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3 Fresh New Ways to Wear a Tea Dress

by Rachel Davies May 12, 2016

3 Fresh New Ways to Wear a Tea Dress

dress_Printed Fair trade tea dress seneca_mint_byMatatraders   The vintage tea dress has had serious staying power throughout the decades, thanks to its sheer elegance and retro yet contemporary appeal.  The charming style has stolen the hearts of women young and old, so much so that the tea dress may be considered ‘overdone.’ However, tea dresses are so versatile that with a million different ways to style it out, there is no chance of this staple wardrobe piece fading into fashion history.  Whether you’re wearing the dress to a ball or a casual lunch, here are six easy, fresh and efficient ways to wear your favourite tea dress.
  1. Add a belt
A belt has the potential to change an outfit completely: from casual to formal, traditional to contemporary and from work attire to a party dress.  Adding accessories such as belts can also dramatically change figures by pulling in the waist and drawing the eye to detail.
  1. Minimal Accessories
If wearing a bold tea dress with an eye-catching print, sometimes it’s better to avoid accessorising at all.  Complement the dress with timeless heels and style the hair away from the face – you also have the option of going fresh faced and minimal on the makeup, to make the look all about the dress.
  1. Clashing Shoes
If you want to nod to a bygone era without entirely conforming, why not spice up the ensemble with some vibrant shoes.  A bright pair of Doc Martens or some crazy printed heels will make sure you stand out from the tea dress-wearing crowd.
  1. 40s/50s/60s
The tea length dress has been around for a long, long time which means there are a variety of styles.  The dress has spanned decades, and it’s a good idea to do your research into which decade your dress is trying to replicate.  Once you’ve established a time frame, it is easy to style the dress into its natural form for a classic outfit.
  1. Cover up
Sometimes there’s nothing better than fusing old and new.  Cover-ups such as blazers, kimonos and cardigans are high fashion for 2016 and are an exciting way to brighten up a conservative tea dress.  Add a blazer for the office and a kimono for a festival; the tea dress can be worn anywhere.
  1. Casual Hairstyle
Traditionally tea dresses are accompanied by elegant updos or fancy curls, which look beautiful but can also seem a bit dated.  For a more casual, dressed down approach, team the tea dress with untouched tresses, an effortless ponytail or a scruffy bun and see how different the overall look becomes.


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