WHAT DOES BLACK TIE MEAN
The only thing you need to know about an invitation that says "black tie optional" is that if you have a tuxedo and want to bust it out of the closet for a night, then go for it-you won't be the only one. That said, how do you dress if you're not wearing a tux? Your next fallback is dark grey, black, or navy suit, something a little more elegant. A sportcoat and slacks is probably not appropriate, unless it's a fine dinner jacket or something really special. This is a great time for a bowtie, and we encourage experimenting with one if you haven't. No matter what you wear, choose a solid tie. It's more elegant when you go simple and fine. This is your opportunity to pull out your finest and best.