Dress the Part: The Guide to Black Tie

Fact: Dress codes can be intimidating. We’re looking at you, black-tie-only wedding invite. But there’s good news. In recent years, black tie has become more relaxed, which means you actually have plenty of options.


Go For the Gown
Simply put, it’s impossible to overdress for a black-tie event, so don’t be afraid to glam up a floor-length number with plenty of jewelry. If you go for an already embellished style, however, skip the statement jewelry and let the gown speak for itself.

Say Yes to a Cocktail Dress
That’s right. When it comes to black-tie events, short numbers are perfectly acceptable, too. The trick here is to keep the fabric of your dress luxurious – think chiffon and silk – and the length appropriate (thigh high is a no-go).

Always Trust an LBD
If you get a last-minute invite, don’t panic. That little black dress residing in your closet will work just fine. The key: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Add pearls or diamonds, strappy stilettos, and wear your hair in a formal updo. People will think you were invited months ago.

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By Regan Templeton, Staff Writer

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August 22, 2013