I had some trouble looking up an exact definition of a tea dress. Most sources seem to agree that the length is mid calf, and that it is generally flowy and feminine and pale or pastel in color. According to Wikipedia, the term originated with dresses that women would wear at home for tea and dinner in the late 19th century. They were seen as more intimate than a dinner dress which was designed for wearing out. So while this dress may not be exactly a tea dress, I still like to think of it as one. It’s light, feminine and floral, and seems like the perfect thing to wear while drinking tea on a sunny afternoon. And my pretty little green cardigan made this outfit feel all the more springy.
I would love to have a closet-full of dresses like this for the summer. The fabric is so nice and light, and the print is so pretty. Too bad I have such a small closet 😉
What is your definition of a tea dress? Do you like researching the history of fashion?
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