Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

16 Fancy Looks For A Black-Tie Affair

  1. Begin Slideshow
    Opener
    Photo: Courtesy of Shopbop.

    761

    SHARES

    9 comments
    See All Slides

    When you open your mailbox inbox to find an invite to a black-tie function, chances are your entire wardrobe flashes before your eyes. Because, while a formal affair almost always guarantees a good time, it’s really only enjoyable if you have something appropriate to wear. You don’t want to be the girl who shows up in something too casual do you? That’s one way to be the talk of the party — for the wrong reasons.

    But, don’t fret. Whether you’re headed to a swanky charity event, spiffy cocktail soiree, or elegant weekend wedding, we’ve culled gorgeous gowns, knee-length frocks, and sleek tuxedos (remember: you don’t always have to wear a dress) that will instantly get you black-tie ready, no matter your budget. And, if you don’t find yourself on a guest list right now, the 16 looks ahead serve as primo inspiration for when you do. Go on, it's just like prom night — except the pics will be way less embarrassing.



    Like this post? There's more. Get tons of style secrets, insider shopping dish, fashion news, and more on the Refinery29 Fashion Facebook page!
    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

This Will Make You Want To Move To Williamsburg

Moving into a new one bedroom in Williamsburg (from Dumbo) with high ceilings and huge windows, Matt and Allie had their own exciting design ideas but wanted a professional to help edit their layout plans (that's us). A converted factory, the building is beautiful, their apartment is awesome, and the architectural read

Celebrities

12 Times Hollywood Women Were Total Honey Badgers

The honey badger wasn’t always famous. This is kind of surprising, given its natural predisposition for Hollywood life. With its thick skin and general ferocity, the honey badger is equipped to handle the shade and pressure that comes with being in the public eye. More important, this mammal simply doesn’t give a shit read