This week, we put the Throw Cape into focus, a must-own item in your armoire, styled with the needs of the busy modern woman in mind. The tweed cape is a pioneering style piece that caters to all tastes, part Parisian ingénue, part haute société, part sporting and 100% practical. The Throw Cape grabs all these elements by the antlers and fuses them to form a piece which should be high up on your forthcoming purchases hit list.
From Crofter to Catwalk: Harris Tweed
Steeped in heritage, Harris Tweed hails from the Hebrides, skilfully spun by crofters and weavers who inhabit the isles. It has a rustic allure, adorning waif like models skipping down the runway, hipsters channelling scandi-chic tweed-strapped watches and the de rigueur choice of sophisticated ladies spectating outdoor equestrian pursuits.
Harris Tweed is immensely stylish, durable to boot and perennially en vogue. The Throw Cape by Sands & Hall capitalises on the talents of the Tweed and weaves them to create a stylish hero piece that does the hard work for you. Whether you find yourself hotfooting it to brunch or pounding the pavement to your next meeting, the Throw Cape cape ensures your sartorial game is always on point.
Mould it to your mood and the mercury
The Throw Cape is just one of those items that should never be far from your side, even in high summer, the stormy isles can throw the most unwelcome curveballs and it always pays to be prepared. As sundown sees the barometer’s mercury soaring south, the Throw cape comes into its element. Toss it on in a lackadaisical fashion to nail nonchalant dressing handsomely. Meanwhile as the wintery months coax you into semi-permanent residence curled up the fireside, swaddle yourself in the Throw Cape or layer it over a jacket for extra warmth.
Colours that suit all complexions
The Throw Cape comes in Hepburn Earth, Ruby Blush and Grey Harper Harris Tweed, with each hue evoking a slightly different mood, there’s a Throw Cape to suit all. For those who love to inject a flirtatious dose of colour into their look, the Ruby Blush is the perfect partner in crime, or for those who prefer to tap into trends of a bygone era, the Hepburn Earth will send you reaching for a string of pearls and a cigarette holder. For the woman who takes a cooler, edgier approach to the dressing game, the Grey Harper’s ashy grey tone quietly smoulders perfectly complementing leather and granting your look a little rock chic appeal.
Perfect for Town and Country:
The Throw Cape travels exceptionally well. For women whose wanderlust shapes and informs their next adventure, the Throw Cape is the perfect travel companion. At home by heath or soaring skyscrapers, Harris Tweed is a material that fits seamlessly into a multitude of situations. Accessorise with a pair of your favourite sunglasses and pull on your trusty boots – the Throw Cape was truly made for travelling in.
Where have you worn your throw cape?
The throw is my favourite piece to bring with me when I am travelling. It is so easy to throw on when you are on a flight or train to keep you nice and warm, whilst at the same time stylish!
It is likely one of our most versatile pieces and can be worn dressed up over a nice turtleneck and jeans with heels or ballet flats and a relaxed cashmere knit.
What’s your favourite colour? Or do you pick your colour according to the occasion?
I used to be a Sienna Mix girl – it was my go to colour but I have now started wearing the Hepburn Earth throw quite a bit.
I can’t wait for my Ruby Blush throw to arrive in September to brighten my outfits up!
Where can we find the Throw Cape?
Other than our online store our upcoming collection will be in our stockists – Pad Lifestyle, Edinburgh and The Cotswold Tweed Company, Stow on the Wold from September.
I will be travelling to the Cotswolds in September to attend Blenheim Palace Horse Trials and visit our stockist and some customers – I will be sure to pack a throw cape with me for that trip!
NATALIE HUBBARD’S STYLING TIPS AND ADVICE
Let us introduce you to our extremely talented stylist…
Natalie is a London based stylist and fashion consultant. Her career started at ELLE magazine where she was assistant to the Fashion Editor at Large.
Since then as well as editorial work for fashion magazines she has also worked on projects for television and headed up the casting for shows at London Fashion Week.
She now uses her experience across styling and fashion production to combine work on special projects such as film and catwalk shows with editorial and commercial styling and consulting for brands.
FOCUS ON THE THROW CAPE
Of all the Sands and Hall pieces it is probably the throw that provides the most versatility, which is not to say it doesn’t also have fashion credentials. With tweed, capes and pink all making appearances across the catwalks for AW17 this cape also ticks all of the boxes for the season. Useful, easy to wear, and on trend. I’d say that’s a win/win!
The very act of throwing something over your shoulders that isn’t structured adds an air of casual nonchalance to even the most polished outfit, hence the trend for “caping” jackets – a favourite over the last few years of street style folk.
While the classic Hepburn tweed cape fits into the season’s trend for both heritage tweed and capes it can be worn a multitude of ways. Obviously it works incredibly well with a country feel, chunky knits in cream or tan, dark brown leather and tonal skinnies all feed into that heritage luxe feel. However the opposite is also true. I love the idea of the contrast between the more classic tweed with a crisp white t shirt and blue denim. Play with proportions, rather than a skinny jean opt for a more tailored kick flare cut off at the ankle and pair with an ankle boot for a modern feel.
Proportions are key and keeping whatever’s underneath the throw relaxed sits well with the feel of the piece. So, if opting for tailoring a slightly wider fit of trouser gives an air of relaxed cool, pair this with a loose shirt or roll neck to finish off.
If you are keen to get your legs out and bare some flesh a wise choice would be to opt for a jumper dress (for style as well as warmth!). This works particularly well texturally with the tweed. Opt for chunky cable knits and flat boots either ankle or knee high for a more casual outdoorsy feel especially fitting with the Hepburn and Harper, or pair with a ribbed roll neck dress and block heel ankle boot for more polish.
A final tip for all colours of the throw cape would be to keep your outfit underneath tonal. As the throw is always open one block of the same hue underneath keeps the look clean. It will also always be most flattering by providing a long slim column of the same colour. Navy works especially well for all the colours.
For the Hepburn, more earthy tones are also great, so olives, tans and browns will always work well.
The new blush colourway looks great with almost all pastels, especially lilacs, blues and dusty pinks. It also gives the chance to wear with crisp white for a minimal fashion look perfect for Spring, when there’s enough sun to be thinking about summer but it’s still cold enough for the tweed throw to come in handy! If opting for an all-white look try wearing with white leather trainers for the full minimal effect.
The key is to keep it simple. Like all good outerwear this piece makes the statement so that no matter what you’re wearing underneath, especially on crazy days where effort is minimal or even when travelling, throwing this on adds an element of style that makes it look like you’ve made more effort than you probably have. Quite literally a comfort blanket for your wardrobe.