The Floral Tea dress has been in and out of fashion for years. Wwell I'm not sure it has been out of fashion that much, perhaps just in fashion all of the time. With mentions in the Telegraph from Anyone for Tea dresses (2003) to Hooked on classics: the tea dress (2005) to the Derek Lam pink floral tea dress mentioned by Joan Burstein of Browns as one of her 5 best buys for spring (March 2008). The tea dress has been around since the thirties and perhaps it is the massive popuilarity of vintage fashion that is responsible for the constant re emergence of the tea dress each spring.
What's so great about the tea dress? I'm not sure, but I know I love them. I have already bought myself one and teamed it with an old fashioned petticoat for the spring. The beauty of the tea dress is that it probably suits almost anyone. I love wearing feminine girly clothes and the tea dress is just that in a really easy to wear form. The only problem with the tea dress is perhaps it can get a bit tired and boring and is sometiems just a bit grown up. I don't think I will ever tire of the tea dress but each year it needs a bit of an update or something a bit different.
Brighton based label Get Cutie, established in 1998 has really captured the spirit of the tea dress with incredibly flattering tea dresses in fun retro prints. This is a great way to wear the classic tea dress but with a twist.