Formal Events

What can I wear to a formal banquet?

A formal banquet is an occasion to dress up. Years ago a formal event called for a floor length dress. Today women are more casual so a floor length dress or skirt, dressy pants and a top, or a dressy, knee-length, cocktail dress are all acceptable. A cocktail dress is a little more “modern” and…

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Can I wear a cocktail dress to a black tie event?

A cocktail dress is acceptable today for a black tie event. However black tie events are formal affairs and the majority of women still prefer to wear floor length gowns. Today a cocktail dress is considered a modern choice by young women for a formal event but a long gown is considered traditional attire for…

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What should I wear to a wedding when “formal attire” is specified?

A formal wedding is very dressy and usually means the event is in the evening and requires formal attire. When “white tie” is specified on a wedding invitation you should wear a floor length dress. When “black tie” or “black tie” optional is specified on a wedding invitation a cocktail dress, floor length dress or…

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How can I accessorize a gray gown for a formal event?

With a simple style gray gown you can consider a piece of statement jewelry to add some elegance to your outfit. Silver or pewter pumps would allow you to wear glitzy, sparkly jewelry (rhinestone, diamonds or combinations of rhinestone or diamond jewelry with pearls). A piece of statement jewelry will draw attention to your face…

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Should I wear a black dress to a black tie event?

A black dress can be worn to a black tie event but any color gown that flatters your skin tone is appropriate for a black tie event. Black tie merely means the function is formal and commences after six o’clock in the evening, or after sundown in the winter months. Check the invitation for the…

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Can you wear a white dress to a black tie event?

Yes you can wear a white dress or any color dress to a black tie event. When black tie is specified on an invitation it means the event is formal. You should get dressed up. Formal for women usually means a floor length gown. However in today’s more casual world some women think wearing dressy…

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What does “white tie” mean for women?

When white tie is specified on an invitation it means a very formal event. Women should wear floor length evening gowns. Pants or cocktail length dresses are not appropriate at white tie events. Long gloves are optional for women. Read More: Party Dress Codes It is almost always exciting and fun when a party invitation…

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Are black tie weddings formal affairs?

Black tie on an invitation means that the event is formal. Men wear tuxedos and women dress up. Today women dress more casual than years ago. Previously it was appropriate to wear floor length dresses / gowns when black tie was specified. Today fancy cocktail dresses or floor length gowns are appropriate. For black tie…

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