Decoding Wedding Dress Codes: Black Tie

There are two seasons in my life, football season and wedding season. Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings fill my weekends! Though I enjoy reuniting with old friends, sharing memories, and celebrating the unity of marriage, my bank account takes a hit from my wedding season wardrobe. This inspired me to create looks for popular wedding dress codes, with the help of Goodwill of course.


Dress: Vintage AJ Bari via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Belt: BCBGMaxAzria, old (Similar Here) ; Shoes: Aldo; Clutch: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Earrings: Goodwill Online (Similar Splurge // Save); Bracelet: Charriol (Similar Here); Ring: Express, old (Similar Here)

The “Black Tie” invite arrives at your door and thoughts flood your mind, “what does that even mean, anymore?” If you’re like me, I turn to my trust friend, google. Wedding etiquette has changed significantly over the last 25 years, and people throw around dress code terms like confetti. So, what exactly does “Black Tie” mean?

For ladies, you can’t go wrong with a long evening gown in a dark color with funky accessories. Great…where do I get one of those? Unless you’re a gala regular, you probably don’t have evening gowns hanging in your closet. No, this is not the time to revive your prom dress from 10 years ago. During this time of the year, Goodwill has a large selection of formal gowns. This black vintage AJ Bari was only $10 at Goodwill! Yep, TEN BUCKS! Though this dress is over 20 years old, the look is still modern because the shape and cut are timeless. Adding funky, metallic accessories updates the dress while still making the look “Black Tie” appropriate.

Feel free to invite me to your “Black Tie” wedding. I have the perfect dress! 🙂

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  1. April 14, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    I love that dress. You really can find some great stuff at Goodwill if you really look. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. April 14, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    You look lovely in that dress! And thanks so much for the decoding haha… I’ve never been sure what it means for women! When you say dark colours, would you say dark blues and purples are okay, or stick with black?

    Thanks again for sharing this!

    • April 15, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      I think dark blues (navy), deep purple, or hunter green would all work.

  3. April 15, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Beautiful! You rocked all these great items! Amazing finds.

  4. April 15, 2016 / 6:07 am

    I love this black tie event dress! So pretty! You are right about bank accounts taking a hit during wedding season!!


  5. April 15, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I can’t believe you found that dress at Goodwill!!!!!!!!!!! That’s amazing!!!!

  6. April 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    This is a great piece for a wedding! I LOVE it and can’t believe you found it at goodwill! Lets get together soon! 🙂

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