On trend & elegant black tie event dresses for all of your formal events
Black tie dress codes are one of the most glam styles to shop for. Classic black tie dress codes tend to be more refined, elegant and is normally a floor length formal gown in a muted color. However, if it’s a Summer black tie wedding guest dress you’re shopping for a bright color might be more acceptable but a sequin gown may not. The kind of formal dress you shop for all comes down to what the black tie event is.
Living in Vegas and being a pageant queen, I’m all about the sparkle but save it for galas and not weddings. Black tie dresses can be expensive so I’ve hunted down some more budget friendly luxe for less formal dresses all the way up to a breathtaking Oscar De La Renta dress that’s so Carrie Bradshaw.
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37 Best black tie dresses & formal gowns
A lot of these black tie dresses come in more than the 1 color shown so if you like a style, click to see what colors and sizes are available. Since it’s wedding guest shopping season, a lot of these styles are selling out quickly so if you like it get it now. To avoid that feeling of when you save it to your cart and come back later and it’s sold out and you have to start the hunt all over again.
I’ve included formal gowns that would work for galas, formal events, balls, new years parties and super glam date nights.
Trains are perfect for if you’re looking to make an impact. In that case, wear one of these statement making formal dresses.
Dress like Carrie Bradshaw
If you loved the blue one shoulder dress Carrie wore in the latest series of Sex And The City this is Carries exact dress and it also comes in lots of other colors. Another plus is that at $215 it’s more of the more affordable black tie dresses on this list.
What black tie dresses are in style
You can never go wrong with a classic black formal gown. However for Summer you can get away with a brighter color as long as it doesn’t upstage the bride, unless you no longer want to be friends.
Trains are making a big come back and were all over the runway shows. If you’re petite like me they can be great at giving the illusion of more height too. I love a long dramatic train on formal dresses as long as it doesn’t look like a bed sheet!
Statement shoulders are still in for 2023 if you want a one shouldered gown or padded shoulder. Formal gowns are so personal and expensive, it’s more important to love it and feel confident that for it to be the most fashion forward dress in the room.
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