The other week during a massive procrastination session I started creating a reading wishlist. Top of this wishlist was The New Garconne How to be a Modern Gentlewoman by Navaz Batliwalla the voice behind Disneyrollergirl. I kept seeing it pop up on the Instagram feeds of my favourite bloggers so naturally wanted to see what the fuss was about. As soon as the book arrived I dived right. I loved the idea of a style book which isn’t all about buying new stuff. Rather the message of the book is about choosing quality, shopping your closet, reworking vintage or heirloom pieces and tapping into your own gentlewomen style.
The first chapter introduces garconne style and details the history behind it as well as early adopters. Think about the classic style of Katherine Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Jane Birkin. The next section is a series of interviews with 14 seriously inspiring modern gentlewomen. I really enjoyed reading this section as it was a peek into the world of the ‘cool girl’. You know those women who always seem to have it together. They look super stylish and have their shit together. The third section shares the secrets of living and dressing like a modern gentlewomen. Not only does this section include the 25 hero pieces of a gentlewoman’s wardrobe it also tells you what to look for and where to find each piece. The final section of the book is basically the ultimate gentlewoman shopping guide. With insider tips on where to shop for everything.
Gentlewoman style is that effortless, borrowed from the boys cool girl style. Think tailored trousers with silk blouses, classic white t-shirts with a trouser suit teamed with white trainers. However, it’s not about dressing like a man but being inspired by classic tailoring and adding your own twist to the look. Modern gentlewomen style is all about choosing functional, beautiful and adaptable pieces. This style is all about buying less but better and always buying the best quality you can. Definitely, something I can get behind. It’s about building a core wardrobe with great quality basics. It’s about building a core wardrobe with great quality basics. I love how this book suggests which pieces you should add but doesn’t insist on you buying everything. Pick and choose which pieces work for your personal style and spend whatever you want on them.
The book contains a series of street style photographs to inspire your gentlewoman style. This is actually really helpful as if gives you a few ways to style the classic pieces mentioned. It’s basically a Pinterest board in a book. Speaking of Pinterest I have created my own modern gentlewoman style board to give you a few more ideas on how you can recreate this style yourself.