Stylin: Alice’s Tea Cup

Part of the fun of enjoying a meal is dressing for it. The right outfit sets the mood. I think the food just tastes better when I’m dressed appropriately for the occation. My ensemble for a night out with the girls is very different from the one I would wear to a Sunday boozy brunch. Here, I’ll show you how I style myself for all sorts of different meals.

If you’re anything like me, when you hear you’re going to tea, you immediately start thinking about what sort of big hat you’ll wear and the outfit to go with it.  I also think of old English ladies, but my idea to speak throughout the meal in British accents was quickly shot down so I focused on the clothes.

Jen’s daughter Avery is a total girly girl so she thought it would be a good idea to take her to tea.  Rather than doing high tea at The Plaza, we went with someplace a little less formal: Alice’s Tea Cup.  I’m a big fan of this place.  The kids will love wearing fairy wings and sparkling from head to toe thanks to fairy dust.  Though the grown ups won’t get dusted with glitter, they’ll still enjoy the food, from which there is plenty to choose.  The portions are also bigger than a typical tea so you won’t leave thinking about your next meal.  Tea for two comes with three large scones, two large sandwiches, one full size dessert, and plenty of cookies – definitely enough to feed three people.  I’m not sure what clotted cream is, but they serve it as a spread for scones mixed with fresh raspberry jam and it’s delicious.  It also comes with two teapots – any more than that and we would have floated away.  I highly recommend the fairy potion flavor.

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Since we weren’t going anywhere stuffy, I felt I could go a little funkier with my look.  I still wore a big hat, but this was a two-tone straw one from H&M (old, under $20).  I paired it with an off-the-shoulder black dress (Loft, I got it half off during their 4th of July sale).  I’m not usually a fan of the tent-style dress, but I liked the detail on the sleeve and found it very slimming.  Since the dress was very simple, I paired it with fun accessories like a bright, multi-colored tassel necklace ($29 from a random boutique) and silver lace-up gladiator flats (DSW, $25).  I carried a fun tassel bag from H&M (old, ~$25).  Total outfit comes in at a good bit under $150.

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This outfit was perfect for a casual tea and worked just as nicely when I recreated it for a fun boozy brunch with girlfriends two weeks later.  The dress is beyond forgiving so you can eat and drink to your heart’s content and the whole look conveys a carefree attitude – just how I want to appear during the summer.

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Oversized sunnies are a must with this outfit, especially if you plan to do some errands/book shopping after brunch.

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