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Black Tie Dress Code

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Black Tie Attire

Black tie attire is slightly less formal than white tie, but it is more formal than business attire. It is the most common formal dress code for events such as weddings, proms, formal dinners, and theatre.

Black Tie Attire for Women

  • Formal (floor length) evening gown
  • Dressy cocktail dress
  • Your dressiest “little black dress”

Black Tie Attire for Men

  • Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers
  • Formal (piqué or pleated front) white shirt
  • Shirt studs and cuff links
  • Black bow tie (silk, satin, or twill)
  • Black cummerbund to match tie, or a vest
  • Dressy braces to ensure a good fit (optional)
  • No gloves
  • Black patent shoes and black dress socks

In summer, in the tropics, or on a cruise:

  • White dinner jacket, black tuxedo trousers plus other black tie wardrobe

Black Tie Etiquette

It's important to treat black tie events with a certain amount of formality, consideration, and respect. Be sure to conduct yourself in a way that reflects these values. Make sure you're moderate with the food and drink as well. Keep it classy so that you can have fond memories of the black tie event.

Creative Black Tie:


A creative black tie is best described as attire with a black-tie foundation with room for some creativity and flair. It maintains black tie formality but allows for the use of textures, colors, and accessories to personalize your look.

Creative Black Tie Attire for Women

  • Formal (floor length) evening gown
  • Dressy cocktail dress
  • Your dressiest “little black dress”
  • Fun or unique accessories

Creative Black Tie Attire for Men

  • Tuxedo combined with trendy or whimsical items, such as:
    • A black shirt
    • A matching colored or patterned bow tie and cummerbund

Black Tie Optional:


A black-tie optional dress code gives guests a couple of formal options to choose from. Men are requested to wear a tuxedo, but can opt for a dark suit. Women can choose either a formal evening gown, a shorter cocktail dress, or dressy separates.


Black Tie Optional for Women

  • Formal (floor length) evening gown
  • Dressy cocktail dress
  • A “little black dress”
  • Dressy separates

Black Tie Optional Men

  • Tuxedo (see “Black Tie” above)
  • Dark suit, white dress shirt, and conservative tie
  • Leather dress shoes and dark dress socks