Back Tie Optional Events


When you get invited to a wedding or event, there are basically two things that matter: how much fun you’ll have and what to wear. To help you make the right choice, we’ve put together this handy guide to formal styles and dress codes.


  • Black tie: Men wear black tuxedos with a white shirt, black bow tie and cummerbund.

  • White tie: Men wear white formal evening dress with tails (black for groomsmen), wing collar shirt, stockings and patent leather pumps.

  • White tie optional: Men wear white tuxedo jackets with matching trousers and bow ties or cravats of satin ribbon or fabric brochettes (decorated pins). Women wear floor-length gowns made of silk or another fine material. They may have lace at the neckline, sleeves and hemline.

  • Black tie optional: Men can choose between black or midnight blue tuxedos instead of their traditional black suit while women can opt for their long evening gowns in any color they like but it has to be made out of a high quality material such as silk or satin rather than polyester since this would make them look cheap instead of glamorous on your big day!

Black-tie optional.

When it comes to black-tie optional events, you have the option of wearing a tuxedo. However, you are not required to wear one. The term “black tie optional” was coined in the 1960s and is now used for formal events where men may or may not choose to wear black tie instead of morning dress or lounge suits.


Formal. The black tie dress code is the gold standard of formal events, but it can also be a bit stuffy and pretentious for some. If you’re planning on attending an event with this type of dress code, you’re expected to wear a tuxedo for men and gowns or cocktail dresses for women. In general, this is the most formal type of gathering where it’s perfectly acceptable to wear black tie. It’s usually reserved for weddings, galas and other high-profile events featuring celebrities or dignitaries in attendance.

Tuxedos have fallen out of favor with many men these days because they don’t feel like they fit into their lives anymore; however, they can still look sharp when paired with a great suit or blazer along with some nice accessories like cufflinks and ties! Ties are often used as accessories instead of neckties nowadays since bowties tend not to go well with every kind of shirt collar (it depends on how wide/narrow it is). For example: if your collars are thick enough then wearing a tie would make sense but if not then wearing something else might work better instead like maybe even just leaving yourself open-collared instead?


This is a semi-formal setting. You can wear a suit and tie, or a tuxedo. You can also wear formal dresses like cocktail dresses or gowns.


White tie is the grandest of dress codes and is reserved for the most formal of occasions. It’s worn at state dinners, golden weddings, and balls. A white tie outfit consists of a long-sleeved white shirt (with no collar), black bow tie (or cravat) and patent leather shoes with socks that match your trousers. White gloves are optional but not recommended; most people don’t wear them anymore because they’re difficult to put on without assistance from someone else!

These are all different types of events you can attend or be invited to, that have varying levels of formality and dress codes.

Formal events are the most traditional, and typically include a tuxedo jacket for men and a cocktail dress for women. Black tie optional is more relaxed than formal, but still requires a suit or tuxedo in addition to a black bow tie. In informal settings, you can wear either a suit or jeans depending on the event and time of day. As you move down in formality from here, your options expand: semiformal means wearing slacks with a shirt with no tie; white tie means evening dress without fail (think tails); black-tie optional means anything goes!


As you can see, there are many different types of events you can attend or be invited to. And while they all have their own dress codes, they’re all also different forms of formal wear. The best thing to do is make sure that whatever event you’re going to has a dress code listed on their website—but if not, it’s always best not to show up overdressed anyway! For more information please visit our website

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