The Revival of Tea Length Dresses

Ashley Callahan Nov 16, 2022
Vintage Tea Dress Blog

The Revival of Tea Length Dresses

With floral midi dresses having risen to popularity this year, it’s not just 70s, 80s, and 90s fashions that are coming back. Inspired by the World War II era, tea length dresses are gaining notoriety again. This style of dress is characterized by a hemline that hits just above the ankle and just below the knee. However, modern tea length dresses can be a bit shorter. Come along with us as we explore this timeless vintage clothing trend!

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Tea Dresses in Popular Culture

Straying from the unstructured waistline of the 1920s, tea dresses in the 30s and 40s were more fitted to women’s natural shapes. Fuller skirts and a-line silhouettes were popular, as well as more modest necklines. By the 1950s, British actress, Audrey Hepburn helped shift the spotlight back to this vintage dress style. Her signature black dresses and the iconic tea length wedding dress are part of this look. Seem familiar? If you’re a Marvel fan, you may have noticed an Audrey-inspired wedding dress featured in Wandavision.

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Royal Tea

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex wore contrasting renditions of the tea dress. Kate Middleton stepped out in a relaxed floral tea length dress with a ruffled hem. Meanwhile, Meghan Markle attended the Australian Geographic Awards in a black and white Oscar de la Renta evening dress completely covered in birds. The royal sisters-in-law looked stunning and proved that there is no one way to wear a tea dress!

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2021 Impact

Shaanti Chaitram models the strawberry dress for Lirika Matoshi. Courtesy of Lirika Matsohi

This strawberry tea dress by Lirika Matoshi created a ton of buzz on Instagram during the pandemic. Vogue reported that the dress fell perfectly in line with the rising cottage core aesthetic. The print, length, and pastel color make this dress ideal for the vintage cottage look. If you’d like to catch the wave of this trend and create your own tea dress style, shop our midi dress selection at J.ING! There are so many fun ways to wear a tea length dress, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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