Saturday, October 27, 2007

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.
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Blogger nadine said...

My sons usually purchase a striped shirt that is the same color as their date's dress and a solid color tie that is similar to the dress color. Yes, that means that he may never wear this combo again. They tend to buy these striped shirts at the Buckle (think trendy $$ teen store)

October 27, 2007 6:57 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

It all depends on how formal the requirements are. Mine (age 15) went to the dance in khaki pants, a nice polo shirt, and his best cowboy hat. I saw kids there dressed in everything from jeans to suits to (gulp, really) a Storm Trooper costume, complete with helmet.

October 27, 2007 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I went to high school dances just a few years ago, the boy matched his shirt (the best he could) to the girl's dress. It makes for nice pictures and makes you look like a couple for the dance.

October 27, 2007 9:19 PM  
Blogger vorilee said...

a lot of the guys i have seen around here going to homecoming are dressed in black slacks, a white shirt and a black tie. jacket optional.

October 29, 2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son went with the mafioso look. Black shirt, black pants, black (shiney) tie. Although, I think the matching shirt to the dress is also very nice. As long as it doesn't have ruffles (remember the 70's anyone?) My daughter's date for prom went with the black suit and white shirt and matched his tie to her dress which was apple green. You can also pull the colors together with the flowers - her were pale pink rosebuds and his was a single pink rosebud with green exotic grass to pull the green theme through.

October 29, 2007 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Janne said...

I am 21 (a senior in college) but I have ALWAYS been a sucker for what I call "black on black" (think Marlon Brando in "Guys and Dolls") with a black shirt and pants and a colored tie (maybe this is what he could match to the date's dress?) and a vest in the same color IF HE CHOSE (he is, after all, only 15). If he didn't want to purchase the tie and vest (if he wanted both, wanted them to match, and didn't want to keep a pale pink vest for his whole life), many formalwear stores are really cheap for renting that kind of thing. And black-on-black is very chic and he can wear it WHENEVER he wants. It's a classic look.

It will make the girls swoon and he'll look exceptional :D

November 01, 2007 2:55 PM  
Blogger pattie said...

I have two boys in high school and they have to wear dress shirts and ties to school everyday. We had different homecoming outfits this year and for each they wore black pants and a black jacket. They each have a black dress shirt as well as white. For two of the dances they matched the tie to the dress of their date. One dance was a black shirt with a red tie which always looks good and one dance was a pink (yes pink) shirt with a cool silver tie. Since they have to wear ties every day I buy them whenever I find them on sale. Good luck! Believe it or not the boys are so much easier to dress than my daughter!

November 03, 2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger librarygurl said...

My son wanted a fresh and dressy hip-hop look which he wore a grey pinstripe shirt w/white collar/cuffs and cufflinks with a white tie and charcoal argyle sweater vest and white pants (from H&M). He looked great with his date who wore a black/silver dress. Matchy-matchy doesn't work anymore and looks like your trying too hard. Just try to be subtle about it, with maybe just a tie in the same color as dress.

October 11, 2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Striped shirts said...

I don't know what to wear striped shirts can be tricky for me I don't know if I look good in them.

December 03, 2009 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Cliff Spears said...

It depends on the coat really. Maybe you can try one of those red ties together with a dark-colored suit for a young-yet-serious look. I remember when I remember when I went to the homecoming dance when I was 15 - it's great to have the internet now because back then, I didn't had anyone to ask what should i wear - good thing it went well!

February 14, 2011 8:08 PM  
Anonymous StrongerMe said...

I'm in the same boat. We just left the store with dark dress pants, white shirt, and pink tie to match her dress. Wondering if the white shirt is too boring, but matching hot pink is tough!

September 29, 2012 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nordstrom is usually great and right on with the guys styles and if you live near a Nordstrom rack than netter yet! there are always helpful stylist around who doe this for a living. The great thing about the boys fashion is they can use the separate pieces for other events.
(no i don't work for Nordstrom, but I have never gone wrong with a purchase and return policy and customer service is the best) good luck and remind him..overall it is how you feel and act that makes your style even better!

October 02, 2012 1:12 PM  

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