What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding
When it comes to different dress codes, black tie is likely the one you’ve heard again and again. Maybe it was for last year’s prom night, maybe your cousin’s upcoming wedding. You know it calls for fancy attire in an evening setting, but what exactly makes a dress fall into black tie territory? What type of style should you look for while shopping?
With the most popular wedding season now in full swing (hello, fall!) coupled with the cooling temperatures, a long evening dress is typically the default for a black tie event this time of year. Landed an invite with this common dress code? Lucky you; follow our tips below to shop for your style stress-free.
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Does a black tie dress have to be long?
Nope! A fancy cocktail dress with lots of lace, beading, and other embellishments is fine, but like we said, a long evening dress can be more comfortable in fall and winter. Shop some of our black tie dress picks here, or find more in our long evening dress collection.
What about the dress silhouette?
Everything from ballgowns to simple column styles work, but no need to go super grand for a wedding invite (you definitely don’t want to out-do the bride!) Form-fitting shapes like trumpet, mermaid, and column are appropriate and also highlight your frame.
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How about dress color?
For a black tie wedding, always respect the bride and avoid white, ivory, and other similar light tones. A rule of thumb: if you even think it’s too light, it probably is; but no worries, there’s plenty of other chic shades to choose from! For fall and winter, stick to neutrals like black, navy, or gold, or have fun with rich tones like emerald, wine, or gunmetal. And of course, black is always a classic option as well.
Let’s talk embellishments
Go all out with head to toe sequins, glitter detailing, heavy beading, and luxe textures like satin, Mikado, and brocade. Whether you prefer to keep it simple or unleash your inner glamazon, there’s a dress for you. Now get shopping!
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The Hottest Dress Colors for a Fall Wedding
Fall is a shady season…and we’re not just talking about the unpredictable temps. The pretty reds, yellows, and oranges that result from the changing leaves are serious inspo for Fall fashion. Why not complement the season with a new wedding guest dress in a gorgeous hue? We narrowed down 5 of Fall’s finest for your next formal fête.
This haute hue has its moment every Fall…and is back again for another round! The question is…are you red-y to rock it? Shine from head to toe in a form-fitting wine evening dress bearing a plunging, v-neck, or illusion neckline. No accessories needed…just a dose of attitude.
Lace, sequins, beading…no matter the style, a long black dress is a closet staple. Have a red carpet moment at your next formal event in a halter or plunging gown that’ll send the paparazzi swarming.
A rich jewel tone appears effortlessly elegant in any Fall setting. Look ever-so regal in an emerald evening dress, whether it’s an A-line satin dress or chiffon strapless number. Simply slip on your style and prepare to wow with each step. After party, anyone?
Golden girl status! Shine with the best of ‘em in Fall’s favorite metallic. It’s our gilt-y pleasure…and about to be yours too. Own the night in a metallic plunging style, dazzling strapless dress, or an illusion neckline number that’s nothing short of stunning.
If turquoise is the young, fun member of the blue family, meet its sophisticated older cousin, navy! A classic for Fall, this hue will never go out of style, and is perfect when you don’t want to go full drama in all black. Turn heads in a figure-flattering sequin or satin navy evening dress.
Shop all of these fall wedding guest dresses + more on CLV.com or come visit us in-store! We can't wait to see how gorgeous you'll look!
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For a Black Tie WeddingShop: 31373 Fall or winter, it doesn’t matter; this shining fit and flare dress will impress no matter the season! Slip it on for #HOCO18, then don it again for a wedding later this year, especially if the dress code is more on the formal side.
For a Beach Casual WeddingShop: 52371W1P Jetting off to a destination wedding…or just driving to the local shore? Either way, this high-low homecoming dress effortlessly transitions from school to sand. The loose skirt pairs well with ocean breezes, while the allover lace sparkle ups the dressy factor. Send us a postcard?
For a Bridal ShowerShop: 7036YB1P Simple and flirty, but not too understated; the perf bridal shower dress, if you ask us! Celebrate the coming school year, then the bride-to-be, in this beautiful satin style.
For Dinner on VacayShop: 1124X Winter vacation is booked and the countdown is officially on! If dinner one night is somewhere fancy (and warm!), slip this lace homecoming dress into your suitcase for a one-and-done look that’s totally ‘gram-worthy (we’ll be looking for it under #CLVGIRL)
For a Sweet SixteenShop: QR51K597 Whether you scored one invite or ten, this lace homecoming dress is begging for a spot in your Sweet sixteen wardrobe. The cutout back and party skirt are made for endless photo-ops, while the navy hue is subtle enough for repeat wear. Xo, Camille