Wedding-attire terminology can be confusing. Black tie? Black tie optional? Semi formal? What does it all mean? Last month, I went to a gorgeous black tie optional wedding in San Francisco, so I was able to see first hand what is appropriate to wear under this dress code. For today’s post, I’m sharing what I wore to my friend’s black tie optional wedding last month, as well as some other gorgeous dresses you can wear to weddings this fall or winter.
At the black tie optional wedding I attended in California, most guests wore fancy cocktail dresses. There were a lot of sequins, bold laces, and silky fabrics. There was also a healthy amount of floor-length dresses, so don’t be afraid to really dress up. I went for this black, one-shoulder number, because it was something in between a floor-length and cocktail dress. I added a gold metallic belt to give the look some vavavoom, and I always wear my sparkly Stuart Weitzman sandals to weddings.
Somehow, my dress is on sale for less than $55! It comes in tall, petite, and plus sizes, so no matter your body type, this dress delivers. I really loved wearing this to a wedding because it was SUPER comfortable. When I know I’m going to be wearing something for a long period of time, I always keep comfort in mind, and this dress was perfect for eating, drinking, and dancing all night.
It comes with a black sash in the same material as the dress, but you can play around with different styles depending on where you’ll be wearing it. Something with sparkles, like this belt, would be gorgeous, and you can find the belt I wore here.
Want to see more options for an upcoming black tie optional wedding? I’ve rounded up nine styles below that will be just dressy enough for a fall or winter wedding.