Levi’s Wedgie jeans
Everlane heavy wool cardigan | really old, gift from Everlane to review
James Perse casual tee
Repetto Michael Loafers | bought on sale + extra % off at the Dreslyn a little while ago
admonish leather tote
I wore this outfit earlier this week (as you may have already seen on Instagram) and felt it was a pretty good nod to The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman, a wonderful book I bought and devoured over the weekend (thanks Catherine for the recommendation!). And now, I have a REAL book to read in the event of a zombie apocalypse 😉
I loved the book and reading all the profiles of “modern gentlewomen.” It’s interesting to read how women find their style, and what they seem to gravitate to at different ages. As you know, I haven’t quite figured it all out yet, and wonder if I ever will, but after reading this book, I see I have quite a few things in common with the “new Garconne,” and have become more comfortable playing around a little more with the look, despite my less-than-gamine body type.
I suppose if anything really defines my style it’s practicality: I dress for what I am doing that day, and for the weather, and never add anything frivolous (and yes, color is somewhat frivolous to me). But I do appreciate elegance and luxury, like these Repetto loafers, which are so very decadent (if you have ever worn Repetto you know what I’m talking about), which I think is a trait of the modern gentlewoman.
In fact, the One Thing that really stood out for me in the book was this quote from Laurance Dacade:
The most important thing for me is to have comfort in your shoes. It’s something very sensual. I never wear socks in winter, for example, because I need to feel the leather inside the shoes. You feel the luxury, the shape, everything you don’t see is just as important.
This statement more than anything else really resonated with me, and characterizes my style, I think. I appreciate quality and luxury but not the noise or bling. Subtle chic is what I go for and I like to FEEL the quality and FEEL comfortable in my clothes/shoes. In college, when I wore nothing but Birkenstocks I also wore an ugly oversized baggy tee that said “life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes.” Me, in a nutshell. Maybe without the ugly tee though.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book, it’s a quick “read” and enjoyable to look at. I hinted with the author about a second one on Instagram, with more profiles, so we’ll see. I’d love to see her address different body types in gentlewoman style. It seems to “fit” a very specific (boyish, tall) body type “best” but I don’t think that should stop anyone else from trying it out if they love it!
And speaking of the “new Garconne” have you seen Everlane’s new penny loafers?? Tempting…but I’ve not had very good luck with Everlane’s shoes at all. I do love the look very much though, they’re sort of a “modern” version of a classic. But then again, I love the classic Weejun too…