Gorgeous mid-length dresses have been ruling the Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks. From Dior and Diane Von Furstenberg to Victoria Beckham, designers have been knocking each other out in giving creative spins and surprising new takes on these conservatively cut garments.
These flowy dresses may seem to get trendier, but not everyone has the body (or the guts) to wear the fashion-forward pieces this year has seen making a statement on New York, Paris, and London Fashion Week runways. So, we browsed the racks of international and local designer brands for tea-length dresses, which have always been a must-have in a stylish woman’s closet.
Tea dresses, also referred to as tea gowns, are the go-to vintage garment. It covers you up while its elegant cut flatters the body. The 1940s private dresses have an old-world feel to their silhouette, giving you a demure look when worn in the day. But they’re still dressy enough to go out in at night — perfect for modern-day living.
With their padded shoulders and austere length, tea dresses have come a long way. Today, they are made of dozens of different fabrics, designs, hem lengths, and styles. And as it opens up a lot of possibilities for fashion-savvy women, we rounded up 10 modern tea dresses that are perfect for almost every occasion, all year round.
This pastel blue dress falls below the knee in a modern silhouette. Replace a pair of flat mules with inches-high mule wedges and you’ll take this piece from day to evening functions with a breeze. Its high scoop neckline with cap sleeves and a dramatic A-line shape evokes a contemporary flair, which finishes with a raw edge hem detail.
Gabriela Hearst, RM9,715
Conservative yet sexy. This perfectly describes this floral-print crepe de chine midi dress from Borgo de Nor. With three-fourth sleeves and a dress that runs until the mid-calf, its deep, ruffled surplice neckline slightly teases with a woman’s irresistible arsenal. Make sure to cinch the ties to reveal your gorgeous figure.
Borgo de Noir, RM4,150
Flow with grace wearing this exquisite scarf dress. With its self-tying belt and spaghetti straps that tie at the shoulder, this bias-cut number in refreshing aqua and Klein blue will show off your body’s curves. Perfect for the life of the party that you are.
Diane Von Furstenberg, RM1,998
Support your close friend on her big day in this fun sleeveless dress with soft lace back panel. Made with contrasting fabrics, it falls on the knee with diagonal and box pleats. It eventually flows into an asymmetrical tea-length hem. Match it with socks and sandals to nail that quirky look.
Melinda Looi, RM959
Bring life to a dull corporate scene by showing up in this turquoise shirt dress from Alia Bastamam’s Alia B. A sash in matching colour is meant to wrap around it. Long sleeves and collar, meanwhile, balance its daring thigh-high slights.
Alia B, RM450
Charm anyone in this sweet but sexy sundress from Dressing Paul. Complementing its mermaid’s tail hem are ruffled shoulder straps. Styled with the right accessories or shoes, this outfit will make female guests from casual to any formal gatherings green with envy.
Dressing Paula, Price upon request
Wear this satin Tory Burch floral dress for a not-so-formal occasion and you’re sure to command attention with its metallic pinstripes. The button cuffs, as well as the long sleeves and ties that descend from the V neckline will leave you with a vintage look to own. Wear its matching belt to flatter your figure.
Tory Burch, RM2,530
For days when you couldn’t decide whether to go smart or casual, this flared midi dress from DD Collective is all you need. Its pink base and flaring skirt gives off a dainty look with masculine pops of colours to snatch admirers’ attention. It has front button fastenings with detachable string tie, and military pockets for added functionality.
DD Collective, RM460
Look chic in this organza layer dress, which features alternating panels of imported lace. It billows from the waist down and balances the oozing sexiness of a revealing tube top with cut out details. It’s simple yet elegant enough to wear to a range of events, from weddings to cocktail events.
Aria The Label, RM419
This floral dress flatters the body with a figure-hugging shape from the waist up before flaring down the mid-calf. Its dainty digital prints and Sabrina neckline make this silk-woven poly blend garment the ideal outfit to impress your boyfriend’s family for the weekend.
Lowela, Price upon request