If you’re in your twenties or above, the holidays mean lots of holiday work parties. Since neither my boyfriend or I work in a traditional office environment, we didn’t have any of those office Christmas parties to go to. We did, however, have one super fun event that brought together all of my favorite blogger gals + their guys…the FORAY Collective holiday gala. I was so stoked when I got the invite, which said the gala would be a black tie event.
I’ve been to a few cocktail parties and fancy events since moving to Los Angeles, but I haven’t dressed in black tie since those weird debutante coming out ball thing-ys in college. Not totally sure if that was just a Texas thing?! Let me know in the comments below if you have even the slightest idea what I’m talking about!
Anyway, I immediately began hunting for the perfect gown, and texted Drew to save the date! His immediate reply, after an excited “heck yes!” was this : “where am I supposed to get a tux?”. I guess I hadn’t thought about the fact that most guys don’t just have a spare tuxedo hanging in their closet, and was a bit stumped on how + where to find a tux. But, I figured it all out! And now I’m sharing my newfound black tie wisdom with you guys.
RENT, RENT, RENT
When it comes to inviting your man to a black tie event, the thought of such a formal dress code may send him running + hiding. Right into the back of his closet. Most guys [ and gals ] don’t want to spend a fortune on one outfit for one event. The solution? Tuxedo rental. And I’m not talkin’ the tacky prom tux rental superstores of 2002. Drew and I found a tux rental place like no other, complete with a Santa Monica showroom, stylish options for tuxes + suits, and all the accessories to go along with it. All in one place, fit to perfection and delivered right to your door…The Black Tux!
YOU’VE GOT OPTIONS
Unless you’re going to the Royal Wedding, you probably have a little bit of wiggle room to play around within the confines of a black tie dress code. Black tie, in summary, means the event is going to be fancy. Gals should wear gowns and guys should be wearing tuxes! Key word here being should. Let me explain…
I’ve found that a mini or midi length cocktail dress can be dressed up to qualify as formal enough for black tie. Opt for luxe fabrics like velvet and silk, and pair with some statement earrings!
Same goes for a suit or tux. If a suit is your only option, go for something black and well fitted. And put on some patten leather shoes if you have them! If you’re lucky [ and smart ] enough to rent from our friends at The Black Tux, and have lots of tuxedo options, you can get funky with it! Drew chose a velvet corduroy jacket, which I thought was unique, cool and oh so dapper. I mean. Look at him. Am I wrong?!
The Black Tux offered jackets and pants in an array of different materials, colors + patterns. Plus a variety of bowties, pocket squares and cuff links for an extra bit of flair.
Check out how Drew + I tweaked our black tie looks a bit from left to right.
On the left, I went with a shorter blue velvet dress and silver drop earrings, while Drew stayed buttoned up with a classic bowtie.
On the right, I changed into the most beautiful gown by Rachel Zoe, while drew loosened up a bit, unbuttoned his jacket and lost the bowtie.
If y’all are looking for more outfit info for black tie, be sure to check out my Formal Wear Favorites page. CLICK HERE!