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Skirt by Harlowe and Graham(similar)| Full midi skirt • Gap • $59.95 and Auberta Pleated Midi Skirt Navy • Missguided • $40
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NOTE: This article has been updated for the winter season. See “What to Wear to Afternoon Tea: The Winter Edition”.
Our brand new series “The Local Tourist” features Chicago’s well-known attractions and hidden gems as seen through the eyes of a local.The first spot on this local tourist’s tour? Afternoon tea in Palm Court at the Drake Hotel. You can read all about it here.
If that article has inspired you to call a friend and head to High Tea, here are some suggestions on what you should wear and 5 things you must know before going.
What to Wear to Afternoon Tea
This isn’t prom night or a wedding reception. When selecting what you’ll wear keep it lady like and simple. I love dresses and recommend a simple frock that makes you feel refined. Here are a few more of my favorite looks:
5 Things You Should Know Before Going
Tea can be Pricey
Traditional high tea in Chicago will cost you from $30-$100 dollars per person prior to gratuity.
Cancel Your Appointments
Tea service runs two hours on average. Make sure you’re able to relax and enjoy the experience. Don’t schedule Afternoon Tea if you’re pressed for time.
No Matter the Day, Reservations are a MUST
Always secure a reservation no matter the day or the size of your party. Space can be extremely limited.
Never wear denim or overly relaxed clothing to Afternoon Tea.
Don’t Come Full or Starving
Afternoon Tea was created as a time to snack and spend time with friends in between meals. Typically, it’s best not to arrive starving but remember to leave room in your appetite for the delectable treats.