Dressing for Afternoon Tea

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.”

Yves Saint Laurent

If there is one thing I’ve learned in traveling around the world, it’s that dressing for the occasion is as important as remembering your passport. I recently became acquainted with afternoon tea and I have a few quick tips for attendance before showcasing my outfits below:

  1. Always do your research. Every tea service requires a standard dress level so make sure you are dressing within code guidelines. If it isn’t specified on the site, call their number to ask about any restrictions or requirements.
  2. Be comfortable. You’re there to enjoy yourself without feeling constricted the entire time. Sipping five cups of tea can happen quicker than you’d think.
  3. Don’t be rude. Duchess Anna didn’t create afternoon tea for attendees to sit on their phones. It’s a social activity and someone being on their phone the entire time can make things awkward. If you must take that photo (like I do for my blogs) then get that photo quickly and jump back into spilling the tea with your friends.

Boulder Dushanbe Tea House

Boulder hosts a very colorful tea house that was handcrafted in Dushanbe and delicately pieced together in Colorado. Boulder’s mayor wanted to showcase the culture of its sister city in Tajikistan so a deal was struck for the tea house to be built. It was artfully crafted and painted by forty artisans of Tajikistan and was completed upon arrival in Colorado. You can read more about this amazing tea house on their website. There’s a lot of history to the tea house and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on its incredible origin.

Top: Wilfred Blouse Skirt (similar): French Connection Skirt Shoes (similar): Leather Sandal Handbag similar: Straw round purse Sunglasses (similar): Brown turtle glasses Accessories (similar): Leaf choker, chain layered necklace, Claddagh ring, and moon ring

Merriweather Inn

A quaint historic mansion overlooking one of the largest lakes in the world. Merriweather Inn hosts themed tea services throughout the year both private and shared experiences. You can read about my recent visit here.

Coat (similar): Liz Claiborne faux fur coat Top: Devin Sweater Skirt (similar): Satin Midi Skirt Shoes (similar): Charcoal Booties Necklace Accessories: Collar necklace

I plan to post more of my travel wardrobe in the future. I have a busy travel schedule coming up this year so there should be lots of opportunities for me to share my style tips with you all for each destination.

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Kenzie is based in Minneapolis, MN and works as a writer, reiki practitioner, and administrative assistant. To connect with her, please use the contact page.


2 responses to “Dressing for Afternoon Tea”

  1. […] each other in almost a year and we were due for a meetup. Our much-needed lady trip, led to elegant tea time, winding through mountains to taste glacier water, and spending time with the most adorable […]


  2. Very stylish and great looking afternoon teas.


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