Friday, March 31, 2017

What To Wear to a Black Tie Event - Him & Her

Photography: Erika Greene
Makeup: Sophia Wilkes - Pucker Up Style

Her { Dress: Windsor (only $59) / Earrings: Windsor / Bracelet: Windsor / Lips: Pucker and Pout - Crimson Red / Shoes: Bagdley Mischka (ON SALE! }
Him { Tux: Celebrity Tux and Tails c/o }

Before I get into my post I want to say " Happy Birthday MOM!." Love you!!

Back to the post...

Todd and I are still college students, and haven't quite entered into the world of fine dining and elegant parties. When I found out that Todd bought us tickets for his schools black tie event I was so excited to get dolled up, and paint the town red. The thought of going shopping for a new dress with elegant accessories got me all giddy for our upcoming event. Todd and I have never been to a black tie event together, and immediately we started thinking about what to wear that night. We can all admit that there are times when we feel completely lost on what the dress code actually means!

Here's a quick His & Her guide to help you dress your best for a black tie formal. 

Dressing for Her

  • Gowns: Black tie calls for a formal dress code so women are encouraged to wear floor length gowns. Another option women can do is wear a cocktail dress. However, if a cocktail dress is worn you want to keep the color dark and rich so that it won't look casual. Whatever dress option you choose keep the style elegant, and not overly sexy or revealing. If you don't want to buy a dress for the occasion you can always rent a designer one from Rent the Runway for a reduced cost. 
  • Do I need to wear black? The answer is No. While black is classic other colors can be worn as well. Try to avoid overly bright colors so that you don't look like you are going to prom. 
  • Accessories: You want to keep your accessories minimal. Since you will be wearing an elegant gown let that be the showcase of the outfit. Go for earrings +  a bracelet, or a necklace and cocktail ring. For a bag bring a small clutch that can carry a phone, keys, lipstick, and credit cards in. You want to keep your bag small and minimal so that it won't clash with your amazing gown. Wear shoes that give you a little more height, but are still comfortable enough to spend hours wearing. 
  •  Makeup: Since a black tie event occurs in the evening go for a classic smokey eye with a luscious lip. Try wearing a long wear lipstick such as Lipsense so that you don't have to worry about reapplying lipstick that evening. When you are done applying your makeup try using a setting spray such as Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Spray to ensure your makeup will last you dancing the night away. 
  • Hair: You can either wear you hair up or down, but keep it classic. If you have a strapless dress pull your hair back to show off the collar bones for an elegant look. 

Dressing For Him

  • Tux: For a black tie formal it is customary that all the men wear tuxes. The tuxedo is the gold standard of black tie formal allowing the man to tap into his inner James Bond. When it comes to finding a tux you can either go to the store to purchase one or rent one for a reduced cost. I have worked with this amazing company Celebrity Tux and Tails on multiple projects, and they are hands down my favorite tux rental company in the Arizona valley. The hand measure you to fit you to one of their suits, and will even do in store alterations to ensure you look the best for your occasion. They even provide all pieces of the suit including jacket, suspenders, pants, shirt, bow tie, vest, cummerbund, pocket square, and shoes. 
  • Jacket: The jacket is the equivalent of the woman's gown - it is the centerpiece of the outfit. The jacket will be typically made of wool, and have lapels covered in black silk. When contemplating between single or double breasted buttons, the single button is more common, but both are acceptable. For the jacket to create a slim silhouette, an unvented jacket is preferred.  However, you can always to the double vents in the back that will be more comfortable for sitting. 
  • Trousers: When looking at trousers they should match the jacket. The waist for the pants should be high waisted so that the jacket can fully cover it. 
  • Vest, Cummerbund, or Suspenders? All these options are part of a suit, but you only need to wear one form of waist coverings. I liked Todd not wearing the vest or cummerbund to still keep his look modern. I loved the suspenders just so I could tease him, and snap them ;)
  • Shirt: The shirt that is worn under the jacket should always be white. To show off cufflinks the shirt must has french cuffs. The french cuff is the standard for a formal shirt. As far as the collar is concerned you have the option between two styles: turndown collar, and wing collar. 
  • Bow Tie: You can purchase a bow tie that is already tied, or you can get one that you can tie on your own. 
  • Shoes: The traditional shoe worn with a tuxedo will be a made of patent leather or a glossy calfskin. 

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