12 Tea Dresses That Are Sugar, Spice & PURE Delight

 
PHOTO: COURTESY MANGO/ I AM & CO

PHOTO: COURTESY MANGO/ I AM & CO

 

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!


 
PHOTO: COURTESY MANGO

PHOTO: COURTESY MANGO

 

Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress

$99 at the time of publication

Featuring a button front, an asymmetrical skirt, and a flared design, this shirt dress has the feeling of a 1930’s frock but brings it into modern times with its casual, cotton material and poplin collar.

This tea dress is available on mango.com


 
PHOTO: COURTESY MANGO

PHOTO: COURTESY MANGO

 

Satin Floral Dress

$99 at the time of publication

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.

This tea dress is available at mango.com


 
PHOTO: COURTESY ASOS

PHOTO: COURTESY ASOS

 

Mixed Print Deconstructed Dress

$33 at the time of publication

A patchwork dream, this dress looks like two thrift store ‘80s dresses collided to make one special, open-backed, cascading-ruffle frock. And bonus! There’s a maternity version because no one should be excluded from kitschy pattern clashing.

This tea dress is available at asos.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY asos

PHOTO: COURTESY asos

 

Hook & Eye Floral Mini Dress, $18, ASOS

$18 at the time of publication

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.

This tea dress is available at asos.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTeSY mango

PHOTO: COURTeSY mango

 

Floral Print Long Dress

$100 at the time of publication

While this doesn’t have patches, frayed hems, contrasting bondage straps, or wild, saturated colors, it still poses a curveball: It’s a maxi!

This tea dress is available at mango.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY aSOS

PHOTO: COURTESY aSOS

 

Sequin Mix Ditsy Raw Edge Print Midi Tea Dress

$103 at the time of publication

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.

This tea dress is available at asos.com.


 
ASOS

ASOS

 

Midi Lace Tea Dress With Sports Tipping

$36 at the time of publication

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.

This tea dress is available at asos.com


 
PHOTO: COURTESY ZARA

PHOTO: COURTESY ZARA

 

Combined Bib Front Dress

$70 at the time of publication

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.

This tea dress is available at zara.com.


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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.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY ASOS

PHOTO: COURTESY ASOS

 

Printed Mesh Maxi Dress With Contrast Belt

$32 at the time of publication

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.*

This tea dress is available at asos.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY ELOQUII

PHOTO: COURTESY ELOQUII

 

Studio Fit & Flare Dress With Blocking

$125 at the time of publication

Taking a traditional peter pan collar dress, the eye-catching blue floral print is contrasted against a sporty striped ribbon that ties around the neck. It has a definite “tea party” vibe, but feels more 2018 than 1918.

This tea dress is available at eloquii.com.


 
PHOTO: COURTESY ZARA

PHOTO: COURTESY ZARA

 

Asymmetric Check Dress

$50 at the time of publication

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.

This tea dress is available at zara.com.

 

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