Preferred, Black Tie Optional or Black Tie Invited
the invitation states, Black Tie
Preferred, Black Tie Optional or Black Tie Invited, a traditional tuxedo is
the preferred choice of attire for the
gentleman. If he decides not
to wear a tuxedo, he may wear a dark suit, white dress shirt and conservative
tie, which is the next step down from Black
Tie Preferred. Anything less formal than this would be unacceptable at this event!
lady accompanying a gentleman who is wearing a suit instead of a tuxedo may wear
either a short evening gown or a dinner suit. A dinner suit is a suit that is made of a finer material than
a business-suit and may have embellishments on it such as fancy buttons.
red satin suit by Sophie Sitbon is a dinner
suit and would be appropriate for a lady to wear to a Black Tie Preferred event, if the gentleman who accompanies her
chooses to wear a suit instead of a tuxedo.
black velvet jacket and black satin skirt could also be worn to a formal affair
if the gentleman the lady is going to the event with chooses to wear a dark suit
instead of a tuxedo.
long, very formal gown, such as the one above, would be inappropriate for the lady to wear if the gentleman, who is
accompanying her, is wearing only a business-suit to the event.
(Itís OK, however, to model such a gown when your husband is wearing only a suit!)