for that same reason!

  • JoAnna Says:

    I’m crazy in love with Forever 21 as well. So much fun jewelry and clothing for so little!