There are many ways to present yourself at your reunion depending on how you want to be remembered. Are you going as the Jock, the Artist, or the Teacher’s Pet? It all depends on who you were in high school and what role you want to play now! Of course, some will not want to stick with their old image as a student and you might be aiming for a transformation, a complete 180. Either way, here are some tips to help you dress to impress for your class reunion.
1. Do your research
Find out what the dress code is for the reunion. There’s no need to show up in a ball gown if it’s stated on the invitation that it’s a casual affair. Similarly, if it says “black tie optional”, you don’t have to go all out with the tuxedo, but a suit or nice dress would be appropriate. Dressing according to the occasion will always be the best advice you can get to impress the other guests.
2. Plan your outfit ahead of time
This will help you avoid any last-minute shopping or wardrobe malfunctions. Not sure what to wear? Check out fashion magazines or websites for inspiration. You don’t have time to go to the store and shop for clothes? Browse online shops for jewelry, shoes, and clothes. You also want to schedule any kind of salon treatment ahead of time to reserve an appointment for hair, nails, and skin.
3. Stick to your style
Although it’s important to look your best for the reunion, don’t try too hard to be someone you’re not. You’ll end up looking uncomfortable and like you’re trying too hard. If you usually wear dresses, don’t show up in jeans just because everyone else will be. Choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident. After all, you want to enjoy the reunion and not worry about your clothes!
4. Dress age-appropriate
Just because you’re dressing to impress doesn’t mean you have to wear something that’s too revealing or flashy. You’ll just look out of place and like you’re trying too hard. Dress in a way that’s appropriate for your age and the occasion. There’s no need to show too much skin just because you’re young!
A great way to add a personal touch to your outfit is by accessorizing. Wear a necklace, bracelet, or earrings that reflect your personality. You can also add a pop of color with a scarf or shawl. Just be careful not to overdo it! Too many accessories can be distracting and take away from your outfit.
6. Choose comfort over style
Yes, it is important to look your best but you don’t want to be uncomfortable all night. Choose shoes that are comfortable to wear and that won’t give you blisters. If you’re wearing a dress, make sure it’s not too tight or restrictive. No matter how much you want to wear it, ditch that expensive-looking coat if it’s the warm season. You’ll be spending the night socializing with old acquaintances, so you don’t want to be inconvenienced by clothes that look nice but make you want to take them off.
7. Final touches
Once you’ve chosen your outfit, don’t forget to do your hair and makeup. Again, try to stick to your usual style. If you usually don’t wear a lot of makeup, don’t feel like you have to wear a completely different look. You will be there to catch up on the lives of old friends, not to outshine everyone with a daring look.
8. Bring a change of clothes
It’s always a good idea to bring a change of clothes in case something happens. You might spill your drink on your shirt or the dance floor might be too hot for your dress. It’s also a good idea to bring an extra pair of shoes, just in case! Having a change of clothes will help you feel more relaxed and comfortable throughout the night.
9. Pack a bag
In addition to a change of clothes, you might want to pack some other essentials in a bag for the reunion. This includes your ID, money, and breath mints. You might also want to bring a brush and comb if you’re going to be wearing something with a lot of hair volume. A small bag is also a great way to carry snacks and drinks throughout the night. That way, you won’t have to miss out on any of the fun!
10. Enjoy yourself!
The most important thing when dressing for a reunion is to have fun with it. Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident and happy. Don’t worry about what other people will think — just focus on enjoying yourself!
With all of this, you should be ready to attend your class reunion. You don’t have to change anything about yourself for one night. Remember, just be yourself and show everyone how you’ve changed for the better after graduating from school.