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Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.