Dress Code: Black-Tie

Black-tie is one of the most common dress codes during weddings. But still, there are a lot of guests who are not sure on what Black-tie really means...and we get the confusion.  Because when you think about it, Black-tie means that it's tuxedo time for men, and for women, that means you can wear glamorous long gowns. In fact, red carpets like the Oscars are the unofficial peg for a Black-tie event. But then again, most couples don't want to be upstaged during their wedding-- I mean, we're pretty sure a groom would be secretly pissed if his buddies were in some snazzy tuxedos that might potentially look better than his -- so it's pretty confusing because the dress code says one thing, but you also have to take into consideration and read between the lines.

So here's a suggestion from stylist KC Leyco-Mempin (Miss Kayce) on how to navigate this dress code and look fearlessly cool

KC's tips:

Black-tie requires long formal gowns for the ladies and a tuxedo for the gentlemen.  When a groom is wearing a tuxedo, a black suit for the men is okay. But what is left for the gents to do? Ditch the classic white dress shirt. Instead, choose a black and white gingham dress shirt, or any shirt with some interesting detail, maybe a contrast collar shirt, or do an all black ensemble. While you are veering away from tradition, stick to the staple black bow tie as an accessory but pick out something with subtle and sleek prints like this tone-on-tone paisley.

Because the ladies get to choose from a variety of gown styles and colors, how can you make your outfit more interesting yet practical? Do away with those infinity dresses or jumpsuits. While they seem more practical, really how many styles and colors would you want to own of these? Get more creative with a 2-piece ensemble like a top and skirt or pants. Style it elegantly with a nice pair of earrings and a clutch as your statement pieces.


on KC: Lisa halter top and Thalia ball skirt, both from Opposites Studio; earrings from Atelier 818; Private Event in Maroon from Kara Zapatos

on Jmie: Custom black suit from MLCK; black/white gingham dress shirt model's own; tone-on- tone black paisley print bow tie from OTAA; black cap toe oxford from Black Wing 

Makeup: The Makeup of Mica (IG: themakeupofmica)

Venue: Imprenta at Hotel 1925, Lipa (IG: hotel1925lipa)

Styling by Miss Kayce (IG: misskayce)

Kara Zapatos
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Opposites Studio  / Mara Chua
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