June 15, 2015

What To Wear To a Black Tie Wedding

Sydne-Style-wears-a-navy-lace-gown-for-a-black-tie-weddingWedding season is in full swing. I don’t know about you, but my schedule is jammed packed. I already attended one gorgeous affair in Pacific Palisades the other weekend and have three more to go! Today I’m giving some ideas on what to wear to a black tie wedding.

I went with navy for both looks. Aside from white, any color goes for black tie weddings. The reason I like navy is it’s timeless, you can wear it every season and it’s a little different than black, which at least half of the wedding guests will wear.

Lace is a huge trend right now. And I instantly fell in love with the illusion neckline of this Tadashi gown. I also really liked how the panels of lace on bottom gave the dress a younger feel, yet it’s classic enough to wear year after year. The rest of the material is thick enough to hold you in so you don’t have to worry about eating that wedding cake! For a modern update, I slicked my hair back into a sleek ponytail.


{Look 1}
Dress: Tadashi Shoji
Earrings: Tacori (similar)
Bag: (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden

Sydne-Style-what-to-wear-to-a-black-tie-weddingThis second look is what I wore to a black tie wedding last month. It’s actually my second time wearing this dress to a wedding! I transitioned it from Nicole Miller’s show at fashion week to my friends NYC celebration in September. Just shows how much use you can get out of one piece! It’s a jersey material, which if is great if you’re traveling for a wedding: no wrinkles! Plus, it’s extremely comfortable. While it is form-fitting, the draping makes it very flattering for all different body types

Instead of gold like my previous looks, I added silver accents with plenty of jewels. I pulled my hair into a deep side part and straightened it for a sleek statement.

Sydne-Style-minimalist-dress-for-weddingsSydne-Style-crystal-stella-dot-jewerly-and-leopard-print-clutchSydne-Style-open-back-criss-cross-gownSydne-Style-Nicole-Miller-navy-dress-for-wedding-seasonPhotos by Jodee Debes

{Look 2}
Dress: Nicole Miller (similar or same in gray)
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Ring: Stella & Dot
Bracelets: Stella & Dot
Bag: Lauren Merkin (old but also like this one on sale)
Shoes: Steve Madden

I hope this post helps inspire you if you’re figuring out what to wear for a black tie wedding! And make sure to keep asking your questions to be answered in upcoming Ask Sydne columns! Just comment below or submit your questions in this form

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  1. Carly Kenihan commented:

    Gorgeous! Love how you pulled your hair back in a pony for a modern twist. And the back of that Nicole Miller Dress is to die for.

    Published 6.15.15 Reply
  2. Laura commented:

    Wow! Both of these are stunners! I’ve been on a navy kick lately…I can’t get enough of it…especially paired with gold!


    Published 6.15.15 Reply
  3. Prudence Yeo commented:

    Both dresses are beautiful but especially love the first one! The lace panels are so pretty and feminine and the mermaid silhouette flaunts the figure so perfectly, you look stunning in it!


    Published 6.15.15 Reply
  4. Heidi commented:

    This dress is like a work of art! You look amazing!

    Wishes & Reality

    Published 6.16.15 Reply
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  6. LindaGadz commented:

    Found your site accidentally while looking for dresses for my daughter and me for an upcoming family wedding. You look stunning in the Tadashi Shoji Gown – Sleeveless Pintucked Illusion Lace Inset which I found on Bloomingdale’s site. You, like my daughter are 5’3″ and wear higher heels…does that mean you bought the dress in a regular rather than petite size? Also, do you think that if the bridemaids are wearing navy long dresses (different make and style from BLHDN) that my daughter should not? Thanks for your help.

    Published 2.22.16 Reply
    • Sydne Summer commented:

      Thanks so much! I’m wearing an XS and had it taken in a bit. I think it’s fine for her to wear navy as well, such a classic color. Hope she enjoys the wedding!

      Published 2.22.16 Reply
      • LindaGadz commented:

        Thanks so much for your response and opinion on the color. Appreciate you taking the time to write me back! I never would have noticed this dress if not for finding your blog. Love not only how it looks on you but how you accessorized it! Thanks again, Linda

        Published 2.22.16 Reply
        • Sydne commented:

          Thanks Linda! So glad you found the blog! xx

          Published 2.25.16 Reply
  7. engagement rings commented:

    Beautiful girl, and dresses.

    Published 11.3.17 Reply

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