Are you going to a tea party soon? Whether you’re celebration might be attending a garden tea party, indoor tea party, a mother’s day tea party or even a bridal shower tea party you will definitely want to be dressed right for the occasion.
Before we dive in, let's dive a little deeper into some questions about what to wear along with tea party etiquette tips.
Scroll down for 23 gorgeous tea party styles that are chic and sophisticated, perfect for your next tea party. Get ready to turn heads!
What to wear to a tea party?
Generally, tea party attire is modest, feminine, and elegant. A tea party is a special occasion to wear a midi or maxi length dress or a nice blouse and lovely long skirt.
If you're not into wearing dresses or skirts, go with a nice blouse and dress pants.
Typically the length of the skirt or dress would be knee length or longer and you would want to go for elegant cuts and silhouettes.
When searching for a lovely tea party outfit look for floral prints, pretty pastel colors, or lace details.
You can choose classic and feminine cuts, such as a fit-and-flare dresses, a wrap dresses, or go for an elegant blouse with a lovely skirt.
What accessories to wear to a tea party?
Accessories are definitely an important part of completing your perfect tea party look. Hats are a classic accessory for tea parties, and you can choose a wide-brimmed or a pillbox style hat.
What kind of jewelry to wear to a tea party?
Jewelry should be delicate, dainty and elegant.
Think of jewelry like pearl necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Small dainty jewelry is always a fabulous choice as well.
Can I wear stilettos to tea party?
For shoes, you will want to go for closed-toe pumps, dressy sandals, kitten heels or dressy flats & sandals.
While small or stacked heels may be appropriate, you'll want to skip super tall stilettos for this event.
A lot of the times tea parties are held outdoors, so you will want to wear something practical and comfortable for the event. If you are worried that your heels may sink into the grass, skip it completely and go for dressy closed toe flats.
What not to wear to a tea party?
Tea party etiquette is all about dressing appropriately for the occasion.
Some styles you will want to save for a different occasion will include, bodycon dresses, little black dresses, cocktail attire, overly revealing clothing and the such.
Let's investigate a little bit closer.
Keep it modest. Tea parties are typically modest events, and revealing or overly tight clothing may not be appropriate. Avoid wearing anything that shows too much skin, such as crop tops with shorts or short skirts.
Keep it dressy. Jeans, t-shirts, and other casual clothing items are not necessarily appropriate for a tea party. Instead, go for more formal or dressy attire. Its an excuse to dress up, so why not go all in!
Skip activewear, such as leggings or sneakers.
Skip the little black dress, neon colored clothing & cocktail dresses. Instead go for pastels, soft hued materials and modest cuts.
Skip Jeans, sneakers and or flip flops. Choose dressy open toe sandals or dressy closed toe footwear instead.
What Is Tea Party Etiquette?
If you haven’t attended a tea party before, the etiquette may seem a little intimidating at first. But not to worry! Its alot easier than it may seem and with this list, you will be all set and ready for your upcoming event!
Dress appropriately. Wear modest and elegant clothing such as a nice dress and shoes. Don't forget to accessorize.
Bonus tea party tips:
Use polite language, such as please and thank you. This is probably a given, but sometimes a friendly reminder is a nice reminder. Arriving on time is also fantastic etiquette. 😉
How to stir tea at a tea party?
Hold the tea cup by the handle instead of by the cup itself. Stir the tea gently in a back & fourth motion starting from 12:00 to 6:00 and avoid clinking the spoon against the cup. Once you are done stirring your tea, softly place your spoon on the saucer.
Savory then sweet afternoon tea
Start with the savory sandwiches and finger foods before moving on to the sweet pastries and desserts. You will probably want to pace yourself through the event by taking small bites and sips, and waiting for the others to finish before starting the next course.
Here are 23 gorgeous tea party styles that are chic and sophisticated, perfect for your next tea party. Get ready to turn heads!
Now that we have covered some of the basics of tea party etiquette, let's dive into some gorgeous outfits to wear to your next tea party!
Look effortless and elegant in the Greenville Gingham Midi dress. This dress features a smocked bodice, functional cinch tie bust, and balloon sleeves that create a flattering silhouette. Crafted from woven gingham fabric, it promises to keep you cool, comfortable and chic. Refresh your summer wardrobe with this timeless classic!
The Crossover Midi Dress is going to be your new favorite dress! The v neckline creates a wrap dress shape-without having to wrap it. This mid length dress has an elastic waistband, rounded hem and pockets. Wear this dress to work, or for a night out!
Create a lasting impression in the Top Of The Class Dress! With details like the amazing puff sleeves, smocked bodice, and flowy skirt how can you not love this dress!? Not to mention the stand out blue plaid print that creates a casual and chic look!
You'll love the moments spent in the Flow With The Times Midi Dress In Brown! A lightweight brown woven fabric is painted in a ditsy pink floral print that is gorgeous for this season. A round neckline tops a slim fit bodice with ruffle tiered balloon sleeves. The midi length skirt has a tiered ruffle hem and is accentuated with a functional tie waist detail to create a pretty silhouette.
There's no better time than now to add the Now Is Your Chance Floral Midi Dress In Rust to your closet! Lightweight floral print fabric shapes an elasticated square neckline decorated with a ruffle overlay and a tie detail that tops a smocked bodice. A midi skirt features a tiered detail with long sleeves that have an elastic ruffle cuff. Pair this stunning dress with western style boots and a matching bag for a cute boho look!
