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  • Accessorise it!

    Accessories add complexity and interest to any outfit. Your whole look can be completely transformed with the addition of just a single item.

    At Carr & Westley, we have a range of great winter accessories that, come rain or shine, can help transform everyday outfits. So go ahead and accessorise your seasonal look with a choice of stunning coats, bags, hats, scarves and gloves.

    Here are some of our winter favourites:

    Nikita Fur Trim Hat. This superb, faux fur hat will keep your head and ears warm through the coldest winter wind. A best seller, you'll add real chic to any outfit! Was £28 Now £23.00

    Nikita Fur Trim Hat

    Dents Leather Organiser Bag - Elegance is personified in this beautifully designed, quality leather shoulder bag from Dents. Medium size with twin handles and optional adjustable shoulder strap. Luxurious satin inner lining. Three inside compartments with inner zip pocket. Size: 11" x 9" x 5". Was £140 Now £120

    Leather Organiser Bag

    Suede Glove Set -  These stylish suede gloves having toning trim to match the super soft herringbone pattern scarf. A luxurious gift set from Dents and a great Christmas present too! Only £30.00 - available in Chocolate or Red.


    Dents Spot Scarf - Italian-made, fine handle scarf by Dents. Features an abstract spot print pattern. Great for accompanying everyday casual outfits in every season. Measures 175cm x 34cm. Was £19 Now £15

  • Black Friday discounts!

    You’ve probably heard of Black Friday – the annual retail bonanza and now the biggest shopping day of the year here in the UK.

    Today (Friday 25th November) is this year's Black Friday and we’re getting involved in the shopping event by offering customers 15% off across our entire range of classic clothing, accessories, nightwear, underwear and footwear.

    So how does the discount work?

    USE CODE: BF15

    All you need do is put code BF15 at the checkout to activate the 15% discount. Products that already have discounts will also qualify for an additional 15% off – what a bargain!

    A great chance to get discounts on Christmas shopping gifts or just an opportunity to treat yourself!

    We’ve selected some of our favourite discounted items to get you started…..

    Hadlow Trousers Hadlow Trousers

    Carr & Westley Hadlow Trousers – An original, Ponte Roma jersey trouser featuring concealed side pockets and comfy-fit, flat front waistband. BLACK Friday OFFERING - £39.10

    Nikita Fur Trim Hat - A warm and stylish faux fur hat by Pia Rossini. With a cable knit crown it wears as part of a beautiful set with the Nikita gloves (AC073).
    BLACK Friday OFFERING - £23.80

    Sandringham Skirt - A superior quality, wool rich jersey knit skirt from Carr & Westley’s new ‘Joy’ Collection. Thoughtfully crafted for fit and durability, it’s your future wardrobe staple for effortless mix and matching throughout the season .
    BLACK Friday OFFERING - £59.50

    Belgravia Jacket - Classic style, three quarter length coat from Lebek. Set in sleeves and princess lines for flattering timeless elegance. Neat collar, buttons to the neck, jetted pockets trimmed with faux leather binding.
    BLACK Friday OFFERING - £93.50

    Dents Leather Organiser Bag - Elegance is personified in this beautifully designed, quality leather shoulder bag from Dents. Medium size with twin handles and optional adjustable shoulder strap.
    BLACK Friday OFFERING - £119.00

  • Outfit Transitioning Advice From Carr & Westley

    The weather has definitely made a chilly turn now Autumn has settled in, but yet it’s not quite time for winter woolies, hats and scarves. We’re in that tricky stage, the transitioning stage between seasons, where it can be difficult to know quite what to wear. Between Autumn and Winter, the answer is in layering, adding warmth and texture and giving a different look to your outfit.

    To get you started, Carr & Westley has put together a selection of key items to  make the transitioning stage a little easier…

    Boucle Lumber Cardigan (£58) – a very popular, round neck boucle knit cardigan by Poppy. A favourite warm knit style for an extra layer, it can be worn over a round, crew neck or polo top (both long and short sleeves). For example, team the silver colour way with Betsy's Dragonfly Roll Neck Top (£36) with its cosy neckline and long sleeves. A fantastic relaxed, everyday wear option.

    Boucle Lumber Cardigan (Silver) & Dragonfly Collar Top (Silver) Boucle Lumber Cardigan (Silver) & Dragonfly Collar Top (Silver)

    Betsy’s Check Knitted Jacket (£65) is a super cosy, wrap-style jacket which makes a stunning throw-over for the colder months. Or try Lady at Double Two’s Smart Casual Jacket (£60) which makes the ideal option for that smart casual moment when you want to dress up a little. Layer over a thin, long-sleeve top of your choice.

