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What To Wear To A Black Tie Affair

December 29, 2009 by Eileen Conlan
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‘Tis the season when invitations to all kinds of parties arrive, including invitations for black tie affairs. We’re here to help make it easy, in case you don’t have a black tie gown lying around, or aren’t sure what you should wear. First, let’s decode the invitation at below. This one says black tie, but even if it didn’t, the fancy script and black and white colors indicate this is no casual fete, so dress accordingly.

Our rules for black tie dressing, plus our picks for some classy gowns that are particularly appropriate:

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Black dresses are a no-fail option. Have one simple black gown in your closet for these types of occasions, and then just accessorize differently, with different necklaces or earrings for each party. Get free shipping on this dress with the promo code WINTER.

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– If you don’t want to wear black, stick with a neutral, like slate gray, navy or champagne. This navy dress is one-shoulder, a great silhouette for every body type. Get free shipping with code NM SHIP.

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Not into a long gown? Pick a special cocktail dress with some great detailing, like this one by Yoana Baraschi. Also get free shipping with code NM SHIP.

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Don’t be afraid to add on a little bit of glamour. If you keep the dress simple but elegant, you can wear diamond earrings, a sparkly necklace, or long gloves to complete the look.

For more, see our guides to party dresses, party shoes, sparkly necklaces, evening bags, and festive attire. We’ve got everything you need to wear to your black tie party, be it for New Year’s Eve, or beyond.

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