WINTER FASHION FOCUS – HIGH TEA FASHION (LADIES WHO LUNCH AND LACE)
When planning for a winter event, you generally need to take into consideration the temperatures! That usually means indoor environments and what better way to usher in the season than with a high tea party! Always a favourite amongst the girls, high tea fashion is often associated with a conservative, lady-like look. But who says it has to be that way? In this blog post, we will take a look at how you can shake things up this high tea season and still look elegantly, ladylike.
Traditionally speaking, high tea events are defined as an event where a small meal is eaten in the late afternoon. Although it started purely as a British food tradition, it has now spread worldwide and has become more synonymous with fashion rather than food. The ultimate fashion platform for the ever so punctual fashionista.
Although high tea events are commonly known for having more restrictive and traditionally conservative fashion rules, we’re here to show you how to break the mould and take more of a fashion risk!
Whether it’s structured and form fitting or laced and layered, our simple tips will have you standing out from the crowd in no time! Be bold this high tea season and take a sprouting fashion chance — trust us, you will not be disappointed!
Channel your inner queen with these stylish looks at your next high tea event! Whether you’re in the mood for pastel elegance or a bold pop of colour, you’ll be sure to look the part at your next birthday celebration, bridal shower or casual catch up with the girls! The perfect excuse to frock up and celebrate your feminine side.
Here are our top tips on ways to style yourself pretty and feel regal at your next high tea event.
5 ways to style yourself pre-tea for high tea!
1. DAYTIME FORMAL
This is about a step to the left from black tie formal wear. Although it may have all the characteristics of formal wear, it appears slightly more subdued. Think solid colours, architectural shapes, semi-fitted silhouettes and mono-toned beaded fabrics. This look is all about strong female empowerment! To create the ultimate daytime formal look, opt for three quarter length dresses and thick silk fabrics. This will create a more restrained formal look you can wear all throughout the day, effortlessly. Peek-a-boo cutouts can also add an edge to the look, making it more playful and less serious.
2. FEMININE CHIC
Avoid strapless and plunging necklines in a bid to look super chic. Take a trip to the streets of Paris and explore all things French with beautiful laced fabrics and sheer detail panelling. This look is a balance between the modern and classic woman — think champagne high tea brunches with the girls! For a different approach to the classic high tea party, add a blazer or beaded jacket to your look to make it appear more demure. This look will have you feeling très magnifique in no time!
For instance, check out our Talulah ‘Blind Love Mini in White’ with its gorgeous white lace details, scalloped hems and ruffles! Très chic!
3. ENGLISH ROSE
In true English style, we pay homage to the ever so humble rose flower. A flower so delicate, guarded by a number of thorns. Ultimately the perfect balance between sexy and sweet! This look is inspired by all things floral. A combination of sheer netting and beautiful embroidery is all you need to pull off this look. The perfect way to introduce a pop of colour into your winter wardrobe! Dramatic sleeves can also create a layered effect to make you feel as pretty as the rose. To complete your look you can add delicate flower wreaths in your hair and textured jewellery pieces!
For this look, one of our picks would be our Tinaholy ‘Floral Mesh Mini Dress’ — featuring gorgeous mesh panels, a sleeveless cut, form-fitting floral embroidered bodice and a fit-and-flare skirt!
4. BOLD PRINTS
Think gold jewels, embroidery and rich pops of colour. This look is Venetian flair at its finest! Be transported to St Mark’s Square in an instant and get in touch with your romantic side. Gold is key in setting this look apart; creating ultimate opulent elegance!
A nod to irresistible Victorian-inspired outfits and all things Byzantine will make you feel cultured from head to toe. For a more dramatic look, keep accessories gold, chunky and bold! Stand up and stand out in this romantically lavish style and embrace the playfulness of loud patterns.
Take for instance our Camilla ‘La Chaquetilla V Neck Short Dress’. Crafted out of luxurious silk crepe, it features an exclusive Camilla print inspired by Spanish tradition. With its plunging embellished V-neckline and cinched waist with tie and a low back, have all eyes on you at your next high tea party!
5. GARDEN PARTY
An infusion of pastel textures is the best way to describe this style. When we think of garden party styling, we usually think florals. Take it one step further and emulate the texture and colour palettes of the many flowers we know of and love! Think textured velvets, laced silk slips and full layered skirts to create floral illusion — be the envy of all the other flowers in the field this season. Who said flowers only blossom in spring? The garden party look will have you blooming and feeling cute, all flirty and girly in a sophisticated manner!
For this look, we recommend trying our Talulah ‘The Faithful Maxi’! We absolutely love how feminine this dress looks with the pearl trims, pastel prints and empire waist peplum! Not to mention, the sexy cross back!
Fashion is more than clothes, it’s also about the empowerment of women. It’s about expressing one’s true self, and allowing yourself to become the artwork of your own canvas!
Subjective to the interpretation of others, it can either inspire, intrigue or even shock the audience. However, what remains key and the most valuable characteristic is that it evokes emotion in all of us.
It may be difficult to understand what relation this has to organised fashion events, such as high tea functions, but it is much more valuable than you may think! It is most simply the vehicle that allows women to come together and showcase their art.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to always remember is that the best look in any season is women coming together to celebrate fashion and supporting one another. That is why we love our high tea fashion focus — it gives females the opportunity to connect and communicate and that is by far the most flourishing style of all!
So come on ladies, heat things up by trying any one of these tips at your next special occasion this winter season!