what to wear black tie We had a wonderful question from a friend in Chicago, “Can short dresses be worn to black tie event? What about hosiery? Chicago cold winter evenings . . . .”  

This is oft asked query –  Long or Short?   Generally speaking, a short dress is appropriate for Black Tie.   If the fête is a Gala or a Ball, or attended by Royalty or Heads of State, a long dress is generally worn.  On a week night, with an early start time, and women coming directly from work, short dresses may be preferred, but check with us to do the research for you.  We would rather be in the minority wearing short.   For going short, pick a dress that has something special to say –  bit of bling, lace or brocade, satins are all very glam.   We went shopping to find an incredible selection in style and price, and do not miss the fabulous frocks on SALE.   To answer the second part of the question regarding shoes and stockings – yes, freezing cold evening call for a little leg covering.  If you are wearing stockings, you should wear closed toe shoes. We prefer a DARK STOCKING for evenings out. To see a wonderful collection of evening pumps, go to  EVENING PUMPS AND PARTY SHOES, and be ready to dance the night away.

Under $500

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For more information and to purchase, please click on the links.   Tadashi Shoji Cord-Embroidered Lace Cocktail Dress $408   /   Rachel Zoe Adrienne Long-Sleeve Sequined Dress $375   /   Diane von Furstenberg Amelia Lace-Skirt Halter Dress $498   /   Nanette Lepore Spotlight Metallic Jacquard Dress $498   /   Carmen Marc Valvo Cap-Sleeve Beaded Brocade Cocktail Dress $408  SALE  /   Milly Flared Off-the-Shoulder Dress $450


$500 – $1000

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La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni Lucetta Lace Appliqué Cocktail Dress $570 SALE   /   Alice + Olivia Stein Scalloped Beaded 3/4 Sleeve Sheath Dress $898   /   Tamara Mellon Shimmery Spaghetti-Wrap Halter Dress $597   /   Kalinka Sequined Mosaic Cocktail Sheath Dress $717.60 SALE  /   Carmen Marc Valvo Beaded-Neck Halter Cocktail Dress $595   /   Alice + Olivia Riska Embellished Boat-Neck Dress $597


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Oscar de la Renta Wool Bubble-Skirt Dress $1554 SALE  /   Burberry London Ruched Waist Lace Dress $1395   /   Stella McCartney Azelia Strapless Tuxedo Dress $1197  SALE /   Lela Rose 3/4 Sleeve Lace Godet Dress $1197 SALE  /   Oscar de la Renta Off- the-Shoulder Silk Dress $1194 SALE   /   Paule Ka Satin Short Dress $1385

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