What to wear for afternoon tea in the winter

Afternoon tea is one of life’s greatest indulgences. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing catch up with friends or spending quality time with family, there is nothing quite like enjoying one another’s company over a slice of cake or two.

Last week my sister and I planned a surprise afternoon tea for our mum’s birthday at The Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham, but when it comes to afternoon tea during this time of the year it can be difficult to know what to put on. In the summer it is apt to choose a tea length dress or a midi skirt and blouse dependent on your style. Usual style choices include florals, ruffles, lace and silk in tonal hues as they accentuate femininity, a favourable look for the occasion. However, with the winter weather upon us delicate fabrics in attention grabbing shades aren’t an option.

What are my options?

If your style is very feminine and your wardrobe consists of lots of lace, soft pieces, then choose a dress which reflects your fashion sense. Opt for darker colours to match the time of year such as navy, black and burgundy and you’ll be sure to pull off this classy look.

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  •  Perseverance Velvet- trimmed layered Chantilly lace dress – £189
  • Alice + Olivia corded lace mini dress – £228
  • Ganni lace peplum dress – £92

    Guipure Lace

Garments made in this fabric breathe luxe. The lace is thick and intricately crafted so the details stand out more as opposed to lace pieces connected by net or mesh. The thicker lace is better suited to the winter months and yet it still conveys that delicate and soft look you get from the chantilly lace.

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Florals have taken a dark twist this season as they appear against black backdrops in flashes of midnight blue and violet. Splashed across dainty fabrics such as silk and chiffon these feisty florals are in full bloom.

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  • 3.1 Phillip Lim cold-shoulder floral-print silk crepe dress – £243
  • Mikael Aghal ruffled embellished floral-print gown – £393
  • Needle & Thread -flowerbed ruffle-trimmed embroidered tulle mini dress – £180

    Pencil Skirts

A pencil skirt and a dressy top makes a refreshing alternative compared to your go-to tea dress. Streamlining the body, pencil skirts are elegant and classic and do wonders for your silhouette.  Make a statement in the below options, whether you’re feeling emerald green, monochrome or floral, you will be sure to nail the art of power dressing.

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  • H&M Ivory lace blouse – £24.99
  • Jacques Vert Renee velvet lace hem skirt – £29
  • Pretty Little Thing black extreme roll neck – £25
  • Jane Norman floral trumpet hem skirt – £15
  • Coast Izel lace top – £79
  • Jane Norman monochrome colour block skirt – £10

    Suits

    A modern take on traditional suiting is pairing your tailored trousers with an easy-to-wear blouse. Suit trousers are perfect for special occasions, they’re sleek and self-assured and most importantly the season’s most suitable choice. Suit trousers are versatile and depending on colour can be mixed and matched for a number of different occasions. Choose heeled mules to create a timeless 70’s feel or slip on pumps for a laid back, relaxed style.

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When deciding what to wear for your special outting, be sure to choose something comfortable and something that represents your own unique style. Remember to experiment with lots of layers and never forget your kitten heels.

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I like the needle and thread embroidered dress!

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Love the Suits! 😍