Gentlewoman Style – It’s Right Up My Street

Say hello to tailoring, denim and monochrome (a.k.a MY DREAM)


Over the Christmas break I got a head-start on one of my many New Year’s resolutions (see the list here) and polished off a couple of books. The first one that I really got stuck into and only took about four pre-sleep reading sessions to finish was ‘The New Garconne: How To Be a Modern Gentlewoman’ by Navaz Batliwalla, the writer behind DisneyRollerGirl. It had been swimming around in my ‘Recommended For You‘ section on Amazon since its release and I’m so glad that I finally stuffed it into my cart. It’s a hard one to pin down exactly what type of book it is, so when Mark’s Step-Dad asked what I was reading I replied with ‘It’s a book about cool woman, who live in cool places and styling stuff’. That’s word vomit if I ever saw it. Since I finished reading it I think hope I can provide a slightly more comprehensive overview…


The book is split into four sections. Chapter one gives a glimpse into the history and definition of garconne style and the women who first embraced it. The second section comprises of 14 interviews with really bloomin’ chic and cool women from all over the word who have their s**t together; both in a style sense and an entrepreneurial sense. If I could have Bella Freud’s jumper collection, with Polly Morgan’s creativity, Kris Kim’s home and Sophie Hersan’s denim stash – that’s the dream. Chapter three ‘The Style Codes’ is where I got my pen and notebook out to make notes. It catalogues the modern garconne’s working wardrobe components and where it’s best to source each item from. Finally the last section features personal recommendations from those ‘in the know’ about where to shop for everything from food to stationery, where to eat, where to stay and visit in cities all over the world. Move over TripAdvisor… 


The part I enjoyed the most was the chapter detailing the what’s what of garconne style staples. You know that stuff just sings out to me. I’ve been trying recently to buy less, but buy better and to stop buying trend-led pieces that come a couple of months later I no longer wish to wear. I want to invest in high-quality pieces that I’m pulling on and buttoning up in 10 years time. As I get older, my style has honed in and it’s an easier process to get to grips with. There were quite a few items mentioned in this chapter that I already own and love my version of, but there were a few areas that I feel like I need to make a purchase in.

I quite fancy some trousers. Not jeans, not leather leggings, but proper trousers – in black obviously. I’m currently scouring the Joseph website for the perfect cut. I’m in need of some flat shoes too, like some kind of loafer. Sandra is making me lust after the Gucci ones badly – just look at this post! I’d also quite like a nice necklace as most of mine have tangled into a big, impossible to untie knot and most of them made my neck green anyway. Finally I need to invest in some good, non-hole-ridden intimates. Calvin Klein and Base Range here I come. Gentlewoman style – you’re right up my street… 


Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • God I love this so much. This is exactly the style I’m slowly edging towards, getting rid of stuff that doesn’t make me happy anymore, and adding in quality pieces that I know are going to last me forever. Best way to shop! xx

    Little Miss Katy

  • Love this, I really need some new nice trousers. Black trousers are all I wear to work and most weekends, the Joseph ones are a bit out of my price range though – any other recommendations of good places to look?

    – Natalie

  • stylepeaches

    I love the sound of this book and its whole philosophy!

    Peaches x

  • Not exactly my style, but it suits you so well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Jen

    Adding this to my books to read list. This style sounds right up my street and 100% with you on invest in a timeless wardrobe you’ll be wearing for years to come

  • Sounds like a really incredible book, I’ve been trying to shop for better, high quality and long lasting pieces too

  • I absolutely love your style Anna! You make me want to chuck out all my clothes and buy all the gorgeous, monochromatic basics!

    Lynnsay x

  • So classy and still casual! Love it! This style really suits you well x

  • Love this post, you definitely rock the Gentlewoman style in my opinion, can’t wait to watch the video after work! Really want this book even more now! 🙂 Laura x

  • Carolina Calpurnia

    I love how a nice bag can look so pretty with any outfit!

