A Belle in France

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A Belle in France

Or: How to attend a black tie wedding

Black tie weddings can be difficult to navigate in terms of attire, so

its best to go with the classic rules of wedding etiquette when

choosing what to wear. The term ‘black tie’ can be applied for

weddings taking place from 6pm onward, and the standard attire for

a woman is a floor-length gown – even if there is still plenty of

daylight. An exception to this might be an extremely formal tea-

length dress covered in sequins or beads, but I would always err on

the side of a gown.

A recent trip to France culminated in a black-tie wedding at a

chateau outside of Paris. – it was an amazing experience! I wore this

most beautiful red dress by Nicole Bakti that totally fulfilled my all

my wildest dreams of old Hollywood glamour. For this occasion I

chose to complete the look with simple silver stilettos, vintage

rhinestone earrings, red lips and side-swept curls.

Next time I wear it – that’s right, I will definitely get a second wear

out of this beauty – I imagine going with a very dark smokey eye,

nude lips, and deep jewel-toned accessories in either emerald or

lapis. Nude platform pumps would be perfect to complete that look

and maybe a sleek, flat-ironed low ponytail, too. I can’t wait!

Finding the perfect dress for this wedding could’ve been really

difficult. I started wanting something red and with a bit of coverage

for my upper arms (I’m a bit insecure about them). I quickly found a

few options, added them to my favorites and then narrowed them

down from there. Quite simple and fun, really!

I only hope I find more fancy friends who have black tie weddings so I can start

shopping for my next gown!