A reader writes:
Since fall is on the horizon and that is when most class reunions are, do you have any suggestions of what to wear? My husband’s 30th is at the end of September. Mine isn’t until next year. They have a homecoming football game on Friday night, then Saturday night is a party/event at the hotel they have rooms blocked off. It is a small/mid-size midwest town in northern Ohio so it will not be formal! Love to hear any suggestions you have!
I expect she’s not alone. At our stage of life, milestone class reunions seem to be popping up with alarming regularity, and it’s definitely an occasion that requires some thought and planning. Of course we want to look modern and stylish if we’re going to be seeing people we went to school with 20, 25, or 30 years ago.
Would you believe, I’ve never been to one of my class reunions? I have no desire. I keep up with the few people I care to keep up with on Facebook, and that’s good enough for me. In fact, I can’t imagine anything more awkward than a class reunion. Perhaps it has something to do with my unconventional job, or maybe it’s just my personality. I enjoyed high school, but I was happy to move on and haven’t really looked back.
That said, I did accompany Paul to one of his high school class reunions a few years ago — I think it was his 25th? It was just a casual cocktail hour with food stations in a restaurant nearby. It wasn’t a horrible night, but it’s not one I care to repeat either.
I’m sure every situation is a little bit different, but in his case, and in the Saturday night situation described above, a typical date night outfit is a pretty safe bet.
You know, a dress that’s a little flirty — not too conservative but not come-hither either. Or, my go-to date night look — a great pair of jeans, cute top, and heels. Throw a moto jacket on top for some structure and a little edge, grab a fun clutch, and you’re good to go!
The key here is to keep it classy. Choose clothing that fits you well — the styles and colors that are your most flattering. And I recommend wearing your highest quality pieces, especially when it comes to shoes and handbags.
Amy rounded up some ideas, since she’s recently been to a class reunion. These are mostly warm-weather pieces, but you can obviously swap them out for something more appropriate for your climate and the time of year your event is being held.
For the football game portion of the event, I’d just go with jeans, low-heeled booties or loafers, and a sweater or leveled up sweatshirt — maybe even in team colors, if that doesn’t feel too cheesy.
Something like that! I hope that helps. If you’ve been to a class reunion recently, feel free to chime in!
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