Follow the Rules: A Guide to Black Tie Attire Success


Selecting a dress style and cut that flatters your figure, highlights your assets, minimizes your problem areas and falls under the black-tie appropriate category isn’t an easy task. Every day we are looking to experts to provide us with services we would not entrust in anyone else: doctors, dentists, mechanics…the list goes on and on. Then why would a person consider not utilizing the fashion experts that will stop at nothing to make you look fabulous?

I highly recommend to anyone needing special occasion attire to select a reputable fashion salon that has a proven track record in high-end couture fashion. Established companies like Andrea’s Fashions are experts at providing one-of-a-kind dresses that are customized with your needs in mind.

Highly regarded in their field they have been kind enough to provide a quick check off list to make sure you are on the right track to dressing appropriately, stylishly and to your fullest potential. After you have an idea of what you would like to have created for your black-tie event visit Andrea’s to get the couture, personalized experience you deserve.

What to Wear…What to Wear….

  1. Floor length dresses are considered black-tie appropriate. Formal cocktail hours or daytime formal events may allow you to bring the hem line up in the form of a cocktail dress. Generally speaking the floor length dress is black-tie appropriate choice.
  2. The fabric of a dress plays a major role in formal attire. Consider the material and texture: Silk taffeta, satin, crystal embellishment, organza and lace are all well-suited for formal attire. Linens and cottons are far too casual and should be avoided. Do you even need to ask about Jersey or Spandex? Save it for the gym.
  3. Unlike the traditional tuxedo that men are required to wear, women are blessed with endless style options.  Choose from spaghetti straps, strapless gowns, jewel-neck collars, plunging backs or sweetheart fronts. Although there may be endless options, this doesn’t mean that every option is for you, your body type or age appropriate. Dressing appropriately for your age is as equally if not more important than anything else.
  4. Choose colors that complement your complexion and your event. Black-tie does not mean you need to wear black.  Black-Tie refers to the colors of the men’s tie, it indicates the level of formality of the event. Women should explore their palates. Navy, greens, Deep reds, plums, silver and gold can all look equally stunning.
  5. Remember that the only thing worse than not being dressed appropriately is not having the dress fit appropriately. No good thing has ever come out of ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ or ill-fitting outfits.

Convinced now that this is not a task to go at alone? Remember, Andrea’s Fashions is always on your side and with Andrea’s you can rest assured that you will look and feel your best for your next special event.

Wedding, Bar Mitzvahs, Black-Tie event or Charity event–what special occasion do you have coming up this year?

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