When the dress code calls for black tie wedding guest dresses, there’s no need to have formalwear anxiety. In fact, your look will be quite easy to achieve if you keep a few things in mind: First, the words black tie are synonymous with floor-length hemlines in the fashion dictionary. Think ankle-skimming gowns and maxis. In some cases, you can get away with a show-stopping shorter hemline—as long as it comes equipped with a few bells and whistles—like the sparkly three-dimensional florals on Oscar de la Renta’s glorious mini or the twisted ruching and sophisticated florals on Katie May’s designs.
In addition to the length of the dress, fabrics are of the utmost importance, too. This is your moment to go all out with sumptuous, flowy silks, luxurious chiffon, and dreamy layers of tulle. A few embellishments here and there won’t hurt either. The sequined details on Tory Burch’s dress or the breathtaking puffed sleeves on Khaite’s column number are divine add-ons that could set you up to win best-dressed guest.
So save the cotton minis for less formal cocktail events, and prepare to bring on the ritz and glitz with 22 Vogue-approved black tie wedding guest dresses, below.
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