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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Humble Tea Dress

There was a time, during the writing of this blog, when a tea dress and tights was my outfit of choice. It was 2009 and plaid dungarees were still just a suppressed memory of the 90s, pink hair was reserved for actual Pink! and floral tea dresses were the look du jour. I wore my collection day in, day out and never struggled with dilemmas like if the over 25s can wear snapbacks or whether I can really pull off New Balance trainers.

So when I spotted this classic tea dress in the Hobbs shop at York Designer Outlet (which is SO much better now than it was when I worked there aged 16), I snapped it up for a bit of 2009's simple approach to style.

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Dress, Hobbs | Jacket, Michael Kors via TK Maxx | Heels, Guess c/o Sarenza | Necklace, Whistles | Ring, H&M

Compared to my 2009 self, I prefer a much simpler, cleaner look these days. Rather than add fuss with brogues and heavy accessories, I toughened up my tea dress with leathers and pointy heels. With just a few easy changes to the styling, a piece that's not particularly on-trend looks fresh and modern once more.

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Is there anything you were REALLY into (fashion-wise... I don't need any confessions!) a few years ago that you rarely look twice at now?

22 comments:

  1. This is a gorgeous look, really like your dress and those shoes are stunning xx

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  2. The dress is so cute
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  3. This is gorgeous! I love your shoes xo

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  4. Ah the simpler days :P I do love how you styled the dress though! :)

    Asmaa || JustPeachy

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  5. Lovely! Beautiful colour on you. And love those shoes paired with it.
    I don't tend to wear tea dresses as always struggle with the lengths/styles suiting me.
    x

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  6. You've styled this dress well, perfection!

    You really suit this feminine look too,very Jen:-)

    X

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  7. Pink hair was making an entrance in 2009 - thats when it started hitting the runways, its just now filtered the mainstream! I had blue hair in 09 haha and the boys on my course repped snap backs & new balance even then... hipster jitsters haven't changed their style for years, it just now appears that everyone wants to be a hipster which is cringey haha! xx

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  8. you look really sweet in this tea dress! love the subtle prints on it! :)

    Check out my new accessories post on blog!
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  9. Love it! I've only lived in york for a year but I'm not convinced by York designer outlet... Maybe I'm too stingy for it but all I've ever managed to buy is some ck boxers for the other half, some Nike trainers and some bodyshop goodies!

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  11. Love the kingdom of style! Beautiful jacket. Lovely dress. The heels makes the outfit look perfect

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  12. Her dress is cute and those shoes are stunning!!.

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  13. I had a coloured tights phase...weird. I have one trusty Topshop tea dress that I can always rely on. x

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  14. Love this gorgeous dress! Back in 2009 I went floral crazy and literally every item I wore had some kind of flower on it... very naff! Now I try to steer clear and find the phase has put me off them for life! xo

    Sophie |soinspo

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  15. Your Hobbs tea dress is beautiful. I love the fine full length pleats, the look of the fabric, the print, colour, drape and tailoring. The dark blue tights you styled your tea dress with complement it perfectly.

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  16. There is nothing humble about that dress dearie. Its gorgeous. The pleats, colour and print are simply stunning.

    xoxo
    Ivy
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  17. This is such a gorgeous dress, I love the colour and print!

    Maria xxx

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  18. This dress is lovely. My 2009 self had a penchant for shorts, tights and cardis - that was my "uniform" before I started working in an office. My style is definitely simpler now. x

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  19. That leather jacket look so beautiful..! i love your outfit

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