what I wore // black tie optional

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

YSL bag Les Bonbons moto jacket vintage skirt

This weekend Mr Dittner and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of my dear friend, and fellow blogger, Alex Carreno Haines. Black tie optional was the dress code, so I had so much fun putting my look together, and Mr Dittner wore his Sid Mashburn tux. When black tie optional is on an invitation, some of us don’t know exactly what to wear, so i thought I would share how I put together my perfectly appropriate look for the evening.

Black tie optional is sometimes tricky because it’s in between cocktail attire and full-0n evening wear. I usually assume that when black tie optional is listed the host wants the guests to really bring it in the glamour department, but doesn’t want everyone to feel pressure to wear a tux or gown. So I usually go with a look that is dressier than cocktail attire, and less dressy than an evening gown.

So excited to be able to wear a high waisted skirt after having a baby, I built my look around this vintage brocade skirt that I wore for the first time last year during New York Fashion Week. Taking a style cue from the boys I added my tried and true tux shirt (that also pairs so well with jeans), and added in my Les Bonbons earrings and pointed toe heels. Borrowed from my stylish sister, this gorgeous YSL cross body bag added the perfect amount of luxe to my wedding look. I didn’t wear my moto jacket into the wedding, but think it’s a fantastic option to turn this look into a fun outfit for Valentine’s Day or a big night out on the town.

I hope this helps the next time you are getting dressed for a fabulous black tie optional event. Have fun!

what I’m wearing // Nars lipstick in Lana // Rebecca De Ravenel Les Bonbons earrings, BaubleBar also makes a similar earring // similar black moto jacket here // J.CREW tux shirt // YSL cross body bag // Cheeky Vintage brocade skirt // Essie nail polish in Lollipop // similar gold heels here // Photos by the talented Lauren Anderson //

1 Comment

  1. January 16, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Love this! I had to dress for an outdoor formal wedding a few months ago…it was a fun challenge!