Today’s OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) centers around this amazing Fall dress called the Tempest dress by Zimmerman.
Part of Zimmerman’s AW/18 collection, an oppressed Victorian-era person with modern sensibilities served as its inspiration. This Zimmerman person found refuge and independence in riding horses.
However, it should really be called the ‘Temptress’ dress. And why you ask when so covered up? Pull up your chair and let me tell you.
The Genius Behind This Breathtaking Fall Dress
This Fall dress is a sure win for several reasons. The beautiful color palette and floral pattern are very reminiscent of Victorian fashion. While the muted earth tones perfectly complement any fashion addict’s Fall wardrobe for day or night.
You have contrasting pastel juniper colored florals on blush pink from the shoulder down to the wrist. Meanwhile, antique rose blooms, flirt across a burgundy bodice. They then creep their way down the right hip into a brown playing field. A lightly tanned draped hem accentuated by a tied side bow gives the florals more to play with. Additionally, burgundy flowers placed across bands of off-white lines, make for subtle yet noticeable pattern play.
But it’s the shape of the dress is what really takes my breath away.
With its high tied collar, you couldn’t help but see the Victorian Zimmerman person come through. As your eyes begin tracing the neck down to its puff shoulders, restrained by a draping effect, they stop at the ruched wrists of the long sleeves. The form-fitting bodice highlights the wearer’s waist by a cutout strategically placed on the right side. Now that’s a sneaky way to show some skin, don’t you think?
As you follow that cutout, you’re met with the bottom half of the dress, which is a slim skirt, cut on the bias. And to add movement to this form-fitting dress, an angled flowing hem, in a contrasting color is added. Color blocking ingeniously highlights the shape of this dress, with all the draping, gathering and slight ruching.
Well, How Do I Wear This Dress?
Considering the traditional autumnal colors of this Fall dress, one could easily pair it with basic neutral colored footwear, but I decided to go in a different direction.
Taking a cue from the ‘green’ color on the sleeves and shoulders, I decided to pair this Tempest Fall dress with leather ankle boots in ‘Jade’ green by Acne Studios.
With a back zip, round toe, and slightly slanted block heel, no boot would be more perfect to wear with this dress. I just love how it picks up the green on top. The slant of the heel mimics the cutout along the right side of the waistline. And the round toe of this designer boot really elevates the dressy appeal of the whole look. If the toe had been a little rounder, as it has a slight almond peak, it would’ve given the boot a more casual feel.
What If It Gets Chilly?
Why not consider a chocolate brown faux fur coat, like this Almeda coat by Erdem? It’s a great pairing of texture with silhouette and pattern.
Just picture yourself with a hint of the dress’ hem moving along the bottom of this luxe coat. While the green designer boots add that element of surprise. Gorgeous right?! Even if you were to button the coat, showing off the coat’s shiny large round gold buttons, you’d have the beautiful bow from your neck, saying ‘hello’ from on top. Double-breasted with a sweeping notch lapel collar, this fur coat doesn’t hold back in enveloping the wearer in soft luxury, faux or not.
Gold Accessories For H2T Seduction
Delving into luxury, as we all love to do for Fall, I wanted to further exploit the faux fur coat’s shiny gold buttons. Take these earrings as a, for instance, perfect for both day or night. Clip-on style ‘Classic Short’ Tassel Chain Drop Earrings by Oscar de la Renta, would add the right amount of sparkle without too much fuss.
Featuring tiny chain details, with a 3 1/2″ drop and 3/4″ width, they’re long and big enough to make a Fall statement. They would force your many admirers to pull them in closer to you, as they frame your face with just enough sparkle. This would also draw even more attention to the puff shoulder details, while their eyes subtly, make a beeline to them.
As for what bag to carry, how amazing is this little *Beaded Crossbody Bag With Clasp by Zara (*no longer available)? With it’s textured surface, in a similar color palette as this dress, there’s no missing the mark here.
Gold details mixed with a geometric pattern of multicolored beads, make this an ideal accessory for this Fall look. It’s just crazy how it has most of the dress colors but not in a ‘matchy’ sort of way.
So have at it, and tell me what you think?
[Updated: October 6, 2019]