This passed weekend I attended a blogger event. I don’t often go to events (admittedly, I’m a bit of a hermit) but I thought this particular event sounded like it would be a good time, and a perfect excuse to get a few of the girls together for a fun night out. The invitation noted to wear white as it was the White Effect Launch Party, and so I headed over to my favourite local boutique – Fine Finds boutique – to grab a pretty white dress for the party, and ended up finding this gorgeous tea length dress.
Over the last few years, longer lengths such as midi and maxi dresses have become incredibly popular, but one length we haven’t seen a lot of is the tea length dress. Tea length dresses hit nearer to the ankle rather than the knee, which creates a elegant and demure retro-inspired look. The question that seems to typically come up in regards to these unusual lengths is how exactly to style them, so today I am sharing a few tips to help you rock a tea length dress!
How to Wear a Tea Length Dress
Look for Fits that Float away from your Legs
We all have made the mistake of purchasing a dress or skirt (typically a pencil skirt) in a fitted and non-stretch material. The thing about a tea length dress is that since it hits the mid-shin area, fitted or stiff materials will severely restrict your movement and ability to walk freely. To feel comfortable moving about, search for a tea length dress which floats away from your legs. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again – there’s nothing that kills your style faster than looking uncomfortable!
Rock a Pair of Heels (or wedges)
If you’ve been reading the UU for a while now than you likely already know that I rarely wear heels. As a style blogger, this can be seen as a slight faux-pas (in-fact, I can already hear daily heel-wearer’s gasping!), but I believe that daily style should be comfortable and that heels are for special occasions and events. Tea length dresses such as this one from Fine Finds Boutique is the perfect special occasion dress. The lace overlay makes it feminine and elegant and perfect for any summertime event. Since tea length dresses can shorten you, wearing a pair of heels or wedges will combat that and help elongate you and your legline. I personally love wedges since they do offer a bit more support and comfort.
Pair with Dainty Jewelry
Since tea length dresses exude femininity, it feels natural to pair a tea length dress with some dainty jewelry. While large jewelry can create a statement, dainty jewelry can add to the demure look of the tea length dress and create a look which appears well thought out and sophisticated.
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