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Style Q&A: Black Tie Rules

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Q: When an invitation says "black tie," must you wear a long dress? What are the rules?

A: You of course can never go wrong wearing a long dress, they elongate your frame and will never be considered too "dress down." You can however, go wrong not wearing one. Here at FROCK we believe you only live once, so dress up! But if there's a short dress you covet or you can't' wait to show up your tanned gams, there are rules and exceptions...

Black-tie is a chance to unleash your inner red-carpet Goddess. Your style doesn't have to be full-on ball gown and you're also allowed to play with lengths. Going with a solid color is a safer bet than a short dress with a print. Choose an impactful color like red, black, or ivory. Choose a hem that's grazing the knee or longer (since this is officially black-tie, cocktail attire is a little iffy). 

More important than even hem length is perhaps the shoe! A sandal is almost always for appropriate than a closed toe shoe (which reads "work.") Even the tiniest bit of open toe takes you from office to opera. 

When it comes to makeup, choose a bold or lip. Never do both. And for hair, go for sleek and unfussy (a low ponytail wrapped in gold hardware) allows the dress (whatever length you choose) to  be the star. 

Ask me ANY fashion or beauty questions! IG @victoriatik or our whole team @frocklosangeles

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