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Black Tie Attire: Dress Code Foundation Description

black tie attire

[blak tahy uh-tahyuh r]


Black tie clothes are elegant garments that people wear to special occasions. Tuxedos and long gowns are required for this nighttime dress code. Fabrications include silk, wool, and taffeta.

  • For men:  A tuxedo with black dinner jacket, and pants with a silk side stripe and lapels, black bow tie, with a white dress shirt, cummerbund. A sophisticated black suit set is appropriate. Can also be in a navy color. Add a pair of black patent tuxedo shoes to finish the look. Accessories can include bowtie, pocket square, cufflinks, and suspenders.  
  • For women: A ball gown, or evening gown in black, or other colors. The idea for women is that the dress be floor length. The fanciest of heels are required. Accessories can include a matching clutch bag, shoulder wrap, and fine jewelry.
  • For gender neutral: A black or navy tuxedo with an elevated white top. Heels or patent black tuxedo shoes are appropriate.
  • Modifier adjective: formal attire
  • “Cinderella’s godmother assured her that her gown for the ball was black tie appropriate.”
Black Tie Women Examples Under $100

Black Tie Women Examples Over $100

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