What Do You Wear To A Black Tie Event? We’re Breaking Down IV Dress Codes


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Black tie event

What to wear to a black tie event? We’re breaking this down for you in a bit. It’s about to be full on events season in Lagos Nigeria and you know what that means; interpreting dress codes! But we’ve got you covered.

Black tie event simply put is an event happening after 6pm. It’s a fancy kind of party (the ones you call up your PR bestie for invite). So you get invited to a Lagos party and dress code says ‘black tie optional’ we’ve got you today!

Black tie event


Black tie is usually a dress code for functions that start after 6pm. The intricacies of this look applies more to men. The ones who may own or may not own a tuxedo but for women this simply means wearing a dress.

If the invitation says ‘black tie preferred’ you’re supposed to appear formal and elegant. For the most part if it says ‘black tie mandatory’ then its strictly a black tie aka formal event. A woman in this case has options with her dress, she can opt for a full length or a cocktail dress but it’s appropriate for the style to not be revealing. It can be glamorous but definitely not slutty.

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For women to be spot on go for a glam floor length dress making sure its weather and venue appropriate, fits great and the fabric is elegant but by all means stay away from stretchy fabrics.  Choose elegant earrings according to your hairstyle; if for instance your hair is packed in a sleek ponytail/updo you can go for sparkly statement earrings as accessory. With this look, a clutch with a pretty but comfortable pair of heels will also make great accessories. Remember to keep the glitz and shine minimal, classy and elegant.

Black tie

For men Tuxedo jackets either full length, single or double breasted or 3-piece suit is perfect for the occasion. The tuxedo shirt, patent dress shoe and bowtie should also be the right fit. Men can make a statement splurging on cufflinks, pocket squares or lapel pins to stand out.


Of course you can’t go wrong in the traditional black, midnight blue may also be an option depending on what vibes more with your personal style. So there you are sorted for your next black tie event. So the next time you get an invitation saying black tie optional, black tie preferred or optional you know what to do and by all means bring your kind of edginess to it!


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