What to Wear to a Black Tie Event


Fashion Hacks / Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

What is a Black Tie Event?

The black tie dress code originated in the 19th Century, and it is mainly for social events that take place after 6pm. The black tie is the most formal dress code in social events like weddings.

Some hosts may indicate that a black tie is optional while others state that a black tie is preferred. On the other hand, if the invitation card clearly states black tie mandatory/only/required, get your outfit together or you won’t be allowed in.

How to Dress for a Black Tie Event?

You have nothing to worry about when you get an invitation to an event with a black tie dress code.

  • Black tie Dress Code for Women

Choose a floor length gown in a dark colour. The most popular colour is black, but you can go for blue, brown or maroon. These colours are elegant and they do not draw attention when the wearer enters a room, especially in functions like weddings.

Choose a sparkling pair of earrings and a bracelet, made of real diamonds, pearls etc. If it is a chilly night, grab a shawl or an overcoat. Find a stylish strappy pair of heels in a shiny colour. You can match your shoes with a small clutch bag.

  • Black tie Dress Code for Men

The traditional black tie dress for a man is a black tux with a matching pair of trousers, a black bow tie, a white shirt and a black pair of shoes. So, you better find out where you can get a tux in Kenya.

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