It’s not often that my girlfriends and I are able to get together at the same time and place, in the same month even! We’re all incredibly busy with our careers, our educations and for some of us, ever expanding families. So when we do manage to get together, we take it upon ourselves to make a little extra effort and dress to impress. This time around, we decided to meet for high tea at a famous tea house in a fairly swanky part of town. So off to my closet I marched in search of something elegant and lady-like.
I love trends, but what I love more, are trends that are super chic, and aren’t worn by everyone! Which is why I chose this fantastic, twenties inspired cream and navy drop-waisted dress. The drop waist design is something that was worn from the 1920′s and well into the 1930′s, and was highly popularized by flappers. Eventually, the design was adopted by women in the upper echelons of society, which quickly made it a style that was coveted by all women during those eras. But enough of the history lesson already, right? Why do I love this stye?
The great thing about a drop waist is that because the waistline sits almost level with the hips, inches below the natural waist, it elongates the torso. If you’re someone like me who has a shorter torso, but has long legs, this is a style that will help balance your upper and lower half, and give you the illusion of length and height. It’s like a really fashionable magic trick! If you’re attending an event like high tea or a luncheon at a fancy restaurant, this would be perfectly suitable. As you can see, rather than detract from the dress with chunky or metallic accessories, I’ve complemented the style with a simple string of black pearls and matching pearl earrings. As for shoes, because of the nature of the event I was attending, I went with a pair of simple black leather pumps, but if you want to add more of a vintage touch, go with a pump that has some embellishment.
If you like the drop waist style, but you’re having a difficult time finding a dress that you like, find a skirt, and then find a blouse that’s long enough to tuck in. This will give the illusion of a drop-waisted dress. Use a thin tie or belt to pull the two pieces together.
What would you wear to high tea?