|Long dresses tend to be a more elevated choice, therefore I always recommend full length gowns, especially if one is attending a high level event.|
Apart from “White Tie Attire,” “Black Tie” is the most formal of all dress codes. It requires a sophisticated level of dressing. For women, the code typically calls for a floor-length dress or gown. While cocktail dresses can be an appropriate option for Black Tie (when the dress is stipulated as “Black Tie optional”), long dresses tend to be a more elevated choice, therefore I always recommend full length gowns, especially if one is attending a high level event.
For men, a traditional tuxedo and accompaniments is called for when the dress code is “Black Tie.” A traditional tuxedo consists of a black dinner jacket and matching trousers, a white formal shirt, a black bowtie, an optional black formal waistcoat, black socks and black formal shoes. It is so easy for men, right?
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