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Top 10 Black Tie Dresses

10 Stunning Dresses for Your Upcoming Formal Event

10 Stunning Dresses for Your Upcoming Formal Event

We love an opportunity to get dressed up and feel super glamorous for an evening, and while they don’t come around often, black tie events are the time to do that. But because there are usually few opportunities during the year when you can put on your best dress and throw your hair into an updo, there’s even more of a reason to want your outfit to shine. Here, you’ll find the top-rated black tie dresses that are sure to help you make an entrance. Whether you want a look that is modern, glam, or romantic, there’s a beautiful dress here for everyone, no matter your style. Head to toe sequins? Check. Holiday-worthy velvet? You got it. Timeless off-the-shoulder? Of course! You’ll be eagerly awaiting your next event once you find the perfect dress from this list. Opening image: nordstrom.com

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December 5, 2018

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Vince Camuto Notch Neck Velvet Off the Shoulder Gown

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This is a beautiful dress that fits well and looks gorgeous on. Nice material and long enough to wear with heels. Plenty of stick at the top so you can bend over without a problem. Lovely ruching at the zipper which adds a lovely detail. Has a cute train at the back but not overwhelming. I felt great in this dress! I totally recommend it."

BEST FOR: This dress looks fabulous on anyone, but it's especially flattering on curvy figures.


XSCAPE Strapless Velvet Gown

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Glam velvet, and a classy yet sexy silhouette

HELPFUL TIP: This dress runs small, so be sure to size up.


Lulu's Off the Shoulder Mermaid Gown

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This dress makes you look like a million bucks, for less than 100.

USERS SAID: "Literally love this dress. I got it for a wedding and it’s the perfect combination of pretty but not overly sexy."


Dress the Population Sandra Plunge Crepe Trumpet Gown

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A plunging v-neck, sexy slit, and curve-hugging fabric

STYLE WITH: Nude stilettos and a sparkling statement V necklace


Vince Camuto Off the Shoulder Crepe Gown

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A unique silhouette with architectural details

HELPFUL TIP: Size up in this dress, as it runs small.


Eliza J Bow One-Shoulder Gown

Our Score

STYLE WITH: A delicate metallic bracelet stack, a pair of statement studs, and a fierce clutch

LOVED FOR: This dress drapes beautifully and features the perfect bow accent.


After Six Bow One-Shoulder Gown

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I love this dress. It is very well made. The fabric is soft and comfortable and the cut is very flattering."

HELPFUL TIP: Believe it or not, this stunning gown is actually machine washable.


Dress the Population Harper Mermaid Gown

Our Score

LOVED FOR: All. Those. Sequins.

HELPFUL TIP: This gown comes in eight different chic hues.


C/MEO Collective Strapless Making Waves Dress

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A striking silhouette that drapes beautifully 

HELPFUL TIP: Order one size up, as this dress runs small.


Adrianna Papell Short Sleeve Sequin Mesh Gown

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Love it! Luxurious. A dress fit for a queen. The sequins and embellishments make it the perfect choice for your special occasion black-tie events. The train just bumps it up a notch!!"

LOVED FOR: Some sequined dresses tend to be scratchy and heavy—this one isn't.

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