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If you are invited to a "black tie" event, you should wear formal clothing. Men need to wear black tuxedo, formal (pleated front) white shirt, black bow tie, black socks and shoes, no gloves. Women have to wear formal long evening dress, short cocktail dress or dressy evening separates.

Black tie optional

A "black tie optional" gives two options for men - wearing a tuxedo (as "black tie") or dark suit, white shirt and conservative tie. A "black tie optional" means that clothing have to be formal. Women can choose between long evening gown, cocktail dress or dressy evening separate.

Creative black tie

"Creative black tie" gives room for interpretations of formal wear. Man can wear more modern clothes with tuxedo - trendy items, such as a black shirt or a matching colored or patterned bow tie and cummerbund. This matches with dressy black leather shoes and black socks. Woman can choose from formal evening gown or short cocktail dress and any of these two can be accessorized with a feather boa, colorful shawl or colorful jewelry. Sometimes, theme parties set "Texas Black Tie" dress code or any other variation of Creative Black Tie. Then a man can wear a tuxedo with boots, and woman can choose a long dress paired with Southwestern style jewelry and belt.
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