Few things provide more stress than finding the right attire for high tea. After all, with visions of queens and princesses dressed to the nines dancing in your head, it's no wonder that attending high tea strikes fear in the hearts of many. Fortunately, dressing for the occasion is easy on MyDressLine if you know what to wear and what to avoid.
Take your cues on how to dress for high tea by understanding what the event is and isn't. Historically in England, a high tea was an early evening light meal for the working class. Currently, you will see it used as a social tea that's typically accompanied by meats and sandwiches, followed by dessert.
Dresses are a wonderful choice for high tea, as these styles are comfortable and fashionable. When choosing the right dress, look for a pattern that is flattering and eye-catching but stay away from anything that looks too busy.
Styles that might be a good fit include: Tiered dresses, Flared hems, Long maxi dresses etc. A sweater set is always a good idea because it can be paired with a skirt or pants, but still looks pretty and feminine.
Additionally, the sweater will help to keep you warm if the tea is being served in a winter or an air-conditioned room. Make sure that your sweater set matches; don't just pair a tank top with a pretty cardigan and stick to a color that is flattering on you and suitable for the occasion.
Skirts pair nicely with sweater sets, embellished tank tops and summer blouses. Here, you'll have three options: Pencil skirts, Flared skirts, Tiered Skirts. If your skirt has a slit, or is very form fitting, be sure to sit in it prior to taking tea.
Is it acceptable to wear jeans to high tea? Yes and no. There's no hard and fast rule that says you can't wear jeans, particularly if they are of the dark and tailored variety. Accessories can make or break an outfit, so choose yours with care. Jewelry is always welcomed, but be sure not to wear too many items at once. An interesting necklace that offsets your attire is a good fit, as are bracelets and small earrings.
If you find you are already wearing a necklace, earrings, and a bracelet right before attending the tea room, be sure to take off at least one item. Shoes are an important part of your outfit because they make a statement about who you are and your personality.
For high tea, skip the sneakers and instead opt for classic ballet flats. If you love heels, forgo stilettos and go with a stacked style, instead. Pretty sandals work quite well and flatter a wide variety of outfits.
Wear clothes that fit your body well, and that flatter your shape. Above all, choose an outfit that is ladylike, but one that suits your personality. Your objective is to look pretty, polished and relaxed when you take tea, and MyDressLine will help you convey the perfect image.