    Check Knitted Jacket (Navy) & Smart Casual Jacket (Black) Check Knitted Jacket (Navy) & Smart Casual Jacket (Black)

    All 3 items can we worn with Hadlow Trousers (£46) which are a wardrobe staple, made in Britain by Carr & Westley’s skilled seamstresses and available in 5 different colours.

    Hadlow Trouser (Wedgwood) Hadlow Trouser (Wedgwood)

    So go on, layer up and embrace the season ahead…

  • Winter Season Warmers

    With the nights drawing-in and a distinct chill in the air, Winter is well and truly on the way. So embrace the season ahead with the new Carr & Westley Autumn/Winter Collection.

    The new collection includes a range of seasonal styles to take you anywhere, as well as the introduction of our new Joy collection - a selection of specifically designed and styled garments that are a result of Carr & Westley customer feedback and research. We spent a considerable time with our designers, working with new fabrics and garment styles to produce a collection we're truly proud of, so we hope you like what you see!

    Key favourites include:
    Boucle Lumber Cardigan - a round-neck, boucle knit cardigan by Poppy, featuring two patch pockets and self-coloured buttons. 5 different colour options and 9 different sizes.

    Poppy Boucle Lumber Cardigan Poppy Boucle Lumber Cardigan

    Dents Spot Scarf - Italian-made, featuring an abstract spot print pattern. Great for accompanying everyday casual outfits.

    Dents Spot Scarf Dents Spot Scarf

    Aztec Jersey Skirt - A graceful multi-panel skirt, perfect for smart events and functions. Wear it individually or match with the Pablo jacket & Aztec Jersey top for a stylish outfit. Choose from seven skirt sizes and two different lengths.

    Aztec Jersey Skirt Aztec Jersey Skirt

    Poppy Stow Top - Easy fitting, long sleeved jersey rib top by Poppy. Features crossover shawl style collar and smooth lines - a future classic. Four colour options and nine sizes to choose from.

    Poppy Stow Top Poppy Stow Top

    Here's to happy shopping and a happy season ahead :)

  • Introducing Our New & Exclusive Joy Collection

    Joy CollectionWe are delighted to introduce our new and exclusive ‘Joy' collection, created specifically for you, our customers in mind.

    In the summer of 2015, we conducted a survey with over 1,000 of you. We asked how your attitude to fashion has changed over the years, your thoughts on high street retailers and what you wanted to see more from in your choices of clothing.

    Our new ‘Joy’ collection is a result of your feedback. A new range of expertly-crafted garments, made from fine quality fabrics that offer flattering, yet comfortable fits. We refined a variety of unique patterns and new garment styles that make you look and feel fabulous – and make a statement!

    ‘Joy’ forms part of the new Carr & Westley Autumn catalogue, which is out now! So what are you waiting for, browse the new collection today >

    Items from the new Joy Collection featured below:

    Villoso Top & Villoso Skirt Villoso Top & Villoso Skirt
    Sandringham Skirt Sandringham Skirt
    Belliss Top & Crushed Velvet Skirt Belliss Top & Crushed Velvet Skirt
    Puppy Tooth Trousers Puppy Tooth Trousers
    Highland Trousers Highland Trousers
  • Summer Clearance - Online Now!

    Our Summer clearance is now on, with up to 60% off selected items in our classic brands.

    Embrace the rest of the summer with our PASTEL ROSE SKIRT - an original, cotton, floral pink skirt, cut in a three panel style with side pockets and easy-fit stretch waist.

    Pastel Rose Skirt by Carr & Westley Pastel Rose Skirt by Carr & Westley

    Or, why not choose Poppy's famous STEP NECK T-SHIRT - a Carr & Westley customer favourite. This versatile, easy-to-wear, close-fitting rib Jersey T-shirt can be 'mix and matched' with Poppy coordinates or worn with Carr & Westley original skirts and trousers.

    Step Neck T-Shirt by Poppy Step Neck T-Shirt by Poppy

    Browse the whole clearance collection here -

    Only limited colours and styles available. Shop today, so you're not left disappointed!

  • Top 10 Outfits for Summer

    We might still be waiting for the sun to appear after just having experienced one of the wettest June’s on record, but here at Carr & Westley we’re still very much in the summer spirit! To help you prepare for some (hopeful) warmer weather ahead, we’ve chosen our top 10 outfits from our new 2016 Summer collection. As with all Carr & Westley own-label and branded products, our garments are available in a variety of lengths and sizes.


