Dress to impress? Go with a tea dress!
Summer is hot and being out during the day becomes a new goal. You have to make sure you are wearing the best dresses made of the lightest fabrics like chiffon and silk.
High street fashion this year includes tea dresses and all the high street shops make sure to have a range for you to pick from. It has been on almost every fashion ready-to-wear runway. A tea dress is safe! Flowery and feminine, it is chic, it takes you to a night out right from the office. Well, just a change of shoes is required.
Dior Paisley chiffon one-shoulder strap dress $1600
Unleash the little girl in you, or high-society lady, taking afternoon tea on the lawn. Enter cucumber sandwiches and a pot of Earl Grey!”
-says Hilary Alexander in the Telegraph’s article “Anyone for Tea Dress?”
David Szeto red leopard dress $295
It’s a feminine, girly and floaty dress. You will look at home for high tea at the Ritz Hotel, or at a garden party. The dress is so called due to its aptness for being worn to afternoon tea or ladies’ lunches. Often brightly colored, it is a cute and feminine dress that can be worn to brunch, picnic, high-tea, a summer fete or bridal shower. Its elegance lies in the vintage styling and delicate prints.
Tea dresses 2008-style mean shorter-lengths and accentuated waists, or not so accentuated, like Paris Hilton’s style. Tea dresses became particularly popular with socialites in the UK, worn for the traditional “High Tea.” According to the article “It’s Time for Tea” by Dawn Copeman, on timetravel-britain.com; this tradition was first started in 1841 by Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Up until the early 20th century, lunch was served at noon and dinner was at 8 or 9pm, so there was a desperate craving for calories around 4 or 5pm in the afternoon.
Kate Moss for Top Shop features a Daisy Print Tea Dress, with the supermodel’s favorite flower and a girly Peter-Pan collar. Priced at £60, this modern take on a 40s classic works just as well for summer and fall.
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