Be the cutest at the tea party in the Sunday Market Dress! This adorable dress has the sweetest details that will make you feel chic and stylish all day long! Featuring a square neckline with a smocked bodice, slight puff sleeves, and an a-line midi skirt with a single tier ruffle hem. How can you not fall in love with a dress this adorable!
Take your wardrobe to the next level with this maxi-length A-line skirt! Featuring an elastic waistband and high-waisted fit, it's the perfect balance of comfort and style. The cascading ruffles and delicate swiss dot mesh overlay offer an extra stylish twist, sure to elevate any look. Let your style shine with this one-of-a-kind skirt!
The Jolene Jolene Dress is all your favorite trends wrapped into one! With details like the puff sleeves accompanied by ruffle cuffs, a wrap style front that ties in the back, cut out detail under the bust, and flowy midi length skirt, this will become your new go to!
The Enchanting Days Ahead Dress has us daydreaming of spending our days in the countryside. A lightweight, polkadot embroidered fabric shapes a square neckline with ruching along the bust, gathered circle sleeves with elastic, and a midi length. Pair this stunning dress with nude heels and a matching bag for a look that will turn heads!
Be the cutest at the tea party in the Sunday Market Dress! This adorable dress has the sweetest details that will make you feel stylish all day long! Featuring a square neckline with a smocked bodice, slight puff sleeves, and an a-line midi skirt with a single tier ruffle hem. How can you not fall in love with a dress this adorable!
Be garden party ready in the All Is Well Dress! In a stunning opal gray, with lavender undertones this dreamy dress has a unique floral design that decorates a Chiffon overlay, shaped by an optional off shoulder cut. The elastic at the waistband and ruching in the back. This stunning midi dress also features a peasant sleeve, and elastic all around the neckline. Pair this dress with your favorite heels and shoulder bag for an elegant look!
Look and feel beautiful in the Bellisima Tiered Midi Dress! A smocked bodice is accentuated by puff sleeves and a sweetheart neckline, while its tiered skirt is crafted with a lush, silky woven material that falls gracefully to a midi length. Enjoy effortless elegance in this stunning dress!
Frolic through the fields or to your next Easter brunch in the Rose Maxi Dress! A stunning tiered maxi dress, each tier in a different shade, decorated in subtle sparkles throughout. Wear this dress with some dainty jewelry and your favorite heels for an adorable look!
Experience an ethereal style with the Surreal Years Maxi Dress. Crafted with delicate layered chiffon and a surplice front, the dress drapes beautifully in its elegant print. Flattering details like ruffled trim and long sleeves add dimension, and pockets make it absolutely perfect. All you need is this dress to make a lasting impression.
Win them over every time in the Endless Floral Maxi Dress! This stunning wrap style dress is painted in a pink and green floral print, creating a girly chic vibe that's perfect for date night! With a ruffle hem, elastic waist with decorative tie, and maxi silhouette, you're going to fall in love!
Look no further for refined designs with subtle-yet-unexpected details such as this maxi dress. Its striped stretchy knit top and floral stretchy knit skirt come together seamlessly to create a flattering silhouette with a high scoop neckline, beautiful tie waist, and a maxi-length hem. Dress it up or down with a quick switch of accessories.
Wedding season, tea parties and summer gatherings are around the corner and we are absolutely loving the Flower Child Blue Dress! This maxi length dress features a unique floral design, shirred bodice and a stunning tiered skirt. The shoulder straps that tie into a bow can also easily tuck in for a more elegant sleeveless silhouette. Pair with your favorite heels and dance the night away or style with sandals for a beach a lush, boho look. No matter how you wear this gorgeous dress, you'll look and feel nothing less than magical!
We're off to see all the lovely views in the Views From The Villa Dress! A dress with details this perfect always makes us swoon! From the single tiered hem, to the knotted detail neckline you'll keep this dress on repeat!
The perfect vacay look starts with the Venetian Coast Dress! A sea green teal, tiered, maxi silhouette shapes this stunning dress. A tie, shoulder strap detail makes this dress fully adjustable for desired fit. Let this dress fill that last space in your suitcase!
There's always a reason to dress up when you have the Great Things Long Sleeve Polka Dot Dress in your closet! The sweetest details come together to create this stunning dress. With a round neckline decorated in a ruffle hem, a slightly fitted bust, side seam pockets, balloon sleeves complete with elastic cuffs, and an elastic waistline topping a tiered maxi skirt. Not to mention the gorgeous orange color painted in black polka dots, making this the perfect fall dress!
Leave the house feeling super chic in green! The Lucky Day Dress is everything we love in a dress! Shaped by a surplice neckline, tiered maxi length skirt, and shirred waist band and sleeve cuffs. Decorated in dainty white flowers throughout, this is truly a spring essential!
The beautiful Aubrey Dress is sure to turn heads this season. Featuring pretty flowers and a high-low hem, this dress brings a fun twist to a classic maxi dress. Pair this with nude heels or strappy sandals and a white clutch purse.
Look no further for the perfect spring look than the Hey Daisy Skirt! Featuring a smocked waistband, bold daisy print, and a-line silhouette, this midi skirt is the epitome of playful style. Buttery soft fabric ensures maximum comfort while making a statement. Who says you can't have fun and look good?
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