- Wyatt Cheatle, a 16-year-old student at Brighton High School in Rochester, New York, went all out while creating his one-of-a-kind look before his junior prom
- The idea came about after he joked with his family about wearing a dress to the prom because he was thinking about going alone
- He and his mother, Kelly Cheatle, headed to Goodwill, where they picked up a dress, a pussy-bow blouse, a purple dress shirt, and a pair of black pants
- His mother put the look together, placing the blouse and skirt of the dress on one side and the button-down and pants on the other before sewing it in place
- Wyatt said he a ‘good time’ at prom and ‘got a lot of compliments’ on his outfit
A teenage boy who didn’t have a date to prom decided to go by himself wearing a half-suit, half-dress that his mom helped him make.
Wyatt Cheatle, a 16-year-old student at Brighton High School in Rochester, New York, went all out while creating his one-of-a-kind look before taking himself to his junior prom, which was held at St. John Fisher College on Saturday.
‘I decided to go myself, ’cause frankly it’s easier than finding out who’s going with who, or who’s not going,’ Wyatt told the Rochester Democratic and Chronicle.
‘So I figured I’d be my own date, since I know myself better than any other person. I figured I’d have a good time.’
Wyatt initially joked with his family that he was going to wear a dress to prom and was told he wouldn’t ‘look half bad.’ From there, he came up with the idea of a prom outfit that would be the best of both worlds.
He and his mother, Kelly Cheatle, headed to Goodwill, where they picked up a black and white dress, a fuchsia pussy-bow blouse, a purple dress shirt, and a pair of black pants.
Wyatt helped rip the seams out of the dress, while his mother put the look together, placing the blouse and skirt of the dress on one side and the button-down and pants on the other before sewing it in place.
On the night of the prom, the teen accessorized the more feminine side of his outfit with an earring, a star-shaped barrette in his hair, and a wrist corsage.
He also wore eye makeup and pink lipstick — but just on one side of his face.
As for his footwear, he opted for a unisex look and wore sneakers.
Kelly was so pleased with the results she took to Reddit on Monday to share photos of Wyatt modeling their creation on their front lawn.
‘My son’s date for the prom was all right. Literally,’ she joked, referencing the right side of his outfit.
‘So my son was flying solo to the prom, and decided that he’d be his own date,’ she explained. ‘One thing led to another and the week before the big event, he decided rather than going with a boring old suit, we’d split the difference and send him in a half suit/half-dress.
‘After a mad dash to the local thrift store, lots of cutting and rearranging, we were done. Didn’t quite have time to find him shoes to match, but there’s always senior prom hahahaha.’
Commenters were quick to praise Wyatt for his unique look, with one person writing: ‘That’s awesome and very, very clever. Obviously a confident, self-assured young person with a great sense of humor. Bravo to both of you!’
Another added: ‘That’s a young man with positivity and confidence. What a great idea. Took creativity and talent to put together. Well done.’
As for the reaction on prom night, Wyatt told the Rochester Democratic and Chronicle that he ‘had a good time’ and no one gave him a hard time about his outfit.
‘There were a few people who were surprised that I went through with it,’ he said. ‘But no one was a jerk about it and I got a lot of compliments.’