My Cart


What to Wear to a Black Tie Event

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Deciphering the dress code - whether it’s wedding invites or awards season, deciphering a dress code can be at times tricky to navigate. A dress code is something to help guide you, not scare you!

On the rare occasion, you might find yourself invited to a white tie affair. This code is much stricter on men, with coats and tails expected along with a white piqué wing-collared shirt. As with black tie, women are expected to wear a full-length gown and cocktail pieces would not be appropriate! This is your chance to go for a full, red carpet look. Make sure your hair is perfectly groomed, makeup on point and nails professionally polished.

Here in New Zealand, black tie is likely the most formal dress code you will face. Put simply, men must wear tuxedos and women are expected to look just as fab! Traditionally, this does mean a floor length gown but these days, you can get away with a formal cocktail piece. Make sure it’s rich in colour and has luxe detailing - think lace or sequins - to avoid looking underdressed.

Image Source @bellahadid

Kiwi women tend to be a lot more casual than our European and overseas counterparts but if someone invites you to black tie they are asking you to make an effort, to get glam and to dress up! So, in case of doubt, over dress!

A dress code is designed to help guide you and ensure you are well-prepared for the expectations of the event and the host (or hostess!). If you’re having trouble deciding which piece is appropriate, pop in store and let our Stylists help choose you a perfect ensemble that will be sure to get you on the best dressed list.