Unexpected Outfit Ideas For Black-Tie Weddings

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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

$1,590

The Row

Studded Leather Mules

$850

Proenza Schouler

Cut-Out Slip Dress

$250

Mango

Four-Ball Earrings

$495

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

$2,500

Jacquie Aiche

Loretta Sue Suede Cutout Sandals

$750

Alexandre Birman

Palazzo Trousers

$100

Topshop

Desdemona Paneled Guipure Lace Top

$750

Temperley London

Essential Large Flat Pouch

$109

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

$455

Ben Amun

Gotham Crocodile Flap Clutch Bag

$1,650

Nancy Gonzalez

Leticia Satin Heels

$625

Tabitha Simmons

Eric Satin Wide-Leg Pant

$138

Alice & Olivia

Ruffle Detail Blouse

$997

Ellery

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

$650

Kotur

Bastille Ring

$26,000

David Webb

Golden Heel Leather Shoes

$90

Zara

Niels Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

$695

Rachel Zoe