Dress Code: What to Wear to a Black Tie Affair

It’s that time of year again where everyone is planning and preparing for formal events! You know - prom, weddings, banquets, and galas. I absolutely loving dressing up and getting all dolled up and fancy. Here at Iconic Style Inc, fashion is our specialty and we LOVE a classy black-tie affair.  


Today, we are going to share with you a few of our top tips to take your attire to the next level, so that you can be the belle of the ball!


Tip #1 | Be Mindful of the Dress Code

Here are a few key questions to think about:

  • Is there a color scheme?
  • Is it a black tie affair?
  • What type of event am I attending?
  • What’s the season?
  • Will the event be held inside or outside?

Once you answer these questions, it’s super easy to find a good fit option for your event! If you need a few great ideas, check out our Pinterest board for inspiration and outfit looks at Pinterest.com/iconicstyleinc. 

Tip #2 | Shop at an Affordable yet Chic Location

A few of our favorite places to shop for luxury, quality pieces at affordable prices are House of CB, ZARA, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth. 

Tip #3 | Check the Fit

The key to taking your attire to the next level is a perfect fit! If something is too fitted and bulging, go up a size. If something is a little too loose, but you love; visit the tailor. The local tailor will be your new best friend. She can make everything fit like a glove and accentuate your body so that you feel confident in your attire and not uncomfortable.

Tip #4 | Don’t forget the undergarments

The last thing we want is for underwear lines or bra straps to show. Your undergarment material is always dependent on the material and style of your dress. You want to make sure you are covered appropriately and have the best choice undergarment for your dress. Heres a tip, if you have a strapless dress and the back is out most people just go braless. Instead, you can purchase pasties / covers from your local CVS/Walgreens/Target or have your tailor place cups inside your dress if you need a little extra support. 


Tip #5 | No Outfit is complete without accessories

Accessories will take your attire to the next level! Drop or dangle earrings always add an extra pop to any outfit! You also can’t go wrong with a nice stud. Here are a few of our favorites. Makeup should accentuate your natural beauty. We always advise to keep it simple, but on point! Remember, to place the focus on your eyes and your lips. Lastly, bracelets, necklaces, and/or a watch will complete your look. 

Tip #6 | Shoes!

Of course, we couldn’t forget the shoes! While stiletto heels are an absolute must here at Iconic Style, Inc. (Hello Louboutins!), we understand that everyone isn’t comfortable in heels. A few alternative options would be a nice lower heel pump, an open-toed sandal, and perhaps a dress boot depending on the season. Make sure you try them on before the event and that you feel comfortable. The absolute worst thing is having the time of your life, but your feet are aching due to uncomfortable shoes! 

Have fun at your next event! Take lots of pictures, make some moves on the dance floor, enjoy the dinner and music, and don’t forget to network. Take pictures at your next formal event and tag us at @iconicstyleinc on Instagram!

Imagine the best version of yourself, living your dreams. What are you wearing?

by Cydney McMillon , Dress for Success

Cydney McMillon Iconic Style Inc Fashion CEO & technical trendsetter based in Chicago.


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