gentlewoman style

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

The tapered penny loafer

Everlane Modern Penny Loafer

The gorgeous Grechen of Grechen’s Closet wrote the most complimentary book review ever of The New Garconne (thank you Grechen) and in the process alerted me to Everlane’s ‘Modern Penny Loafer’.

I’m such a stick-in-the-mud that I hadn’t addressed all the newer elongated loafers (I think Gucci did them first). (more…)

What to buy from Me+Em

Me+Em Oversized Silk Blouse

Last November I had the best evening at Me+Em’s Belgravia pop up, hosting a soiree to promote my book. I never feel that comfortable doing customer-facing events. I haven’t done many and I always feel a bit of a nana, but Me+Em have such lovely customers and it ended up being quite a hoot.

It was my first time getting properly intimate with the product. Me+Em sells mostly online so it’s not a brand I’ll find on my usual Liberty-Selfridges-The-Shop-At-Bluebird sweep. But I’ve seen it in PR showrooms and on other people and I knew it aligned with my tastes. I’d say it’s like a more affordable, less high fashion version of Joseph. (more…)

Gentlewoman style: forward planning

Smythson diary

How far do you like to plan ahead? Are you the type to get your next year diary in August, or do you buy it in clearance on the 31st January (you cheapskate!)?

Smythson is making it very easy to stock up now with its 2017 diaries which now come in an extended range of colours. Its customers kept asking for different shades, so it’s gone mad and given them everything they asked for and more. (more…)