25 Dreamy Dresses Perfect for Your Next Black Tie Wedding

The biggest myth surrounding the modern black tie wedding? That floor-length dresses are an absolute must. In fact, while a long gown is certainly acceptable at such events, a shorter cocktail-style number will also fit the bill—particularly if it's in a dark or jewel tone and dressed up via eye-catching embellishments and the right jewelry. Need proof? Click through for a mix of dresses—long, short and everything in between—each of which would be perfect for your next black tie (or black tie optional!) nuptials.

Flaunt Michelle Obama-esque arms in this beautifully wrapped bodice.