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Black tie wedding! What do I wear?

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FatimaLovesBread Thu 30-Jul-15 20:19:08

We have a black tie wedding to attend in September. DH will be hiring a tux. What do women wear? Can I go for something knee length or does it have to be long and posh?

WipsGlitter Thu 30-Jul-15 21:51:44

Long dress.

HolidayHeidi Thu 30-Jul-15 21:54:00

It's your choice entirely. I've been to a few and find that younger women wear knee length and the older generation were in full length.

AlisonBlunderland Thu 30-Jul-15 21:59:53

I went to a black tie wedding last year.
Mother of bride and of groom both full length dresses.
Quite a few others in long.
I wore ballerina length (sleeveless) and didn't feel "wrong"

A few of bride's age in short.

So frankly anything!

chicaguapa Thu 30-Jul-15 22:00:04

I would wear a long cocktail style dress, but nothing like a ballroom dress.

FatimaLovesBread Fri 31-Jul-15 08:20:25

Oh bum! I look rubbish in long dresses grin

B and G are in their late 20s as am I. Does that mean I can get away with knee length?
I can't really do below the knee or mid-calf as they make me look stumpy. So would have to be on the knee or full length.

Will have a search online. I'm 5 foot 4 and size 10. But I have a lumpy middle, combination of love handles and mum tum that needs disguising.

I'll also try to find out what others are wearing

Featherbluedot Fri 31-Jul-15 12:23:50

You need to look your best so knee length if it suits you better, one block colour no patterns, will look more elegant IMHO, a great bustline, and fitted at the waist. Preferably not a flimsy fabric and try and ensure it has a lining.

Go for a colour that suits you, not black, as it's a cheerful occasion, or white or cream.

burnishedsilver Fri 31-Jul-15 12:28:36

Lots of women wear cocktail dresses to black tie weddings.

Lottapianos Fri 31-Jul-15 12:28:54

Sorry for hijacking, but you don't wear hats to a black tie wedding, do you? I saw photos of a black tie wedding a few years ago where some of the women were wearing full length evening dresses with big wedding-type hats and I thought it looked very strange. I'm no fashionista though so happy to be corrected!

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Fri 31-Jul-15 16:21:55

what featherdot said! What's your budget, OP, and what is your normal style?

HolidayHeidi Fri 31-Jul-15 16:27:36

Lorain no fashionista either but no no no.

HolidayHeidi Fri 31-Jul-15 16:28:03


Thurlow Fri 31-Jul-15 16:30:00

We were at a black tie wedding last summer. Some women wore long dresses, but only if it suited them. Most wore cocktail dresses - basically, not the sort of flowery, floaty dress with a fascinator that you might wear to a normal wedding, but something a bit more evening.

I wore this Closet dress with a bright necklace and bag to lighten it, and it fit in perfectly. And I have to say it is really flattering around the stomach. Insanely flattering. To the point that I bought it full price, some of the beads came off as I stupidly put it in the washing machine and I'm happily paying to have beads put back on as I love this dress so much.

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Fri 31-Jul-15 16:31:20

I've fallen in love with this dress, though the colour might not suit everyone

sonata1 Fri 31-Jul-15 17:35:08

My DD is getting married this weekend and it is Black tie. There will be cocktail and long.As MOB I am wearing a dress and matching jacket. MIL will wear long.So really it's up to you. Off for another couple of paracetomol !

FatimaLovesBread Fri 31-Jul-15 18:17:38

Budget is no more than £100 really, ideally closer to £50 as we've to pay for DHs tux hire. But I think £50 will be a big ask.

Normall style is skinnies, t shirt and converse grin
If I'm going out it tends to be black skinnies and a nice top, fit and flare style dresses. Normally oasis, warehouse, yumi type

Would this work? Or too fussy?

Will sit down with the laptop tonight

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