Bonnie Wertheim c.2019 The New York Times Company
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25 Nov 2019
5:03 pm

What to wear to a black-tie event

Bonnie Wertheim c.2019 The New York Times Company

Remember how the characters on 'Gossip Girl' dressed for special occasions? That’s the bar here.

Kim Jones at Dior Homme said he wanted to make "Dior's classic black suit a bit cooler and a bit more fashion.". AFP/FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Dress-code jargon can be difficult to decode. What is “black tie,” actually, and how is it different from “white tie”? Here’s a breakdown. DOs Remember how the characters on “Gossip Girl” dressed for special occasions? That’s the bar here. — Dress: Long gown or a very elegant cocktail dress. This can be elevated with jewellery and other accessories. — Tuxedo. — Pumps or strappy sandals. — Black wingtips or oxfords. Don'ts — Bright colours: It’s not a strict rule, but most people advise against them for practical reasons: They’re harder to re-wear and more difficult to clean. — Scuffed shoes:...