October 5th, 2007
Q: I am attending a black tie optional charity event, to which I’d normally wear a full length black gown. I recently found a great "brown" full length gown that I really like but am not sure if brown is an appropriate color. Your thoughts?
A: Black Tie Optional dress for women calls for long evening gowns, evening separates, and, in more casual geographies, cocktail dresses. For men, tuxedos or dark suits are customary at black tie optional events.
Dark colors are customary, but especially with this season’s focus on bright color, colors are not excluded. So–your brown full length gown will certainly be appropriate for the event. The most important thing is to wear a dress that you really love–so you win both ways.
Pictured: Adrianna Papell Charmeuse Halter Gown with Scarf | $168 at Nordstrom.
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