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There are three little words that never fail to set my style loving heart aflutter: Black. Tie. Wedding. Yes, people still do those. I mean I love a mason jar beverage as much as the next person, but an excuse to wear a full length gown? To see gentlemen wearing tuxedos? To do it all while not going to your prom illegally intoxicated? Yes, yes, and yes.

When my friend over at The New Glitterati tapped me to help her find the perfect outfit for just such an occasion (being held at this sick hotel) I jumped at the chance. And to top it off she’s tall, blonde, has big beautiful eyes, and is in incredible shape. Pretty much like dressing a model in my book.

Here’s what I came up with for her:



This blue dress is formal with out being over the top. The open back makes it sexy with out being too much for a wedding. The statement necklace can easily be a go too piece for the wedding day, as well as for the group brunch the following day. Just pair it with a chambray shirt, dark jeans, and black shoes. The shoes work for this, and will easily transition for holiday parties, while the clutch can go to the wedding and then be used for another date. Bonus? It has a chain option, so it’s not exclusively hand held.



This look is, admittedly, more dramatic. This isn’t just any black dress, with the long sleeves, and the cut outs it has a 70’s vibe and is sexy in that subtle way.The long necklace adds some bling to that deep v-neck and the mother of pearl adds some color and interest. A cobalt clutch is a pop of color that plays off the mother of pearl and the shoes add some sparkle, perfect for dancing the night away.

While either ensamble would work, there are a few things I would recommend when outfit planning for any wedding.
1. Pack a large scarf. They can be used as a shawl to cover your shoulders during a religious ceremony, and keep you warm as the evening gets chilly.
2. Add the bare minimum to your clutch to touch up make up, but be sure to bring lipstick and/or gloss, and mascara. These small touch ups keep you looking fresh after a tearful ceremony, and a busy dance floor.
3. Make sure to charge your phone. So many couples are using Instagram hashtags to get candid shots of their big day. You don’t want to miss out on the fun.
4. Tissues. Obvious, but hey, it’s a wedding.

Have you ever been to a black tie weeding? What did you wear? And what do you make sure to have in your “I’m attending a wedding” clutch?