|We Decoded What Black-Tie Formal Wear Really Means (and What to Wear)|
When it comes to formal dress codes, knowing what’s okay and not okay to wear often eludes us. What dress length is appropriate for a black-tie invitation? Do I need to wear black? When is the right time to err on the side of classic versus more trend-forward? We all face these uncertainties and more when getting dressed for any type of black-tie event that warrants formalwear. As invitations these days are much more varied, there is no one standard to approaching black-tie formalwear. Instead, you might encounter a number of “black tie” occasions that warrant a spectrum of dress codes. From standard to black tie creative, we’re breaking down the details you need to know when getting dressed for any type of formal event. Read on to see the celebrity-inspired looks that fit the bill for every variation of black-tie formalwear. If your invitation simply reads 'black tie', this indicates the most formal of attire. For men, the standard is typically their best tuxedo. Which means that for women, a floor-length gown is appropriate and while you aren't actually required to wear black to a black-tie event, a darker color palette is preferred. Most women opt for an updo to show off their most glamorous jewels. On Olivia Culpo: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Sheer Lace Gown ($1995) and Hueb Mirage 18K White Gold And Diamond Earrings ($13,550).Refined and elegant, you'll nail the black-tie dress code in this stunning satin gown. Available in sizes UK6 to UK14.Gunmetal hardware gives this shoe a subtle edge. Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.The perfect accessory for holiday parties.On Lily Aldridge: Ralph Lauren dress, Bulgari earrings, Balenciaga Knife Over-The-Knee Boots ($1690).The high slit lets a statement shoe peek out. Available in sizes 2 to 4.The boots beloved by Hollywood's most stylish crowd. Available in sizes EU35 to EU42.Single statement earrings are the under-the-radar jewelry trend we're seeing everywhere.On Emma Roberts: Diane von Furstenberg dress.This is exactly the kind of versatile LBD that should be in everyone's closet. Available in sizes 2 to 10.Add a luxe element to winter looks.Satin shoes were made for evening dresses. Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.On Behati Prinsloo: Gucci dress, Gucci Patent Leather Sandal ($730).If you plan on showing a little leg, balance it out with a high neckline. Available in sizes 0 to 4.Simple yet stunning. Available in sizes 4 to 10.5.Not like all your other going-out bags. Winter wedding invitations flooding your inbox? Our complete guide to what to wear has you covered. For black tie creative, think black-tie standards of formalwear (floor-length gown, your best jewelry) but with more room to Just like standard black-tie, a floor-length gown is the most appropriate, though the addition of "preferred" indicates that you should opt for the most elegant dress (or female suit) you own. If that means you don't have a darker floor-length gown on hand, an elevated cocktail dress may be appropriate, though you'd be best suited to dress it up with beautiful shoes and accessories. This is the least formal of the black-tie dress codes. Similar to black-tie preferred, there will be a wider spectrum of formal attire at this event. You may choose between a floor-length and cocktail-length dress, but nice heels and an evening bag are still appropriate. Think of black-tie optional as a touch more elevated than cocktail attire.
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