Black Tie Optional Wedding, what to wear

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Registered: 11-04-2004
Black Tie Optional Wedding, what to wear
Wed, 07-20-2005 - 3:19pm

I am going to a black tie optional wedding for a friend of mine in a few weeks. Most wedding's I have been to I've done the usual 'little black dress' option for my attire. This wedding is black tie optional, and I was wondering what I should plan on wearing instead this time. My boyfriend has his own tuxedo, so he will be wearing that, however I wanted to make sure I was dressed appropriately for the occasion. What is the usual expectations for this type of event? Most ideas i've found online have been pretty vague. Any suggestions?


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Registered: 04-28-2004
Thu, 07-28-2005 - 2:13pm

Hi Laura! Greetings from the western Main Line. :)

You're right: "black tie optional" sounds a little open-ended. In this case I would probably follow the lead of your BF; since he expects to wear a tux, then similar formal attire (e.g. the proverbial little black dress or a similar concept) would probably be the best option. Better to risk being a little overdressed at a wedding - no one would ever hold that against you! :)

Have a great time and let us know how it goes.

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Registered: 07-15-2005
Thu, 07-28-2005 - 11:13pm
I agree, follow the lead of you BF, you definitely don't want him looking better...always dress to impress if that's what your man is doing.