Fashion: Black tie chic: nail the dress code

By Michiko Hylands

What to wear to those 'black tie' events.
What to wear to those 'black tie' events.

Whatever the occasion, when the invitation says 'Black Tie', it's your ultimate chance to go all-out in the glamour stakes. Shine like a star and for a truly head-turning effect, try a man-style tux inspired by the iconic 'Le Smoking' suit by Yves Saint Laurent.

Natalie Chan Margaux gown in navy $995
Sexy and classically elegant , the sheer lace back lends an air of mystery and perfectly highlights shoulders and arms.

Trish Peng Renee gown from $2300
Turquoise looks incredible on fair complexions as it provides such a strong contrast.

Amore gown $299
Gia heels $299
Both from Ruby
This is a red dress that demands attention. Statement jewellery finishes the look.

Satin double-breasted jacket $349
Satin cigarette pants $229
Ivana tall boots $399
All from Country Road
Borrow from the boys and experiment with an androgynous look.

Elevate the feminine, teaming the suit with strappy sandals and signature red lips.

Ingrid Starnes July dress in ivory lace $596
(In stores end of April)
If the racy lingerie-on-show is not for you, up the appeal of this look by wearing a nude slip underneath instead.

Coco gown $2400
3 Piece tassel crystal earrings $280
Both from Camilla and Marc
Lace continues to dominate event dressing. For a super polished look, wear hair up in a chic bun.

Hailwood gold sequin cocktail dress $399
Be unconventional and mix up the rules. Whereas Black Tie traditionally means a floor-length gown, non-conformist rebels can steal the limelight in this shorter gold sequined number.

FOR HER

Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo $138
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick 73 - Rhythm Red $66
Love & Object Temptress Earrings $439
Dune London Connie heels $180
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil $125
Olga Berg Adeline Tassel Pod Bag $149

FOR HIM

Barkers thick square cufflinks $50
Crane Brothers Phoebus bow tie $159
Valentino Uomo Eau De Toilette Fragrance Spray $158
Huawei P10 Smartphone in Graphite Black $999
Triumph & Disaster Coltrane Clay $45

Black dinner suit $1290
Marcella dinner shirt $249
Black grosgrain silk bow tie $129
Black contemporary toe cap shoes $399
From Smith & Caughey's

- Spy.co.nz

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