Christmas is coming, which means lots of parties and formal gatherings are on their way! If you’ve been invited to a Black Tie event this festive season, you might be a bit stuck on what to wear – it’s a tough dress code to negotiate! Thanks to L.K.Bennett, I am happy to share some tips on dressing for a Black Tie event, to keep you looking formal but fabulous this winter.
Choosing the perfect Black Tie dress
A floor-length dress is the perfect choice for a Black Tie event, but longer skirts, and ¾ length evening dresses can also look gorgeous – and still formal enough to fit the dress code. Cocktail dresses can also work well, but if you want to be safe make sure it goes below the knee.
For the material, some are more formal and Black Tie-appropriate than others. Chiffon, satin and velvet are great choices, and help you achieve a classically formal look.
In terms of cut, you’re best to stick to a timeless shape that creates a feminine silhouette. This means your outfit won’t ever go out of style, too, so you can wear your dress season after season. Stuck for ideas? Check out the awesome Black Tie collection at L.K.Bennett.
Accessorising your Black Tie dress
The accessories are where you can really make your Black Tie dress stand out. If you’ve gone for a simple dress, go all-out on your accessories, with a statement necklace, cool pendant or some bold chandelier earrings. You can also cinch your waist in with a belt, for a more vintage-inspired look.
As always, your choice of shoes and bag will depend on your outfit. Simple dresses can accommodate a more statement bag, so go for something gold – or the new-season colour of citrine. For your shoes, your safest option is heels, but make sure they aren’t too high that they will make dancing difficult!
Black Tie dos and donts
- Add tights with a shorter dress or skirt
- Play with colour and brave jewel tones to be right on trend this season
- Cover up with a coat or shrug
- Choose an outfit that’s too revealing, as you risk not meeting the dress code
- Over-accessorise and risk spoiling your outfit
- Be afraid to try something new – formal trousers, or a contemporary fabric perhaps?