Looking for something sweet and flattering this summer?
A billowy tea dress will never disappoint you. With its breathable fabric and super forgiving silhouette, you just naturally look put-together even on the go errands day.
But seriously, it’s time for us to unpack their potential as tea dresses are not only for the summer days!
Whether you pair them with a chunky sweater or a faux leather biker jacket, they just look equally tasteful all year round.
So ladies, if you are ready to level up your tea dress game, ahead are the 8 foolproof outfit combos on what to wear with a tea dress!
1. PICK YOUR STYLE
First thing first, many of you may ask – what exactly is a tea dress?
Well, after spending an embarrassing amount searching on google, I would say tea dress generally refers to the billowy one-piece A-line dress with a big V-neck and all sorts of patterns (floral, polka dots, or even cherries).
When it comes to its heritage, the tea dress (named tea gown in the past) is regarded as the afternoon tea dress in the mid-19th century due to its comfiness.
And now, with all kinds of redesign, a tea dress no longer has to be a midi dress and V-neck.
That’s why it’s hard to define tea dresses these days as there are countless types of cutting and design.
So ladies, feel free to explore and find your style!
2. PAIR A TEA DRESS WITH A BASKET BAG IN THE SUMMERTIME
For a youthful summer look, a tea dress and basket bag are such an impeccable match of all time.
I mean, can you look any more summery than this combo?
Finish off the look with a pair of espadrilles wedges and boho round glasses, this is how you look stylish with minimal effort on hot days.
If you want to look extra youthful, always do a messy high bun to open up your face more.
As a side note, the charm of the tea dress is the deep V-line design can always make your face looks smaller by comparison.
As a girl with chubby cheeks, a tea dress is just super forgiving.
3. PAIR TEA DRESS WITH OUTERWEAR
As a versatile fashion piece, style a tea dress just can’t be more effortless.
If you are looking for casual vibes, feel free to throw yourself a cropped denim jacket and vans shoes for the skater girl look.
Or else, you can get an ultra-chic ensemble with the vegan leather biker jacket and pointy ankle boots.
That’s such a perfect blend with a dash of sophistication and femininity.
To maximize the effect, always wear contrasting colors for the outerwear and dresses.
One of my perennial favorites is black and red – it’s just never going out of style.
4. TEAM TEA DRESS WITH A CARDIGAN FOR A FALL LOOK
Can you wear a tea dress in the fall season? Absolutely! With all kinds of cardigans and sweaters, the combination can be truly endless.
If you want to sculpt your silhouette a little bit, do a front knot with your cardigan on top of your long tropical tea dress just works wonders for an elegant look.
Finish with a pair of ballet flats, this look just looks sweet and darling.
And for the girls who want an on-trend approach with this combo, try shrugging off your long chunky cardigan for a laid-back ensemble.
Keep your heads up as your outfit just screams “I’ve got a style and I KNOW it”!
5. LAYER THE TEA DRESS WITH A HIGH-NECK TOP
If a cardigan is not your thing, what about cozying up with an oversized high-neck top and a delightful polka-dot tea dress?
If you want to look more matchy-matchy, reach for a similar hue for your top and dress so it will look like a perfect set.
So if you are wondering how to level up your ordinary sweater, this is the foolproof way!
6. PAIR TEA DRESS WITH SHEER TIGHTS & BOOTS
Time for glam? You bet! If you think you can only look sweet and innocent in a tea dress, well, think again.
With all the new designs popping up these days, it’s not hard to find a leopard print tea dress for a diva style.
If you want to add a subtle touch of sexiness, team the dress with sheer black tights, and black boots are always full of character in the fall season.
If you want to freshen up your tea dress collection, I can almost guarantee you will look as sexy as you look chic with these bold prints.
7. GET EXPERIMENTAL WITH A VINTAGE TEA DRESS
When it comes to vintage fashion, you just can’t go wrong with a formal vintage tea dress.
With the retro prints, big round buttons, and puff-sleeve, it just brings you back to the good old 60s.
Stay faithful to the artsy, nostalgic vibes, and choose the kitten heel pumps, Mary Jane shoes, or clogs to complete the look.
Or if you want to make it more “wearable” for the daily look, team the dress with modern nude heels that can be equally flattering.
8. WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR MONOCHROME
As a petite girl, I just love how monochrome pairing can make me look at least 3 inches taller.
Pairing with a similar shade of hue, just makes my figure look neat and united, and thus, it elongated my figure visually.
Plus, whenever you are not sure about your own taste, just throw yourself some monochrome pieces and you will look perfectly fine.
While looking posh in a summery tea dress seems a challenge, that’s totally achievable if you opt for the cream or beige monochrome.
With a midi mustard yellow dress with monochrome thick-sole heels and a dark brown trench coat, this is how you look expensive on a budget.
So ladies, here are the 8 outfit combos if you wonder what to wear with a tea dress all year round!
Let’s have a quick recap first.
- Pick your style
- Pair tea dress with basket bag in the summertime
- Pair tea dress with outerwear
- Team tea dress with a cardigan for a fall look
- Layer the tea dress with a high neck top
- Pair tea dress with sheer tights & boots
- Get experimental with a vintage tea dress
- When in doubt, wear monochrome
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