Be you jock, geek, class clown or any number of teen movie stereotypes, it’s doubtful you’re the same person you were a decade ago. So how do you sell your new self to your former classmates?

Dressing for a class reunion can be a daunting affair; presenting the grown up you to a room of people who only remember you as a gawky kid in summer shorts with a satchel. Follow the tips below to help remove the tension when dressing for your class reunion, be it a formal affair or a casual meet-up…

Make A Solid First Impression

Let’s face it, the majority of us have changed quite a bit since ‘the good old days’, so it’s unlikely that anyone outside of your immediate circle of close school friends will recognise you.

What everyone will notice straight away is the man stood in front of them.

The slouchy guy with scuffed shoes and appalling body odour will be largely ignored for the evening. By contrast, the well-dressed gentleman with the clean clothes and trim hair is instantaneously more approachable. It’s not quite a job interview, but you still want to put your best foot forward. That said …

Don’t be too ‘slick’

Everyone avoids the second hand car salesman like the plague; don’t overdress and preen to the point where you stand out like a sore thumb. Keep the flashy accoutrements at home; statement pieces shouldn’t be the first thing to define who you are after ten years – that’s what your personality is for!

Reset the clock

Remember, the vast majority of the people in the room won’t have seen you in what seems like an eternity; don’t let the boy you were dictate the man you are. If you’re not the ‘dumb jock’ any more, don’t dress like one – your team jersey can safely remain stowed inside that dusty box in the garage!

Don’t ‘fake it’

If there’s one person who we all hate it’s “that guy”; please don’t try to be “that guy” – you know, the one with the designer suit, designer cufflinks, designer tie, designer shirt and designer shoes who can’t stop talking about how successful he’s become. At best, no one’s interested, at worst someone will call bulls**t!

The vast majority of working stiffs haven’t ‘made it’ by their mid-20s, so there’s no need to pretend you’re better off than you are. Dress to impress, certainly, but don’t feel the need to go to extremes.

Everyone’s in the same boat

There’s only one thing I can guarantee, and that’s everyone’s feeling the same anxiety and stress you’re currently under. Don’t sweat your clothing and grooming to the point where you’re too self-conscious to have a good time – try to relax and just have some fun.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

3 Responses

  1. david r.

    skipped my H.S. reunion. wanted to be THAT GUY, but couldn’t hack it out. It guess its time to bookmark this site.

    Thanks for the article, I have other reunions that I can apply this to.

  2. Deeks

    This article only talks about the “don’ts” what about the “do’s”. Something like wear a nice solid color blazer and slacks to the mixer. I will make you look mature, but not boring or stuffy. Maybe wear a dark suit to the formal dinner and make sure your shoes are shined. It will make you look accomplished and slimmer. Come on, I know you can do better…lol.

  3. Jonathan Dempster

    Completes agree with not being too click, no one likes that slime ball!