So, you’ve just received an invite and the dress code says black tie. Before you start scrambling through your closet, we’re going to help you fully understand the black tie dress code and give you a few outfit ideas so you can arrive in perfect style.
What is Black Tie?
Black tie dress is the highest level of formal wear that there is. Think red carpet, met gala—any gala for that matter. It’s a level higher than formal and two levels higher than cocktail wear. Black tie is fancy, sophisticated, and high class—something every girl dreams about when they were young.
Today, more and more couples are opting for black tie weddings. This means that as a guest, you will have to dress in your best formal attire. Black tie or black tie optional weddings can be some of the most stunning events—seeing all of your closest family and friends dressed up in formal wear, fresh faced, and ready to have a good time. This is something that we at Stage Stores don’t see often, so when it does come around, it’s a special affair.
Black Tie Essentials
If you’re prepping for a black tie wedding or a black tie event, here are a few essentials that you will need to have a beautiful, sophisticated, and fun evening.
A Tailored Gown
For women, no matter if the invite says black tie or black tie optional, you will need a gown. A gown should go past the knees and past the ankles as well. Typically referred to as maxi dresses, you gown should be made from more sophisticated fabrics. Stay away from cotton or cotton blends, as these fabrics can create a more casual look.
Try something like this gown from Morgan & Lace. THis fully lined gown features a flattering silhouette with just the right amount of detail. Always be mindful of the hosts wishes as well. If they have requested a certain color or level of commitment to the black tie request, be sure to honor it. If you are attending a black tie wedding, always stay away from white gowns.
Jewel & Statement Accessories
Black tie events should be your time to fulfill your wildest fantasies—within reach. It’s not everyday that you get to wear a full length gown and sip on champagne all night in it. To accentuate your gown, be sure to add some sparkling accessories into the mix. Fine jewelry like dainty diamond necklaces or large statement pieces can completely change the look of your outfit. You can go from formal to black tie with just a pair of bathrdrop earrings, sparkling studs, or even an accent ring.
Hair & Makeup
To complete your look, you’ll need your hair and makeup to look the part as well. Sleek ponytails are great for gowns that have high neck detailing. Loose waves can help you achieve red carpet worthy glam in seconds, or a elegant updo can give you another statement piece to your look—the possibilities are truly endless. For a black tie event, it can be fun to get a little more dramatic with your makeup. Play with a smokey eye that compliments your dress. For example, if you’ve chosen a wine red gown, play with a complimentary lip color or a dramatic red and black eyeshadow look that will turn heads.