10 Black Tie Dresses That Will Steal the Show
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10 Black Tie Dresses That Will Steal the Show

Dress to impress for your next big event

If you’ve found your way here, chances are you have fancy event coming up and have hit the age-old question of ‘what do I wear?’ – and we wouldn’t blame you, we’ve become a bit out of practice since the pandemic began. But now, with social season opening back up (hopefully this time for good), we can go all in on our choice of attire. Find some inspiration for your next big do with our edit of the best black tie dresses below, featuring designer options from Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, as well as rental alternatives from HURR Collective and My Wardrobe HQ.

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What Is A ‘Black Tie’ Dress Code?

Dress codes are more often than not a source of confusion and frustration for most events – and with vague terms like ‘business casual’, ‘smart casual’ and ‘semi-formal’ lurking about, it’s easy to see why. With certain events requiring a specific dress length, strap width and colour palette, the choices for what to wear can become tricky. Generally speaking, if you choose to go to an event in a dress, it’s expected of guests to wear something something long-ish (aka not a mini skirt). Any colour is up for grabs (despite the name, black is optional), unless there is a specific request or theme, and feel free to dress it up a bit with jewellery and heels.

Woman in red dress stood in front of curtains

(c) RIXO

Now for the dresses. As always, before you buy, check at home to see if you have something that fits the trends we see on the runway. Re-wearing old clothes is the best way to be sustainable, but if you can’t avoid it then shop consciously at responsible retailers, as well as rental and resale sites.

Black Tie Dresses That Will Steal the Show

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Woman in black dress


Siren Dress (Size UK 10), rent from £86.74


Woman sat on step in long sequin dress


Zuri Sequin Halter Dress, £385


Red corset dress

Alexander McQueen

Peak Corset Evening Dress in Blood Red, £3,090


Woman on the beach facing away from the camera, wearing a pink evening dress with a large bow on the back

Rebecca Vallance

Rosetta Dress (Size UK 8), rent from £163.07


Woman in blue velvet dress


Malini Velvet Dress, £398


One shoulder sequin gown with draped sleeve in shades of blue, yellow and orange

Mary Katrantzou

Isolde Sequin Dress (Multiple Sizes), rent from £39 per day or buy secondhand for £1,000


Woman in light pink sequin dress

The Vampire’s Wife

The Bombette Dress (Size UK 12), rent from £188.95


Black and white ruffle dress

Needle & Thread

Rosella Ruffle Strapless Gown, £550


Model in A-line blue floral patterned gown


Azure Floral Gown (Size UK 8), rent from £30 per day or buy secondhand for £1,861


Woman in long red dress


Fluted Hem Long Dress, £2,995


Featured image: RIXO