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Tea parties are a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Because they are often held during the day, however, they can be difficult to dress for—it’s not formal enough to wear your finest evening gown, but wearing jeans also feels too casual. A tea party is an excellent excuse to get dressed up without having to worry about it being too much; in this article, you’ll find several tips on what clothes and accessories to wear depending on the occasion.
Make a bold statement with your outerwear.
You can make a bold statement with your outerwear. Don’t be afraid to try bright colors and bold patterns.
- Use a statement coat or jacket.
- Wear a bold color or pattern.
- Use bold accessories.
- Use a combination of these ideas.
Try a faux fur coat, statement earrings, or a bold lipstick.
Embrace bright patterns and colors.
The next time you’re planning your outfit for a tea party, consider what season it is. If it’s summertime, opt for bright colors such as yellow and orange, which will feel appropriate in the warm weather. Choose bold prints featuring flowers or other seasonal patterns, such as red and white gingham during the Fourth of July or black and orange plaid for Halloween.
As with any dress code, you should always consider the occasion when choosing your outfit. For example, if you’re going to a ladies’ luncheon hosted by a conservative religious group (such as Baptists or Pentecostals), avoid wearing bright colors like hot pink or neon green that might be perceived as too vulgar. Instead, stick to traditional floral patterns in pastel tones that conform to their standards of propriety.
If it’s an afternoon party at a residence rather than an evening event at a restaurant (or other public place), don’t wear darker-colored clothing that could make you look out of place against the light background of people arriving after work from their offices–you’ll want to stand out from the crowd!
So how do we avoid these pitfalls? The key is simple: embrace bright patterns and colors! Let this joyous style guide help inspire your next tea party outfit so no one will ever say “I can’t believe what she was wearing” again!
Wear a flower crown or hat.
Flower crowns and hats are perfect for a tea party. They’re fun, whimsical, and will make you feel like the belle of the ball. Fancy hats can be found secondhand or at retailers like Topshop.
Alternatively, if you want to get crafty, you can try making your own flower crown with real or artificial flowers from your local craft store and some wire.
If you don’t have time to sew yourself a hat or make a flower crown, there are many other ways to play around with your outfit that still fit in with the spirit of tea parties.
Match your accessories.
If you’re looking to take your outfit up a notch, matching accessories are the way to go. A matching accessory set gives your look that “I’m put together” vibe while still allowing you to experiment with different styles and colors.
Instead of the traditional hat-and-gloves combination, why not try an earring and necklace combo? Some sets are designed to match seamlessly, such as these adorable owl earrings and necklace from OurWarm. Other sets may differ in color or texture; for example, this beautiful set from BestAmulets features a gold-colored pendant necklace with purple crystals surrounded by two black agate beads, as well as purple crystal earrings for pierced ears. Whether you want to keep it simple or let your personality shine through, there’s a perfect set for you out there!
Matching accessories allow you to mix and match your outfits without worrying about whether they’ll clash; just throw on your favorite pieces along with the jewelry set of choice and voila! You’ve got yourself an instantly coordinated look that makes it appear as though you spent hours in front of the mirror choosing which scarf goes best with what skirt (even if it took less than five minutes).
Go all white.
Nothing says chic quite like an all-white outfit. Whether you’re going to a beach party, a family gathering, or a formal event, wearing white can show off your fashion sense and give you style points.
This approach isn’t right for every occasion, though. Check the venue first to make sure it’s appropriate for where you’re headed. Also, there are some great options for both dressy and casual events, so be mindful of what kind of vibe the location is going for.
Finally, pay attention to the weather forecast before putting on your all-white look. While walking outside in the snow can be an elegant experience that gives you cover from any mud splatters along the pavement, it may not feel so thrilling when someone accidentally stamps down on your toe with their heel and leaves a giant shoe print across your three-piece suit or ballroom gown.
Show off your legs in a pastel dress with tights.
Wear a pastel-colored dress with tights. This is the most popular style for spring, and it works well for tea parties. You can wear the dress in any length that is above the knee or below—for a tea party, it may be best to avoid shorts and skirts that are too short. If you choose to wear a tank top to your tea party instead of a dress, you should still wear tights underneath it—or else you won’t look very fashionable.
Either buy one at the store or make your own if you’re talented enough. Make sure that you choose the right color of tights so they go with your outfit—you don’t want your tights to clash with each other! A good rule of thumb is to pick out light-colored tights if they contrast against darker dresses and dark-colored ones if they complement lighter dresses.
