What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding

metallic wedding guest dress outfit for black tie formal wedding


Black Tie Wedding Guest Dresses

I’ve had a couple weddings to attend and pretty much all of them were black tie!

So I’ve done a lot of formal gown shopping and surprisingly, it’s not easy to find

  • a dress you like that fits
  • that’s floor length and formal enough without being… dated or costume-y
  • …and won’t break the bank!

With the last bullet point being the most important lol.





Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

I’ve finally found a couple brands that I go to again and again for formal dresses, so I thought I’d make a list!



One of my favorites for black tie dresses.

Aqua nails the fit – these black tie dresses fit like a glove while still being comfortable and easy to move in. 

They also have a huge range of styles, with lots of metallic + unique colors.

The formal gowns run about $100-300, which is pretty reasonable for the quality, but they also have more casual summer day dresses and cocktail dresses!

Shop: Bloomingdales






I just picked up this silk dress from the London brand that I really love.

Reiss is mostly known for work wear but they have a decent selection of floor length, formal dresses too!

There’s a reason Kate Middleton wore Reiss for her engagement photos.

Shop: Reiss & Bloomingdales





Mac Duggal

This brand makes the most insane wedding guest dresses – something to wear to an over the top, destination wedding where you want to look really good.

I love all their beadwork, sequins, metallic and ombre prints… I just don’t love the price ha. 

Mac Duggal runs a bit pricier, but the dresses are one of a kind.

Shop: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales & Amazon






Revolve has the biggest selection of dresses. They basically specialize in them!

No matter what kind of wedding event, you’ll find something you like. 

I also really like their website filters, which allow you to search by dress length, neckline, color and occasion!

The only negative I have to say about them is often their stock is low or preorder, so just browse far in advance.

Shop: Revolve





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