Vintage-inspired dresses may or may not make a comeback after this season, judging by the number of tea dresses on show at big brands.
The quintessential women’s dress for informal entertaining back in the late 19th century has withstood the test of time, occasionally reappearing from season to season.
This Fall season, the tea dress has made a comeback of sorts, only in differing prints and varying dress lengths.
The tea dress is flattering and feminine, named as it is due to it being worn to tea parties or afternoon lunches. The traditional tea dress is decorated mostly with floral prints and cinched at the waist, enhancing the wearer’s figure.
Look no further than Louis Vuitton for a classic version of the tea dress. A midi dress length coupled with modern prints, retro gloves and a feminine white collar completed the vintage-chic look.
The classic tea dress is famously demure, but as Miu Miu shows, you don’t necessarily have to be the girlie type to pull it off.
Miu Miu reinterpreted the usual tea dress, replacing the flare bottoms with a pencil silhouette. Pretty, lacy collars were done away with, and in its place were sharp separate collars, reminiscent of 80s power suits for women.
For the print-adverse, Daniela Gregis showed off ethereal-looking white dresses with the flattering shape of a tea dress, making it suitable for play and even work. Cut off close to the knee and with a boat neckline, it is a more modern and elegant take on the tea dress.
Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten sent models down the runway in mondrian-esque dresses in sombre colours. Clutches, camel luggage bags and a simple, nonchalant ‘do enhanced the vintage quotient.
Over at Marni, billowy blouson sleeves, vintage checks and fur reminded us of socialites of the past. The models oozed glamour and power as they strutted down the runway in fur collars - surprising but complementing the dress perfectly.