If your calendar is full (or still filling up - have faith) with lots of fancy do’s rest assured that the inspiration for all of your outfits is taken care of. Whether it’s work ball, charity gala, awards night or a school ball, black tie is actually a very easy dress code to dress for. Below we have decoded one of the fanciest dresses codes and put together our fool-proof edit of Black Tie go-to's.
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Wikipedia defines the dress code for Black Tie as an evening gown or other fashionable evening attire may be worn which is, again, super vague and mysterious. Traditionally long dresses are more formal than cocktail options but today, these lines are blurred. If you opt for a cocktail-length dress, ensure you elevate your look with a drop earring or fancy heel. If I was wearing a shorter style to a ball I would opt for a darker colour like emerald, navy, ruby-red or black as it’s generally more night-time appropriate rather than something brighter. The choice is up to you, your personal style and what makes you feel comfortable so don’t fear a slightly shorter hemline.
Black Tie is the perfect excuse to go all out and try something a little different - especially when you are renting the dress! I love the idea of floor-length gowns in traditional silhouettes but bold or unexpected colours. There really are no rules when it comes to choosing a colour for your black-tie gowns, so your options are endless. One of my favourites at the moment is our ‘Camden Gown’ by designer ‘Likely NYC’ as the one-shouldered detail and form-fitting silhouette tick all the boxes however the split means you can feature a fun barely-there thin-strap heel. Plus the fuchsia and dark cobalt colour options mean you won’t blend into the more traditional Black Tie options.
Black but not boring
If colour isn’t really your thing, black is always a winner and it is flattering on any figure. You can work with a gorgeous texture like lace or sequins to have a little fun. Black is an easy option and definitely doesn’t have to be boring! If you are wearing a classic black gown consider adding a colourful red lip and adding in a sleek low bun for a more modern look.
If it’s for a work event consider a gown by Rebecca Vallance - you can’t go wrong. Her fabrics are super luxurious and the way she cuts her silhouettes are a little more sophisticated (read: demure) so if you are looking for something glamorous but that also ticks the necessary boxes for a work event then this is your go-to. Also if you are up for an award then consider a gown with a split so that you can walk with ease as you graciously accept.
I approach getting dresses for black-tie events by reminding myself that it’s an opportunity to be the most dramatic version of myself. Why not have fun? Wear a bold print, a bright colour, a sexy split.. Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration to help you find just the right gown for your event. If you would like any help with styling or fit please visit us in-store or reach out to us on Live Chat or Email - we would love to assist!