been invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary party - black tie
optional. The hosts are hoping everyone will wear white or black.
I have an off white sequined top. What would be appropriate to
wear with it? In the past I've worn black pants. Are pants appropriate
or does it need to be a skirt? What kind of shoes would be suitable?
style pants are indeed acceptable. Be sure that the pants are a
dressy cut and not a cuffed trouser style. Dressier pant styles
generally have a fuller cut leg with a side or back closure, rather
than a fly-front one. The pant fabric is also important in formal
wear. Fabrics well suited for wear with a sequined top and for
black-tie fall into the dressiest category, such as silk, satin,
georgette, wool crepe, chiffon, velvet, etc. Dressy black pants
would make an elegant combination with your off-white sequined
top, as would off-white (in the same tone as your top) silk or
Ideally, your shoes are quite dressy, such as those
appropriate for evening wear. The precise style can vary widely
since this is a social affair. Dressy heels (sandal styles or pumps)
are proper. Daytime kid-leather shoes are not considered dressy
enough for semi-formal or formal attire. Opt for true evening shoes,
styles that have some sparkle or those made of silk, satin, suede,
a microfiber fabric, or a metallic. If you wear black pants, wear
black shoes. For off-white pants, select metallic shoes either
in a pewter/silver tone or in a golden hue, one that suits your
jewelry accessories and tastes.
No regular purses allowed in formal wear. Carry a
cocktail bag that coordinates with your shoes.
Enjoy the celebration!