How to Dress for a Black Tie Holiday Event
During the winter months, you may be invited to any number of black tie events including an evening wedding, a fundraising gala, or formal party. For these events, the attire can often be "black tie". For women that means you should wear a floor-length gown. For an evening black tie event during the fall and winter months, stick with dark or rich colors and heavier fabrics; think lace, beaded, velvet, or satin as opposed to a light chiffon. Pictured Above: ASOS RED CARPET Premium Super Plunge Twist Front Maxi Dress
For the holidays, some sparkle is always a good idea. In fact, some formal holiday events may call for "festive black tie" on the invite. Go for either a gown with some sparkle or a rich holiday color like emerald or red. A "festive black tie" event that is work-related calls for a more modest gown - no high slits, and nothing strapless or with spaghetti straps. A gown with a modest neckline, like the two pictured above, is something you could wear to both a wedding or a more corporate setting. A more simple, solid-colored dress like the Eliza J Women's Beaded Cap Sleeve Gown pictured above is also a great versatile gown. You could dress it down for the ballet with minimal jewelry and more natural makeup, or dress it up with formal heels, an up-do with bold makeup, and a jeweled statement necklace.
Pictured Above: Eliza J Women's Beaded Cap Sleeve Gown, $83.67 // Adrianna Papell Women's Short-Sleeve Sequin Gown, $280
Don't worry about being over-dressed for a black tie event. It's the perfect opportunity to wear a beautiful gown with some added drama like beading, a bold print, a full skirt, or an interesting neckline.
Pictured Above: HALSTON HERITAGE Women's Charmeuse V-neck Evening Gown with Flowy Skirt // Adrianna Papell Women's Cap Sleeve V Neck Fully Beaded Gown // BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Rose Strapless Tiered Evening Gown // Crystal Dresses Sheath/column Scoop Taffeta and Lace Mother of the Bride Dress
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