Unexpected Outfit Ideas For Black-Tie Weddings


Getting all gussied up for a black-tie wedding can feel like a serious chore. To help ensure you look and feel completely effortless, we’ve styled four fabulous ensembles fit for a super-fancy affair. Fortunately, the rules of formal dressing aren’t as strict as they used to be, and opting for an unexpected choice like palazzo pants or a jumpsuit can lend an edgy vibe in a sea of black gowns. Consider this your cheat sheet for looking cool at the next five-star fete.

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Black-Tie Ensembles

Slip Dress

Pair an elegant '90s slip dress in polished white with high-contrast accessories.

Wristlet Tasseled Silk-Satin Clutch


The Row

Studded Leather Mules


Proenza Schouler

Cut-Out Slip Dress



Four-Ball Earrings


Les Bon Bons

Palazzo Pants

High-waisted culottes work best with a slightly cropped blouse. Since your feet are exposed, opt for sexy cage booties and add a sleek, minimal clutch.

Double Guava Quartz Triangle Cuff


Jacquie Aiche

Loretta Sue Suede Cutout Sandals


Alexandre Birman

Palazzo Trousers



Desdemona Paneled Guipure Lace Top


Temperley London

Essential Large Flat Pouch


Aspinal of London

Tunic Over Pants

Layering silk or satin pants under a short floaty dress or embellished long top is not only comfortable but also extremely glamorous. Keep your look monochromatic and finish with jaw-dropping chandelier earrings.

Floral Chandelier Drop Earrings


Ben Amun

Gotham Crocodile Flap Clutch Bag


Nancy Gonzalez

Leticia Satin Heels


Tabitha Simmons

Eric Satin Wide-Leg Pant


Alice & Olivia

Ruffle Detail Blouse



Halter Jumpsuit

Since most black-tie events eventually turn into a dance party, a disco jumpsuit is fully appropriate. Accessorize with black flats, a bohemian clutch and an oversize cocktail ring.

Morley Raffia Box Clutch



Bastille Ring


David Webb

Golden Heel Leather Shoes



Niels Wide-Leg Jumpsuit


Rachel Zoe