How to style your Zimmermann Carnaby Dress

How to style your Zimmermann Carnaby Dress

Somewhere in the passing eras of Zimmermann’s fashion trends can be found cute and pretty elements intersected contradictorily with daring and grunge. The Zimmermann Carnaby dress is a delicate, pretty linen dress crafted out of soft breathable linen, and bears details that are as feminine as they can be.

How was the Carnaby Dress Inspired

Released in the Summer Swim collection of 2020 by Zimmermann, this dress is a vision of Little House on the Prairie, yet the intention of the direction it was going to take was completely different. Fashionistas flocked to buy the look and it was not because they loved the Ingall family and wanted to emulate their look. The transition of the look literally boiled down to the shoes!  Once paired with a pair of Dr Martens reminiscent of London’s famously grungy Carnaby street, the whole look changed. Contrasting vibes were what it all became about. 

Little House on the Prairie Inspired the Carnaby

Example of Zimmermann Carnaby Dress
The Carnaby Dress (above). Souce: Zimmermann

About the Postcard Mini Dress

Another such style evoking romantic vibes of eras past is their Postcard mini dress. Complete in yellow and white summery floral print,  this dress also contains an old-fashioned damsel in distress aesthetic, but with a modern-day edge. This dress is complete with a belt crafted out of the same fabric, a high neck and puff sleeves with delicate crochet trims. This is another style that conjured up old and new vibes, allowing for the grunge aspect to permeate the look from down below - the shoes!. Instead of a bow shoe, or a pretty little pump, this style is intended to be combined with a pair of dirty sneakers or combat boots, taking the look back to the grungier side of the fashion spectrum.

The Postcard Dress (above). Souce: Zimmermann


The Aliane Scallop Midi Dress

Hindsight gives one the possibilities of past style analyses. Another style that reflects this notion of old and new, feminine yet powerful is the Aliane Scallop Midi dress. This dress has it all by way of scalloping, floral prints of white and yellow, criss-cross lace-up at the back, structured boning and a cut-out bodice. The notion of the milkmaid reminiscent of modern-day is again reflected in the direction the wearer decides to take this look. The conservative femininity can be maintained or it can be changed. 

The Scallop Midi Dress (above). Souce: Zimmermann


Naked Pear is a lover of past seasons. Styles are invented and then re-invented years later with different twists. Keeping the look modern, yet doing so with older styles is the sustainable way forward.


How to achieve the pretty to grunge

It doesn't have to be a Zimmermann dress, this style can be achieved by simply adding a frill or a ruffle to your jeans. Other ideas to flirt with include creating the style with pants and a blouse, adding a pair of Carnaby sunglasses to the outfit, a swimsuit, embroidered details, broderie anglaise embroidery , floral print, midi or mini, long or short. It simply doesn't matter. 

Dr Martens Boots: Source Dr Martens


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