Winterproof Your Wardrobe

There is a definite nip in the air that means it’s time to dig out your winter woolies and think about tactical layering. The cold weather doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy though- here are our top tips to Cosy Chic & Wise Winter Wardrobe Choices :
Your Winter Coat – This is what will catch people’s eye as the temperature drops – so choose wisely. Of course, many of you may have invested in a black coat thinking it goes with everything or a camel coat thinking it is classy but both these tones can be draining on lots of colour palettes, so if you are investing in a new coat – choose a colour that flatters YOU. Wearing a brighter colour will also lift your mood and that of those around you :).
Winter Winner – If you have a coat in a colour that’s not your most flattering – add a scarf to lift it. Also, “Accessorise to Maximise” – If you are thinking sustainable style and recycling a previous seasons coat, accessorising makes it easy to bring your look up to date and ring the changes. People will remember colour – so adding red gloves and scarf or mustard accessories for example to your neutral coat will give it a fresh look.
Layering – You know we are always fans of this as it’s a great way to wear colour combos, create varying looks from the same key garments (versatility = sustainable style) and is stylish all year round but especially in winter when you are moving from chilly outside to central heating inside as well as for some of us, regulating your own menopause heater!!!! The key to successful winter layering to flatter you is avoid too much bulk and focus on fine layers. Chunky garments can make you look shorter and wider.
Winter Winner -Try layering a fine long sleeved mesh base layer under short sleeve tops or dresses, then adding a cardi and scarf. Stick to up to 3 main colours to ensure your outfit looks pulled together.
Boots – We find many of our customers struggle with footwear as comfort is a necessity or priority and this really can make or break an outfit. There are so many comfortable yet stylish footwear options nowadays from M&S with their Footglove range to Geox that it is worth spending the time investing in a pair of boots that will work for you. Think of the colour – you want your boots to be one of your best neutrals to tie in with all your outfits – so is brown one of your base colours or is it navy or grey or even wine – don’t just go for the failsafe of black if you don’t have black in your wardrobe.
Winter Winner – Ankle boots are a great choice as you can wear them with trousers but also with thick tights they look fabulous with a dress too- to elongate your legs choose the same colour tights as boots/shoes.
Invest in Your Key Pieces – Look after these items and they will look after you – making you look and feel great for years to come 🙂 Jeans, coat, boots, knitwear – when you think of your cost per wear and also of the environmental impact, it really makes sense on every level to invest in these pieces and buy beautiful quality that feels good to wear and makes you feel good when you wear them.

Fashion Forecast Autumn 2018

We are firm believers that a nod to the trend will keep your look current without the dreaded MDL effect !!! (Mutton Dressed as Lamb, for those of you not in the know 🙂  As always Captain Tortue has distilled these current trends down into something that is totally wearable for you lovely ladies.

Here are our Top 5 Trend Tips 

BOHEMIAN GLOBETROTTER – AW 18 Trends New Nomad

Urban adventurer. This Trend is based on using the colours of nature and ethnic prints, along with texture to create a  look that will appeal to ‘natural’ customers and colour lovers alike.

 

 

 

 

NEW NEUTRALS AW 18 Trends New Neutrals– Inspired by Lillian’s ( CT Co Founder) Travels. Lot of gorgeous base colours to add your accents to – shades of oatmeal, sand, anthracite, carbon and chocolate.  Navy and Brown are the new black!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AW 18 Trends TexturesMIXING TEXTURES – Be it Matt and Metallic, Silk with Tweed, Faux suede and leather or mix  knitwear which is fluffy with shiny jewellery or a chunky accessory with a fine knit cardigan.This look is all about the contrast of hard and soft.

 

 

 

 

 

AW 18 Trends LogoLOGOS -Writing on garments is all over the catwalk this season.  Captain Tortue have some fab bold logos for those dramatic wardrobe personalities, but also clever subtle writing for the more classic dressers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AW 18 Trends Sports LuxeURBAN DESIGN – Based on the premise that sportswear is now worn as daywear, every day, not just for the gym. These pieces are produced using technical fabrics and graphic designs – its sport chic.

 

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Autumn Wardrobe Audit

 

It is a well known fact that planning is the key to success!!  We have helped many clients with their wardrobes over the years and can safely say that  planning ahead always works better than the “panic buy”.  We know it is hard to take time out of your busy schedule to devote to wardrobe planning, but it will definitely help save you time and stress in the future!

Do you know you can have a different outfit for every day of the month from a capsule wardrobe with 12 key items – 4 bottom half and 8 top half pieces?  It’s all about choosing those key pieces wisely.

So lets get you started – get in your wardrobe and take out all the garments that are old, don’t fit, or have never been worn because they were bought in a sale five years ago and they just really don’t suit you. From there have a look at what you are left with and think about keeping your look current and true to you.  So this is where you want to inject a few key items that are “on trend” that suit you – we call it giving a nod to the trends rather than being a slave to fashion. CT AUTUMN TRENDS

Here’s What’s Hot for Autumn: 

  • Graphic prints – used cleverly can elongate and slim.
  • Colour – Blues in all tones. Accents of Magenta/Citrine/Orange mixed with Khaki/ Grey and Black.
  • Layering – Tunics/ Tee’s to layer under and over.
  • This seasons “must have” key piece is a long waistcoat/gilet in either a tailored or relaxed style.

We hope this inspires you to make a start to looking & feeling fabulous this Autumn.

If however you would like more help with any of the above just get in touch.

Be Trend Aware this Autumn 2013

As you know, we are all about giving a nod to the trends to keep your look fresh and updated, rather than slavishly following fashion and falling victim to the mutton dressed as lamb look!  So here is a whistlestop tour of what’s hot this season. Just adding a touch of any of these to your existing wardrobe will revitalise your style this season.

Animal Print – it’s everywhere – try shoes, scarves or belts.

In the Pink – choose your most flattering shade and inject a little of this season’s colour. To find out YOUR best pink – come along to our Preview Evening on 13th September.

Paint the Town Red – the other must wear colour – again it’s all about getting the tones right for you.

To find out YOUR best red – come along to our Preview Evening on 13th September.

Winter Florals – florals were huge this summer, but for winter they are now with navy or black backgrounds.

Luxe Fabrics – leather, lace, chiffon and velvets – work those textures.

Do the splits – whether it’s splits in skirts or sleeves, these added details will bring your look up to date.

Masculine Tailoring – trousers suits and waistcoats with a girlie twist.

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