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What do women wear to a black tie event?

close up of a women wearing Alicia purple jumpsuit with plunging neckline and faux fur purple shoulders

Receiving an invite to a black tie event can be fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging to know what you should wear. Whether you’ve been invited to a charity event, a formal wedding, or a corporate work occasion, dressing for a black tie event requires a certain level of elegance and sophistication. 

In this article, the styling team at Nadine Merabi takes you through some ideas on what women should wear to a black tie event and provides you with some style tips and tricks to help you look and feel your absolute best.

What do women wear to a black tie event?

When you’re planning your outfit for your event, the first thing to consider is the occasion itself. While most black tie events do require a formal outfit, this dress code doesn’t always immediately mean that you should be shopping for an extravagant ball gown. 

Labelling an event with a ‘black tie’ dress code is often a clever way for hosts to ensure their guests opt for a certain kind of outfit, like elegant evening wear. Typically, hosts of black tie events want to ensure their guests avoid anything that appears casual or work-related, such as a daytime dress or a casual top and short combo. It also excludes anything that is too short and may not be appropriate for the occasion.

For example, a charity event may call for a more glamorous and statement making outfit, while a corporate work event might require an understated and professional look. It's always a good idea to do some research and find out more about the event you'll be attending to get a better sense of the dress code expectations.

Let’s look at some outfit inspiration for black tie events.

Women’s outfit inspiration for black tie events



If you want to go down the route of a full-length dress, we’ve got some elegant options for you. Our LOUISA white dress, with its beautiful beading and square neckline, is the perfect dress for a formal black tie event. Sure to make a statement, this dress will let you socialise to your heart's content and feel like a queen.

woman stood with hands on hips wearing Louisa white dress and sparkly sandal heels

When you are picking a dress for your black tie event, it's important to choose a dress that flatters your body type and makes you feel confident and comfortable. If you're unsure about what style or colour to choose, make use of social media! Our top tip is to go on the location of your event’s venue on Instagram and look to see what other people have worn to the venue. This will give you some idea of what kind of dress is appropriate for the given venue.

Another top favourite of ours for a black tie event is our ESME purple dress. This dress is romance personified and will have you feeling a million dollars. Designed to enhance your silhouette and showcase a distinctive abstract floral arrangement that cascades down the entirety of the dress, this piece is perfect for your black tie event. 

woman stood with one hand on hip wearing Esme purple dress and sparkly silver heeled sandals


If you’re not a fan of dresses, you do have other options. A formal jumpsuit can be a super stylish yet comfortable choice that still aligns with the black tie dress code. 

Our MONIQUE black jumpsuit is a luxurious outfit choice, made from top-quality lace and velvet. Paired with statement jewellery, heels, and a sleek hairstyle, you’ve got the perfect black tie event outfit. 

woman stood with hand on hip wearing MONIQUE black jumpsuit with feathered sleeve cuffs

If you want to inject some colour into your outfit, our ALICIA purple jumpsuit is the choice for you. Designed to give you a feminine silhouette with a chic feel, this jumpsuit is sure to have all eyes on you. The low plunge v-neckline embellished jumpsuit features mixed sequins in lilac, pink, and iridescent tones, injecting the perfect amount of sophistication and style into your look. Pair with a statement bag and heels and you’ve got the perfect modern black tie look. 

Accessories are essential

Often, less is more when it comes to accessories and black-tie events.

A simple clutch bag and a pair of sparkly earrings can take your look to the next level without being too much. If you’ve picked an outfit that has lots of intricate details, you’ll want to tone down the accessories to let the look speak for itself. 

In terms of shoes, often heels are a must for a black tie event, but it is crucial that you keep your comfort in mind. You want to choose a pair that you can comfortably walk and dance in. After all, you want to ensure you give off a good impression! 

Consider your hair and makeup

Factoring in your hair and makeup options alongside your outfit is crucial for a black-tie event. You want to ensure you’re aligning all aspects of your look nicely, so you’ve got a polished and sophisticated look. 

For your hair, perhaps opt for a classic updo or a sleek high ponytail. These are elegant hairstyles that will look stylish all night long. For your makeup, go for a classic look. A sparkly eyeshadow or a bold lip can add a touch of glamour to your outfit. 

The best way to achieve the complete look for your black tie event is to book in to get your hair and makeup done to ensure your look is perfect for the occasion. It also makes getting ready a whole lot easier! 

Black tie event outfits with NADINE MERABI

Whether you opt for a dress or a formal jumpsuit, you should always have sophistication and elegance at the forefront of your mind. Go for an outfit that flatters your body and makes you feel confident. Here at NADINE MERABI, we’ve got a range of clothing appropriate for all events. From bridalwear to date night outfits, we’ve got everything you need. 

Shop now and find the perfect outfit for you.