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How Not To Be Outcast At A Black Tie Affair (Hint: Don't Dress Like The Prom Queen)

June 22, 2010 by Aria Hughes
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How many times have you received an invitation with a dress code and still had no idea what to wear? Probably too many to count. That’s why this week we’re helping you get dressed for every type of formal occasion.  First up is black tie. Ladies should stick to a long evening gown, a cocktail dress, or evening separates. Check out three no-fail dresses and accessories that will work for any black tie affair:

For a classic option, buy this silk Laundry by Shelli Segal Strapless Sweetheart gown ($285). The empire waist will hide a tummy, the black color is slimming, and although it’s formal, the fit is super comfy.

You can still have fun at a black tie event, and this Jill Stuart Strapless Taffeta Party dress ($138.60, down from $198) is a great option. The cobalt blue color will get you noticed, and the voluminous skirt has the perfect amount of drama for a black tie affair.

For a dress that fits closer to your body, go for this Tadashi Shoji One-Shoulder Silk dress ($290). The jewel tone color flatters many skin tones, and the subtle fabric draping details on the torso are very slimming.

Accessorize any of these dress with Kenneth Jay Lane’s Crystal drop earrings ($73.50, down from $210). They have a modern shape and they don’t look like costume jewelry.

Wearing a leather purse to a black tie event is a no-no. Instead, go for something small with interesting details like this Menbur Pleated Satin clutch ($75).

These Pour La Victoire Laela pumps ($155) will be your go-to for any formal affair. The heel height isn’t too high, the black satin will pair well with any dressy outfit, and the feminine bow detail will stand out in a sea of basic evening shoes.

See our guides to the best evening bags, the best cheap jewelry, the best chain strap bags, and the best cocktail dresses.

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