Chances are, the outfit you picture when you hear "black tie" is probably a dress. It may even be a gown — if you're feeling extra-fancy. The whole black-tie-means-dress thing is a fairly common notion among partygoers, and for good reason. Straying from this norm can prove difficult. Terrifying, even. But, that doesn't mean we're not going to try. What can we say? We're rebels at heart. And, we like pants.
As an alternative to your go-to LBD and full-length frock, we crafted four festive looks — jumpsuits, full skirts, and more — that'll give 'em a run for their money. Not convinced yet? Click ahead for proof that separates can be every bit as formal for weddings, cocktail events, and then some. As an added bonus, you'll likely get tons more wear out of these pieces, well beyond the main event. We'll toast to that!