Black Tie Dresses

What, exactly, qualifies as a black tie dress?

The term “black tie” refers to formal wear worn by men, thus a “black tie” or tuxedo is among the most formal of attire.  The only thing more formal than black tie is white tie – the typical attire worn for state dinners, very formal weddings, etc.

So what you need to think about when shopping for black tie dresses?

How Many Times are You Going to Wear it?

If you’re only going to wear it once or twice, don’t spend a lot of money.  It just doesn’t make sense.  Instead, look for deals on places like Overstock or SmartBargains, or even look into renting it for a fraction of what you’d pay for it outright.

How Formal is “Formal” Where You’re At?

If you’re looking for black tie dresses to wear in New York or Los Angeles, think long and elegant.  If you’ll be someplace where jeans are the standard uniform – small college towns and rural areas come to mind – consider going knee length instead.  You don’t want to intimidate the locals.

What Accessories Do You Need?

Black tie dresses call for formal evening accessories.  Elegant jewelry, strappy sandals, an evening clutch, a delicate wrap – every part of the ensemble needs to be in the same mood as the dress.

What Styles Look Best on You?

Some evening gowns styles can be tricky to carry off.   If you have a great neck and shoulders, consider something strapless or with thin straps.  If you have a large bust, opt for a dress with straps and support.  Not sure about how to hide the tummy bulge?  A surplice style will do the trick.

Searching for black tie dresses isn’t hard, so long as you take the time to think about the occasion, budget accordingly, and don’t wait until the last minute to try and score a deal.  Otherwise, you’ll almost always pay more than necessary.

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