What to wear to Homecoming (boy version)
I know you generally deal with women's fashion, but perhaps you'll feel pity and help a mama out. My fifteen year old son is going on his first date (GULP) to the homecoming dance. It has been fun to figure out things like the flowers, tickets, weather or not you actually go to the homecoming game . . . however, we are having trouble with the tie required male homecoming outfit. Our first attempt was a little too Joe Corporate junior with a charcoal gray pant and white shirt and tie. Next, we paired the charcoal pant with a black shirt with thin gray stripes that just looked, well, off.
We have visited all the usual stores (Gap, Hollister, American Eagle, Aeropostale) but haven't even seen anything that would work. So, tell me, what are the kids wearing these days? Where do you go for fashion inspiration for the teenage set?
He is a casual kid who prefers t-shirts and will occasionally don a polo shirt. He has finally embraced the plaid short. Comfort is key. He is tall and thin.
Thanks ever so much,
I remember my first homecoming dance. My date wore a three piece suit and a fedora. I was mortified.
Let's not have that happen to Gayle's son.
My husband has to get all the credit for this one; he wears a suit to work a lot of the time, and on the non-suit days, he does a jacket and slacks with a nice dress shirt and sometimes a tie (although often the tie sits in the back seat of his car, JUST IN CASE). A few years back he got tired of white and light blue and blue and white striped shirts and started experimenting with patterns and colors. And while all of his choices were fine, the most successful was the French blue dress shirt, which goes with virtually everything.
I prefer a straight collar shirt, one that does not button down, but that's a matter of taste more than anything.
Gayle's son can pair a blue shirt, in a more dramatic shade, with a black tie and his charcoal gray trousers. The shirt I've linked to comes in a fairly reserved shade of French blue, but he should feel free to go as bold as he likes; it's still a blue shirt, after all. He could also wear the blue shirt with the trousers and a jacket, if he had one, and NO tie (although I would check with his date first because that might be more casual than she wants him to be, and it's all about the date when you're fifteen and going to Homecoming).
The beauty of this is that the French blue shirt is a look that works for boys of all ages, so keep that in mind as the holidays approach and your husband starts to moan about not knowing what to wear to the office Christmas party or your sister's New Year's brunch.