As we move out of the summer months and into Autumn, we usually see a surge in Black Tie Weddings and we couldn’t be happier. It gives us an excuse to show you some of the gorgeous gunas we have been swooning over of late. We hear lots of you asking us where to find gorgeous full length gowns for black tie affairs or bridesmaids dresses. Well have no fear because the OFD team are here to help. Feast your eyes on some of these lovely finds.
First up we have the classic LBD. The Black Beauty of dresses. The romantic lace and statement bow on the first dress from Mango for €149.99 is perfect for a black tie wedding. It is so elegant and feminine and the bow detail hides and multitude for any tummy conscious wedding guests out there. If you feel like a splurge why not invest in the gorgeous jumpsuit from Maria Lucia Hohan. At €550 it isn’t cheap but it is so classically beautiful, we don’t think you’ll be regretting this investment!
If you are after a structured and classically cut gown, why not try this stunning bandeau maxi dress from Coast for €285. The detail on the front is so striking and we think it would be lovely with minimal accessories. Let the dress do the talking. And last but not least, if money is no deterrent, then why not splash out on this a-maz-ing Misora gathered wool-crepe and silk gown by Roksanda Ilincic at Net-A-Porter. The price tag of €990 may be a push but how could you not want to arrive at a black tie wedding in this beaut. It is so understated but somehow is such a show stopper. We can’t decide which we like the best out of this collection of gorgeousness! We’ll take them all…
Colour Me Beautiful
Now maybe you are not a fan of the tradition of wearing black to a black tie wedding. Don’t worry because we have we have something for everyone. We aim to please ladies. If a splash of colour is more up your alley then do we have the dresses for you! For those of you who have been bombarded with wedding invites and dread facing your bank balance after you have bought all of those outfits, we’ve something for every budget. Oasis have come up trumps again with this budget friendly red cowl draped dress for the delightful price of just €88. Now we know that when you see Alexander Mc Queen, you’re thinking ‘this will break the bank’…and you’re right! But a girl can dream so let’s all swoon over the strapless, draped silk-chiffon gown together…sigh. For those of you interested in the price…how does €2,145 sound?
Also on the “sell your fiancA©e to be able to afford the dress” list is this stunning lavender gown from celeb fave Maria Lucia Hohan for €1130. Not as pricey as the Mc Queen but just as gorgeous, so if you can stretch your budget that far, we say go for it! Now back down to reality for the final lovely dress of the colourful collection. What would we do without Mango? The turquoise silk bow dress is only €159.99 and with its striking colour and amazing bow details, we think this would be perfect for a black tie wedding. And you don’t have to sell your Mr in order to buy it. Phew!
Pretty in Print
So far we have covered black and bold coloured dresses and we are big fans. It seems to be, though, that people are weary of introducing prints and patterns into their outfits when it comes to Black Tie Glamour. We say go for it. There are too many fabulous fabrics to be sticking to plain and simple and we think you would all look ever so pretty in print. Ted Baker has this pretty little floral number at the moment. It’s perfect for a summery black tie wedding and the pop of colour with the belt works so well. Not bad for ?229. If you like the idea of a foral evening dress but were looking for something a little more fitted, why not try this red floral print dress from Karen Millen for €299.
We also thought the curassi printed maxi from Ted Baker for ?229 would be perfect for a black tie wedding summer soiree. Also Karen being the brilliant bargain hunter that she is, found this amazing Rosine printed jumpsuit available from net-a-porter which is reduced from €2,379.67 down to €713.90. Still on the more expensive side of things but with a reduction of 70% it’s hard to resist.
All That Glitters
Now for most of us, when we think of black tie weddings, we think of one thing….glamour. We know that when attending a black tie event, us gals like to find something a little bit glitzy and gorgeous so our final roundup of dresses ticks all the boxes when it comes to all that glitters. Mango are the king of the highstreet when it comes to affordable gowns and this black embroidered sequin gown for€169.99 ticks all the boxes when it comes to black tie attire. They also are onto a winner with this blue embellished dress for an amazing €169.99.
We are big fans of the gorgeous plum coloured, embellished silk peplum gown by Malene Birger available at Net-A-Porter for €551.95. Last but not least we have this sequenced show stopper. How fabulous would you feel arriving to the event in this drop dead gorgeous gold sequin gown from Rachel Gilbert for $1,195. It is such a party piece and we think it is just fabulous dahh-ling.
Pssst….Rachel Gilbert dresses and gowns are available for hire for a fraction of the price from the following boutiques around Ireland, Covet in Powerscourt, The Ivory Closet in Limerick and Frock n Fabulous in Dundrum. Don’t worry we wont tell!
So there you have it. An option to suit all tastes and budgets. You will be the belle of the ball if you arrive at your event in one of these little babies. Happy shopping!