The first time you go to a black-tie affair, especially if you’re there on a freebie, because of a barter or because you did volunteer work or because you’re somebody’s guest, you may feel awkward and out of place. You’re not used to dressing up; you may be embarrassed that your car isn’t as new or upscale as the other guests; you may worry that your clothes aren’t fancy designer labels or the height of fashion. That’s normal. Don’t let it stop you.
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