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What To Wear To Afternoon Tea

by Chloe Wilshere, Content Creator

Afternoon tea… once an event enjoyed by just one person, Anna Marie Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, who is credited with making ‘Afternoon Tea’ into a ’thing'. It is now a phenomenon that’s taken us by storm. In the 1830s, dinnertime was made fashionably later as households adapted to becoming more cost-effectively lit. And with the change, the Duchess of Bedford would find herself getting peckish at around 4pm (don’t we all?), so as a girl after our own hearts, the Duchess would enjoy snacking on afternoon tea.

Nowadays, afternoon tea is a much more social affair, is a great excuse to get dressed up and where bubbles are more often drank than tea.

But what do you wear to afternoon tea? From afternoon tea at The Ritz and indulging on cakes at Claridges to taking on the new craze of afternoon tea on a bus, knowing what to wear can be a tricky feat. You’ll need to be dressed elegantly and feel as though you fit into your surroundings, but still feel comfortable and like yourself.

We’ve rounded up 6 new season items that will have you fit for indulging on afternoon tea like a queen.

1. A 'Tea' Dress

If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that you can’t go wrong with wearing a tea dress to afternoon tea.

It’s a perfect easy to wear dress that flatters all shapes and sizes, and best of all, it’s great for dressing up to wear to afternoon tea but is versatile enough to live on as a key piece in your everyday wardrobe.

2. A Pastel Suit

Blend in with your array of pastel coloured cakes and teacups at your afternoon tea in a pastel blue suit. If there’s a dress code, then you’ll pass it in flying colours in this two piece suit. Simply wear it back with a lace bodysuit and block heel. It’s also the perfect outfit to hide the fact you might have overindulged on a few too many cakes…

3. A Statement Knit

If you’re heading to a slightly more casual afternoon tea and don’t have a strict dress code to adhere to, then a statement knit is the perfect option for you. Go for neutrals so you blend into your surroundings - wear this one with black leather-look leggings and either boots or strappy heels for a polished afternoon tea look.

4. A Satin Midi Dress

If you’re heading out somewhere more fancy for afternoon tea like the Ritz or Claridges, there’s likely a strict dress code you’ll need to adhere too. If there is, you can’t go wrong with an elegant, satin midi dress. Opt for a soft pastel colour and finish it off with a heel and clutch bag.

5. An Organza Shirt

As we’re sure you’re already more than aware, organza is one of our favourite trends this season. And what better place to wear organza than to afternoon tea?
This floral organza shirt fits the bill perfectly. It’s up to you whether you throw on a bodysuit underneath or a lace detail bra, but whatever you choose wear your organza with a mom jean and a bright pink heel.

6. A Floral Midi Dress

A floral dress and afternoon tea are two things that go perfectly hand in hand together. We love this green floral tie sleeve midi dress.

It’s the perfect colour to complement your afternoon tea surroundings and a piece that will be key in your spring/summer wardrobe through the year.

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