I LOVE CAROUSEL CHARLOTTE DRESS
For the first time in many years, World Book Day passed me by. This year, no fancy dress was required and certainly no conversation about well-loved books. I no longer teach primary age children, but despite this, my subconscious decided to play a practical joke on me when I inadvertently dressed as The Book Thief.
Personally, I didn’t see any resemblance until it was pointed out (on separate occasions) by two of my nearest and dearest. Is it the beret? I stumbled on this beret during a half term trip to Allerton Road, Liverpool. It was my only charity shop purchase of the day, but I didn’t care because it was a bargain at £1.50! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for to wear with my new vintage inspired dress, I Love Carousel’s Charlotte dress.
Not a thrifted find, the Charlotte dress is from the Irish brand, I Love Carousel. I’ve been a fan of ‘Carousel’ since stumbling on their Instagram page some time ago. Their vintage inspired styles mixed with cute, quirky prints are the perfect formula for my fashion taste, unfortunately due to my career change, I couldn’t afford to invest.
The sticking point is, I believe in buying clothes you love. I believe in buying clothes that will last forever, well longer than a season or two. And, even though I buy a lot second hand, I do buy some key pieces that cost more than a few quid. But, how can you be sure it’s an investment piece when buying online? It’s tricky!
Thankfully, I was fortunate to receive I Love Carousel’s Charlotte dress to try it out for myself. It’s a size bigger than my usual, but it creates a flattering silhouette and the silky material feels as though it glides when I move. I love the vintage style mixed with the modern colour palette.
// I Love Carousel Charlotte Tea Dress c/o //
// Beret :: Jospice, Allerton Road //
// Kenneth Cole vintage heels :: Sue Ryder, Didsbury //
// Tan, leather watch :: Olivia Burton //
Sure, it mightn’t be my usual style but so far, 2016 has been a year of trying new things! At 65 Euros, it’s pricier than what I’d usually spend but considering that I’m already planning on how I’ll wear it in summer and equally, remix it for autumn it doesn’t feel expensive at all.
Did you notice my shoes? They’re my vintage Kenneth Cole shoes I found last month whilst in Didsbury. I featured them in February’s Buyer’s Archive and intended to wear them in a what I thrifted outfit post, however I simply couldn’t wait when I paired them with this tea dress. Let’s just say, the beret is what I thrifted #23 and the shoes are #24!
Have you bought any investment pieces recently?