BLACK TIE OPTIONAL

Women: Look glamorous in a long gown, cocktail dress (as long as the hemline isn’t too short or the style isn’t too revealing), or luxurious separates. Women should choose a dress that will hold up alongside a room full of men in formal tuxedo. Accessorize with items such as long gloves, clutches, and jewelry to top off the whole look.

Men: If you own a tuxedo, put it on, especially is the woman has chosen to wear a gown. If not, wear a suit in a dark color such as charcoal or black, paired with a white dress shirt, and a solid colored tie. Make sure patterns are kept to a minimum and shoes are shined. Accessorize your look with a pocket square and cuff links.

When to wear it: Elegant events such as Galas, Silent auctions, Weddings, and Formal dinners.