Elegant and effortless, tea dresses provide me with a welcome relief from all that wiggling. They’re great for when you want to be a bit more demure or do a bit more breathing out, which makes them the ideal outfit choice for family occasions and fat days. I mainly use them for the latter.
My Tara Starlet frock is a particular favourite. The shape is so flattering with its open, sweetheart neckline, gathering under the bust and flowing silhouette. The gorgeous combination of classic 1940s styling and luscious tropical print makes me feel very Pearl Harbour – as in adorably dressed, not under threat of military attack.
A word on sizing. My relatively small waist means I size down in a lot of vintage reproduction dresses to give me a tight pin up look and an ego massage. I can never get away with this trick in tea dresses though because the fabrics don’t stretch and the cuts tend to be more restrictive. Depending on the measurements and on how much I plan to eat that day, I might add a belt for extra cinching.
Here are a few more fabulous tea dresses to add ladylike charm to your vintage wardrobe.