(Closed) What to Wear to “Black Tie Optional”

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it’s a gorgeous dress but I think a knit dress is definitely too casual for a “black tie optional” wedding.

Post # 4
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d say yes. Very cute!

Post # 5
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had a black tie optional wedding, and the style of that dress looks totally fine! I would have been happy if any of my guests wore it 🙂 I do agree with a pp that the material is a little casual, however. I would try to dress it up with heels and accessories.

Post # 6
46600 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Women can wear a cocktail dress to a “black tie optional” event, but it is the fabric of this dress that causes me some concern that it is a bit on the casual side.

If I wore that dress I would definitley add some metallic accents with shoes, clutch etc.

I suggest you match the level of formality that your husband is wearing.

Post # 7
4824 posts
Honey bee

Definately OK, but I would be sure to add some extra “blig” with jewelry (maybe a nice cuff and dangle earrings and nice heels. No flats.


Post # 9
3942 posts
Honey bee

Ya if it doesn’t look like a knit dress then I think its fine. Nice shoes and accessories will be great with it

Post # 10
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

so cute! dress it up with heels and jewelry.

Post # 13
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

to me that looks a little casual.  More appropriate for a day wedding?  I think cocktail dresses are ok as long as they are super fancy to make up for the fact that they are not truly “formal attire”.

Post # 14
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

That dress is really really cute! With the right shoes/ jewelry it can more formal.

Post # 15
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think its too casual based on the fabric. If it was satin, silk, shantung, taffeta, chiffon, lace it would be ok, but the knit fabric makes it seem like something I’d wear to the mall

Post # 16
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with dressing it up with some nice heels and jewelry.

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