Reader request time! As you know, wedding season is upon us (let’s be honest–it’s all year ’round at this point) and a reader asked me to round up some black tie appropriate dresses. Obviously these dress codes revolve around men (e.g. black tie, white tie, etc) but as women, we have a little more flexibility but also a little more pressure (as per usual) since we don’t just have a tuxedo in the closet we can throw on. Black tie should technically mean that the event starts after 6PM and is a synonym for “get your fancy on.” Typically, floor-lengths gowns are worn but with the casualization of clothing, I think a fancy cocktail dress in tea-length is totally appropriate. If you opt for a shorter dress, keep it in a rich color to keep it from looking too casual (i.e. black , jewel tones). I also believe that you can most certainly wear a long, formal jumpsuit (remember this one? I wore it to a black tie optional wedding) or a maxi skirt + top combination.
Reformation (not pictured)- A gorgeous off-the-shoulder that will compete with the fanciest gowns at the wedding…just make sure it’s not the same shade as the bridesmaid dresses.
Jarlo – I just found this dress during my hunt and I’ve never heard of the brand but they’re perfect for black tie affairs! How stunning is the train?!