What to Wear to a Black-Tie Event If You Have No Clue Where to Start

Most of us love a good party, but receiving an invite for a black-tie event can be as daunting as it is exciting. Obviously, the idea of dressing up and buying some new additions for your wardrobe is welcome. But no one wants to be the person who over- or under-dresses. We all know black tie means formal, but it also leaves plenty of room for interpretation. Especially if you've never done black tie before.


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As wedding season approaches, we thought we'd clear up once and for all what the dos and don'ts really are—so we called on Browns Fashion buyer Octavia Bradford. She thumbs through the most amazing high-end formalwear every day as a part of her job, so she knows better than anyone how to put together a black-tie look. Scroll below for her five tips on nailing a black-tie dress code.

Now you won't ever feel that you're underdressed. 

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Elinor Block.