    SUNSET PALM TOP (Now £22) paired with SUNSET PALM SKIRT (Now £32).

    Sunset Palm Top & Sunset Palm Skirt Sunset Palm Top & Sunset Palm Skirt


    CORSAGE FLORAL BLOUSE (£36) paired with FRESCO TROUSERS (£40) - buy together and save £10

    Corsage Floral Blouse & Fresco Trousers Corsage Floral Blouse & Fresco Trousers



    Ribbed Neck T-Shirt, Bella Shrug & Fresco Trousers Ribbed Neck T-Shirt, Bella Shrug & Fresco Trousers


    FRESCO DRESS (£70)

    Fresco Dress Fresco Dress


    STEP NECK TOP (£24) paired with GROOMBRIDGE TROUSERS (£56).

    Step Neck Top & Groombridge Trousers Step Neck Top & Groombridge Trousers



    Ruched Neck T-Shirt, Edge To Edge Jersey Jacket & Pastel Rose Skirt Ruched Neck T-Shirt, Edge To Edge Jersey Jacket & Pastel Rose Skirt


    TULIPA CAMISOLE & SCARF (£50) paired with TULIPA SKIRT (£60) - buy the set for £90 and save £20.

    Tulipa Camisole & Tulipa Skirt Tulipa Camisole & Tulipa Skirt - A Great Summer Occasion Outfit


    RIVERHILL T-SHIRT (£10) paired with MONET PASTEL SKIRT (£44) & BELLA SHRUG (£19.50)

    Riverhill T-Shirt, Bella Shrug & Monet Pastel Skirt Riverhill T-Shirt, Bella Shrug & Monet Pastel Skirt


    BAMBOO DRESS (£65) - made in C&W's Kentish workrooms

    Bamboo Dress Bamboo Dress


    THISTLE COLLAR TOP (£27) paired with THISTLE SKIRT (£40)

    Thistle Collar Top & Thistle Skirt Thistle Collar Top & Thistle Skirt
  • Introducing our new Summer 2016 collection!

    High Summer CollectionIt’s that time of year again that we’ve been waiting for when the weather is finally warming up…and what better way to enjoy it than with Carr & Westley’s new Summer 2016 collection!

    Choose from a wide range of easy-fitting tops, trousers, skirts and dresses in a range of styles that can be mixed and matched effortlessly everyday and perfect for the warmer weather ahead.

    We've added a selection of new items for this mid-season range, including some pre-clearance bargains.

    Highlights include Poppy’s new Eyelet Neck Top and Beaded Trim Top and a thoughtfully designed, occasion wear outfit made by C&W in our Kentish workrooms.

    So what are you waiting for…your new summer look is ready for you, so jump in!

    Take a look at our full collection here

  • Best in British!

    Made In BritainHere at Carr & Westley, we’re very proud of our heritage as a small, independent family-run British business.

    The company was established way back in 1919 in Holborn, London and we moved out to the countryside in the early 1940s to escape the Blitz during World War 2. Our home now is Bourne Mill - an 11th century watermill in the Kentish countryside and where our team of seamstresses custom make Carr & Wesley branded clothing. All Carr & Westley garments are designed with our customer in mind - high-quality, easy-fitting and hardwearing, but without compromising on style and feel.

    Take a look at our collection of original skirts, trousers and dresses, all designed and made in Britain -


  • Measure Up!

    Measuring imageOne of the biggest problems people encounter when purchasing clothes from online retailers is making sure the size and length is right so that garments fit as well as possible.

    We’ve put together the following guide on how to measure, whether you’re doing this yourself or someone is helping you with the process:

    Bust & Hips – for tops and trousers, measure around the fullest part of the bust or hips with no allowance for extra fullness.

    Dresses & Skirt lengths – measure from the top of waistband or nape of neck and down to the hem.

    Corsetry – measure next to the skin.

    With skirts and trousers with elasticated waists, remember that the garment measurements will actually be narrower than the measurement on your hips. This is because of the stretch that's needed in the garment waistband to keep the skirt/trouser in place.

    When you read 'no allowance for extra fullness', this means the manufacturer size will have already factored in space for extra movement in their sizing metric. So, whilst you might have a bust of 36 inches and therefore fit a size 14, the actual garment might measure 40 inches around (the extra movement has already been factored in).

    The sizes detailed in our catalogues and on the Carr & Westley website are based on British standard sizing and should only be used as a guide. In the event of a garment differing in size, this information is given next to details of the particular piece of clothing.

    If in doubt regarding your size, please call 01732 850280 to speak to one of our experienced staff at Carr & Westley who will be happy to advise.

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