    Carolina 😉

  • Eva

    Love this outfit, Anna! You’ve also reminded me that I really need to get a pair of those acne boots – I’ve been wanting some for ages but haven’t taken the plunge yet! Love the way you’ve styled them. x

  • Sounds like a really interesting read, I’m always looking for new books so thanks for the recommendation x

  • This sounds like a really good book. I’m still figuring out my ‘exact’ style and fashion – but I think I’m getting somewhere. Would wanna check this book out. And you look super cool! xx

  • This books sounds right up my street! Also, I love your outfits in that video, so cool!

    Rachael xx.

  • Ashleigh

    I love those gucci loafers too, but ended up buying these well make copies instead. Love them!,30/2582700078

  • Laurens photography skills are out of this realm, and have really added such a professional, clean and slick look to your new site I am loving the mish match of images and different sizes and having two side by side in a post. Anyway, I feel like I sway more towards the more masculine scale in terms of style. You’ll rarely catch me in a dress, and your style sense and Lilys is completely up my alley. You look abs gorgeous above, I love how your hair has naturally faded into an Ombre. You literally could not get it looking as cool if you tried.

    Lots of love,


  • That YSL Bag though! x

  • I’d love to start investing in more high quality, long-lasting pieces and creating more of a minimal wardrobe but sometimes the sales are just too hard to resist! Haha. Gorgeous photography ♥

    Amy //

  • Simply love this look! So chic.
    That book sounds very interesting. I think I will take a look at that one!

  • I love this style!! Right up my street too! 🙂

  • Laina Leigh

    Awesome post, this seems right up my alley, like the book “How to be Parisian”

  • The video was so good! And the editing was out of this world!! Well done!!

  • Beth Armstrong

    Hi Anna, where’s your belt in this post from?

  • Suuuuch a nice coat. Just watched the video, you always look nice in monochrome! Thursday’s look was good, you wear shirts like that so well. Great nail shade also.

  • caroline

    Love this post.
    You always look so polished but comfortable and that is everything to me! I’m embracing this myself this year. More versatile, simple, kept pieces over fast fashion.
    The book sounds fab. I’ve added it to my Amazon list. 🙂


  • I love that book!

    Immediately thought of you when I first got my hands on it as it’s totally up your street 🙂

    Heather x

  • theblackblush blog

    Love your outfit! It looks so comfy but stylish!

    The Black Blush

  • Philippa

    Beautiful outfits!
    Philippa x

  • elisha mae

    Love this concept and definitely making a mental note for my next book haul!

    elisha |

  • I like the idea of gentlewoman. This look really does suit you, and it’s a good way to stick to a capsule wardrobe with timeless pieces. 🙂

    Julia x

  • Lala Albert

    I have a question for Anna or anyone else:

    Is it common in the UK to not wear socks in winter? I’ve seen you and so many other Youtubers in vlogs not wearing socks with their outfits. Don’t your ankles get cold? I watched Lily’s vlog the other day and she was complaining about the cold and had even worn tights under her jeans and you were there in her vlog in black slacks, white converse low-tops and no socks. A good 2 or 3 inches of ankle/calf was exposed. Oh my golly, girl, I shivered on your behalf.

    TLDR: is the no-socks thing in winter just a Youtuber thing or is it something all UK trendy types do?

    I personally wouldn’t expose any ankle flesh to frigid temperatures below 15 degrees celcius.

    • I live in the US and have a tendency to wear no socks or no show ankle socks in the winter, depending on the shoe; ankle socks with boots and no socks with my Nike Huarache. Yesterday I ran in to the situation of no clean ankle socks and was annoyed of having to wear full length socks because I love my ankle to show, I think it’s more flattering. So it’s possible that these YouTubers or girls from the UK are wearing socks you just can’t see?

  • Jen_Hamburg

    Lovely post Anna! Cannot wait to get my hands on that book now 🙂

  • Great article Anna.
    Actually went hunting for the book earlier on Amazon.
    Right on the top of my To-Read list this season 🙂

    Viviene Kok

  • Rachel Claxton

    This classic style suits you so much Anna, sometimes the best outfits are the most simple!
    Rachel (