haha it's like you're reading my mind.
this isn't peewee soccer, everybody doesn't get a gold star for trying. you either follow the rules, or you look like a high school freshman. if you're going to wear a suit, follow the rules and stick to the basics. unless your name rhymes with Lonye Best,stay in your lane.
none of us are snowflakes.
What you all are saying to dm is completely irrelevant though. First of all, he's just entering college, he won't be wearing mainly MC for a while. Second, I'm going to assume that while he liked the sneakers, they are also just practical. Who the hell wants to mess up a pair of oxfords (thrifted or not) at a prom surrounded by drunk peers dancing? Trust me, I've worn some of my nicer shoes out to what I know would likely end up being a rowdy night and immediately regretted not just taking the style hit for comfort. Besides, it's not like anyone is going to be looking at his shoes in a dark room full of kids dancing.
Finally, since when is dressing for your high school prom an attempt to develop your style? Although I did laugh at a prom being considered a "formal event". I guess you could consider it that way, but that seems to be getting a bit too pretentious for 17 year olds.
Edit: Also, I am a snowflake
A prom is a formal event. The fact that it is attended by hormone driven adolescents is irrelevant. Attendees wear tuxedos, even if that means ill-fitting rentals in a color spectrum that the human eye can barely distinguish.
If he isn't going to be wearing MC any time soon, why even wear the suit? Why not a go pure streetwear? While improper for the situation, that would have taken balls. What we see is a discordant mixture of styles that are simply terrible together. The suit says MC, the shirt and tie combo say middle management at Initech, and the shoes say....something. I don't know because I don't speak their language. I was probably too harsh but I was mostly trying to dissuade people from encouraging that type of dress. It isn't like he doesn't have the resources to find out whether that outfit was in any way acceptable, both in general terms and in terms of the specific event he was attending.
You maybe a snowflake now, but you only got that way by being H2O first. When you're cool enough, you can be the snowflake. You never start off that way.