BLACK TIE/BLACK TIE REQUIRED
Dress code „Black Tie“ is pretty formal and the second highest level of formal attire. It is less formal and dressy than white tie but more formal than informal or business dress. It is the most formal dress code you’ll probably face when to comes to weddings or galas, because white-tie affairs is now fairly rare being reserved for only extremely formal occasions aren`t very common. The hosts want to host a very formal party and expect tuxedos to be worn, but do not want to exclude guests that cannot afford a tuxedo. It’s customary to wear floor-length gowns, but, exceptions can be made. The black tie code is sometimes classified as "semi-formal" in contrast to the "formal" white tie, or as "formal" in contrast to the "most formal" of white tie. Black tie is traditionally worn only after six o'clock in the evening, or after sundown during winter months.
- A formal floor-length evening gown or a ballgown.
- Dinner (ankle) or tea (below mid-calf) length sleeveless evening gown with stole and gloves.
- A dressy, but still formal knee-length cocktail dress. Pick the neutral or dark rich colors like black, jewel tones, chic metallics and brown.
- Your dressiest “little black dress”.
- Dressy and chic separates, such as a silk blouse with a full satin skirt, palazzo pants or a knee-length skirt and shell set.
- Smart jumpsuits are also acceptable.
- Dramatic jewelry, glamorous makeup and hair.
- High or medium heels.
AVOID: Shorts, pedal pushers, mini skirts, flip flops, winter or rain boots, sneakers, jeans, t-shirt, sportswear, baseball caps or other items associated with casual wear. It is always better to overdress than to underdress. Avoid dresses made of cotton, rayon or denim, as well as garments that are completely covered in sequins, rhinestones or other appliques. A dress or pant suit made of wool, other than cashmere, is also not dressy.
WHEN TO WEAR IT: Black tie is worn to private and public parties like dinners, weddings, special life events like an anniversary party`s, balls, at Opera, at a ballet or orchestra gala and at formal dinners on cruise ships.