Holy City Style

March 14, 2008

Time For Tea (Dresses)

Filed under: Uncategorized — carolime @ 9:41 pm

Stop your groaning ladybugs, and embrace the tea dress.

Yes. The frilly, let’s go for a picnic in the woods with my dolls, flouncy dress you loved to wear when you were five.

It’s back.

The Observer, a interesting read from across the transatalantic, says this of the fabled frock…

19. What, exactly, is a tea dress?

It’s the dress you’ll be wearing in a month or so, mark my words. The tea dress is one of those oddities of style – it has filtered into fashion speak without a specific nailed-down meaning. You can take it to be a chiffonny, floaty, printy sort of dress, cinched at the waist, with a run of little buttons up the back, and perhaps a puff of sleeve – the kind of dress you’d wear to picnic with teddy bears in the woods. Find your inner girl and take her out to tea. Look for delicate feminine patterns, tiny buttons and a knee-length hem. Wear it now with thick tights and a cashmere cardigan, then go barelegged when the sun finally emerges. Miss Selfridge and Topshop have the best selection on the high street, though New Look’s chiffon rose dress may well be the one to bag, £28.

Now, since it’s already on the cusp of ungodly heat, you might opt out of the thick tights and cashmere cardigan. But there is nothing more splendid than a whimsical gown to flounce about during those pleasant Charleston spring days.

Extras For the Pros…Putting It Together & Tea Rooms in Charleston & Tea Etiquette


  • This Whole House
    106 East Doty Avenue, 843-851-8030
  • Time Well Spent
    211 Stallsville Loop, 843-875-2408
  • Woodlands Resort & Inn
    125 Parsons Road, 843-875-2600


 Tea Etiquette…


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