Okay, so it seems pretty obvious what Black-tie attire is, but what in the world do you do if the wedding invite says Black-tie Optional??!
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What is Black-tie Optional attire for a wedding?
Black-tie Optional attire for a wedding is one of the more formal dress codes.
As the name suggests, Black-tie Optional is based on Black-tie attire but with a bit more flexibility.
It is great for couples who want to make their wedding a very elegant affair without putting extra strain on their guests, since not too many will have a black tuxedo or floor-length gown readily available.
Despite all its advantages, Black-tie Optional attire is not often seen on wedding invites.
What is Black-tie Optional attire for women?
Black-tie Optional attire for women calls for a formal dress in a dark, muted color like black, navy, emerald or burgundy.
With this dress code, a knee-length cocktail gown would be as appropriate as a floor-length dress.
This dress code also allows for the flexibility to show some personality by adding a fun piece of jewelry or handbag to the outfit.
Heels complete the outfit and can be closed- or peep-toe or strappy sandal heels.
- Knee- or floor-length dress in a dark, muted color
- High heel shoes (closed-toe, peep-toe or strappy sandal heels)
- A few pieces of high-quality jewelry like pearl earrings or a tasteful necklace or bracelet
- Style your hair with curls or into an updo
What is Black-tie Optional attire for men?
Black-tie Optional attire for men is a formal dress code that affords you the flexibility to show some personality at the same time.
Add a fun cufflink or a fun pair of socks to complete your outfit.
Black is obviously still the best choice for your tuxedo or suit but a dark gray or navy is also acceptable.
You should stick to a white dress shirt and a solid-colored tie or bow tie.
- Tuxedo or suit in dark, muted color
- Tie or bow tie in dark, muted color
- White dress shirt
- Dark leather shoes (polished is preferred)
- Cufflinks or a tie clip
What is Black-tie Optional attire for a girl?
Usually, dress codes are not strictly enforced for children, if they attend the wedding at all.
However, it will certainly add to the formality of the event if even the youngest guests dress the part.
For a little girl, Black-tie Optional attire means a formal dress in a dark, muted color like navy blue, black, burgundy or emerald featuring metallics accents.
Similar to the adults, Black-tie Optional allows for the flexibility to add a few fun touches to the outfit like flower appliques, a sparkly belt or a fun headpiece.
- Formal dress in dark, muted color
- Curled hair or updo
- Closed-toe ballet slippers or kitten heels
- (Optional) Fun accessories like a belt or headpiece
What is Black-tie Optional attire for a boy?
Black-tie Optional attire for a wedding means a little boy should wear a dark-colored suit with a white dress shirt.
Again, this dress code leaves some room to express yourself, so choose a fun pair of socks, tie or bow tie.
A loosely gelled hairstyle will be the perfect finishing touch.
- Suit in dark, muted color
- White dress shirt
- (Optional) Fun tie or bow tie
- (Optional) Fun socks
Now you’re a total expert when it comes to Black-tie Optional attire for a wedding!!
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