Spooky Sophistication


This little gem by Bel Air jewelry reminded me of the black tie dress code for evening events and social functions derived from British and American costume conventions of the 19th century. Worn only for events after 6 p.m., black tie is less formal than white tie but more formal than informal formal than recent intermediate codes of “creative,” “alternate” or “optional” black tie.

Women’s dress for black tie occasions has varied greatly through the years; traditionally it was dinner (ankle) or tea (below mid-calf) length sleeveless evening gown. Today, cocktail (knee) length garments and jewelry are considered equally appropriate in most places. To me, however, a black tie event is very similar to Halloween. Everyone dresses up and wears masks of a different sort, but it’s all in the same spirit of play and glam. This Halloween, weather it be a Cinderella like ball, or a spooky haunted hay ride, wear your own black tie.

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