What to wear to a black tie wedding

WHAT TO WEAR TO A BLACK TIE WEDDINGPARKER DRESS | JIL STUART DRESS | BHLDN DRESS (MIDI) | BHLDN DRESS (MAXI) | BCBG DRESS

A  few weeks ago, I attended my first black tie wedding and for the first time I was on the hunt for a long formal dress. I don't know about you, but whenever I'm shopping for an occasion dress I feel like I can't find what I'm looking for, but when I'm not searching for one they seem to be popping up everywhere and I'm constantly saying how badly I wish I had an occasion to dress up for.

I finally checked out the BHLDN site for some inspiration and fell IN LOVE with this dress by Phoebe by Kay Unger. What I loved about the dress was not only how unique it was, but that  It was ankle length which meant I didn't have to worry about getting alterations at the last minute.

During my hunt for a black tie dress, here's what I realized:

  1. If you're short opt for an ankle length dress, it will be longer on you than on the model anyway and you don't have to stress about alterations
  2. Choose a dress that won't look like a bridesmaid dress. Opt for a print that will be least risk of looking bridesmaidy
  3. Don't be afraid of color - have fun with it and maybe even try something you normally wouldn't!