Friday Feature – My favourite wear: tea dresses

Lately I’ve undergone this massive clear-out of my wardrobe and gained some seriously good karma by donating the lot to different charity shops. One woman’s trash is another one’s treasure and all that. And obviously, once I had emptied my drawers of all those no-longer-loved items I had to fill it back up again. No one likes an empty wardrobe. Except perhaps my husband. But his opinion on this matter doesn’t really count.

 

And while rummaging through the endless filled to the brim sale-racks, I accidentally came across something I had never considered wearing before.

 

Tea dresses

 

Tea dresses.

I’ve never been much of a vintage-hoarder, and to be honest, dresses did not use to be my bag either. But there’s something incredibly appealing in these dainty skirts and oh my goodness how comfortable they are to wear!

 

Tea dresses

 

Apparently, the tea dress has been a bread-and-butter look of the vintage trade since the 1970s, and I’m really not too surprised. To boot, they are really versatile: they are super easy to dress up with some heels, high-volume hair and some dramatic eye-wear, or dress down with a pair of comfy flats and a laid-back ponytail. They hide a multitude of sins, for example my mortal enemy; my belly, and are simultaneously cool enough to wear in blistering heat and warm enough to wear all the way throughout fall. Probably not winter, but I haven’t been filling my wardrobes with these little babies long enough to know. I shall report back.

 

Tea dresses

 

So far, I’ve found that the easiest way to fill my wardrobes with tea dresses is either from vintage shops, trusty old eBay or, the unlikely hero; charity shops. My first (and most loved) tea dress was found in the exact charity shop I donated the vast majority of my old clothes to (fate, anyone?), and the rest soon followed from the neighbouring shops. I may be late to the game – I am aware that tea dresses haven’t been at the height of fashion for years – but that probably is working in my favour.

 

Tea dresses

 

So far I’ve managed to secure a beautiful flowery and extra sweet second hand dress by Red Herring, a cool little animal-print number by Pussycat London and a stunning rare Big Ben-print tea dress by River Island. In the next few weeks I intend to hit some car boot sales hard to keep my hoarding speed at maximum.

 

Have you got a new love in your wardrobe? Tell me all about it in the comments.