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Old 08-13-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Evanston
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Does anyone have any suggestions for what is most appropriate for a guy to wear to a 20-year high school reunion? If it matters, the school is in a middle-to-upper-middle class suburban area and the reunion will be in a nice but generic hotel banquet hall setting.

I'm kinda thinking dark suit (trim cut, not businessy) with interesting shirt and no tie. But would I be better off with a tie? With a sportcoat and slacks? Or just with nice pants and a nice shirt?

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: York, PA
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Does anyone have any suggestions for what is most appropriate for a guy to wear to a 20-year high school reunion? If it matters, the school is in a middle-to-upper-middle class suburban area and the reunion will be in a nice but generic hotel banquet hall setting.

I'm kinda thinking dark suit (trim cut, not businessy) with interesting shirt and no tie. But is that overdressed?
Sloopy,

That is a decent outfit for the occasion. Try to gauge what the other men are wearing. If then you see them with just a dress shirt, you can at least take the jacket off. For good measure, it may not hurt to take a tie along just in case. Either way, you will be prepared.

Speaking for myself, It never hurts to overdress. I would rather go in that way than being inappropriately attired for an event.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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Wear a black tuxedo and accessorize with a 20 year old blond hottie (who should be wearing a little black dress and really high heels). Explain that you had another event earlier - don't elaborate.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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Go for flattering over interesting. I think a safe bet is to go with nice slacks, dress shirt, tie and sweater. If people are more casual you can take off your tie and slip it in your pocket. But the sweater won't look glaringly dressy or casual either way if its a classic flattering cut. You can always wear the sports jacket over the sweater too. I just think sweaters look friendlier than jackets.
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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I guess that a serious response is needed here. Its a hotel banquet hall. No matter if its a generic hotel or the Ritz. ABSOLUTELY NO SWEATERS, VESTS, CASUAL CLOTHES, period.

Wear a dark blue or near black 2 button single breasted suit, plain (no initials, Freench cuffs, etc.) white 100% cotton shirt (no one should ever own anything else), and a great tie. Get the men's store guy to help you with this. There is more to it than you think. If you have to post this question, you are incapable of picking out a good tie. That's not an insult, its a fact. I can't choose a picture frame for a painting. Too much at work. Same with the tie.

Dark socks and black shoes. No stupid buckles or decor.

When you get there, if you are the only person in a dark suit (which you will not be), take off your jacket, put it on your chair back, open your collar button and leave your tie on. When everyone gets drunk and starts to line dance, you can take off your tie and roll up your sleeves.

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Old 08-14-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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^^ that may look nice but it also is sending the message you feel the need to "impress" everyone. Not exactly "friendly". White shirts can make your teeth look yellow and wash out the face.
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Old 08-14-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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^^ that may look nice but it also is sending the message you feel the need to "impress" everyone. Not exactly "friendly". White shirts can make your teeth look yellow and wash out the face.
I think the OP is being modest. That's nice. All my family is from Chicago. Its one of the most dressy places in the nation and he's from Evanston which is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the entire US with a household income of 150% of the national average and about 160% higher than Pittsburgh (or Cincinnati where I live). And, the teeth thing is just silly. Solid white is always right. And, are you a woman? No offense, but I doubt you ask your brother what to wear to a wedding, right?
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Oddly enough, guys dressed a little more formally for my 10th reunion. For the 20th most of them wore nice shirts and pants and called it good. For the 30th a couple of them went wearing cover-alls! For the 35th, many looked like slobs. So it's obvious to me that with each passing decade men (and some women) developed a bigger "who am I to impress" attitude.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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I think the OP is being modest. That's nice. All my family is from Chicago. Its one of the most dressy places in the nation and he's from Evanston which is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the entire US with a household income of 150% of the national average and about 160% higher than Pittsburgh (or Cincinnati where I live). And, the teeth thing is just silly. Solid white is always right. And, are you a woman? No offense, but I doubt you ask your brother what to wear to a wedding, right?
Avoiding making yourself look older and bad by picking something other than a white shirt is what you should do. White is outdated. Wearing it on black...hmm..pulp fiction or bible salesmen...Maybe good for halloween...

I don't see how gender affects anything here anymore than the income quotes.

Overdressing makes you look like a hayseed.


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That looks perfectly fine for a hotel. Its exactly what I am talking about.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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OH, going for the gay look huh? Did you say you were a woman? And, I never said black, I said "near black." One would only need a black suit if one were going to a convention of undertakers. Look you just don't know what you are talking about. Nice shoes though.

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