gentlewoman style

What to buy from Lemaire AW20



Lemaire AW20 by Osma Harvilahti

One of my favourite AW20 collections, there are so many great takeaways from the Lemaire show…

THE CASTING. Real-looking people of all ages wearing clothes that look like they belong to them. I love the setting too and the choreography with the sideways glances, like a series of snapshots taken from the street

THE STYLING. A fantastic layering masterclass, accessorised with signature camera bags and stack heel boots (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Matches sale picks (plus an extra 20% off)



Joseph Trousers in the Matches sale

Quick heads up, there’s an extra 20% discount on certain items in the Matches sale*, so if you’re planning on shopping for any upscale basics, have a browse through my edit below. (As always, I may earn a commission on any sales at no cost to you.) To get the extra 20% off on items marked, remember to add the code EXTRA20 at checkout. (more…)



Wear it now: shorts, not sweats



The summer shorts edit

“It’s time to pick ourselves up and start again. In shorts, not sweats.”

Wise words from Vanessa Friedman this week, which I’m 100% on board with. Although, full disclosure, I never joined the leggings and sweats WFH clan anyway. I just couldn’t go there!

But my shorts post from last year did really well so I’ve done an updated edit. The aesthetic hasn’t changed much; classic tailored cottons or linens worn with a sockless Derby*, gym shoe, or squared-off ballerina slingback*. Plus a superfine tee or vest on top (if warm enough), a roomy shirt* if you prefer semi-formal, or a fine gauge knit* if there’s a nip in the air (with a heavier one to knot over the shoulders). (more…)



Gentlewoman style: At home with Phyllis Wang



Phyllis Wang by Elise Toide from The New Garconne - How to be a Modern Gentlewoman

I can’t remember if I told you, but I’m working on my next book!

It’s going to be beauty-focused and as part of my research, I’ve been re-reading my last book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman. Weirdly – or perhaps not – I haven’t had much need to revisit it since it was published in 2016. But like most books, when I do re-read it, it’s interesting to notice the parts that have a new or different relevance.

I loved interviewing comedienne Phyllis Wang. She was one of the last people I approached and was recommended by my then commissioning editor, Camilla. I was looking for women who embodied the ‘gentlewoman’ aesthetic and values of shopping consciously yet with their own ‘garconne style’ twist. Phyllis certainly veered to the eccentric end of the scale, which was totally fine! (more…)