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What to Wear as a Guest to That Upcoming Black Tie Wedding
February 10, 2018
After the arrival of the invitation to attend a wedding with that truly formal dress code, the first thought that might enter your mind is, obviously, what am I going to wear? Of course, it's understood that white is off limits, but there's still a lot to consider when dressing as the guest for an over-the-top affair.
Today we hope to help narrow down your search, by presenting the inspiration below as viable candidates when selecting your attire. Don't forget, of course, to take into consideration the climate, the venue, and the dress's repeat wearability--it's always a win if you find a look you're not only willing to repeat, but want to!
Bold Patterns
Try something new and take a chance by making the somewhat brave choice to go the pattern route! I'm of the opinion that florals are appropriate for all seasons, given that any number of flower motifs can pay homage to the darker, more moody tones of fall and winter, but also be bright and fresh for spring and summer! Consider a striking, statement-making look for everything from accessories to frock with a favorable pattern in florals. I also love the understated regalness of a striped gown or even the playfulness of a satin jumpsuit with an artistic print!
Sequin Shimmer
I can't help but bring to mind the fashionable and enchanting nature of sequins when thinking of the sophisticated dress code that black tie weddings require. In all their glitz and glory, sequins add an element of fun that's far removed from the preconceived notion that black tie dress has to be stuffy. Don't hesitate to add a fur stole for warmth and an added layer of black tie glamour when the season calls for it!
Classic Black
There's no doubt that black gowns aren't going anywhere. The elegance of the classic hue can't be overstated, and you're more than likely to keep the dress in your closet for years to come, considering it's timelessness and desirability. Elevate the look with perhaps even a pop of color via statement earrings or clutch! I even love the contrast that a bold, jewel-tone wrap brings to an all-black ensemble, when needing to accessorize during the cooler months.

Style Me Pretty Contributor -- Francesca Barger is a wedding enthusiast, freelance writer, marketer, and PR professional in the Midwest, where, in the last several years she's worked with companies coast to coast. She's more city slicker than small town girl, a bon vivant with a penchant for celebrating life's little victories, like a dry cappuccino or a good hair day.