Black Tie Invited
Last month I went to a lovely wedding in downtown chicago.
The invitation read "black tie invited". After googling the net and two phone calls, I was told it meant "optional".
WRONG. My DH wore a Brooks Brothers Suit, white shirt and a nice tie. I wore a black crepe Skirt suit and Rhinestone jewelry.
Out of 200 people, we were 2/20 who were under dressed.
The women were wearing ballgowns and the men were wearing tuxes.
There's really no one to be mad at, but I think it's time to do away with the words "optional" and "invited".
For those who don't own and rarely wear formal attire, (like us) a white shirt and black bowtie for men and a long skirt for women is fine.
My unsolicited 2 cents!