Just What is Black Tie Optional For Women?

What is black tie optional for women? Summer is the time for weddings and dances.  We have already received two invitations for this season.  One is for a wedding of a friend of my son’s and one is a party.  I don’t know about you, but I am always a little bit uncertain about what to wear. Formal, semi-formal, black tie, black tie optional. What do all these terms really mean?  It’s not only a question for men.  This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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Just What is Black Tie Optional For Women?

 

Black Tie Optional For Women

Black tie optional was created to give men the option of wearing either a single or double-breasted dinner jacket with black silk bow tie or, less formally, a tuxedo or a dark colored suit, white shirt, and evening tie. What exactly does that mean for women?

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Black tie optional for women means that the woman would be able to wear a long, floor length evening dress or could instead choose an evening suit, or short cocktail dress. Note that the hemline should not be too short or too revealing. Black tie optional for women doesn’t mean clubbing attire.

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Black tie optional gives the guest the ability to choose formal or slightly informal attire.

The benefit of black tie optional for parties is that it gives you the option to wear a formal cocktail dress instead of a full-length gown. Many women would prefer to wear a cocktail dress because the dress can be re-used for other occasions. It may be more difficult to wear a full-length gown to more than one party or event.

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Another option would be a formal silk blouse with a full-length black velvet skirt.These separates could be worn again with different accessories to create several different multi-purpose outfits.

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Remember Accessories

If you’re wondering how to cover up in cooler weather, please leave the ski jacket or sweater at home. Instead, opt for a cashmere wrap or a faux fur jacket. A classic string of pearls is always a great option for formal wear.

Ladies, remember that whatever outfit you choose, it needs to fit into a room full of men in formal tuxedos. Keep that in mind when shopping.

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Comments

  1. Those are beautiful dresses!

    I must say I didn’t know what Black tie optional meant until I read your post 😛 Thanks for sharing that info 🙂

  2. Cheap Is The *New* Classy says:

    That bracelet is cool and something I would really like. I love how Shopcade seems to offer dressy and not-so-dressy items; a little something for everyone. 🙂

  3. Teresha Freckleton-Petite says:

    I always wondered what black tie optional meant. I learned something today! All of those dresses are great picks. I like the top right one the best

  4. I have a few black tie optional events to attend this summer and I will be visiting Shopcade to accessorize.

  5. AMBER EDWARDS says:

    Wow, how sad that I didn’t have a clue that Black Tie optional ment. Other than High school prom I’ve never had an opportunity to really dress up like this. I wish we had more events that were classy in our lifestyle.

  6. LOVE MELISSA:) says:

    What beautiful dresses! I have so many black tie events coming up!

  7. Cinny Bbs says:

    Huh, I like what I learnt today! Thanks for explaining.

  8. I love the choices that you presented. I would be completely over my head in selecting something black-tie appropriate. Thanks for the easy guide!

  9. My favorite is the dress on the bottom right. The one to its left inspires me to work on my shoulders……I’d never be able to wear that!

  10. I love these little black dresses 🙂

  11. Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS says:

    This was an interesting post. It really helps to define the Black tie optional thing. You know what another great post would be? Examples of each kind of invitation style. Black Tie, Black Tie Optional, casual, etc.

  12. You had me at Pinterest with shopping ability! That bracelet is so pretty!

  13. I envy you guys. You have so many more options than we do when it is a black tie event. For us, it’s a suit – that’s it!