May 15th, 2008
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:
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.
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!