12 Classy Outfits for Guests to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding

Black Tie weddings are an exciting event for any fashion-loving guest—due to the formal, classy nature of the dress code, attendees are given a chance to dress to the nines, which not many get to do on a regular basis.

For men, impeccable tuxedos are a must, as are dress shoes in fine leather. Women are encouraged to don floor-length gowns, and adorn themselves in sophisticated accessories fitting for the theme.

While most dress codes include a color spectrum for guests to work with, not all come with definite fabrics or styles. With this window of flexibility, you’ll be opened to a range of ensembles to wear for the esteemed occasion.

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Below, we list 12 outfits for guests attending a black tie wedding:

Outfits for Male Guests:

1. All-Black with Pocket Square

Subtly change up the traditional debonair look with an all-black suit. Interrupt the ebony ensemble with a printed pocket square that reflects the color scheme of the wedding.

2. Double-Breasted Blazer with Black Tie and White Pocket Accent

You can never go wrong with a classic tuxedo with a double-breasted blazer. Underneath, wear a pristinely ironed white collared shirt that peeks out at the cuffs, and a black tie. Complete the look with glistening black patent leather shoes.

3. Gemstone Velvet Blazer with Shawl Collar and Bowtie

Step it up a notch with a velvet blazer in a mysterious jewel hue. Instead of a necktie, go for a bowtie. Accessorize with a classy watch.

Outfits for Female Guests: 

4. Vibrant One-Shoulder Dress with Cape

An elevated take on the usual satin dress, this offering features a queenly drape that cascades from the halter neckline. For added impact, pick out the most striking hue on the indicated dress code color scheme. Style it with metal bangles and square-toe transparent heels.

5. Diagonal Waterfall Ruffles

The best gowns exude an innate sense of movement. This frock features flamenco-inspired ruffles that fall in a chic diagonal pattern. Style it with your highest heels, a metal choker, and bold earrings.

6. Statuesque Tube Gown

For understated sophistication, don a tube gown with subtle yet mesmerizing satin draping on the skirt. In lieu of jewelry, wear an ornate handbag with sculptural hardware.

7. Tiered Satin Gown

A fresh spin on an 1800s-inspired mood, this flouncy gown is perfect for wedding with soft pastel palettes, and ladies who love floral patterns. Style it with a matching floral choker and satin platform heels.

8. Deep-V Beaded Gown

Enter the party with a bang. Don an elegant gown with intricate beadwork. For the jewelry, find ornate earrings reminiscent of the bead patterns.

9. Sparkling Ballerina Gown

Instead of a sweetheart or round neckline, aim for a taut cut with a defined bodice, much like a ballerina’s. For an element of glamour, go for a gown studded with crystals or rhinestones. This smoky piece is perfect for nighttime weddings with equally glittery decor.

10. Floral Gown with Ruffled Straps

Complete with a flowerbush print and fluttering sleeves, this youthful gown embodies a garden and the butterflies that thrive in it. Style this with a round woven clutch or any mini bag with light wooden accents.

11. Pleated Choker Dress

Sophisticated and striking, this dress features a micro-pleated texture and bold aquatic hues. Since the choker sash also serves as a strong accessory, wear ornate stud earrings instead of dangling types. You can wear this to a formal wedding with a bolder color scheme.


12. Abstract Belted Gown

For weddings with a more conceptual theme, slip on a modern ball gown with an abstract print. The silhouette-defining belted accent will enhance your figure, while the lacy bodice will keep it formal.

If you’re still in doubt regarding what to wear, note that it’s better to err on the side of being more formal rather than casual. Since immeasurable amounts of time and effort go into a grand wedding, there’s no harm in fully committing to shaping it into a night to remember!

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