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What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding

Time to get dressed up. An invitation has found its way through your door, with “black tie” etched under the dress code. But what does this really mean? And what does it mean for women? For male guests, or guests who prefer a more masculine style, a dark coloured suit, with a bowtie, and a Marcella shirt which requires cufflinks is ideal. For female guests, though, black tie attire is far more broad, with less rules. Read on for a breakdown of what a black tie dress code means for wedding guests, and our top picks of black tie outfit options and accessories.

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What is a Black Tie Dress Code for Women?

While for male guests a black tie dress code strictly outlines the exact outfit they should wear, women are not quite as lucky. Black tie is an elevated formality, so dresses should be no shorter than knee length. There are no clear rules on prints or colour choices, so be encouraged to explore fun patterns and bold tones that you may not always reach for. Although you should steer clear of white, ivory, or cream as to not upstage the bride.

If dresses are not your usual style, tailoring should be clean and sleek, with separates that match.

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Black Tie Event Dresses

With the dress code “rules” in mind, why not opt for a formal maxi dress that brings with it glamour and formality?

From classic bow detailing to sparkling embellishments, from soft jersey to slinky satin, our black tie wedding guest dresses are perfect for events that require something a little extra. Style simply with strappy heels and a clutch bag for an outfit that photographs beautifully and goes seamlessly from ceremony to cocktail hour to dancefloor.

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Black Tie Wedding Outfits

If looking for a more unique approach than a dress, have you considered sleek tailoring?

From jumpsuits to suits and two piece sets, our range of tailoring is certain to help you find an outfit for your black tie wedding.

Whether looking for a jumpsuit which leaves an impression, or a tailored set that is certain to turn heads, high quality tailoring brings with it an understated glamour and self-assuredness that will carry you confidently through the night.

Style tailoring with pointed toe heels and a large fascinator for a powerful, head turning look from head to toe.

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Black Tie Event Accessories

Criminally underrated, a fascinator immediately increases the formality of any look. If you can’t wear one to a black tie wedding, when can you? When it comes to statement headwear, the larger and more intricate, the better. Perfect for adding enticing detail to any outfit, a fascinator can easily be styled with a dress or tailoring to add classic, feminine charm.

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