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Depends on the situation. If it's a small, private event or dinner, and your host or hostess has clearly specified black tie, it would be bad form to wear white tie.

However, if a dress code is ambiguous, then as a general rule, it's better to be overdressed than underdressed. For example, does anyone really know what is meant by "casual" or "business casual" or "informal" anymore? I don't. Better to err on the side of caution and be slightly overdressed. Perhaps local communities or offices have their own understandings of those terms, but there's no national standard. In contrast, "black tie" on an invitation is very specific. It would be bad form to make a habit of always wearing white tie to events that are specified as black tie.

You could wear white tie, for example, to a black tie New Year's party in a large downtown ballroom with hundreds of guests. I don't see any problem with that.
 
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