Aithne - Afternoon.Tea at the Ritz

Recently a friend invited me to a traditional Afternoon Tea ceremony. Browsing the photos of the venue, The Ritz hotel, I had a feeling of travelling in time to Jane Austen times when the afternoon tea was just becoming popular and was an important social engagement. But what should you wear to afternoon tea at the Ritz? A cocktail dress? A conservative suit? Or as in a lot of places nowadays the dress code is abandoned and everybody just wears casual?

Apparently, the hotel has a prescribed dress code for Afternoon tea in the Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in the Ritz Restaurant.  Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie. Jeans are not permitted for either ladies or gentlemen. Not very specific for ladies, is it? So I continued searching for style inspiration on Pinterest but the outfit ideas that came up had again very different feel and style.

I ended up wearing an asymmetric blue midi dress with medium heel shoes. My Vibrations of Blue Scarf added a unique touch to the outfit bringing it more in line with the chic and elegant surroundings of the venue.

WHat to wear to afternoon tea at the Ritz

Looking around, my outfit didn’t look out of the place and was somewhere in the middle of the range of what other people were wearing. The outfits at the venue ranged from simple casual trousers with a summer top to elegant cocktail dresses with high heel shoes. So I thought it would be helpful to come up with few outfit ideas that would fit the overall atmosphere of the venue and the traditional nature of the Afternoon Tea Ceremony. Use it for inspiration or choose the one that feels closest to your style. And enjoy your tea, of course.

1. Elegant and Modern in Dark Bronze

I love everything about this Reiss dress. It has that modern and elegant feel that makes it stand out among other dresses straight away. The colour is somewhere between khaki and bronze. The dress goes just above the knee that makes it perfect with Alexandre Birman Macrame Shoes. The Musical Composition Scarf adds a bit of brightness and artistic touch to the whole outfit. Click on the little product icons below for the details of each item.

Aithne - Golden Brown Afternoon Tea Outfit Idea

Bronze fit and flare dress Reiss DressAlexandre Birman Macrame shoesMichael Kors chain shoulder bagBlue Nile long teardrop earringsAithne Musical Composition Scarf

2. Bright and Feminine in White and Burgundy

With this asymmetric jersey skirt by J.W.Anderson, you are destined to catch admiring looks of everybody around.  The white frill sleeve top and classic pumps add a romantic touch to the look. The whole outfit looks bright and feminine and sets the mood for a lovely afternoon. Click on the little product icons below for the details of each item.

Aithne - What to Weat to Afternoon Tea at the Ritz - White and Burgundy Outfit Idea


3. Classic and Bold in Terracotta

This outfit looks especially great having the luxury golden and white setting of the Ritz hotel in the background. The terracotta midi dress by WTR is classic and bold the same time. The high heel Dsquared2 pumps and the Musical Composition Scarf complement the theatrical look of the dress. Click on the little product icons below for the details of each item.

Aithe - Terracotta Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Outfit Idea

WTR TerraCotta Brown fitted dressDsquared2 brown peep toe pumpsCoccinelle HandbagLulu Frost vintage flower earringsPure silk scarve Musical Composition by Aithne

Need more inspiration?

Some of the outfit ideas that I suggested in one of the earlier posts to brighten up your summer day in the office, would also be great for an afternoon tea at the Ritz or a similar venue. Click on the image below to read the post and see the details of the outfit.


Aithne - White and Blue - Professional Summer Outfit featuring Vibrations of Ultramarine ScarfAithne - Lilac and Lavender - Purple Professional Summer Outfit featuring Vibrations of Blue Scarf

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