Wedding Dress Code Guide For A Black Tie Wedding

by | Bride


We’re diving into everything black tie wedding on The Black Tie Issue and today, we want to explore that rather tricky subject for the guests – what exactly does one even wear to a black-tie wedding?

Black tie dress code can be so very intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! The basic guideline is all about dressing up and adding plenty of formality to your look. That means ditching the sneakers, drop the hemlines, and add plenty of sparkling gorgeous accessories.

Today, we’re sharing four dress code guides (and one for the guys!) that take completely different pieces and style them up for a black-tie celebration.

Keepsake Hide & Seek Gown from BNKR Mimco Nouveau Drop Earrings via David Jones Sergio Rossi Godiva Sling Pumps from Shopbop CLARE V. Bow-embellished glittered suede clutch from Net A Porter

First up, the classic black tie wedding style. Think of this one as a foundational look that ticks all the boxes. A long beautiful evening-length gown from a stunning fabric, evening-ready earrings and elegant heels.  This is a combination where you can’t go wrong!

Copper Street CS CURVY Drape Dress from The Iconic. Jessica Knot Tassel Earrings from Forever New,
Lipsy Rosegold Metallic Clutch from ASOS Livina Heels From Tony Bianco

Let the record show, the cocktail length dresses are completely okay for a black-tie wedding! A big question, especially if you feel like a floor-length gown is never going to be worn again. The trick is to choose a gown made from a more evening-ready fabric, like silk or crepe, in a darker tone (black, navy, metallics and jewel tones) with a length below the knee, and dressy accessories (think large jewels, metallic clutches and sparkling wraps)

Dressing up your makeup and hairstyle can also help make your cocktail gown a little more black-tie appropriate.

Jarlo Oversize ERuffle Front Maxi Dress from Asos, MNG Buffalo Earrings from The Iconic, Black Pouch from The Daily Edited, Carey Shoes in Black from Tony Bianco,

Think black tie is all about dark tones? While some couples opt for a darker colour palette, beautiful colour can look amazing at a black tie wedding!

Think stunning mustard, elegant emerald and in this example – tangerine! When colour is this bold, it’s fun to go for a floor-length hemline to keep the look formal and consider metallic accessories (or bold black) for a little added drama.

CEM Jumpsuit from Free People ,Elizabeth Cole Odessia Earrings from Shopbop,  Olga Berg Askos Crystal Tassle Pod from The Iconic,  Leah heel Sandal from Saba

Dresses not your thing? Never fear – pants are completely appropriate for a black tie wedding! As is the general theme for any black tie look, just make sure it’s dressed up! Think evening fabrics in beautiful cuts – a stunning jumpsuit, a beautiful pantsuit. Again, formal accessories with bold, metallic details and evening makeup can really transform the look to black tie wedding ready.

Midnight Navy Velvet Jacket from Oscar Hunt, Royale Black Tuxedo jacket from MJ Bale, Rystar Dinner Jacket from Wolf Kanat, Windslow Dinner Suit from Institchu 

In case you thought we forgot the males (check out Polka Dot Groom for plenty more)

While the general thought can dictate that a tuxedo with silk or satin lapel is the only appropriate attire for a black-tie wedding, the truth is, plenty of couples are understanding that not everyone is willing to go to this length – so based on your knowledge and understanding of how strict the couple is with their dress code, a tailored black dinner suit with bow tie, and white shirt can also make the grade.

If you want to opt out of colour, then consider a rich fabric, like velvet for a decadent touch.



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