Post # 1
We are asking a very good friend of mine to be our Mistress of ceremony. The evening will be black tie optional. Can anyone direct me to any resources on what’s appropriate for a female MC to wear to a black tie event? I’m sure she’s going to ask me, so I want to have an answer ahead of time. Thanks!
Post # 3
Your female “emcee” wears exactly what any other female wears to the event, whether it is a “black tie” event or some other level of formality.
“Black tie” is a transitional level of formality between full evening dress with tail-coats, ball-gowns and long gloves, and jewels; and the “dressy informal” that most people think of as appropriate for weddings. The jacket worn with “black tie” is properly called a “dinner jacket”, and what the lady wears is a “dinner dress”: a full-length gown that does not leave her shoulders completely bare, out of satin or velvet or dupionni or some other elegant evening fabric, narrower in cut than a full ball dress. Nowadays ankle-length, tea-length or cocktail-length dresses are also often worn to black tie events. Gloves may be worn, typically six- to eight-button (elbow-length or just less) gloves rather than the eighteen-button gloves of a white-tie occasion. Jewellry is also worn though it would be more understated than the diamond collars and tiaras of a full-dress occasion.
Since your mistress of ceremonies is not a member of the wedding party, you simply let her know that the affair is “black tie” and trust her to dress herself. You would be thoughtful, however, to send her flowers to wear.