There’s nothing like wearing some fun patterned socks or textured leggings under your clothes! These options make an outfit pop without being too loud, which means that even if someone sees them at first glance, it won’t take away from what really matters: how cute those shoes look on you! And yes – these types of socks come in all different colors as well!
Match your socks to your shoes.
There are a few things you should know about what to wear to tea. First, your socks and shoes should match. If you wear brown loafers then you must wear brown socks, and if you choose argyle then they must coordinate with your shoes. If the striped look is more your style, consider the colors of the stripes in relation to those of your shoes. You can’t go wrong with a light pair of socks that complement the color of your shoes but do not distract from them—for example, white socks go well with any brown shoe and blue socks look good with navy or grey ones. In general it’s best to avoid wearing two different colored shoes as this will make it seem like one foot belongs on someone else’s body!
Secondary points include:
- Show how bold statements can be made through sock color choice
- What type(s) of shoe(s) do I want?
- How are my socks going to match my shoes?
Belt a lace dress over a denim shirt.
A tea party is the perfect excuse to wear something that’s a little more fancy than your daily duds. Take the opportunity to embrace your feminine side and express yourself with lace, floral prints, and pastel colors!
Since you’ll want to make an entrance, consider belting a delicate lace dress over your denim shirt. This look is both freeing and flattering, allowing you to show off your curves without looking trashy. Pick out a style whose form-fitting silhouette hits at the narrowest part of your waist for maximum definition. If you’re not sure how fitted or loose your garments should be, ask yourself whether you feel like you can take a deep breath in them. It’s OK if they have no slack—but if they make it hard for you to breathe deeply, it might be time to reconsider the size of your outfit (or maybe even cancel the tea party altogether).
Pairing a dress with jeans may sound counterintuitive at first, but these items are surprisingly complementary: their different fabrics and textures will give extra visual appeal to this outfit while avoiding an overly matchy-matchy look.
Wear a tea-length skirt with tall boots and an oxford.
Few things are more flattering than a well-tailored A-line skirt, and even fewer things are more comfortable—not to mention practical, especially when you find yourself in the middle of a tea party. The fit should be just snug enough that it skims your hips without clinging to them. If you’re going for an edgier look, pair it with tall leather boots (the taller the better), but if you want to keep it fuss-free (perfect for a long day of sipping tea), opt for flats instead. For added polish, add an oxford shirt tucked into the waistband of your skirt. No matter how you style it or where you wear it, this is probably one of my most frequently worn outfits—it’s as chic as it is timeless.
Pair a floral midi with flats and a blazer.
You can’t go wrong with a floral midi-dress and a blazer. The floral print is on trend, and the blazer will keep your look formal enough for tea time. A pair of flats will keep you comfortable as you walk to and from the party, but don’t be afraid to wear heels instead if that’s more your style! Just make sure they’re slip-on shoes (no laces or buckles) so your host won’t have to wait while you tie and untie them back at the table.
Remember: a classic outfit is always a safe bet when it comes to choosing what to wear at an event like this one!
A tea party is the perfect occasion to play around with fashion!
You’re only at a tea party once, so why not try something new? Why not have fun?
We’ve all seen the pictures of the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice in Wonderland. The guests are wearing vibrant colors and unusual hats. You can do that, too!
Have you always wanted to wear a polka-dot jumpsuit with an eye patch? Well, now is your moment to shine! A tea party is the perfect occasion to play around with fashion.
With these guidelines, you’ll be able to make a good impression at your next tea party. It’s best to err on the side of formality, but with a few personal touches. Women: Wear something that you’re comfortable in, especially if you’re hosting. Men: It’s safest to wear a collared shirt and slacks. If you’re worried about being overdressed, ask the host or hostess ahead of time what they have planned for the tea party.
When dressing for a tea party, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Avoid big hats (unless they’re part of your fancy dress costume).
- Leave your sunglasses at home (unless you’re bringing them as an accessory for your fancy dress costume).
- Don’t forget to bring thank-you gifts or cards for the host(ess). These can be small tokens such as tea or specialty sweets.
- Finally—don’t forget that this is all supposed to be fun! Hosts often spend a lot of time preparing their homes and planning out events so their guests can enjoy themselves; returning this favor by showing up appropriately dressed will ensure that everyone has a great time together!