Post # 1
I’m going to a black tie wedding in NYC in May and need help!! While the wedding is black tie, the bride said I could wear a shorter, fancier cocktail dress. I’m planning on getting one from rent the runway and am hesitant to get a long dress due to the fact that I’m only 5’4 and don’t want to wear huge heels.
Would either one of these work? Which one?
Post # 3
@kat912: I picked the second one only because the first looks to be extremely short & has a little more club/party type feel for me…
Post # 4
I would still probably do a long(er) dress for a black tie event. Maybe a tea length dress, since the bride said shorter is ok?
Post # 5
i agree with BeckySO. the second one works for me. but if it is a black tie, perhaps the bride meant shorter as in above or just below the knees.. not short like going to a club short.
Post # 6
I think they are both great dresses, but I don’t think either are appropriate for a black tie event. First one is too short and clubby, second one is too casual. I think you need a longer, tea length short dress for a black tie, too. But I personally would go floor length.
Post # 7
I disagree. I LOVE the first one.. Plus its NYC wedding. I feel like the second one is too informal.
Post # 8
If it’s black tie I would want to wear a gown, when else are you going to be able to? It doesn’t look like they have petite sizes, but there are some gowns where the model’s feet are showing so they might be shorter and work for you without having to wear sky high heels.
I don’t particularily like the first dress you posted, and the second seems like it would be apprpriate for any wedding so would be underdressed at a black tie event.
Post # 9
@kat912: It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t think they are black tie appropriate. What about something like this?
Post # 10
@kat912: Neither – but I just took a look and there are TONS of cute tea length dresses on Rent the Runway!!
Post # 11
I like the 1st one! And thanks for putting your height, that really helped. The main pic looked super short, but after looking at other photos and people including their height, I think it will be long enough.
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Post # 13
@kat912: I agree with PPs. The first one looks too Club-y to me, and the second one is too informal for a black tie. I’d keep looking.
ETA: I really like the one you just posted, but some people will say you shouldn’t wear red to a wedding, so just a heads up.
Post # 14
@kat912: The blue one would be nice if it was a couple inches longer. The lace one looks too informal. Both are stunning but I voted to keep looking.
Post # 15
@kat912: I love that dress, very elegant!
Post # 16
@kat912: That dress is really pretty (the red). Have you looked at ASOS? They have a lot of affordable floor length gowns. A lot of their fancier midi-length dresses could probably work too. You could get it hemmed/altered to fit perfectly. I buy a lot of my “trendier” or “wear-once” pieces at ASOS and get them altered.
Alternatively, you could call RTR. They are really helpful over the phone regarding sizing. They could probably even recommend what size heel to buy with the red dress to avoid stepping on it.