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How to Dress for a Black Tie Event for Women

Whenever we come across formal invitation to certain events, we usually take a good look at the dress code and actually wonder about it. In all honesty, we all tend to get super excited when a particular event asks you to dress up in a particular way. It’s a pretty good excuse for shopping but it also means getting stressed out on what’s the best possible attire to wear. But then, let’s all admit that there are times that we are totally clueless on what the dress code means! Ever heard of a “Black Tie” event? Men will easily translate that into wearing their tuxedos, but for women – what could it possibly mean?!

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What’s a Black Tie Event?

How to Dress for a Black Tie Event for Women

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If you received an invitation stating “Black Tie” as the dress code, it only means that the event you are invited to isn’t just some crazy office party in the bar. Black tie translates to a very fancy and exclusive event wherein you should come in your most fancy attire. When we say fancy, it doesn’t really mean that you have to dress up looking like a fairy or a Disney princess. A Black Tie event usually conforms to types of clothing that looks immensely sophisticated, elegant and most of the time – very expensive. Designer brands are always present in black tie events, but of course, other than the brand itself, it is how you truly carry yourself with class.

Here are some ideas we found on the red carpet and the fashion runways that you can definitely wear in fancy black tie events.

1. Traditional Long Gowns

When it comes to black tie events, the most traditional option for most women to wear is a classic long gown. You can either go for a sleek, black long gown or a colorful ball gown to go with your date’s tuxedo.

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The Hollywood Red Carpet is one fine example of a black tie event. In this particular look, Jessica Biel flaunted an Elie Saab gown featuring a sexy plunging neckline; a dress that perfectly goes along with his husband’s Tom Ford tux. Craving for more red carpet looks? Check out 30 Best Red Carpet Moments of 2016

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Here’s another fancy gown that can truly enamor everyone in a fancy black tie event. This gown is by Ziad Nakad and was showcased during the 2016 Paris Fashion Week.

How to Dress for a Black Tie Event for Women

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Nothing should stop you from being your very own princess of the night! We are deeply in love with this hot pink princess-inspired gown from Sherri Hill!

If you want to keep it simple but alluring, then here’s a chiffon white gown from Ralph and Russo. What a way to channel your inner Grecian Goddess!

2. The Little Black Dress

Of course, the iconic Little Black Dress is always here to stay. The beauty of it is that it can look as classy as the fancy ball gowns without shedding too much extra! However, we are talking about a black tie event here so if you are going for a little black dress, make sure it stands out.

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We spotted this little black dress from Saint Laurentand we can definitely tell you that this is how your little black dress should look like for a black tie event. It shines gorgeously under night lights while also flaunting very unique cuts and details!

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Chanel’s 2016 F/W RTW Collection is also full of pieces worth wearing on a black tie event. While we usually limit ourselves to haute couture for black tie moments, Chanel wants you to know that RTW can absolutely work too. If you are wondering how exactly should you be wearing a little black dress, believe us, it’s simple but complicated. With this being metioned, we would like to lead you in this post: A Comprehensive Guide to Little Black Dress of All Time

3. Glam and Glitter

Black tie events are social gatherings held at night, most likely 6pm onwards when the sun had already set. In terms of evening events, we are dealing with night lights (also known as artificial lighting) which explains why almost everyone opts for something sparkly.

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Glitters won’t ever fail you when it comes to fancy evening events. This futuristic dress from Elie Saab’s F/W haute Couture collections is nothing less than dreamy! It shines gorgeously against lighting, making the whole dimensions of the dress stand out! Pair it up with a hot red lipstick and you are ready to go! Read more about lipsticks here: How to Choose the Right Lipstick Shade for Your Skin Tone

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Kendall Jenner looked like a stunning diva from the 20’s with her silver plunging piece! Do the fur details remind you of vintage Las Vegas? This ravishing vintage piece is from the Chanel fashion Show for Paris Fashion Week.

4. Edgy Separates

Oh yes, you can definitely wear separates for black tie events. Who says suits are only limited for men?! Whether you are going with your man or flying solo, looking androgynous with the separates of your choice is definitely a solid decision to go for!

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Show them you are a Queen! A queen does not always clothe herself in fancy, bejeweled ball gowns. She sometimes wear edgy suits too! Gucci totally nailed this feather and velvet pairing to complete a death-defying fashion look!

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We all know how Yves Saint Laurent changed the world of fashion when he started introducing women in suits in his very own runway! If you are feeling like channeling Tilda Swinton, here’s a monochromatic suit from YSL that you’ll fall head over heels for!

5. Fierce and Fabulous

Let’s say you are not into the basics. A black tie event does not happen every day so why not make the most out of it through your choice of attire! Be daring and show everybody that you have your own set of rules!

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Lingerie or not? Whatever people may think it is, Lanvin totally speaks for the details of its creation. This elegant black slip dress featuring an abstract placing of chiffon, sequins and lace is an absolute piece worth any red carpet moment!

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If you want to stun everyone with a ferociously bright color, then go blind everybody with this scarlet red dress from Balmain! Just look at those architectural cuts – what’s not to love?

Are you ready to flaunt it for tonight’s fancy black tie gala? We really hope this article helped you decide what kind of clothing you should go for. Then again, while black tie events usually translate to extremely lavish clothing, it always goes down on how you carry yourself with class and elegance. Be confident and make sure you enjoy every bit of the party! Thinking of a clutch bag to pair with your fancy black tie attire? Check out 15 Fashionable Evening Clutches Perfect for the Holidays

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