Black Tie

Dos

Dress: Long gown or a very elegant cocktail dress: This can be elevated with jewelry and other accessories.

Tuxedo

Pumps or strappy sandals

Black wingtips or oxfords

Remember how the characters on “Gossip Girl” dressed for special occasions? That’s the bar here. 

Don’ts

It’s not a strict rule, but most people advise against bright colors for practical reasons: They’re harder to rewear and more difficult to clean.

Scuffed shoes: Even if they are dress shoes, you want them to be in tip-top condition.

When Black Tie is Appropriate

  • Fancy weddings
  • Galas