I’ve just received an invitation to a 30th class reunion, and I’m panicking about what to wear. It’s being held at a local bar, and the invite says “dress casually.” I’m thinking that might mean jeans, but I’m also worried jeans aren’t dressy enough? What do you suggest to wear to a casual reunion? Thanks, Lynn
These days, a class reunion is often a causal affair held in a basement, at a community hall, a local bar or in the high school gym. These types of venues don’t require you to get too dressed up, however when you haven’t seen someone for many years; you want to look modern and stylish.
Here are some ideas for what to wear to a casual 30th class reunion to look relaxed, but classy.
Look Vibrant in a Colorful Blouse + Jeans
Even though your class reunion is casual, it’s not an everyday-event. It’s a special occasion, and you want to put in a little extra effort. In other words, you don’t want to look like you’ve dressed to dash out to the grocery store for milk.
If you want to keep things at the most casual end of the casual spectrum, start with a pair of well-fitting jeans in a current style. Choose a cut that flatters your body. A classic dark wash is dressier than a lighter wash or a pair that is faded, whiskered, ripped or distressed. Here I’m showing bootcut jeans that are classy and especially flattering for pear-shaped gals.
Think twice about wearing a black top. No matter how pretty it is, black is harsh when worn close to an over-40 face. Instead, a pretty and modern blouse in a complexion-flattering color like pink, peach or coral will help you look youthful and vibrant. While I can’t guarantee it, there’s a good chance that everyone will tell you haven’t aged a bit.
Also, pay attention to your accessories. Trendy accessories help express your personal style and show everyone that you’re not stuck in the past.
Look Fresh and Modern in White Jeans + Bright Top
White jeans are a rung up from blue jeans on the dressy ladder. Not only do they make a casual outfit look more expensive, but white jeans are easy to style.
One of my favorite style recipes is to wear white jeans with a bold colored top. A bold blue top worn with white jeans is especially easy and fresh in spring and summer.
Wear nude shoes or sandals with your white jeans. Because they’re similar in color to the jeans, it creates a lovely, long line, making you appear tall and elegant. You can wear any kind of heel but a block heel, like the one I show above, is perfect if you’ll be spending a lot of time standing around greeting old friends.
Look Successful in Black Pants + Great Accessories
If you want to look casually chic, then your go to look would start with a pair of black pants. They read dressier than jeans (blue or white), but you can keep them grounded with casual shoes. A low-heeled pair of cute sandals is a good choice.
Black pants may be a staple in your wardrobe, but if you have had them for years, you’ll likely need to toss them out and buy an updated pair. If they are worn, pilled, or simply the same ones you wore when Obama was first in office, get rid of them!
The most modern black pant these days is a skinny leg or a straight leg pant with an ankle crop. These are a fantastic backdrop to a pretty blouse. For a moneyed look, you can’t go wrong with a black and white blouse and black pants. Black and white are always a sophisticated mix.
As for accessories, they not only have the power to make a good outfit great, but they speak volumes about your style personality. You don’t have to pile them on – in fact, unless you have a creative style personality you probably don’t want to pile them on – but one or two well-chosen accessories that are the best quality you can afford can make you look like a million bucks. (Even if you don’t make a million bucks. LOL)
Look Ladylike in a Dress
Some gals are dress gals, and even though the venue is casual, you may still want to wear one. I say, ‘Go for it!’ More than anything you want to look confident and if wearing a dress will make you feel confident, then a dress it shall be. You’ll never go wrong with a wrap dress which is always appropriate casual or dressy.
There are plenty of cute, casual dresses to choose from. I do recommend (again) that you think about color; a dress in a light or bright color is less serious than a dark color, and a pretty print such as a floral or geometric can be fun and playful.
Keep in mind, you probably don’t want to be standing around all night in high heels, so try a block heel, wedge or kitten heels if you prefer a little height . Next to flats, these are the most comfortable shoes for a casual class reunion.
Are you going to a casual class reunion this year? I’d love to hear about it.
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