Black Tie Affair:
This post is inspired by one of my friends who recently received an invitation for a black tie wedding.
I figured it was the perfect opportunity to go into a little more detail and the definition for those who seek advice!
Simply put, a black tie affair refers to an event that requires formal attire , and is dictated by the season and the time of day.
Nowadays, with the economy and all, black tie is becoming more rare, but still makes an appearance every so often.
For men, black tie is defined by a traditional black tuxedo with a matching bow tie that is usually hand-tied.
Men are advised to wear a cummerband that matches the tie, but as of late it has become more acceptable to wear a tie/cummerband that is in sync with the female dates attire.
For women, black tie is a little more flexible with a wider range of options. It is usually defined by a gown or dress that is floor length, as anything shorter is considered “semi-formal.” But, women can make their look less conservative by choosing dresses that are more revealing in the shoulders (strapless), back (low-cut drop), or legs (knee-high slits).
Ideas for women for black tie events.
1 – BCBG Max Azria Strapless Silk Gown ($360)
2 – Mignon Short Sleeve Evening Gown in Dove-Silver ($438)
3 – Adrianna Papell Mesh Overlay Strapless Gown in Navy ($196)
4 – Tasdashi Mesh Gown ($320)
5 – JS Collections Satin Stripe Gown ($300)
6 – Love by Enzoani Taffeta Strapless Evening Dress in Blush ($498)
Don’t break the budget:
For ladies looking to save a few bucks on a gown they may never wear again, there is a great resource called “Rent the Runway” that provides beautiful luxury designer dresses at an affordable price. You can browse their website by clicking here.
Save money. Rent a dress.