The Best Black-Tie Gowns For Festive Formal Parties
Formal parties can strike the fashion fear into any of us, and black tie is one of the trickiest dress codes to master. The key is to opt for elegance without flashing too much flesh, and floor-length gowns are the most suitable attire for such a do. Formal doesn't need to equal boring, however, as our picks prove. Don't be afraid to bring an edge to your dress whilst still remaining on the acceptable side of daring — floaty dresses can stand up to a high leg slit, and structured numbers can cut the mustard with a couple of cutout panels. There's a whole array to choose from this festive season, with many taking inspiration from times gone by, from the still-popular 1920s flapper styles to 1940s statement shoulders. Shop our favourites right here.