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What to wear to a black-tie event

Dressing for a black-tie event doesn’t mean restricting yourself to a set style or colour palette. If anything, black tie means that you’ve got room to push the boundaries and make a statement — it’s an opportunity to wear something glamourous and unique.

What is a black-tie event?

Black-tie events are usually very formal affairs (think red carpet vibes) —but some can be a little more relaxed. If you’re not sure, ask the host to help you decide how all-out to go with out outfit.

Tips for choosing your black-tie event outfit

Get the low-down on the event before you pick an outfit. Black-tie events can be long; so comfortable outfits are a must! If you’re likely to be standing for a long time, consider wearing platforms or pumps, rather than stilettos.

Here are some of our favourite ways to dress for a black-tie event this season…

Chic and understated

Love subtle details? Go for all black in our Billie bow midi dress. It’s as chic as it gets. To level-up your look, elevate it with the right accessories — try these elegant black shoes with subtle detailing and a corsage satin bag for added interest.

Seasonal and statement-making

Question: What to wear to a black-tie event in winter? Answer: Velvet. Especially velvet in a deep jewel tone. Our showstopping Belle velvet bow dress in deep emerald green looks incredible with these plaid velvet platform heels, a diamante headband and a beaded clutch

All-out sparkles

For something super glamourous, go for sparkles. Sequins, metallics and long, flowing silhouettes will be your friend here — just pair with simple accessories like dainty gold sandals and a black velvet bow bag. These will keep your outfit grounded and elegant.

A twist on tradition

Not in the mood for a dress? Pair this a tailored velvet jacket and trouser suit with a statement bow-blouse for a playful twist on the traditional tuxedo. Elevate the look with pointed bow kitten heels and add a pop of colour with a velvet pouch bag.

When dressing for a black-tie event, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident. Our range of occasionwearshoes, and accessories has everything you need to look and feel fabulous. Enjoy.