The Dress Code for Afternoon Tea

smart casual

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I spent Christmas in Madeira. And this is what I was wearing on Christmas Day, for afternoon tea at a posh hotel…

Afternoon tea at Reid’s Palace has become sort of a Christmas tradition for me and my husband, and we always look forward to it as the highlight of our holiday. And of course I would like to share a few pictures of the decor in the hotel lobby and the lounge, as well as the magnificent Christmas tree.

Reids Palace

Madeira Christmas

The dress code is ‘smart casual, no jeans or t-shirts’. It sounds easy enough, but as the weather can be quite unpredictable, it can get a bit challenging. For instance, last year it was really windy, and I was just freezing on the terrace (where the tea is served). And this year? Well, I could have done without the jacket…

Anyway, this is the first part of a series of posts on my ‘holiday capsule wardrobe’: how to pack as little as possible yet be prepared for, well, anything. This means that I should be able to come up with a range of outfits with the same few items. For example, the next time you see this jacket it will be dressed down, for a more casual look.

smart casual

I’m wearing:

jacket: Gerry Weber / trousers: Pure / top: Esprit / sunglasses: Prada / 

bag: Chanel /necklace: Masriera / shoes: Clarks

For more posts on Madeira, go to Bad Tourist in Madeira

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26 Comments

  1. Melanie
    December 31, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Great outfit, Tiina. What an elegant place for tea and a grand tradition. Happy New Year! It was a pleasure meeting you in the summer.

    • Tiina L
      January 1, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      Thanks, Melanie. It's a fabulous hotel, in a slightly charmingly old-fashioned way, and a great place to visit. I enjoyed meeting you, too, last summer. Happy New Year!

  2. Jessica Jannenga
    January 1, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Love the color choices and the fitted jacket! I must visit there,as one, I love tea, both mom and I are big tea drinkers, its quite elegant, and lastly, my maiden name is REID. Have a happy new Year!!Jessxxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      January 1, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      Your maiden name is Reid? Great! You should definitely visit Madeira and this hotel. Happy New Year!

  3. No Fear of Fashion
    January 1, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Looks like a fun place to live, Reid's Palace. Do I understand it right that you go on holiday every year at Christmas? You look very nice with this jacket. Lovely colour combination.Happy New Year Tiina.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      January 1, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      We've been to Madeira at Christmas the past 3 years. We've never actually stayed at Reid's Palace, though. It's a bit out of the way, in a very touristy area, and we prefer something more central and low-key (= a boutique hotel with a roof terrace and a spa, adjacent to a shopping centre). But Reid's Palace afternoon tea is a great experience, and has sort become a tradition by now. Happy New Year, Greetje!

    • No Fear of Fashion
      January 4, 2016 / 7:35 am

      And a very happy new year to you too Tiina.

  4. Suzanne Carillo
    January 1, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Oh my…that place looks lovely! Just my kind of spot : ) Happy New Year!bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      January 1, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Happy New Year, Suzanne!

  5. Coco
    January 1, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    You look fabulous dear! Hope you'll join my linkup here: Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog – End of year fashion LINK UP Buon anno, Happy New Year from Italy!

    • Tiina L
      January 1, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you, Coco! I'd be happy to join the link-up. Happy New Year!

  6. Mica T
    January 2, 2016 / 3:24 am

    Love your striped blazer, and that top is such a nice colour on you.Hope you had a merry Christmas, and happy new year!Away From The Blue Blog

    • Tiina L
      January 2, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you, Mica, that's so sweet of you to say. Happy New Year!

  7. Coco
    January 2, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Thank you so so much for linking up dear Tiina! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog

  8. Patti
    January 2, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    What a gorgeous place! A wonderful tradition for you. xo-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      January 2, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Yes, it's a wonderful place, I always look forward to having tea on the terrace.

  9. Dawn Lucy
    January 3, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Gorgeous hotel and cute outfit! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & wishing you all the very best in 2016!OXOXDawn Lucy http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Tiina L
      January 3, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Happy New Year, Dawn!

  10. Petite Silver Vixen
    January 3, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    What a beautiful setting for afternoon tea and I love that you have that as a tradition! Wow, I see what you mean about the tree. That's quite eye-catching!Lovely jacket – perfect for afternoon tea.http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Tiina L
      January 4, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Thanks! Yes, the setting is spectacular, the decor is traditional yet modern at the same time. And the view from the tea terrace is impressive, too.

  11. A Dash of Midlife
    January 4, 2016 / 2:36 am

    Love your outfit and the setting is beautiful.

    • Tiina L
      January 4, 2016 / 9:41 am

      Thank you! And Happy New Year!

  12. Jill James
    January 4, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Looking perfect for afternoon tea in that striped blazer. Stunning setting, no doubt a very pleasant afternoon tea.

    • Tiina L
      January 4, 2016 / 9:44 am

      Thanks, Jill! Yes, the setting is stunning, and it's quite an experience to have tea there.

  13. Andrea
    January 4, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    What a lovely place to have tea! Your outfit is very nice! Great jacket! Looking forward how you styled it next!

    • Tiina L
      January 5, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thanks, Andrea! It's a very versatile jacket. And of course, it's navy and white stripes, so I love it…

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