What to Wear to Graduation

May 5th, 2009

What to Wear to Graduation
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It’s that time of the year - time for graduations and new beginnings.  And accordingly, we’ve gotten a number of questions from women all around the country about what to wear to the graduation ceremony.  In a nutshell, bright colors, dresses, and low heels are all occasion-appropriate.  Here’s how to put these elements together for a gorgeous graduation outfit:

1.  Build your outfit around a gorgeous floral dress.  The sexy strapless style is counterbalanced by the sophisticated floral pattern.
2.  In case you’re going to be in an air conditioned area, you’ll want a cardigan sweater for layering.  Choose a sweater in a bright color, one that complements the colors in the dress.
3.  Finish off the outfit with a pair of low heels (in case you’ll have to do a lot of walking) and a pretty clutch purse.

What will you wear to graduation?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Francis  |  May 5th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Great look! I’ll be wearing it next august when I’ll be finishing my London Fashion Summer School. mine is not really a graduation party but for sure I’ll rock it!

  • 2. Trisha  |  May 5th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Glad you like the look, Francis!

  • 3. Joan  |  May 6th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    This looks great—however, my colleagues and I felt that this look may be more suited to a graduate or young adult guest as opposed to a parent of a graduate. Do you have dress suggestions for women 45+ who are in decent shape? I’ve looked in vain for attractive and vibrant floral pattern dresses that cover a bit more. Plenty of sheaths in black and natural linen, but these seem rather plain for the occasion.

  • 4. Lil  |  May 7th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    looks great, but keep in mind that most of the graduates will be wearing tent like robeds :(

  • 5. Lil  |  May 7th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    oops robes I meant

  • 6. Ama  |  May 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hi - I love the look! Would the floral print also be appropriate for a law school graduation - I’m the spuse? I don’t really have anything floral, but cute Nicole Miller print cocktail dress and possibly other solid options etc.

  • 7. Ama  |  May 12th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Oops..I meant *spouse*

  • 8. Maggie  |  June 21st, 2009 at 10:04 am

    hey i have a question!! please answer me if you can. i bought a dress for my boyfriends grad and its flowery like this one and short but its black and white…what color cardigan and clutch should i wear??? i think im wearing black heels. Please help, its 2 days away and this outfit is so cute but the dress i bought is black and white. its very tight fitting and i want it to look less sexy and more summery cute. heres the dress:
    http://www.forever21.com/heritage1981/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=81dresses&product%5Fid=2059975593&Page=all
    Please help!!

  • 9. Michelle  |  June 23rd, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Maggie, for summery why not try a bright color with some yellow in it? Like an orange or even a spring green? Or if you have any short-but-dressy cotton blouses, with maybe a sweet little floral print, that might help you move away from sexy without being too informal.

    For the clutch, I would also pick a bright yellowy color. A small bag with shorter straps would also look dressy, and if all I had was a black or gray bag I could tie on coordinating ribbon or a scarf to perk it up.

  • 10. Alicia  |  May 14th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love bright colors however would a lacey ivory dress with brushed gold shoes work?

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