Is it ok to wear a red gown to a professional black tie event? The event will be in the evening with dinner.
Hmmn. We’ve talked about what not to wear to a black tie event, how to do black tie on a budget, and whether cocktail dresses are appropriate for black tie events — but never what colors are appropriate. To be honest, my gut reaction here was “If you are the honoree or the hostess of the event, knock yourself out. Otherwise, step away from the red dress.” But after some Googling, it seems like a red dress is becoming more and more popular — even Tim Gunn says “absolutely” to bright colors at evening affairs.
Still, for my $.02, I would stick to dresses in muted colors for professional events — a dark plum or an emerald, or a navy — and leave brighter colors to details like your clutch, or your bag. [Read more...]