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How to do Black Tie

Door Emi Baldwin - Tuesday 20 October 2015 | 16:01

We’ve all been there. The moment where you are invited to a Black Tie event and you are filled with both excitement and dread. Yes, that means we can dress up but at the same time, the thought is there, what an earth do we wear?

Does Black Tie mean you have to wear black?

No. In fact Black Tie derives from what the men are expected to wear. So the Black Tie dress for women should indeed compliment the traditional black tie and dinner jacket.

Black Tie is quite vague for us ladies. The easiest way to think of Black Tie for us is Cocktail dresses. The best option if you are not sure is to go long. If you are not comfortable with a long dress then try midi or something around the knee. Never go too short, that way you will avoid feeling out of place.

Don’t be afraid of colour! It is worth taking a look at our collection of Cocktail dresses from a wide range of brands and in other colours other than black. Take a leaf out of Alexa Chung’s book at opt for a bold bright and floor sweeping gown.

Regram from English beauty @chungalexa wearing an embroidered dress from #Fall15 in #newyorkcity yesterday. #bestdressed

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Another tip when working out how to do Black Tie is to look up the venue, that will give you some indication of how fancy to go.  

Also think about what the occasion is and the people that are inviting you. Is it a 50th Wedding Anniversary or a 21st Birthday Party? That could really be the deciding factor in how much skin is appropriate to show. We love the idea of nude colours as an option, this is a great opportunity to play around with your accessories and neutral colours are also soft and elegant. 

The main thing when choosing your outfit of course is to wear something that you are comfortable in! If you feel more happy in something shorter then a classic cocktail mini could be the way to go!

Black is always a great option. You can’t go wrong with a classic and timeless LBD when wondering how to do Black Tie. Especially if you have more than one event coming up and only want to buy one dress.

TIP: A little clever accessorising can totally transform an outfit!

Black Tie

 

French Connection £ 85.00 French Connection Jersey Dress £75.00 Naf Naf Cocktail Dress £ 44.00 Swing Cocktail Dress £ 85.00

Hang on a tick though…what about Black Tie at a Wedding?

Same rules apply here. Black Tie is the same as Black Tie at any other event. Yes, you should think about how exposed you are, especially if you are going to the service itself. Hats and Fascinators are a great option as well. But not totally necessarily if you are wearing a floor sweeping dress.

If you still feel like you should wear some form of head or hair accessory, then why not go for a sparkly hair grip or a delicate headband.

The Best Brands For Black Tie Events

Chi Chi London

Asos

Whistles

Virgos Lounge

LK Bennett

Coast

Ghost

French Connection

TFNC

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