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Black tie style, what to wear to a formal event

When it comes to black-tie attire, its not so simple for women. A black-tie invitation can be frustratingly vague. We can't simply put on a tux and go. There are so many decisions to make, short, long, evening gown, silk, satin, velvet....

A simply black evening gown
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Traditionally, long is more formal than short. However, the choice is based more on what looks best on you. Factor in age, legs, figure, and comfort level. A long dress is best if you can't wear heels. A short dress is always a good choice if you are unsure of how dressy the event will be.

Remember, black tie doesn't mean you have to wear black, although to play it safe, opt for a simple black dress, the best canvas for statement jewelry

The most important factor, be comfortable and have a good time.