You Fancy, Huh? 20 Dresses You Can Actually Wear to a White Tie Wedding

As we learned yesterday, an invitation to a black tie wedding doesn't require you to wear a major gown; you can often get away with an especially festive cocktail frock. Conversely, should you happen to find yourself in possession of an invite to the elusive white tie wedding, you really should go all out with a floor-sweeping number as formal as they come.

Contrary to this dress code's name, you needn't wear white to the fête (that is, unless you're planning to swing by P. Diddy's annual White Party right afterwards)—in fact, any hue but white will do. Just made sure that whatever dress you choose hits at the ankle or lower. Click through to shop 20 stunning numbers that'd work beautifully at a white tie wedding—and get ready to gawk at all the guys in their tailcoats and cufflinks! After all, that's half the fun.

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Pastels are a fail-safe choice for summer nuptials.


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Celebs are crazy about metallic belts right now—and when you see how wearing one whittles your waist, you will be too.
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An invitation to an ultra-fancy wedding is not an invitation to abandon your color-blocking game.


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Slightly flamenco-flavored and utterly ideal for busting a move in.


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Between the gold-accented belt and the elegantly scalloped bodice, this might just be the prettiest option of the whole bunch.
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Heck, this one could take you from the nuptials to the Oscars.


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We love the quirk that crystal-accented half-belt adds—and by the way, it's detachable.
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You really can't go wrong with anything from J.Crew's "Weddings & Parties" section.


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Not in the mood to flaunt your limbs? This dress has got your back (er, your arms...).
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Universally flattering hue, built-in necklace—what more could you want?


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When it comes to cutouts, discreet ones are perfectly fine for even the poshest events.


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If The Little Mermaid got invited to a white tie wedding, we imagine she'd wear something like this (as long as she, you know, wasn't in tail mode at the time).


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Remember what we said about black lace always being a safe bet for all things black tie? Well, the same applies to white tie weddings, too.
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The jeweled panels at the sides will instantly slim your middle.


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We're crazy about this glamorous vintage silhouette—it's so very archival Balenciaga.
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It's absolutely fine to go with a print at a white tie shindig, so long as it's not too crazy or in-your-face.
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The empire waistline's both bustline-friendly and food-friendly. Go ahead, have two desserts.


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You'll look like the prettiest piece of painted porcelain there ever was.


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Why not try renting a dress for an uber-fancy wedding? It's more economic, plus you'll have your pick of the designer litter.