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What to wear to high tea in winter

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Sipping hot tea, eating cakes and gossiping with your girlfriends is the perfect way to spend a few hours on a wintery afternoon, so we thought we’d give you a few ideas for how to dress at a ‘formal’ high tea.

Now when we say ‘formal’, we mean you’re going out to a restaurant, hotel or cafe, you’re not just rocking up to your mum’s house for a cuppa… It may not be what you’d wear to a job interview, but you need to go at least a little classy…

High tea usually calls for a floaty dress (like the outfits we posted here), but now the weather’s getting colder, you’ll want to be a bit more covered up. Think lots of layers – tights and boots with dresses, and don’t be shy with the jumpers, cardigans and jackets.

And the best thing about high tea in winter?… all those layers means you can have an extra scone and no one will ever know!

Body con midi dress to wear to high tea

Images from ASOS, SHOPBOP, and SPORTSGIRL

GLAMOUR AND GLITTER

If you’re confident enough to wear one, then a long sleeve body con dress can be your best friend in winter. You should try one on this season, you might be surprised at how flattering dark prints can be!

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NOTE – Helmut Lang drape jackets are one of the best wardrobe investments you can ever make, you’ll never stop wearing it!

 

Blue dress and coat for high tea

Images from ASOS, MANGO, NORDSTROM, and GORMAN

MINI / COAT COMBO

You can still wear a mini dress in winter with a good pair of opaque tights. A long coat will keep you warm and have you channeling some serious Parisian chic.

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Crochet lace dress and denim jacket for high tea

Images from MANGO, BARDOT, NORDSTROM and STYLETREAD

GATSBY GRUNGE

Give a nod to the more traditional high tea attire with a crochet dress, but dirty it up with black leather and back seam stockings.

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Floral fit and flare dress for high tea

Images from ASOS, SHOPBOP and GORMAN

SMELL THE ROSES

A floral fit and flare dress definitely says ‘high tea’, especially when paired with lavender suede heels!

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Comfy maxi dress to wear to high tea

Images from THE ICONIC, BOOHOO, SEED HERITAGE, STYLETREAD

MAXI-MUM COMFORT

Go for ultimate comfort with jersey and knits… just keep your tracksuit pants in the cupboard!

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Maxi skirt and top combo for high tea

Images from MANGO, AUSMODE and SHOPBOP

GO WITH THE FLOW

A full-length skirt will keep your legs warm and is a great alternative to a maxi dress.

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Easy shift dress for high tea

Images from ST FROCK, SHOPBOP, STYLETREAD, and BEGINNING BOUTIQUE

DAY SHIFT

Shift dresses are the ultimate disguise for a bloated belly, great for when you’re out eating cakes!

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Floral pants and jacket for high tea

Images from ASOS, BASSIKE, BARDOT and SHOPBOP

HAPPY PANTS

Wearing pants to high tea is hardly a crime, especially when they’re as bright and brilliant as these…

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Jeans and jumper to wear for high tea

Images from THE ICONIC, J.CREW, BARDOT and SHOPBOP

CLASH OUT

Brighten up your normal skinny jeans ‘winter uniform’ with clashing prints on top – shirts, jumpers and scarves all work well.

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Black jumpsuit for high tea

Images from WAREHOUSE, SHOPBOP, LOVISA and DIVA

MISS MONOCHROME

Black and white is always elegant and easy to do…

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So many outfits, now you’ll just have to line up even more afternoon tea dates!

What’s your favourite way to pass the time in winter?…

Make sure you contact us if you have any questions regarding sizes for overseas stores, we can give you some pointers.

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