Introducing Kyte, Designed by Carousel + Arriving Soon!

Designed in house by the team here at Carousel, a new vintage inspired range called “Kyte” is due to arrive at the beginning of September! We’re so excited to be able to share a little sneak peek with you today, as the first samples have just arrived at Carousel HQ. We couldn’t wait to try them out for size, and see how they fit and look on us.

1950s vintage style dress Kyte sample

The first thing we noticed about the Kyte dresses is how comfortable they are. Made from fabric with a little bit of stretch, that extra bit of give guarantees a great fit for everybody. That, combined with their simple yet structured classic shapes, makes them flattering on all of us who tried them on – and we all have a range of body shapes here at Carousel! Each sample we received was in a solid colour, which makes for versatile and easy styling. We can see ourselves wearing them on a night out with a statement necklace and heels. They will also be available in vivid and fun patterned versions, a great way to make a style statement!

60's style Kyte dress vintage sample

We are loving summertime, but these samples have us wishing for Autumn, when we can see the finished frocks, and get our hands on some gorgeous Kyte pieces all for ourselves!

fit and flare dress Kyte sample red

Kyte sample retro shift dress Jackie o

1940s style vintage dress black Kyte sample

Which shape are you loving so far? Since everything at Carousel is always designed with you in mind, do let us know what you think!

Carousel xox

Sixties Style: We share our latest lookbook inspiration!

One of our favourite tasks is gathering together ideas and getting some lookbook inspiration. When a new collection is ready to be photographed, the team gets together, armed with many snacks, as well as visual queues to help us decide on an aesthetic. After the floral extravaganza that was our last lookbook, this time our imaginations were sparked by the slightly gritty street style snaps of 1960s London. We love the natural lighting, casual poses and brick backgrounds juxtaposed with fabulous outfits and stylised hair and make-up. We knew we had the ideal location in Stoneybatter, with its perfectly timeless brick rows of terraced houses, gorgeous original shopfronts and wrought-iron railings. It’s just brimming with charm and personality.

vintage fashion 1960's street style inspiration

Some of our favourite sources of inspiration include Swinging London style icons like Patti Boyd and Twiggy and movies like A Hard Day’s Night, Quadraphenia and A Taste of Honey. Our beauty cues came from iconic 60s brands like Biba and Vidal Sassoon. We love bold eyes and spidery lashes combined with fresh dewy skin and pale lips for a modern interpretation of a classic look. Hair referenced the full, voluminous locks associated with mod styles. Back-combing is a must!

lookbook inspiration jean shrimpton

All of our ideas are sparked by the stunning Circus dresses we’re working with. Just look at these vibrant colours and bold prints. Although all of the Circus range is vintage inspired, we picked out some of the newer pieces that we thought would suit our sixties vibe the best. Of course the Twiggy dress was first on our list, an easy to wear shift dress inspired by the style of the late 1960’s. To give the looks a modern twist, we decided we’d combine the dresses with one of our favorite shoe trends this summer  – metallic shoes!

circus patterns lookbook inspiration

No matter how well we planned the day, there was one thing we couldn’t predict or plan for – the Irish summer weather! So with fingers crossed for a sunny day (or at least no rain!) we started looking forward to our photoshoot day!

We hope you enjoy these behind-the-scenes peeks! Stay tuned for further looks at how we  put it all together. x

Trends we love: The Versatile and Vintage Pussy Bow!

Bow down to the Pussy Bow!

While the pussy bow is a decorative accent that has been added to blouses and dresses for a long time now, this bow at the neckline really started to take off in the 1930’s and 40’s. It has continued as a beloved trend since then, popping up in every style era through the 20th century. A popular choice with both vintage and modern icons alike, we love the pussy bow because of it’s versatility. A playful, feminine interpretation of the men’s neck tie, a pussy bow blouse or dress is the perfect foundation for a vintage style look. The best part about it is that, depending on how you style it, you can take your pick of vintage eras to base your look on. Also, you can dress it for so many different occasions – work, formal events, casual lunches – the skies the limit!

pussy bow blouse vintage inspiration

For a 1940’s/50’s look, combine your pussy bow blouse with a retro flared skirt, like the Anita skirt from Circus. Tuck it into a pencil skirt and add a beehive for a smart 1960’s look a la Mad Men. 1970’s vibes are big news this summer, so add flares and suede to get the look. Or keep things simple by pairing the 1960’s inspired Twiggy shift dress from Circus with some sandals or colorful brogues.

pussy bow blouse modern celebrity style inspiration

Modern celebs and style icons love the pussy bow too. They keep their outfit simple, putting the pussy bow as the focus and flair of the look. Wear yours this summer over skinny jeans or shorts with sandals for a casual, laid back but polished look. The Anna blouse from Circus, available in several colors and patterns, would be perfect for this look. Alternatively, you could pop your blouse under a sleeveless dress, letting the bow peep out over the neckline, creating a whole new dress! Add some fun to your work wear by combining a patterned pussy bow blouse, like the Donna from Circus, under a slick suit or blazer, creating a feminine power suit!

With some many options coming from one little neck bow, we think the pussy bow is our new summer wardrobe staple!