By Kris James
October is finally here styles! As we wait for the temp to drop all I can think about is homecoming and the reunions it brings.
So it got me thinking. I got introduced to uniforms my freshman year in high school. Unlike private schools, the uniforms were far from the iconic preppy look. The effect was that any latent fashion sensibilities were officially suppressed until I graduated. I didn’t get to speak fashion until I got to college. So I was a late bloomer.
I also didn’t yet know what I wanted to be when I grew up. All I knew was that I wanted to look good while doing it. It didn’t matter at the time, but I knew fashion would play a major role in my life. However, if I was sartorially known for anything in high school I promise it wasn’t for fashion. By the end of my school days, perhaps in the excitement of my senior show, I hit my fashion puberty. I went out strong, wearing a blue business shirt with an olive tie and grey slacks to our white shirt, black pants only, graduation.
Twelve years post-graduation and I like to think those days are far over, but just like everyone else I was confronted by the idea of my high school reunion. My reunion was nothing fancy so there’s no back story. However, there’s one thing I did consider. What to wear to impress, but not in an obvious way.
What is the unofficial reunion dress code?
Should it be a full cocktail look?
Do you elevate your normal style or stick with something safe that never lets you down?
What version of yourself do you want to your formal classmate to see?
Ultimately, my 10-year high school reunion was not a complete letdown. It also wasn’t the season finale type of bombshell experience I thought it might have been. To make finding out what to wear to a high school reunion much easier, I’ve rounded up looks that will stun and make heads turn.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw