What to Wear to My High School Reunion
Today was my high school reunion and the tension was high. Well… it was high for most. You know, the football jocks and cheerleaders who gained a hundred pounds… even though everyone filled out a bit… and I was a cheerleader… But what I found really baffling was the dress code and how many of the high school elite were dressed in a fashion that was more suited to a casual evening out at their local pub rather than a re-introduction to people you used to talk to a million years ago. I know, I know, it isn’t about dressing to the 9’s but rather connecting with your peers but none-the-less I was surprised.
Not only was the event held at a local posh martini bar (so the dress code was semi-formal), but the atmosphere was urban chic with premium written all over it. I have to admit… some people looked GOOD! Like, wow you used to be severely unattractive and depressed but now look at you! Out of your shell and out in the world! The “Best years of your life” did horrors for you and now look at your fine @ss! Well done! The truth is… dressing for the part, whether it is a formal meeting or a run in the park… is pivotal for making a great impression and the people who looked their best definitely dressed the part.
My humble opinion… dress up. I wore a Paul Smith tux jacket with a custom made dress shirt and matching pocket square from Modern Tailor. The pants were Naked and Famous raw black denim with an Hermes belt. I completed the outfit with some fun matching purple cufflinks, a Tiffany & Co. key, and an amethyst earring to pull out the purples in the tartan shirt. The outfit was definitely a bit over dressed but I’ve always been one to err on the side of formality on such occasions just to avoid being under dressed.
At the end of the night, I realized a couple things. The cliques in high school seem to stick together throughout the years and people who I can call friend today are really special to me partially because I still recognize them, but more so because we communicate as though no time has passed. The things you thought you forgot about(or wanted to) will bite you in the butt, and people who were your mortal enemy have either buried the hatchet, or they will still be your mortal enemy but there is only one way to know how the feud will end so I strongly encourage you to attend your high school reunion regardless of how you felt in High School, or how others felt about you. You’ll be surprised how many people will recognize you and the stories they’ll bring up about your past. Like the time you (I) drank a friend’s father’s bottle of vodka, or how your (my) friends sister still loves you (me)… Oh the tales!
Remember, dress it up, stay positive, and attend your high school reunion. You won’t regret it.