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When you receive a wedding invitation for a black-tie wedding, you likely fall into one two categories: thrilled beyond belief or filled with dread. While dress codes have eased up more and more over the years, certain brides and grooms are all about hosting a fancy fête, which means their black-tie invitation equates to you wearing your swankiest attire.
For fall and winter weddings, formal attire feels all the more appropriate—especially for nuptials timed to the holidays or New Year’s Eve. Full-length gowns are perfect for such occasions whether you’re into a seasonal long-sleeve style, textured velvet number, or sparkling sequins. If you’re one to follow trends, consider the season’s ‘80s resurgence and go for a gleaming style with strong shoulders and in a notice-me shade. For subdued tastes, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous black gown whether that means a one-shoulder silhouette, plunging V-neck, or asymmetrical shape.
Another important thing to remember is that black tie doesn’t have to mean a full-length gown. Don’t be afraid to explore midi silhouettes in gorgeous colors and textures—especially if you’re petite and afraid of being swallowed by too much fabric.
Here, the best black tie wedding guest dresses.