How to Dress for High Tea

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Dress for High Tea can be an elegant and fashionable affair, but it’s also one of the easiest dress codes to get wrong. Without careful attention to detail, you could be underdressed or overdressed! Check out these tips on how to dress for high tea so you can look your best without worrying about what your friends will think of your outfit choices!

A Guide to Dress for High Tea

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High Teas are often held on a Sunday afternoon, so it’s important to dress fashionably but comfortably. Hi-teas are usually followed by a round of golf or tennis match, which means you’ll need clothes that are suitable for both activities. Make sure your outfit is pressed and polished—nothing too ostentatious or garish—but also nothing too bland and unmemorable.

What to Wear

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Of course, people are going to judge you based on your attire—they might not be judging you as much as they think they are, but it’s impossible to completely avoid that. And, in terms of dressing up for high teas, there is really no wrong way of doing it. However, it’s always good practice to dress a bit more formally than usual.

Your Outfit in Detail

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Plan a little extra time to get ready. This will let you make sure your outfit is perfect. A great place for ideas on what to wear at hi-teas and other similar events is our favorite source of fashion advice, You can create boards that help you plan out outfits and their accessories in advance, so all you have to do when it comes a time is decide on your final pieces.

Accessories and Makeup

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When it comes to how to dress for High Tea, accessories, and makeup are perhaps even more important than your outfit. The goal of High Tea is not so much about looking a certain way or wearing a specific fashion trend; instead, people wear their favorite outfits and show off some great accessories that complement their outfit but won’t overwhelm it.

Shoes, Handbags and Other Details

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One important part of dressing up for a formal event is choosing footwear, as a single wrong shoe can throw off an entire outfit. For high tea, choose heels over flats or boots. High tea is somewhat of a dressier affair, so leaving your favorite pair of sneakers at home may be necessary—but that doesn’t mean your choice has to be boring.

Complementary Outfits

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For women, there are three key components of hi-tea: a dress or skirt, a blouse, and a jacket. It is also important that both your jacket and your shoes complement your dress or skirt. Since you will be sitting down, it’s best to stick with closed-toe heels as open-toe shoes can get in uncomfortable when you sit down.


High Teas are a great way to both get dressed up and enjoy a delicious meal. If you’re new to high teas, here are some tips on how you can dress appropriately. Next time, don’t forget your collar!

By Shameen Abbas

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