23 degrees. Sunshine in the city. Wooohooo… this week has been the perfect summer week so far (ok, today is Tuesday, so let’s keep fingers crossed)!
In summer, I am becoming a style stalker extraordinaire. I love to witness people flaunting their personal style during the day. It is so much more inspirational than evening looks. I have the hypothesis that sunshine lets people become more creative, too. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance yet to validate this correlation via research. In case you know of an article supporting my theory, please let me know!
The must-have item for a summer daytime look is a flirty tea dress. If you don’t own one yet, you should get one.
But wait, they remind you of the look of your grandma? Or the dresses that your mom used to put you in for boring family gatherings? Please let me erase this picture ASAP with my style advice on How To Wear A Tea Dress Without the Grandma Look!
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As tea dresses are usually associated with words like “preppy”, “cute” and “prim”, what you need to do in order to style it in a modern way is the create contrast with things that are “edgy”, “boyish”, “bright” and/or “strong”.
Try to mix soft and hard materials, muted and bright colours, ruffles and straight lines. Of course, do keep a balance between the two worlds, like the girl in the picture: She wears her tea dress with feminine ballerina flats and girly jewelry, but combines it with a cool studded denim jacket and a straight-lined crossbody bag.
There is the perfect tea dress of every woman, no matter what shape or size you are. Just make sure to pick one from your colour palette and in case the dress ends slightly below your knee, make sure to wear shoes that lengthen your legs visually.