What To Wear To That Black Tie Occasion

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Confused by the black tie dress code? Don't be! Wow at your next occasion with our pick of the best buys on the high street...

A black tie dress code can be one of two things. For some, it’s an exciting reason to dress up in one of the many fancy frocks you own. But for the other (presumably larger) camp, the words ‘black tie’ can strike fear and panic – both because you need to buy something new, and you fear you’ll somehow ‘get it wrong’.

If you fit into the second category, don’t worry – you’re not alone! But facing the high street in the hopes of finding the perfect outfit doesn’t have to be a huge struggle – in fact, once you know what to look out for, it will be a truly enjoyable experience.

When shopping for black tie, this best place to start (as it is with almost all fashion shopping trips) is with finding out what suits your shape best. If you’re pear shaped, then make the most of your slim top half will a cinched-in waist and full skirt. Choose clever draping and layering to minimise a fuller bust, and go for fitted styles if you’re an hourglass. Apple shapes will pull off shorter styles perfectly.

Once you’ve found your perfect fit, shopping won’t be so stressful, and you can focus on the fun part – picking a gorgous style that catches your eye! Try things on, take accessories and a friend for advice, and mostly – have fun!

The rules of black tie aren’t so strict nowadays – in fact, it’s easy to get away with cocktail-style dresses if you wear them the right way. If you want to go for a full-length and fabulous style then now is the perfect time, but if ‘dressy’ isn’t really you, then pair a less formal dress with some heels and a striking updo. But it doesn’t just have to be a dress – try a skirt, or even go for a super-stylish androgynous look with a suit.

Take inspiration from Kate Middleton in a Jenny Packham gown – if you head to Debenhams, you’ll find her stunning collaboration collection at a far more affordable price. This embellished style will guarantee you fit the dress code!

If you need some more inspiration to get you started, look no further. We’ve chosen the best black tie outfits that are guaranteed to wow at your next occasion…

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