What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding

Paris, France
March 20, 2018

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So the invitation says “Black Tie”… now what? First of all, don’t panic because you don’t have anything to wear, be aware, you have options! With the globes most beautiful gown at our fingertips, you just have to know where to start the search. While there are a few rules you should follow when shopping, there’s really only one place to start your search and that’s with Jovani, an affordable designer evening wear collection I’ve come to know and love over the years.

Personally, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a Black Tie Event. I’ll take any excuse to dance the night away with my friends all dressed to the nines. There’s something about being all dressed up that makes the evening that much more special. Our wedding,  for one, was black tie and seeing our guests decked out in tuxedos and gowns was incredibly memorable. Black tie also makes for unbelievable photos you will have for a lifetime – can you say Instagram gold? But one thing I did not anticipate leading up to the wedding? My friends and family were stressing about where to shop for what they should wear! Suddenly a fun idea felt like I was adding this pressure to friends and family to wear a gown they didn’t have.

When I found this gown from Jovani, I knew I’d be taking it to Paris with me to wear to an upcoming black tie event. While it wasn’t a wedding, I couldn’t help but remember this time and wanted to share a few tips to keep in mind while shopping for any similar occasion.

Consider length

Keep a modest hemline in mind! While many may opt for a traditional gown, a modern twist that’s still completely appropriate is a tea length dress like the one I am wearing here. Maybe you remember from my Instagram stories, but I tried this on at Jovani Beverly Hills Boutique Flagship store where they have what felt like thousands of occasion dresses that you can take from day to night. If you opt for a cocktail dress, just make sure it’s a knee-length cocktail! And if you aren’t in the Los Angeles area, Jovani also sells at Neiman Marcus, Harrods in London, and in specialty boutiques around the world. You can also find their full range here.

Consider a coverup

Black tie typically insinuates it’s an evening event, so don’t forget to bring something to keep you warm at night. A simple shawl or faux fur shrug for winter is the perfect complement to a gown. Leave the cardigans at home though, ladies! Just because it’s keeping you warm doesn’t mean it’s an excuse not to be fashionable. Jovani also has an incredible range of ready-to- wear pieces. Cover-up options galore!

Consider color

Contrary to its name, black tie does not mean you have to stick to its namesake. Color is a beautiful way to go bold and stand out amongst a sea black! Favorite colors to wear to complement black? Silver, red, gold and blush pink. One color I do avoid, though, is navy.

Consider your accessories

Last but definitely not least, your accessories will ultimately be what brings your look together. If you’re wearing earrings, pair with a bracelet and skip a statement necklace. One of my favorite ways to dress at the moment is in monochrome. I love the way the red pom pom pumps add a playful touch to the red dress. The most important thing to remember is to keep everything feeling cohesive and tonal!

In love with this dress and see it for your next big occasion? Shop the look here or other options I adore below! Oh how I wish I could just wear this red number every day! #swoon

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| Jovani gown | Aquazzura heels |

Thanks to Jovani for sponsoring this post.

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The pictures in this post are so gorgeous!
BTW I know you’re not living in L.A. anymore, but Pappilon Styles here carries some beautiful gowns from the brand Olvis.
I featured it in one of my posts giving more details on what one can wear to a Black Tie Gala!
I would love it if you checked it out: https://www.runwaytoroad.com/black-tie-gala-style-guide/


I’ll check this out – thanks so much!

Wow just soo gorgeous ! This dress is out of this world !


I was pretty obsessed! Glad you liked it sweets!

Wow! I love this dress. It’s definitely a great look for a black-tie event. Great tips on how to dress the outfit too. 🙂


Aw so happy you liked the dress and tips babe!

I love this dress and the location you shot it in!! So gorgeous and thank you for the tips as I’ll be attending a black-tie wedding this summer 🙂
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Oh how fun! I hope you enjoy! xx

Deasy @ Rose Gold Rhyme

This dress is just stunning! I have only been invited to a black tie event once or twice but if I did, I would love to wear something like this :3


Yay, so happy you liked it! Thanks for coming by, xx

Just stunning! Finally watched Drinks with James. Great interview…it inspired me to get back to blogging for ME. I don’t have big numbers but it’s fun and I need a little something outside being completely exhausted mommy of identical twin one year old girls. And thanks for reminding me with every post of what it was like when I was young and the excitement I felt when a new issue of Vogue hit the stands:) Every post of yours is so dreamy!

You just made my day, Nickie! Seriously, nothing makes me happier. You got this!

So amazingly gorgeous!! Love the dress and love you!! Xoxo <3

STUNNING! I just can’t say it enough, your content is beyond – following you for years and my heart still jumps. Always elevating your content to the next level – you have the ability to keep shining and yet stay humble. A true star!



BABE! THANK YOU! That means so much to me and I’ll be sure to let Freddie know. xx

The details on this are just to die for!

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I was so obsessed from the moment I saw the details!

This post as inspired me to finally leave a comment because holy moly you deserve all the praise for the work you do. Your images are phenomenal and beautiful and unlike anything anyone else is doing. I love them! This set in particular is so stunning my jaw dropped! Thank you for your work and your content!


WOW, you’re amazing and so kind! Thank you for this sweet note my love!

Wow you look like a queen Jenny! So so beautiful in this dress. I totally agree, black tie doesn’t mean it needs to be black! I always try to wear some colour to black tie events whether it be through my dress or accessories! Lenght is also such an important factor to consider because if it’s too short it can really make you feel out of place!


Thank you so much babe! Agree with you COMPLETELY!

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Bonjour Gorgeous Lady! You look absolutely high class and couturier beautiful! ❤️❤️

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OMG I have a black tie event on this Friday and post came as a gift from heaven… hahaaha
Thanks for all tips!

YAY! It was serendipitous! Have funnnn xx

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