Post # 16
I originally wrote a comment seconding the recommendation for Rent the Runway, then realized that my mind had blanked about the timeline. Do you have any good consigment shops near you (like Second Time Around, etc.) where you might be able to find something high-end that won’t break the bank? If the invitation specifies Black Tie as opposed to Black Tie Optional/Invited, than I really think you need to get a floor-length dress.
Post # 17
Jewel814: I just had a black tie wedding in New York City in November and a handful of women showed up in cocktail dresses, it wasn’t a big deal. I wouldn’t go out and buy a formal dress if you already have something jsut wear some fancier jewelry.
Post # 18
I second Nordstrom Rack too! They sometimes have fabulous stuff!
Post # 19
Jewel814: I found a long, formal dress at Macys for ~$100. I love excuses to wear long dresses 🙂
Post # 20
Nordstrom rack always has a ton of nice formal dresses! Or Macy’s is right across from Nordstrom Rack downtown.
Post # 21
The last black tie wedding I went to, I bought a dress at H&M.. it was pretty inexpensive (~$50) and very cute! It was long and black and had a slit up the side.. Also, you won’t feel bad if you forget to hang it up at the end of the night!!
Post # 22
Do they mean “black tie = black suit” or “black tie = tux”? If it’s the former, a short and embellished dress should be perfectly fine. If they mean the latter, a short dress should still be ok, but not ideal.
Try the discount stores and if you are a smaller size, I would DEFINITELY check out the prom/formal section of the department stores. I needed a formal dress before a holiday party – what was left in the “evening wear” section on the day-of seemed a bit matronly, but the prom section was a goldmine (and cheaper)!