Black Tie Optional Looks for Less

Last week I shared my black tie optional look for a family wedding I attended recently, and I was asked to recreate the look for less. I thought it might be fun to make a post out of it.

While I wasn’t able to find pieces that exactly mirrored the ones I wore, I did round up a bunch of cocktail dresses under $100* and some accompanying accessories that would finish off any of these dresses nicely, so my basic outfit formula stays the same.

ONE: dress // earrings // bag // shoes

TWO: dress // earrings // necklace // bag // shoes

THREE: dress // earrings // bag // shoes

The formula is a dark cocktail dress, plus black & crystal shoes, and silver sparkly accessories.

It was hard to find shoes with the black suede and crystal combo, so I’ve also linked up some plain silver options as well. And of course, you could go with gold rather than silver if that’s your preference.

Cocktail Dresses Under $100

* The dresses at Lord + Taylor are an additional 30% off with code FRIENDS.

Special Occasion Shoes Under $100*

* Okay, one pair is JUST over $100, but they were such a great option (a lower heel too!) that I had to include them.

Evening Bags Under $50

Jewelry Options (Most Under $50)

For fashion jewelry that won’t break the bank, I like the Baublebar and Cristabelle brands. Both make jewelry with tons of sparkle that look more expensive than they are.

Depending on the neckline of your dress, you may or may not need a necklace. (I went without and wore these earrings instead.) If you go with a necklace, I would go with smaller complementary earrings — something like this.

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