If you are lucky enough to be invited to a black tie event – a wedding, say, or some sort of gala – you may be wondering what exactly you should wear. Men know that a black tie event usually means getting out (or renting) a tuxedo. For women, however, the dress code can be a little less
As a rule of thumb, a black tie event will usually involve wearing a floor length gown. At very least it will involve wearing a dressy cocktail dress. Bear in mind that women at a black tie event will have to hold their own in a room filled with women in gowns and men in tuxedoes and this is likely the dressiest sort of event you will attend. The fanciness of the occasion calls for making a real effort and wearing your very best formal clothes and accessories.
Gowns come in all sorts of styles, shapes and colours. Obviously, skin-tight, spandex numbers are probably not going to cut the mustard and you will almost certainly not want to wear something above the knee. If you do decide to go for something long, sweeping and floor length you will have more choice with regard to the colour, fabric and style. If you decide to go for more of a cocktail dress look then you really have to choose something fancier than the norm, in a deep, rich, dark colour and a lush fabric. Avoid anything too bright and breezy, or anything too overtly sexy. Avoid too much sparkle or bearing too much flesh as both can end up making you look cheap.
When choosing your long gown, remember that it should sweep the floor when you are (most likely) wearing heels. Do not let it fall short. Remember also that you may need a wrap or cover up for chilly nights, so pick out something that goes with your gown rather than just popping on your usual coat or jacket. Shoes, jewellery and a clutch if you have one all should be carefully considered and should compliment your gown without looking too matchy matchy.
When choosing a dress for your black tie event, make sure that you are not swept up too much in the glamour of the moment and make sure you choose a gown that is the right colour, fits you perfectly and will flatter your figure, skin, hair and eyes. That way, you are sure to make a good impression.