Post # 1
My dear dear friend is getting married and is having a black tie wedding. I have never been to one and have no idea what to wear! Who has some nice (affordable) options to check out?!
has anyone bought any formal dresses from a place like Macys? What are some other favorite stores to find formal dresses?
ps it’s a winter wedding, January.
Post # 3
3 words: LITTLE BLACK DRESS 🙂 Jazz it up with bold jewelery (big necklace?) & sexy heels. Check out Black House White Market
Post # 4
Black tie usually means a long, formal gown. You could maybe get away with a really nice cocktail dress, but you would probably be underdressed. Since it is in january I would add a nice wrap or bolero to keep you warm.
Windsor has some fairly nice dresses at decent prices. You have to use good judgement though because quite a few of their piece are poorly made and overpriced.
Nordstroms can have gorgeous dresses at really reasonable prices if you catch a good sale or clearance!
Post # 5
Usually for black tie weddings women wear floor length gowns. depending on the location and time of day you may be able to get away with fancy cocktail length dress.
I would try the usual department stores first. Bloomingdales and Macys always have great selections and sales. Then I’d look into local boutiques and smaller chain stores like Cache, BCBG, etc.
Post # 6
although typically black tie has meant floor length gowns for women, it seems more and more that cocktail dresses are acceptable for black tie weddings. also, is it black tie, or black tie optional? will your bf/FI/husband be wearing a tux? i think you can never go wrong with a great black dress, long or knee-length. i actually got a great knee-length black silk dress on sale at macy’s a year or two back, i ended up wearing it to a black tie optional wedding and i was perfectl dressed.
Post # 7
I would check out Ross or Marshalls. I found some really great dresses for dances there.
Post # 8
Check with the bride about whether or not she minds you wearing a short dress. I’ve been to two “black tie required” weddings this year; at both there were plenty of women wearing very understated, simple short cocktail dresses. However, at one, the bride had insisted on long dresses and the other, even the bridesmaids dresses were short so she didn’t care about short dresses.
Post # 9
Locally black tie means a formal gown for women. I don’t know where you live, but check to see if you have a formal dress rental store in your area.
In Vancouver we have Dujour
If you have to buy a dress, look in the sale section of the website.
This dress is only $138 from Nordstrom’s
this is $225 from Macy’s
Post # 10
I went to a black tie wedding in June and was like one of three girls my age in a floor length gown. EVERYONE else was in a dressy cocktail dress. I would say if you find a floor length gown that you love and would love to get, then get it. But if it’s a struggle for you (which it was for me!), then go with a dressy black dress and go with elegant accessories (nothing too funky or trendy). You can also wear it with pantyhose to dress it up a little (and since it’ll be cold).
Post # 11
the bride is one of my closest friends, so I did ask her about it, since I’d never been to a black tie event ever, and she said girls can wear formal cocktail dresses and all guys must have a suit (my husband has a very formal Calvin Klein suit that he can wear).
I was thinking going long dress because it is winter… I mean, it doesn’t really matter since we’ll be indoors and dancing and all that too.
Are tights generally dressy enough to wear with a LBD?
Post # 12
I think it depends where you’re from. Around here (FL) when I go to black tie weddings people aren’t really that fancy. Short dresses are fine. But I went to a black tie wedding in NJ, and of course I was the only one in a short dress.
Post # 13
MOst of the time it calls for a long formal dress, but depending on the time of day a cocktail dress could be fine. Most definitely try Ross, Sears, and JCPenney. Ross is inexpensive anyway and my go to for cute dresses. I have found some deeply discounted formal dresses from Sears and JCPenney plenty of times.
Edit: Sorry, I just saw that you commented again. Well, it doesn’t really sound like a black tie wedding anymore. It sounds like a typical wedding, so tights would be fine.
Post # 14
The wedding is in NY, on Long Island.
Post # 15
I think tights are fine! There are some really cute patterny ones now that would be fancy. That would atleast keep you somewhat warm when walking to the car!
Post # 16
I thought black tie meant that guys had to rent tuxes. Her requirements for black tie suit and cocktail dresses sound exactly like what my guests wore and it certainly wasn’t a black tie recommended or required wedding.