“I’ve been invited to a high tea, and the last thing I want to do is rock up there in leggings and feel stupid the whole time because I didn’t wear formal attire. Help me”!
Know the feeling? You’re absolutely not alone. The truth is, most of us cringe at the idea of arriving to an event in the wrong attire.
Here’s a little secret from me to you; there are certain events that sound more posh than they really are, which often causes unnecessary stress and confusion. A high tea can be one such event. Historically, such gatherings were only attended and hosted by society’s elite and royalty, and therefore the expectations around dress code were extravagant and high. However, much has change since then, (not that joggers and sneakers are appropriate attire) but a smart casual approach just about does it for a high tea.
However, if you are truly unsure and want to set your mind at ease, it is okay to call the host or the establishment if the invitation does not stipulate the dress code. Some establishments do require guests to dress in a certain way, but generally your nicest looking clothes will do, just ensure that you are comfortable and go sip on your tea like the queen regent you are.
Here’s a little inspiration…
Call It Spring at Spree, R899
Call It Spring at Spree, R599
Daily Friday at Superbalist, R269
Suit Pants, H&M, R329
Cold Shoulder top, Daily Friday at Superbalist, R269
Pleated skirt, Only at Superbalist, R649
Miss Black at Spree, R599
Miss Guided at Superbalist, R349
Madison at Spree, R699
Marique Yssel at Spree, R1799