Ask Belle: Black Tie Wedding
Apr 21, 2011
April showers brings May flowers and scads of weddings. Similar to tour twenty-something peers my boyfriend and I have a couple weddings to attend in May, one of which is a black tie event in North Carolina. In the past I usually looked forward to wearing a classic summer dress with a cardigan and pearls. However this will be my first black tie wedding and I can’t help but feel slightly nervous and anxious about finding something that is event appropriate but still youthfully stylish.
Any fabulous input you may have on how to pull together the perfect outfit would be greatly appreciated.
I firmly believe that short, fancy cocktail dresses are appropriate for black-tie events. And for a wedding, I think a full length gown might be a bit much. However, I would check with other guests before I made my final decision.
This dress, by Lela Rose, has an evening fabric, a flirty shape and enough sparkle for a formal event. Making it work ro a black-tie affair is all about the accessories. Here, I’ve added a simple satin sandal, but I would have preferred a peep-toe in satin. I also added some black chandelier earrings, a sparkly clutch and a fabulous cocktail ring that costs under $100. I would also wear more eye liner and a berry lipstick shade to complete the evening look.
The smartest thing you can do is ask the Maid of Honor (or the Bride if you know her well) what she thinks about long vs. short. Some brides will be insistent, others will be more understanding that not all of us have gowns in our possession. If you need something formal, but you don’t want to spend a fortune, try Rent the Runway.