What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding


Earlier this week, I shared my guide for what to wear to a Cocktail Attire Wedding and Black Tie Optional Wedding. Now is the time for the pièce de résistance – What to Wear to a Black Tie wedding.

A Black Tie fête may not happen that often, but you better be ready when they do with a knockout gown and jewels to match.

nha khahn Dress (rent it), Erickson Beamon Cluster Earrings (rent them), Gold Clutch (similar here and here)

What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding:

For men, this means a tuxedo. The most common style today is a notch lapel (think standard suit) with satin on both the lapel and piped down the sides of the pant.

To stand apart, a classic peak lapel (wider at the top with a winged tip) looks great on guys with broad shoulders or a shawl collar (what Michael chose) is a great option for a slim physique.

I’m a sucker for the traditional look, but mixing it up with midnight blue or a textured jacket can be a great way to bring your personality into view. Regardless of whether you opt for the standard bow tie (self-tie is best) or long necktie, don’t forget the details: cufflinks and tuxedo studs, and complimenting pocket squares make you look polished.

For women, this normally means a long, elegant dress with heels, beautiful jewels and a statement clutch.

The season and venue will help guide your choice. A winter ballroom wedding might lead you to heavier fabrics and darker colors whereas a spring wedding with alfresco cocktails might call for lighter fabrics and brighter colors.

I chose this stunning, chiffon nha khahn dress from Rent the Runway because of the cascading shape that effortlessly floats over the dance floor and muted floral pattern that provides added intrigue.

This is your chance to glam it up! Dramatic earrings in complimenting tones and a statement clutch are a great way to accessorize your look and set yourself apart from the crowd.

Keep scrolling to see more of my outfit details and what my better half wears to a black tie wedding.

A huge thank you to the talented Jennifer Kathryn Photography for taking all of these stunning photos at the Chicago History Museum and to Rent the Runway for collaborating with me on this 3-part series.

Have any questions regarding specific wedding attire? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you had as much fun as I did and are confident when outfit planning for your next wedding!

On Me: nha khahn Dress (rent it), Erickson Beamon Cluster Earrings (rent them), Gold Clutch (similar here and here)

On Michael: Shawl Collar Tuxedo, Tuxedo Shirt, White and Black Polka Dot Pocket Square, Cufflinks and Studs Set, Bow Tie,Watch, Black Tuxedo Shoes