What To Wear To A Black Tie Event

Well gals, Christmas is on the horizon, which means one thing: parties, parties parties!

Christmas is a time when people dress up and dance the night away, with work Christmas dos, New Year’s Eve and winter balls. With more formal occasions comes a more formal dress codes, such as Black Tie, and it can be hard to know how to dress!

Fortunately, with a little help from L.K.Bennett, I’ve put together some tips on how to dress for a Black Tie event, so you can look perfect for any formal dinner or ball!

What is a ‘Black Tie’ dress code?

Black Tie is a dress code for a social function that takes place after 6pm. Men are expected to wear tuxes, and ladies a formal dress like a ball gown or cocktail dress. That leaves us ladies with lots of scope for what we can wear and how we can accessorize!

How to choose a Black Tie outfit

In your Black Tie outfit, your dress is obviously the star of the show. Floor-length dresses tend to be the gowns of choice, but shorter cocktail dresses can still be worn, as long as they’re knee-length or longer.

Try a classic cut that fits you well, like a column dress or A-line skirt, and then you’ll be able to wear your dress again and again. Some fabrics are more formal than others, so take a look at silks, satins and velvets for a perfect winter formal look. Stuck for inspiration? LK Bennett have some fab ones in their Black Tie Collection!

Use accessories to really individualise your outfit. If you’re wearing something simple, put on a statement necklace, choose some chandelier earrings and you can up the glam factor! For bags, why not try a statement colour-pop, that can stand out against your outfit?

And for shoes, a pair of heels is the way to go to keep your look formal – but remember – they need to be comfortable enough to dance the night away in!

Black Tie do’s and don’ts

Here are a couple of dos and don’ts to live by when choosing something to wear for a Black Tie event:


  • Take a coat or shrug for your shoulders, to keep you warm and to keep things formal!
  • Wear tights with your dress or skirt
  • Brave colour – try jewel tones like emeralds and deep blues


  • Choose something too revealing – don’t go for low necklines or backless dresses that show too much skin
  • Be scared to bend the rules – why not try evening trousers or something super contemporary?

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