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What to wear for afternoon tea at the ritz

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DuchessofKirkcaldy Tue 14-Jan-14 21:50:45

Going in Febrary. Day will also include walking/shopping.

DuchessofKirkcaldy Tue 14-Jan-14 21:51:21

*February grin

polyhymnia Tue 14-Jan-14 22:35:48

Smart -not jeans - but not overstated or try-hard, I'd say.
Perhaps a simple dress - eg, in jersey - with nice but not flash accessories, necklace, etc.

Having been around Fortnum's at tea time , I think the only people who really stuck out in a bad way were those very obviously 'dressed up to the nines'.

At the Wolseley, again I think the most stylish women there at tea have the understated chic look often associated with urban French or Italian women.

polyhymnia Tue 14-Jan-14 22:40:02

Given you'll be shopping, flat/flattish ankle or knee boots - good quality and/or well polished - would be very appropriate.

RudolphLovesoftplay Tue 14-Jan-14 22:44:47

I wore a jersey dress and knee high boots. It fitted well with the general "uniform" of the other women there smile

Mrswellyboot Tue 14-Jan-14 22:47:08

We went (in Moscow) and I wore smart trousers, pretty top, heels and a blazer

MrsSteptoe Tue 14-Jan-14 22:50:41

If you have a male companion, he'll need to be in jacket and tie if you're in certain areas. Palm Court, I think, but not the Rivoli Bar... check the website, I think it says

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 14-Jan-14 22:50:53

Last time I was there I wore a black latex catsuit, thigh high spike heeled boots and a studded collar. Less is always more I always find. grin

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Tue 14-Jan-14 22:51:38

Gorgeous occasion. I would wear a pretty tea/day dress with flat boots. A little Mulberry Lily bag would be a cute touch if you happen to have one.

MrsSteptoe Tue 14-Jan-14 22:52:09

Got it:
A formal dress code is upheld in The Palm Court and during lunch and dinner service in The Ritz Restaurant. In these areas gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie whilst jeans are not permitted. In all other areas of the Hotel, including The Rivoli Bar and during breakfast service in The Ritz Restaurant gentlemen are not required to wear a jacket and tie, and may also wear jeans. However, trainers and sportswear are not permitted in any public area of the Hotel.

After all that, you may well not even have a male companion. Oh well.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Tue 14-Jan-14 22:52:35

Fucking 'ell, Mrs BE. Bet you were the talk of the town!

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 14-Jan-14 22:54:23

Well it was just afternoon tea after all smile there's nothing worse than being overdressed.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Tue 14-Jan-14 23:05:07

Never knowingly underdressed is my moto. If in doubt, sling on a Mcqueen ring or three grin

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