Gentlewoman style: the elevated shirt (continued)

Oversized blue shirt street style shot by Tommy Ton

The elevated shirt trend ain’t disappearing anytime soon. A few tips/observations should you need them…

This is the kind of shirt that will get even better with age. Off white shirts are more practical than bright white as you don’t have to worry about keeping that optic white freshness. I love how linen softens with age too. Buy it here.
JOSEPH Vintage Linen Maine Blouse White

But please don’t call it a ‘shacket’. This reminds me of the martial arts jackets that I’ve always been obsessed with. But a more practical option that you can put on and forget about (as opposed to worrying that the belt will come untied)…
JOSEPH Chintz Poplin Andy Blouse White

I also love the belted shirt detail here. Even though it’s got lots going on, it has a refined simplicity that would be good with classic blue jeans (i.e, the normcore Levi’s 501s I wear practically every day)…
JOSEPH Single Stripe Jason Blouse Blue 2
JOSEPH Single Stripe Jason Blouse Blue

This red Joseph shirt is very me. I love a silk shirt to elevate my aforementioned jeans (or chino) ensemble and I would totally go there in this look-at-me chilli red. I would probably turn the cuffs back though, which is always my preferred silk shirt look. Add a couple of dainty gold chains and a big ring for extra interest.
JOSEPH Habotai Emile Blouse Berry

Also known as Marmite sleeves as you either love or hate these not-very-practical voluminous sleeves. Great for an Instagram street style pic, not so great for slurping soup. Maybe the drawstrings are functional for hoisting them out of the way and I can’t deny the back of this shirt is fabulous. Do report back if you’ve tried these super-sleeved shirts.
JOSEPH Sateen Shirting Sini Blouse White
JOSEPH Sateen Shirting Sini Blouse White
JOSEPH Stripe Single Cotton Sino Blouse


I like the idea of keeping everything else simple if you’re making a big noise with your shirt. So the pale boyfriend jeans that I’m seeing everywhere are perfectly on point. Boyish brogues, loafers, oxfords (without socks finally) are the obvious partner, and I’m rediscovering Chinese red velvet Mary-Jane slippers too (inspired by the posh version seen here in Porter mag).

Joseph has you covered on the elevated shirt front. click to shop my edit below as well as a few alternatives and additions…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Tommy Ton; Joseph
NOTE: Some posts use affiliate links and PR samples. Please read my cookies policy here

Positive fashion: Fashion Revolution and London Craft Week

London Craft Week and Fashion Revolution

On Monday I’m going to Gloucester for one of my favourite blogging activities; I’m off to watch my very own bespoke shirts being made. I now have quite a stash of How It’s Made features in the vault (see them here), from field trips to the Dr Martens factory, the Chanel embroidery workshops, the Smythson bookbinding workshops and – one of my most visited posts – the Hermes handbag workshop just outside Paris. It’s always an amazing treat as I love getting insider access to these places and geeking out at all the processes.

As it happens, next week is also Fashion Revolution Week (24-30 April 2017), which means there are global activities happening to put the spotlight on how our clothes are made (and by whom). Now in its fourth year, Fashion Revolution was set up by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro to help consumers become more mindful of their fashion choices following the collapse of the Rana Plaza. In London the activities include a new programme of ‘Open Studios’, such as embroidery workshops to upcycle your clothes and a Christopher Raeburn tote customization workshop and studio tour.

Raeburn’s studio (above) is in the old Burberry factory in Hackney and it’s a really interesting, industrious set-up. Rayburn is a lovely fellow too and always up for a chat so if you’re interested in how to scale a sustainable business or just in his design process, he’ll be able to answer your questions. As Open Studios curator Tamsin Blanchard says: ‘Open Studios is an opportunity to shine a light on a group of emerging designers – and some established trailblazers – who are finding alternative ways of producing fashion that is mindful of the planet and its resources.”

The following week is London Craft Week, which again is a fairly new event that seems to have grown overnight. The long list of activities includes Smythson and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust’s daily craft demonstrations, Mulberry’s handbag making demos, Meissen porcelain painting at Asprey and watercolour pigment making at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

If you’re obsessed with artisans and craft, this is an amazing opportunity to see many of the skills in action. Some events are paid for and ticketed, some are free but you need to book a place and others are just a case of showing up. Start planning now!

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Christopher Raeburn’s studio/Aldworth James & Bond
NOTE: Some posts use affiliate links and PR samples. Please read my cookies policy here




Quote of the day: Mindy Meissen

Jeff Koons Louis Vuitton collaboration

“Eventually, even the least with-it, most out of touch, willfully uncool parent is going to get a whiff of how culturally irrelevant these collabs have become. Even the most thunderstricken hypebeasts are going to look up from their rigorous collecting and say, “honestly, this is a bit much.””
Mindy Meissen, Fashion Redef

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Louis Vuitton X Jeff Koons
NOTE: Some posts use affiliate links and PR samples. Please read my cookies policy here

CLICK HERE to get Disneyrollergirl blog posts straight to your inbox once a week
CLICK HERE to buy my book The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman