A query that often comes to my website is the current dress code for Black Tie events. Now that we are into November people are starting to plan what to wear for the festive occasions that upcoming.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are extremely popular times for hosting black tie events.
Indeed many weddings held at this time of the year are dress-code – black tie. As usual it is cut and dry for the boys – all they need to do is wear a tuxedo.
These are extremely easy to come by from a suit rental provider or even the high street as stores including Penny’s who have launched a Tux range aimed at this year’s Debs market!
So what is the current trend for ladies going to a black tie function?
Well I asked some of our followers on the our Facebook page and some of our members on the website. The overwhelming response was that these days, pretty much anything goes!
There is no specific dress code anymore, whereas in the past a full-length dress would have been expected, these days it is totally up to the individual.
Full-length is still popular but cocktail style is also acceptable as long as the dress is not too short.
Personally I always go for what I feel most comfortable in and what I think will suit the occasion.
If I’m not sure how fancy the event will be, I will opt for a safe but stylish, knee-length cocktail-style dress such as the ONYX dress from Monsoon.
Even if others are wearing full-length dresses, I always feel suitably dressed-up in this gúna.
I have worn this dress to black tie weddings before and I was glad of my choice as it is a very comfortable style for a long day.
If I know the function is going to be full-on formal, I will go for a longer, full-length style.
The long black dress I’m wearing in the photo is ideal for such an occasion. It’s elegant, comfortable (built-in bra!) and very easy to wear.
You want to make sure your dress has the staying power for a sit down meal, dancing or whatever else the event throws at you.
I have to admit I am a bitch for black, especially at this time of the year.
Both examples are easy to accessorise with some bling, killer heels and in cold weather a dressy coat or jacket, with some sort of embellishment such as a faux fur collar or wide leather belt.
So basically ladies, the new black tie rules are there are no rules – just show up in something suitably dressy, comfortable and be fabulous!
Do you have a preference for cocktail or formal dresses? Leave a comment in the box below and let us know.