What to Wear to Graduation

May 15th, 2008

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Whether you’re getting your diploma or attending graduation as a guest, the ideal graduation outfit is dressy enough to respect the occasion–but casual enough to be comfortable.  You’ll be facing high temperatures (hello, summer!), intense sunlight (there’s never enough shade to go around), and a long walk (Murphy’s law dictates that the higher the heels you wear, the further you’ll have to walk to and from the car).  Let’s dissect the five pieces of this dressy-casual graduation outfit:

Breathable Hat
Keep your cool with a breathable hat–it’ll shield your eyes and keep your head (and hair) from overheating.

Oversized sunglasses are an au courant–and dramatic–look for a graduation ceremony.

Brightly Colored Dress
Bright colors feel right for May and June graduations.  The weather is warm, and the inspirational nature of graduation should be celebrated with a brightly colored dress.  White can work, but it’s so easy to get dirty, especially if you’re sitting on stadium seats.  And black just doesn’t seem right for the joyous event, particularly because graduations are typically held during the day or early evening.

You can tell how dressy or how casual an outfit is by the shoes.  This bright yellow pair of sandals is one part casual (with the loosely woven strappy style) and one part formal (with the heel height).  Perfect for a dressy-casual event like graduation.

Small Purse
If you’re a guest at graduation, you can carry a small clutch or handbag.  Note how this clutch coordinates with the shoes, not only in color but also in formality.  Both the clutch and the shoes are one part dressy and one part casual.

What are you wearing to graduation? Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits,Women

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nikki  |  May 16th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Have you seen a dress similar to that in a XL or XXL?

  • 2. bethan  |  July 3rd, 2008 at 8:39 am

    i don’t think this outfit is correct. I am going to my boyfriends graduation next week and i dont want to wer anything too bold on the day for the photos after all the day is all about him and the attention should be on him not the guests, therefore more sublte colours are in order.

    heels that size are all wrong too as i remember my mums graduation and we had photos on grass in fornt of the uni – heels sink – wedges are still in or a thicker heel would be more suitable.

    I’m personally going to wear a summer grey suit with a cream shirt with a bow or a floral dress, much more in for this season.

  • 3. Erika  |  June 15th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    The mismatching tones of yellow would look horrib. Dress is awesome.

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