I know that the term 'tea dress' now represents something of a vintage cliche, and can be found with every label from Topshop to Marc Jacobs inside it - and of course, there are the original forties treasures. However, I like to think of this particular item as my vintage 'Tea Party dress' (and by that, I don't mean a dress that supports Sarah Palin) - worn primarily for the purpose of sipping tea, eating cake/ scones with jam and clotted cream and having interesting conversations.
Along with the leather coat featured a few posts ago, this was another Christmas present from my mum. She found it on ebay - not that she is an ebay-aholic or anything! As I tore a strip from the tissue paper, I caught a glimpse of its nebulous print. From some angles it looks like blue roses, and from others it resembles shifting clouds. I tend to go more for shape and/ or colour rather than print on clothes, but when the pattern is as mesmerising as this, who could resist the tempation to wear it as often as possible?
After three consecutive plans for today being cancelled, I decided that the only thing to do was write, make brownies and then style lots of outfits for my blog (with both parents taking photos - I have my dad to thank for these ones). This is the first of those ensembles.
Underneath the dress I wore a charity shopped 'Topman' top, and then added a gold belt given to me by my 'fairy godmother' (she of the Chanel Dress) and a vintage pheasant brooch I bought yesterday from a flea market. The grey hat is my latest vintage Jaeger acquisition (the collection currently stands at about fifteen pieces!), bought from a favourite local charity shop. The faux fur coat was also bought from a charity shop about a year and a half ago, and I recently purchased this bag from a vintage/ junk shop - imagine my surprise when I bought it home to find that not only was it real leather, but it was also Russell & Bromley! I think my £4 was well spent.. And to finish, my charity shopped vintage Doc Marten brogues - beautiful, and incredibly painful - being a size too small.
The reason for a tea party themed outfit today probably stems from going out for afternoon tea with my mum and my lovely friend Elllen (who I have known since I was three!) yesterday. Back when I was pretty much bedbound after surgery, my mum promised that once I was better, she'd treat Ellen and me to an afternoon of treats. And that promise was fulfilled this weekend!