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Black Tie Attire & Etiquette

Black Tie Attire & Etiquette
With events picking up again across the country, it’s time to update your black tie wardrobe.  Whether it be a wedding, birthday party, work event, or race day. Montique’s range includes glamorous options such as dresses, gowns, jumpsuits and skirts, all of which are bound to catch your eye and allow you to create looks for your own personal style. With so many colours, styles and designs to choose from, your wardrobe will be stocked up in no time!
What is a black tie dress code?

A black tie is a formal dress code for social functions that begin after 6pm. This dress code is reserved for prestigious after dark events, like award ceremonies, birthday parties, balls and weddings. As such, it requires a sophisticated and elegant evening dress to match. Long gowns and cocktail dresses with refined yet classic silhouettes, offered in block colours like black will help you dress the best for a black tie event. Black-tie attire is a great excuse to get glammed up and we have lots of options that offer a timeless appeal!

A floor length gown is the most suitable choice for a black tie event, and a black colour is a classic choice for the occasion. Don’t be afraid to try other colours or even different textures like metallic fabric, sequins or beading that will add extra glamour to your ensemble. For black tie wedding dress codes, be mindful of the colour of your dress and opt for rich tones of red, navy or soft pinks. Cocktail length dresses are also suitable for black-tie attire, but opt for a dress in a classic couture shape with a full skirt and a mid-to-full length hemline.


Montique Stylist: The Black Edit
Black dresses are undeniably timeless and are flattering for all skin tones and body shapes. For extra sparkle, pair a black gown with embellished heels, dazzling earrings with crystals and bold red lips.

Looking for a classic black dress with a little flair? The Modena Feather Trim Gown is the way to go.  With unique ostrich feathers that tie the neckline together and a fitted silhouette, the Modena Gown is a timeless yet distinctive gown choice for a black tie event.

For a graceful look, the Alex Dress is the perfect choice. With its flowy embroidered tulle skirt and bardot neckline, the Alex Dress is especially suited for anyone wanting to opt away from a full length gown but still follow black tie etiquette. Available in four colours, the Alex Dress is a perfect cocktail dress for a black tie dress code.

alex dress

If you’re not feeling wearing a dress then we have a solution for you.  The modern Harper Jumpsuit features a stylish one-shoulder cape sleeve and with its stretch crepe fabric, it’ll have you moving all night long.  

 Harper Jumpsuit

Montique Stylist: The Beaded Edit

As black-tie events are usually reserved for the evening and demand a certain degree of formality, dresses constructed in luxurious fabrics are a great event dress choice. If you’ve received a wedding invitation that denotes a black-tie dress code. While you will be required to get dressed up for this formal occasion, there’s no need to appear red-carpet ready. Instead of wearing a full ball gown, just choose a full-length dress or a formal cocktail frock. Also, remember to be mindful of the colour of your dress and try to avoid both black and white as they are inappropriate at a wedding. Instead, stick to rich tones of red and navy or something softer like pink. Our collection of hand beaded and sequin dresses are perfect for making a statement and sparkling with every step.

Make a statement wherever you go in our luminous Juliette Hand Beaded Gown by Montique. This hand-beaded design is adorned in glistening beading over a luxurious mesh that catches the light and features a stylish side split that will turn heads. The Juliette is the perfect style for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom, weddings or bridal party members.

Juliette Rose Gold

Elegantly sleek and undeniably stunning, the Layla Hand Beaded Wrap Gown is a show-stopping piece. The Layla is embellished in delicate gunmetal sequins over chiffon, which shimmers from every angle to give an ethereal look. With a plunging V-neckline that crosses over to ruched fabric at the waist and falls to a glamorous side split, the Layla Gown fits like a dream and is perfect for special events, bridal party members, the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom.

Layla Gown
Step out in confidence and leave a lasting impression at any black-tie event in the dazzling Elle Sequin Gown. This standout one-shoulder gown features a stretch body con fit that fits and flatters beautifully, with head-to-toe intricate sequin detail that catches the light to create subtle yet head-turning glamour.

Elle Sequin Gown
The Gabriella Hand-Beaded Dress embodies classic elegance. This stylish mid-length one-shoulder dress is constructed in a luxuriously sequinned embellishment and stretch mesh fabric. The sequin accents and asymmetrical batwing sleeve fall down the body and drape gracefully. The Gabriella is perfect for cocktail parties, wedding guests, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom and formal events so you can wear it over and over!

Gabriella Dress