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What counts as "black tie" for women?

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Lozzapops Fri 21-Nov-14 13:03:45

My husband started a new job this year, in a company that really seems to enjoy celebrating things properly - so they have a summer ball, awards nights, a fancy christmas party, etc. Partners are invited to everything, and the christmas do is the first thing that I will have been able to attend. It is "black tie"... but what does this mean?! I suspect that it's not overly strict, as they company is quite fun, they're not completely up their own arses or anything. But just needed a bit of guidance about what sort of thing I could wear?

I don't want to spend a fortune on a dress, but am happy to pay upto about £40-50 max.

Twinklestein Fri 21-Nov-14 13:33:20

Cocktail length or full length dress.

notyummy Fri 21-Nov-14 13:55:48

What twinkle said. Not stuff you would wear to pub/club. Needs to look like you have made an effort. If it is a 'ball' then majority may be full length but by no means all. Not a mini, that's for sure!

stitch10yearson Fri 21-Nov-14 13:57:15

it might be worth investing in a dress that you can wear a few times? or try out one of the dress rental places?

LadyIsabellaWrotham Fri 21-Nov-14 14:11:38

Get DH to ask a couple of friendly female colleagues whether people normally go "long" or "cocktail". Most work Xmas dos are knee length sparkly/shiny for women, and I'd be surprised if the code were long for women even if the blokes are in DJs, but it is a possibility, so check.

Lozzapops Fri 21-Nov-14 14:20:32

Is cocktail length long? I don't think it is a "ball" per se, but fairly formal. Would knee length be acceptable? Does colour matter? And finally(!), would any of these be acceptable?!,3679&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Multi&totalstyles=433&gridsize=3,3679&sh=0&pge=10&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Blacknude&totalstyles=435&gridsize=3,3679&sh=0&pge=11&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Blue&totalstyles=429&gridsize=3

Lozzapops Fri 21-Nov-14 14:21:52

That's a good idea LadyIsabella, although he is in a very male-oriented industry. I'm sure there are a few rogue females lurking around somewhere for him to ask!

Thumbwitch Fri 21-Nov-14 14:22:41

I'd say, of the 5 you've posted that 1 and 5 count, 2-4 not so much.

Thelovecats Fri 21-Nov-14 16:03:25

Any of them would be fine IMO. The last black tie thing I went to had women in all sorts. This time of year though I'd be going for some glam and sparkle.

CurlsLDN Fri 21-Nov-14 16:12:54

That last dress is stunning, please choose that one!

mkmjimmy Fri 21-Nov-14 17:02:00

I was at a black tie do last night - and any of the ones you have linked to would have looked perfectly right. (I'm not sure I like the last one and I think the maxi dress with halterneck is lovely). And you wouldn't stand out at a christmas one if you got a bit more sparkle. There were long dresses, short dresses and all sorts.

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