Black-tie event? That is your permission to go all out and let your hair down—as far down as that floor-length gown you’ll definitely be wearing. (Seriously—if it’s not going to be floor-length, at least ensure it’s below the knee.) Black-tie attire is fit for formal dinners, formal parties, red carpet events (if you’re fortunate to attend such occasions), and sometimes balls and weddings—depending on the couple’s sensibilities, of course.
Black-tie is a very specific dress code. It’s not as strict as white tie, but it’s up there. If you’ve been invited to a black-tie event, don’t even think about dusting off that short and sweet party dress from your 21st birthday. We need something that will make a serious statement whilst ticking all the boxes. Here’s how you can get black-tie event ready.
4 tips to get black-tie event ready
Go low or go home
If you intend to sport a skirt or skirted attire, your best bet is either a maxi cut or a mermaid train. If neither of these will do, then a midi cut would also be acceptable.
Don’t be misled by the term ‘black tie’. In fact, we’re unsure why this label is still in use at all. At an event where women outshine the very stars in the sky, why are we still focussing on the men’s dress code? All those in favour of changing this from a ‘black-tie’ to ‘ballgown’ event, say aye!
Although the men’s dress code does indeed call for a black bow tie (and tuxedo), this doesn’t apply to the women’s dress code. In fact, a black-tie event is your chance to show off your most vibrant and colourful gown! That being said, black is certainly an option for a black-tie event. This model is definitely rocking the black-tie aesthetic:
If dresses don’t suit…
Not every woman likes dresses. Luckily, there’s an option to suit everyone! A suit or tuxedo fit for women is also black-tie appropriate. You can check out some of the different styles for varying black-tie occasions.
If you’re more of a tuxedo type of gal, you needn’t feel restricted either. Because the women’s tuxedo is an updated variant of the traditional men’s design, it doesn’t call for a tuxedo’s traditional requirements. Tuxedo-sporting women, for instance, don’t need to wear a black bow tie—although that certainly is an option. Do you dare to bare with a plunging neckline?
If ever there was a time to accessorise, a black-tie event is certainly it. Dig out your diamonds, Swarovski, Cartier and Tiffany’s. It’s time to shine!
Choose necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that not only match each other but also complement your appearance. For example, the model above is wearing a chunky set of earrings. These pearly companions make as bold a statement as her dress. Find jewellery that serves or contrasts your colour scheme. The same principle applies to your choice of makeup.
When it comes to hair, you can opt for a full or partial updo. If you’d rather let your hair flow as freely as your mermaid gown, ensure to still maintain sharp styling.
You’ve been invited to a black-tie event! Have fun with it! Think Kate Hudson in ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ think J-LO in ‘Maid in Manhattan’. This is your time to showcase your killer ensemble and present as the princess you are. From your meticulously tousled hairdo to your stylish selection of shoes, make this moment count. Your ball gown looks beautiful (or your tux looks deluxe). Your chariot awaits, Cinderella.