12 Tea Dresses That Are Simply Delightful
Our picks of gorgeous tea dresses for casual affairs…
Tea dresses were all the rage in the 1940’s, where women slipped into the floral and gingham numbers with their midi skirts and knife pleats, doily-like necklines and conservative silhouettes to go have small get-togethers with friends. Back in the day, way back in the 1800s, tea dresses were exclusively worn during private parties, where the feminine midis where reserved only for the eyes of other women at the shindigs. They would gather around the tea tray, picking off pastries with their white gloves, complimenting each other's newest outfits over cocktails, in between talking about the right to vote and latest hat styles at the department store.
But today, they’re back in style and better than ever. Gone are the stuffy rules that come along with the vintage-like shift, and the silhouette has gotten a major update. From asymmetrical hemlines, reworked mini skirt lengths, and velvet patches, there’s a lot to play with. Below are some of our favorite picks - start getting inspired on how to revamp that spring wardrobe!
Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress
Satin Floral Dress
Satin Floral Dress, $99.99, Mango
Mimicking the satin material from the 1940s garden parties, this dress got a fresh updated with its tropical colors and asymmetrical hemline that opens and flares while you walk. Give the dress a bold accent by pairing it with some statement earrings (like these geometric, drop ones pictured,) and pair it with casual shoes like these mesh slingbacks.
Mixed Print Deconstructed Dress
Hook & Eye Floral Mini Dress
Hook & Eye Floral Mini Dress, $18, ASOS
The traditional midi has been transformed into a mini! Dress up in this playful design, which not only features an undone asymmetrical hem, but contrasts the delicate floral pattern with a black band of hooks and eyes, giving it a punk-like juxtaposition. This isn’t a tea dress for the faint of heart.
Maxi Length Tea Dress
Floral Print Long Dress, $99.99, Mango
While this doesn’t have patches, frayed hems, contrasting bondage straps, or wild, saturated colors, it still poses a curveball: It’s a maxi!
Sequin Raw-Edge Dress
Sequin Mix Ditsy Raw Edge Print Midi Tea Dress, $103, ASOS
Featuring a frill overlay and a contrasting sequined panel, the sequins run down one half of the dress like translucent fish scales. It’s definitely an out of the box outfit, and it looks even more playful when paired with an unexpected shoe, like Converse or athletic platforms.
Lace Dress With Sports Tipping
Midi Lace Tea Dress with Sports Tipping, $36, ASOS
Clashing feminine with sporty, this bright green lace midi dress gets a fun update with a race stripe band across the middle. Keep the athletic vibe going by either pairing this with sneakers, or class it up with a pair of strappy heels.
Bib Front Dress
Combined Bib Front Dress, $69, Zara
A flirty mini with bell sleeves and a black and white floral motif, its defining feature is the doily-like panel running down the frock’s front. It’s sweet and flirty all at once.
Doily Skirt Suit
And speaking of doilies, how adorable is this ‘80s throwback skirt suit from the Alessandra Rich x Opening Ceremony collab? It’s like your Easter dress from 1994 got a grownup update.
Contrast Belt Dress
Printed Mesh Maxi Dress With Contrast Belt, $31, ASOS
A plunging maxi dress made out of cotton candy colors and a double tiered ruffle sleeve, its claim to fame is the contrasting red satin belt. Pair it with silver disco boots and you have an outfit that is *chef’s kiss.*
Blocking Peter Pan Collar Dress
Asymmetric Check Dress
Asymmetric Check Dress, $69.90, Zara
Another frock mimicking a classic 1920’s design, this dress gets a modern twist with its baggy silhouette, and wide-band wrap. With such a bold dress, you can have fun with your accessories. Pair it with playful shoes, unexpected colorful earrings, and a bold, vampy lip! Don’t be afraid to get weird.
Which of these delightful dresses could you see in your closet? Comment below!