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Thrifting for Golden Gala black-tie attire

Student Association announced the Golden Gala Homecoming will be a black-tie affair.

Black-tie expectations require men to wear tuxedos and women to wear floor-length formal gowns. The more formal an event generally results in a higher price tag for the evening’s attire.

“We hope that the glitz and glam of the night will be a memorable experience for all the students who come,” said Student Association Assistant of Programs Jessica Sobel.

Before you run out and buy a dress that might collect dust in your closet consider rentals and swaps. Get red-carpet ready and save the bank with thrifty shopping in the right stores and websites.

On Feb. 11 from 7-9 p.m. ORU missions team, Mercy Sacramento, will be having a swap for formal dresses. There will be a $5 admission fee. The leftover clothes will go to the girls at Sacramento Mercy.

Rent the Runway is an online site that offers high-end designer brands to be rented at affordable prices. Rent a Vera Wang, Calvin Klein or Badgley Mischka for less than $100. A complimentary dress of the same style in a different size can also be ordered.

Several stores in town also have rentable gowns and consignment prices. Jaime’s Exclusively Plus has consignment gowns for all sizes. Bridal Dresses & More has prom and black-tie event rentals.

Ladies attire is not the only focus of a black-tie event. Men are expected to be dressed in a tux with a black tie or black bowtie.

The purpose of the black tie is to bring timeless elegance to an event. Black tie does not simply mean formal. Showing up in a good suit would be faux pas.

While the average college male will not have a tuxedo in the back of their dorm closet, there are plenty of places to rent in Tulsa. Al’s Formal wear, Men’s Warehouse and Beshara’s offers tux rentals in reasonable price ranges.

The Black Tux is an online site for tuxedo rental. Submit sizes and styles online and return the tuxedo through mail.

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