Before you RSVP for that Black Tie event, it might help to clarify exactly what a Black Tie event is, and what you should plan on wearing.
First and foremost, how is the invitation worded? If the invitation states "Black Tie" or "Black Tie Only", you will need to find a tuxedo because this event is specifically designed with tuxedos in mind.
However, if the invitation uses the wording 'preferred,' 'requested' or 'optional,' you can expect a little more leniency on what you wear. In that case, it is best to go with a tuxedo if you have one, or if you can obtain one without too much trouble. However if you do not own one, or can't easily get one, you would be safe wearing a dark suit and dark tie. Just don't wear anything too casual, because it's obviously intended to be a somewhat formal affair.
According to the Black Tie Guide, when attending Black Tie events there are basically two things to keep in mind. First of all, the host has gone to a great deal of effort to put together this event, and showing up without consideration for their specific requests is considered disrespectful.
Secondly, one of the major bonuses of an all black tie event is to paint a consistent canvas of black and white that will perfectly showcase the beauty of the women's dresses. So, by wearing the right clothing, you are not only respecting and considering your host, but the other guests as well.
If you find yourself with an invitation to a black tie or black tie optional event in or near Summit County, Colorado, feel free to stop by our shop or give us a call. We'd be happy to lend you our advice and help you select the perfect outfit for the occasion.