When the Dress Code Calls For: Black Tie or White Tie
What’s black and white and totally confusing? That whole black tie vs. white tie debacle. According to Naylor, the major difference between the two dress codes comes down to the accessories: “The one style element [in white tie] that’s a step up from Black Tie Optional is that ladies are welcome to wear elbow-length gloves in colors matching their dresses.” She recommends looking in bridal shops for quality gloves that’ll give your outfit that Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn vibe. Leonard thinks that a “fancy short cocktail dress” is appropriate for either white or black tie, while Berry feels it’s best to go for the classic drama of a floor-skimming number. “Wear a long, formal dress,” she informs, adding, “This doesn’t mean a maxi dress… it means a gown.” Got it?