Deciphering The Dress Code: What To Wear To A Black Tie Wedding


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Seeing the words ‘Black Tie’ on a  wedding invitation can initially evoke emotions of excitement and fear within guests. Excitement because there’s finally a opportunity to pull out all the stops and dress up, fear because one may not have anything to wear or know the first place to look for something suitable for the dress code. The issue that most people encounter is first understanding what exactly ‘Black Tie’ is and what is the appropriate rule of thumb when it comes to style. No need to fret! We’re here to help break it all down for you.

As we generally know ‘Black Tie’ is a dress code for social gatherings that basically states that men should wear tuxedos while women should wear something to compliment the look. While this is a simple concept for a man to apply - what’s so hard about finding a tux? - it still leaves women clueless regarding all of the intricacies that ‘Black Tie’ attire entails.

For us ladies, a ‘Black Tie’ dress code calls for sleek silhouettes, floor-length gowns or a formal cocktail dress (think brocades, embellishments or A-line) are most appropriate. This does not mean that you have to buy an insanely expensive ball gown, if you don’t already own one, but you should still consider something this very dressy, classic and is rich in color. Conversely, women who opt to wear a cocktail dress should also make sure to keep the colors rich (black, jewel tones and dark metallics) and remember to choose a respectable length that’s below-the-knee or three-quarter length (midi).

When you’re looking of a dress,the objective should be to find a piece that looks ‘smart’ and elegant. Our overall tip would be to avoid anything thats loud in color, tight and falls more than an inch above the knee. Here, you can begin shopping as we’ve rounded up 10 chic ‘Black Tie’ appropriate gowns that will be suitable for any wedding.


AQ/AQ - Yasar Deep Plunge Maxi Dress, $214.50,

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Rachel Zoe - Candace Dress, $598,

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Reformation - Anne Dress, $428,


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True Violet - Pleated 2 in 1 Midi Dress, $96,


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AQ/AQ - Sedona Backless Maxi Dress, $303,


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Jill Jill Stuart - Color Block Gown, $398,


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Reformation - Dylan Dress, $388,


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Lovers & Friends - X Revolve The Slip Dress, $298,


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Reformation - Frozen Dress, $248,


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Elise Ryan - Pleated Midi Dress With Lace Insert, $98,


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Which dress can you envision yourself donning at your next 'Black Tie' wedding? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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