10 Black Tie Wedding Guest Dresses That Are The Perfect Amount Of Glam, Without Being Overkill

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By Lucy Cocoran
For reasons unknown, the black tie dress code can incite a level of panic in even the most seasoned of partiers. The formalwear anxiety, (while totally understandable), really isn't needed when you know what the code actually means. If you've been invited to a wedding which specifies that the dress code if black tie, then you can be fairly confident that the bride and groom are expecting guests to go all out.
Given that wedding dress codes are there for a reason, it's important to respect the rules and regulations that come along with it.
While it can be easy to overcomplicate things, really a black tie code comes down to two key things — length and fabric. Black tie most often calls for floor-length gowns or ankle-skimming designs because they have a certain air of elegance that usually can't be achieved with a shorter dress.
In terms of how the dress should look and feel, you can rely on fabrics like billowing chiffon, flowing silk and whimsical tulle. Of course, glitter is certainly acceptable here too, because nobody can resist a good sequinned number.
While the colour palette is up to personal choice, you can't go wrong with muted tones and pastels (pink neon might look a bit OTT in photos). T
Below, ELLE's collection of black tie wedding guest dresses that will bring the best kind of drama, without stealing any of the show.
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