TIME FOR TEA?
I want to start by saying that a dress like this Topshop tea dress is not to be worn on windy days. You will flash EVERYONE. That’s what happened to me on a recent trip to Oxford. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more exposed! However if you’re looking for a pretty and easy-to-wear dress then you need to head to Topshop now. Just look at the weather forecast beforehand.
The floral ditsy print makes it super feminine and I’m not surprised to have seen this all over Instagram before it sold out! At £46 it wasn’t cheap but when it can be worn as a complete outfit, I don’t think it’s too bad. Pair with a denim jacket if it’s a bit cooler, something simple to let the dress do the talking.
In terms of shoes to go with a Topshop tea dress, I recommend some light-coloured pumps or sandals, nothing to fussy. Alternatively if you want to make it more of a formal dress, some nice heeled wedges would look rather lovely too.
Bag-wise I always try and go for something small like a crossbody bag when I’m out at the weekend. Most of the time though, as soon as I realise how much I plan on taking (blogger problems) I have to upgrade. This pink Chloe-esque satchel from eBay compliments the slight blush tones of the dress while still keeping things simple. I’ll admit the bag is a bit of awkward shape as it only really fits flat objects. If you’re just carrying a purse and phone it would be fine.
Looking back on these photos I’m quite impressed with how my tan looked that day. Credit to the Vita Liberata Body Blur. It’s like Photoshop for your skin!
THE DESIGN OF THE TOPSHOP TEA DRESS
One thing to note with this Topshop tea dress is that it has a wrap front design. It won’t be a problem if you are a bit fuller in the chest department than I am. Subsequently I chose to use my new favourite fashion accessory – fashion tape.
How I’ve never used this stuff before I don’t know. I got mine from here. After a couple of attempts, where I got all tangled up in the stickiness of them, I’ve mastered it. I used two strips on each side where the fabric crosses over at the front and it lasted the entire day – blustery weather and all.
These photos were taken in a lovely little alley leading to Turf Tavern in Oxford. It’s one of the city’s most famous pubs. I’ve yet to go there for food but I’ve heard good things! You can read about my other recommendations of things to do in Oxford here and pick a similar Topshop tea dress from their beautiful selection here. I’ve also linked a few of my favourites below.
So the moral of the story is to check the weather before you think about wearing a tea dress. Although if you get it right it’s one of the most effortless and comfortable outfit choices you can make this summer.
What do you think of this Topshop tea dress? Do you have any embarrassing wind (weather-related) stories to share?