The Tea Dress can quickly draw up connotations of quirky vintage tearooms and outdated mum dresses but we’re putting the case forward for the Tea Dress revival this summer 2017.
Originally conceptualised for the mid-forties housewife to wear during daytime and for home entertaining, the Tea Dress (also known as Tea Gown) was built for practicality over it’s fashion kudos. The dress style was more commonly recognised as a casual piece rather than standalone centrepiece.
Skip to present day and the Tea Dress has earned a space amongst vintage lovers, never seen far from a slick of red lipstick and underpinned curls for those devote to the origin trend.
Common design features of the Tea Dress include a button down front, round and short sleeves and an A-line mid-length skirt.
Where to shop?
For lesser known brands which can offer beautifully shaped designs, look up House of Foxy and Pretty Eccentric. The above collared polka dot dress gives 1950s vibes in a shape flattering to all figures and when we delved further we found a hoard of pretty Tea Dresses also available by House of Foxy. Pretty Eccentric work their magic in the detail of their dresses, with the below lace overlay style being evident of this.
On the high street styles are also not difficult to come by with Littlewoods, Bon Prix, M&S and Very stocking girly designs which can be styled to desire. Adding tan accessories and cute sandals can adhere to the overtly feminine aesthetic, whilst a sharper look can be crafted by throwing in a leather jacket and statement shades for good measure.
What to spend?
Depending on the longevity of the product and uniqueness of style, budgets can be set to suit end goals. The £40 marks is average if browsing for more accessible and highly stocked highstreet stores. Prices tend to be steeper as you veer toward the independent boutique or upper scale end. House of Foxy and Pretty Eccentric range between the £90 – £250 mark.
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