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4 Black Tie Dress styles to wear now and keep forever

If you’ve ever found yourself during the wedding season, frantically searching for that perfect long evening dress and ended up buying a very expensive frock that you weren’t even convinced of to begin with, then you will love these 4 timeless styles of black-tie dresses which we have put together for you.

The key is to anticipate these dreaded shopping moments by buying your dresses on sale (most online shops are offering these prized possession with discounts up-to 70%!), or  simply whenever the red-carpet envy takes over. Whatever choice you may make, stick to single-coloured dresses with minimum embellishment so the dress doesn’t date easily or glamorous metallic tones which have been around since the 50s.

There are 4 timeless styles that you can be sure to bank on for the next 3 years at least :

The flowy ruffled Chiffon dress:

Suitable for petite and tall frames alike, the lightness of the fabric will not add any pounds to your frame and will keep you looking young, fresh and super feminine. Choose this airy style in different cuts: one-shouldered, halterneck or strapless.

 The Strapless Gown:

For those of you who are blessed with a nice cleavage or rather have very narrow shoulders , bulky straps may not be figure enhancing: go for a sweetheart cut or a draped-cut to enhance your shoulders and décolleté. If you are pear shaped make sure to enhance your waistline with a fitted cut.
Accessorize with sleek Box clutches and statement cocktail rings: shown here is DVF clutch box and YSL Art Cocktail ring
The One-shouldered dress:
Ideal for most shoulder shapes and for small and big chests alike, this cut is simply beautiful and sexy without ever being vulgar.

The fully- sequined gown:

In shades of champagne, gold and silver, this look is reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe and 50s Hollywood stars and doesn’t require any accessorizing effort; teamed with simple jewelry and strappy sandals, it is really all you need to make a statement. However some of the tighter cuts may be unforgiving, this style would be best suited for bigger-busted girls and thinner frames, if you must insist on wearing a Hollywood style sequined-number, make sure not to eat any carbohydrates for at least a week and most importantly to avoid them on the day to avoid the tummy bulge!

A sequined number may not be appropriate at all for the religious ceremonies, in this case opt for shorter cocktail styles that scream chic rather than clubbing tight dress, pre-dinner party.

Based on these 4 timeless styles, we’ve hunted for the most beautiful dresses available, buy now , wear over and over and most importantly keep forever!
Shop these  gowns on sale by clicking on the legends:

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