For The Lovers
This dreamy time of year where the days are long and the sunshine lingering is nothing short of magical. They are the moments that will forever be remembered as we tread forwards on life's path, therefore it is only fitting that we adorn ourselves in an equally whimsical dress that belies the soft, romantic vibes of many summers past.
We, at Chasing Unicorns, have always adored and coveted the thin cotton and lace garden party lawn or tea dresses of the late Edwardian era. These Edwardian tea gowns were predominately white eyelet, embroidery, or lace inset sheer gowns and were dresses designed for balmy summer days spent against a backdrop of luscious green garden where they were sure to stand out in all their beautiful glory.
Aware of the scarcity of these beloved original 1920’s vintage lawn/tea dresses and wanting to share with you the allurement of these timeless and truly phenomenal pieces
Sarah designed the “FOR THE LOVERS” mini and maxi dresses. This graceful duo is the perfect ode to the delicate creations of the Edwardian era when only the softest of cotton and the most intricate of laces were used to create dresses that were as sublime as they were charming.
For those days when you feel a little more playful and dare we say it, a little less bohemian, the For the lovers mini is the ideal dress. Capturing all those pretty vibes with its barely there soft cotton and intricate floral lace embroidery this is a dress that can be easily styled with boots and a jacket or chunky heels and a woven tote for an edgier look. It's one for breezy everyday wear that can take you from the early morning coffee run through to those late night cocktail “tea parties” full of laughter and summer fun.
Whilst the mini version is all things playful and edgy the maxi for the lovers dress is a nostalgic dream come true. This is a dress that conjures up all those fantastical images of fanciful gardens parties filled with parasoled women playing lawn croquet and sipping champagne from decadent crystal glasses. Whilst the memories of histories past is evoked in each and every aspect of the carefully considered design, the for lovers maxi is oh so very perfect for the current day! Whether you choose to team this most magnificent dress with sandals, a slightly heavier heel and some cherished layered gold jewels or bare feet, sunkissed skin and rosebud pink lips, you are sure to have a look that is as timeless as it is effortlessly chic.
Whilst these white lace lawn dresses seem all innocent and pure we did stumble across a little secret from histories past surrounding the origin of these ever so beautiful pieces. In the early Edwardian era before the dresses rose to infamous popularity, it seems they took on a rather naughty connotation…. Taking tea at home with a husband away taking his tea elsewhere, women (and men) would entertain their romantic lovers wearing the "tea dress". The looseness of these gowns bore a striking resemblance to boudoir robes making them irresistibly inviting to their lovers.
At chasing Unicorns we are happily loved up and prefer to take our tea and champagne together with our one and only loves. We do, however, find this notion of dressing for the heart, for love, for those you love and for your own love a most gorgeous ideal xx