Tea Dresses and Indian Summers

Have you been watching Channel Four’s Sunday night drama, Indian Summers? I’m not entirely sure I’m loving it that much, but the abundance of tea dresses is lovely.

This time of year is perfect for tea dresses. Yes, okay, it’s a wee bit colder than it should be, but but a pair of tights, a cardigan and a coat should help!

Tea dresses are also perfect, in my opinion, for Mother’s Day. I have a mum who is of the generation who loves seeing me in a dress, or a frock, as she might call it. And what nicer thing could you do than get your tea dresses on and go for tea on Mothering Sunday?

Of course, we’re not all into ditsy florals, Liberty-esque prints and pastels. But tea dresses don;t have to be such. Who said all florals were ditsy? Big bold florals might be your thing? They look fabulous on white and black. Perhaps a more modern floral works for you? Mix pastels and bold colours; mix floral prints – be bold with your style. And add a pretty little hat for a final flourish!

tea dresses twoClockwise, from top left: Modern floral dress, £29.99, H&M, white and floral print dress, £65, Debut @ Debenhams, butterfly bag, £32, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, garland trim straw hat, £9.99, New Look, yellow floral bag, £29.99, H&M, dark floral dress, £45, JOY, blue sandals, £39.99, H&M

Perhaps you do love pastels, and why not? They are perfect spring shades, perfect for tea dresses, and reminiscent of those vintage times we all seem to yearn for these days (probably just the look though, not the wars, political unrest, and, oh, wait a minute…). Anyway! The palest of baby blues, mint greens, pale pinks, lilacs, lemon yellows all combine wonderfully together. Mix up your pastels and add a white hat with a birdcage veil for a vintage finishing touch!

tea dresses oneClockwise, from top left: Pink leather bag, £220, pastel ribbons dress, £180, both French Connection, mint and white shoes, £24.99, New Look, floral print dress, £55, BHS, white hat with veil, £80, Top Hat by Stephen Jones @ Debenhams, blue belted dress, £49, BHS

Of course, you may run away screaming at the thought of pastels, so stretch the ‘tea dresses’ brief as far as you can with a bold stripe or a geometric print. Make sure your shoes are as bold and wacky, and add a novelty bag, and huge hat for a finishing flouncy flourish!

tea dresses threeClockwise, from top left: Orange and blue shoes, £29.50, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, black and white striped midi dress, £39.99, New Look, black sunhat, £??, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, print shoes, £90, French Connection, graphic midi dress, £39.99, H&M

Of course, tea dresses doesn’t necessarily have to mean dresses. How about separates? Some of us just don’t love the dress, and that’s fine. Try a skirt and a co-ordinating top. Add a cutesy cardigan. You get the idea. Full midi skirts are huge again this season – embrace them! H&M’s yellow floral comes in scuba fabric so will stand out wide – we love it!

tea dresses fiveClockwise, from top left: Yellow floral scuba skirt, £29.99, H&M, embellished top, £45, White Stuff, bow detail cardigan, £35, JOY, embellished box bag, £24.99, New Look, pink V vest, £19.99, H&M, block heel sandals, £25, BHS, floral midi skirt, £35, Red Herring @ Debenhams

Bold florals work brilliantly with plain, lace or striped tops. Co-ordinate, or mix up your colours. Swapping tea dresses for tea dress separates gives you more scope to mix it up a bit! Swapping heels for pastel brogues is both great for your feet, and brings your look right on-trend.

tea dresses fourClockwise, from top left: Japanese blossom print skirt, £39, JOY, green top, £27.50, White Stuff, mint cardigan, £9.99, H&M, stripe linen mix Tee, £20, BHS, floral/geo print midi skirt, £60, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, lace overlaid top, £14, BHS, pink caged sandal, £27.99, New Look

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Big Prints – Weekly Wishlist

Liberty can keep their cutesy, ditsy, teeny weeny floral prints, hell yeah. This spring/summer we’re all about big prints. Big, bold, standout, big prints. Yeah!

Fashion is having a bit of a big prints moment, with everything from shoes to trousers, culottes,skirts,dresses and tops adorned with big prints – be they floral, tropical, or geometric or graphic.

This is not a moment for the faint of heart. This is a big prints = bold statements moment – are you brave enough? This week’s Weekly Wishlist is our fave big prints! Time to go big!

Of course you are. If you really aren’t feeling it, perhaps a pair of bold floral sandals will be enough (£25, Red Herring @ Debenhams). But we suggest a top – something bright, or monochrome, with a fab big pattern. Big prints in the shape of huge florals look great in green and blue on white in this J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams top (£35). Pair it with jeans for a fab effect, or tuck it into a voluminous midi skirt. The same designer uses such huge prints on a simple shift dress (bottom right, £65), it’s difficult to even recognise them as florals. The flowers are more subtle, but still big, on the lovely v-neck dress from French Connection (£110). H&M’s black and white floral top (£14.99) is more subtle as well.

big prints weekly wishlistNavy ankle length slightly boot cut trousers, with jade green big florals? Yep. They’re a thing. Get them at H&M (£29.99). Red Herrings black crop top (£32) at Debenhams with a great aqua floral is cute. Of course big prints don’t have to be florals. How fantastically tropically summery is  New Look’s leaf print midi skirt (£22.99)? And there’s a top to match!

White Stuff’s cap sleeve top (£37.50) is heavy on the leaf print too, and the deep green and hints of yellow make a lovely print for spring. Finally Betty Jackson.Black @ Debenhams have taken a big red floral print, softened it, and made it summery beautiful with a cream background, on a slouchy half-sleeved top (£45).

Go big or go home!

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction