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.

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.

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.

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.