Looking for outfit inspo for that quintessentially English tradition Afternoon Tea, that we love to indulge in?... look no further, we got you! Be the belle of the tea party with Blue Vanilla's Spring Collection.

The event was created over 150 years, by Anna Marie Russel, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (thank you, Lady!) in 1840. The Duchess would get peckish around 4pm (don’t we all) and usually have to wait until 8pm for their fashionably late evening meal… so Anna began  snacking alone her in the afternoon, but as time went on friends were invited to join her. Who wouldn’t love tea and tiny sandwiches!?... Upon returning to London Anna sent out invites requesting her friends to join her for “tea and a walking in the fields” and bam, Afternoon Tea was born.

It wasn’t long until all of Fashionable society was sippin’ a cuppa from beautiful matching china teacups and nibbling on dainty sandwiches and scones. What were all these ladies wearing? By the 1880’s the upper-class and then fashionistas would don long gowns, gloves and hats and swan to the drawing room to get their fill of tasty treats and tantalising gossip.

Nowadays Afternoon Tea is just as much of a social occasion and reason to get dressed up. We have pulled together our five fav looks perfect for Afternoon Tea.

  1. Pretty Wrap Dress

The perfect easy to wear dress that flatters every shape. Our bestselling glittery wrap dress JOCYLN is back for spring! Available in a range of prints and colours, we have one to suit every style. Team with a statement stiletto for a classic look:


  1. Silky & Sophisticated Pastel Dress

Perfect for a more dressed up look, for the most glamorous of girls. Wow you friends with this simple yes beautiful silky number. RABIA is sure to turn heads at the most luxurious affairs. Team with a simple nude stiletto, clutch, and pale blazer for a divine royal look.


  1. Trousers & Statement Knit

If you’re looking for a more casual but still gorgeous style, try teaming some smart trousers with a statement knit. Our LORALYN, CHRISTINE and DAISY are THE Afternoon Tea jumpers. Add a heeled boot or simple heel for lovely finished look.


  1. Beautiful Tulip Dress

This silhouette is sure to enhance your most flattering areas! Get ready to enjoy the sunshine in our bestselling tulip style dresses. Wanting to cover a fraction more? Try our JEANNE high neck tulip for a more sophisticated look.


  1. Fabulous Floral Jumpsuit

Be the shining stylist of the group in our pretty fabulous range of jumpsuits. With unique floral prints to catch fashionistas eyes, you will look the part for any Afternoon Tea meet up. Wear with a posh wedge and statement earring to finish of your look.



January 31, 2022 — Lucy lucy.colgrave@bluevanilla.com