Yes, I know it’s still October, but this past week my husband has sent me no less than three holiday party invites from his work. They are all varying dress codes, and it threw me into a mini panic just thinking about what I was going to wear! You probably have a few holiday parties to attend this year too, so before you start hyperventilating, let’s talk about interpreting dress codes, and then I’ll share with you a few pieces I would wear for a party with this particular dress code.
Starting from the most formal to the most informal, let’s start with Black Tie. Of course, it’s easy for the men — a tuxedo, or dark suit and dark tie/bowtie. For women, it’s actually not much harder. Black tie typically means floor length dresses, but a classic Little Black Dress (LBD) is totally appropriate as well.
When you attend a black tie event, most of the dresses are black. Maybe it’s because everyone thinks black is slimming, but most likely it’s because black is easy to wear and is endlessly versatile. But colored and patterned dresses are fair game too, so I’ve thrown in a few, but most of them are dark or black. And don’t forget — you can add jewelry, shoes, a bag, and a hairdo to let your personality shine through all the basic black!
I’ve found ones in varying price ranges, and I’ve sorted them by black formal dresses, colored formal dresses, and little black dresses.
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