What is a Tea Dress? | Lindy Bop

Our collection of vintage-inspired ladies tea dresses are perfect for everyday wear or injecting some vintage vibes into your work wardrobe. Nipped in waists and flowing skirts flatter ladies of all shapes and sizes. Whether you opt for printed, polka-dot or plain, there’s something for everyone.

What is a tea dress, you ask? A tea dress or formally known as a “tea gown” was first popularised back in the mid-19th century to be worn during 4 pm socialising. Tea time was conducted in the afternoon and held in private chambers in the homes of upper-class women across England. A change of dress was required; cue the tea dress. Think loose silhouettes and comfortable ornate detailing, not a corset in sight! Ladies tea dresses and the quintessentially British tea time has developed since their Victorian origins. Keep scrolling for our roundup of the best tea dresses available at Lindy Bop.


New kid on the block; ‘Shirley’ Vintage 1950s Inspired Tea Dress in Victorian Rose Crepe (£38.00) is fresh to Lindy Bop for S/S’19. Made from a good quality lightweight crepe fabric, we’ve ensured comfort comes first with beautiful design and fully lined construction.


Bring the sunshine to the rainiest of days in our ‘Norah’ Timeless Half Sleeve Tea Dress in Mustard Crepe de Chine (£35.00). Another style new to the collection this year, we’ve heard your pleas and designed a ladies tea dress with elbow length sleeves, perfect all year round!


A bestseller, ‘Bretta’ has been released in over 50 different colours and prints since 2015! One of the best tea dresses, an undisputed star style. What are you ordering this S/S’19? From Afternoon Tea to a drive-through coffee run, we’ll take one Grande Matcha and a ‘Bretta’ Lilac Floral Print Tea Dress (£35.00) to go, please!


It’s definitely meant to be in our ‘Kody’ Vintage 1940s Inspired Tea Dress in Mustard Chiffon (£35.00). Concealed side zip and matching fabric self-tie belt make ‘Kody’ one of the best tea dresses. Elasticated waistband and button detail to the bodice make this style perfect for nursing. Browse our category of nursing dresses here.


For a super comfortable take on the classic tea dress, try our ‘Juliet’ Blush Butterfly Print Tea Dress (£35.00) in flattering jersey fabric. Keyhole detail to the bust and back with short capped sleeves keep the silhouette fun and feminine. All over brew-tea-ful butterfly print will have you floating all S/S’19.

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