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Women's Dress Code: Black Tie Event Attire

Black Tie Event Dress Code for Women

There's no need to have a mild panic attack when you read the words black tie on an event invite. We've got the dos and dont's of black tie dressing sorted – read below for an easy-to-follow guide that will make finding the perfect outfit a breeze.


• Use this as a great excuse to go all out! Floor-length gowns in a beautiful rich hue and luxurious fabrics are something that you normally don't get to wear much of, so embrace the chance to get glammed up.

• Invest in a quality dress or gown that is timeless. Spending a lot of money on a heavily trend-based piece will mean you won't get much wear out of it. Stick to classic cuts and colours that suit your body type and won't go out of style. Black or rich, jewel-toned hues are always a great option.

• If a floor-length gown isn't for you, a formal cocktail dress that sits below the knees is acceptable. Dress it up with elegant jewellery, accessories and heels.

• Dressy evening suits are also acceptable – just make sure the cut is perfect, the fabric is well-steamed and you keep the rest of your look simple and feminine so as not to look too masculine.

• Ensure your beauty look complements your attire. Are you wearing a simple, elegant black gown? You can afford to play up your beauty look a little more with winged eyes, bold red lips and a flawless complexion. Is your dress on the extravagant side? Perhaps choose to tone your makeup down a notch for the evening so that you don't look too overdone.

• Make sure you have all pieces of the puzzle prepared a day before the event, from the correct undergarments to a present and card for your host. This will banish any chance of a panic attack on the day of the event and leave room for you to really enjoy the party.

• The most important thing to remember is to be completely comfortable! Avoid wearing anything you might accidentally slip out of after a few too many glasses of champagne, and choosing the appropriate footwear means you'll never need to take your heels off before you get home (a huge no-no!).

Black Tie Event Dress Code for Women


• Go cheap. This is a formal event, and you want to look your absolute best. Fabrics that haven’t been cared for properly will also look cheap, so ensure your garments are properly steamed, dry-cleaned or ironed before the event.

• Wear loud patterns or colours. This can look obnoxious instead of classy, and will draw attention to you (which isn't the aim of the game at a black tie function, believe it or not).

• Show too much skin. Err on the conservative side for this one – plunging necklines, thigh-high splits or super-short dresses are best left for another night.

• Get your hair and makeup professionally done. You want to look flawless, as well as ensure your look stays put all night long. Besides, it’s always fun to have someone else pamper you in the lead-up to an event!

An edit of this season’s best gowns and dresses

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5 Easy & Delicious Avocado Recipes

5 of the Tastiest Avocado Recipes

Who doesn't love a perfectly ripe avocado? Full of flavour and rich with good fats, it’s is always a favourite. Sliced, diced, mashed or blended, these healthy green beauties add creamy goodness to a variety of dishes. Get inspired with these five simple recipes.

Seared Salmon and Avocado Salad

Serves 4


1 tbsp olive oil
4 skinless salmon fillets
1 lemon, halved
2 bunches of asparagus, ends trimmed
2 avocados, halved, sliced
½ cup mint leaves
2 tbsp buttermilk


1 Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.

2 Sear salmon, turning once, until browned on the outside and still pink on the inside (1-2 minutes each side).

3 Squeeze half a lemon into the pan and set aside.

4 Blanch asparagus in a pan of boiling salted water until just tender (1-2 minutes), drain and refresh under cold water.

5 Combine in a bowl with avocado and mint. Flake salmon into bowl and drizzle over pan juices.

6 Add buttermilk, season, toss to combine and serve with remaining lemon.

Avocado, Kale & Egg on Toast

Serves 4 as a light meal


4 free-range eggs, at room temperature
1 cup torn kale
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
2 avocados, diced
¼ cup each mint leaves, dill sprigs and flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
8 slices seeded sourdough bread, toasted


1 Bring a pan of water to the boil, add eggs and cook until yolks are semi-firm (6-7 minutes).

2 Drain, cool under running water, then peel.

3 Combine kale, oil and lemon juice in a bowl, season to taste and rub kale to soften slightly.

4 Add avocado, herbs and spring onion, and toss lightly to combine. 

5 Pile on top of toast, break eggs apart and add on top of salad, season to taste and serve.

Smashed Avocado with Crisp Tostadas

Serves 4 as a snack


2 avocados, chopped
100g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2½ tbsp olive oil
Juice of 2 limes, or to taste
½ cup chopped coriander
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
Vegetable oil, for frying
4 soft corn tortillas


1 Combine avocado, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and lime juice in a bowl and coarsely mash with a fork, then season to taste.

2 Add coriander and chilli, and stir to combine.

3 Heat a generous splash of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium/high heat and fry tortillas, one at a time, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden brown (you may need to add extra oil as you go).

4 Drain, season and break into shards. Serve with smashed avocado.

Avocado Hummus

Serves 4 as a snack


2 avocados, coarsely chopped
400g can chickpeas, drained
50ml extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
2 tbsp tahini
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Vegetable crudités or sourdough bread, to serve


1 Blend avocado, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and garlic in a blender or food processor until very smooth. Season generously.

2 Taste hummus and add more lemon juice if necessary.

3 Serve with crudités or bread.

Spring Green Smoothie

Serves 2


1 avocado, coarsely chopped
1 Lebanese cucumber, coarsely chopped
1 banana, coarsely chopped
250ml (1 cup) apple juice
1 cup ice cubes
½ cup mint leaves
½ cup baby spinach leaves
Juice of 1 lime, or to taste


1 Combine avocado, cucumber, banana, apple juice, ice cubes, mint and spinach in a blender and blend until very smooth, add lime juice to taste, and blend to combine.

2 Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Collections Launch AW18

David Jones AW Collections Launch

Are you ready to reimagine your personal style?

If you’ve been dreaming about autumn accessories and winter layers, your reverie can now be your reality. Last night we premiered the best of the new season at our official Collections Launch, offering a taste of what’s to come for the cooler months ahead. From stunning standout pieces to clever upgrades on simple classics, darkly fabulous florals to updates on urban legends, we’ve got everything you need to reimagine your personal style, just in time for the change of seasons.

Keep reading for your comprehensive wrap-up of our Autumn Winter Collections Launch runway event...

The set

Kicking off with a special performance by George Maple, last night’s Collections Launch was held at Sydney’s iconic Australia Technology Park. In addition to the industrial venue’s awe-inspiring atmosphere, guests were treated to a visual feast of hologram technology that featured prominently in the space – style with a side of sci-fi.

The main event

Starring modelling sensation Victoria Lee – our newest ambassador – last night’s Collections Launch offered an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It began with Veuve Clicquot bubbly and a gourmet entrée – talk about a fine reception – before guests were seated for the main event. Featuring over 230 exits and 40 brands, the show included some of the finest men’s and women’s Australian and international designers, most notably our newest arrivals Kate Sylvester, Jacquemas and the House of Balmain.

Worn by ambassador Jessica Gomes and Australian modelling export Jordan Barrett, along with some of the nation’s hottest modelling talent, last night’s display premiered the latest collections of crowd favourites Kitx, Macgraw, Ellery, Dion Lee and Stella McCartney, just to name a few.

The fashion

From darkly fabulous floral prints to styles stunning, sleek and tailored, last night’s Collections Launch offered a tantalising taste of the season to come. Inspired by the notion of taking the leap – aesthetically speaking – the show set the standard for autumn winter dressing, encouraging individuals to challenge the boundaries of their personal style. Curated to reflect a versatile and wearable take on the boldness of the season, the runway show was punctuated by standout pieces, updates on urban legends and seriously cutting edge silhouettes.

New-in this season

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