Cara & The Sky – how to style the Whitney dress three ways

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Cara & The Sky create the most exciting knitwear whilst being sustainable and eco-friendly.

The British-based brand is produced in the UK, with a focus on quality products that are made to last.

Founded by the lovely Cara – a former fashion buyer – Cara & The Sky is for ‘fun-loving, free spirited humans’ with a love for knitwear.

These days, I won’t go anywhere without a kit. It can be 30 degrees celsius outside and I’ll still bring my Cara & The Sky pink cropped cable cardigan – just in case it goes cooler!

A year after launching, this week Cara & The Sky have released the pre-order for their second collection of colourful knits.

The collection has been inspired by nature, featuring jumpers, cardigans, dresses and accessories.

The Whitney dress is a luxury knit, and very heavy – you can feel the love that’s gone into making it right here in the UK. It’s such a beautiful fit and knows how to make a statement with its contrast colours and different stitching techniques. Thick cuffs give way to a huge balloon sleeve, offering the most impressive silhouette – it’s a truly stunning piece.

It’s such a fiercely strong and empowering collection, and so versatile. That’s why I’ve decided to style the Whitney dress in three different ways.

Cara & The Sky Whitney dress – casual

The bold orange and deep pink tiger style print really speaks for itself, and you can take it through from day to night with a quick bag and shoe swap. For day time shopping or meeting friends for coffee, I’d style the Cara & The Sky Whitney dress simply. I added my Daisy gold t-bar necklace, my Paradox London encrusted trainers and a cream Dorothy Perkins cross body bag.

Adding white accessories brightens the bag for summer’s cooler days. It also looks great with my white Primark boots for a brunch date.

Cara & The Sky Whitney dress – grunge

This is definitely a look I’d rock at a gig, switching trainers for Dr Marten boots. I’ve added a leather jacket, black vinyl bag and a bakerboy cap to complete the look. I changed nothing about the dress or my makeup, and reached a completely different aesthetic just by changing up the accessories. It’s proof that the Whitney dress can be styled to suit anyone’s style.

I love the contrast of the bold colours against the black, as well as experimenting with the textures between the leather and knit. This is a totally badass look that feels as powerful as the Whitney dress itself.

Cara & The Sky Whitney dress – western

This was actually the first styling combo I came up with for this dress. I’d had a mental mind block of how to style it and headed to the Cara & The Sky lookbook for inspo. The model was wearing it with brown Chelsea boots, so I dug out my Topshop distresses boots myself. From there, this very western cowgirl look was born.

This time, I belted the jumper dress with a tan western belt from Primark, adding a beige fedora and my Missguided cow print bag. This one really fits nicely with Cara’s vision of being inspired by nature.

Cara & The Sky are a brand conscious of maintaining a low carbon footprint, designing in-house, manufacturing in the UK and supporting the British fashion industry. For example, their tags, swing labels are made from recycled materials, with label cords being 100% organic raw cotton.

This year, I’m more aware of where my clothes come from. When you can own a full traceable knit like this one – why wouldn’t you.

Watch my IGTV styling video below!

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