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.