Congratulations! It’s Graduation Day, and I’m sure you couldn’t be prouder. All those years of studying have finally paid off…for both your child and you. This is a time to celebrate and enjoy before the next chapter of your lives begin.
As with any important occasion, choosing what to wear to your son or daughter’s graduation can be more difficult than you may have thought. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Leave Your Jeans at Home
You may not feel like dressing if it means buying something new but graduating from college or high school is a big accomplishment and merits more respect than wearing a pair of jeans or capris. A pretty dress or a skirt and top is perfect for the occasion. Dress pants with a feminine top worn with and fitted jacket can work well too.
2. Keep it Conservative and Ladylike
The day belongs to your child and his/her achievements. Your choice of clothing should not draw unwanted attention to you. Avoid tight or low-cut tops and dresses and very short hemlines. Stay clear of clothes with sequins, sparkles, fringe. A graduation is not a cocktail party. It’s best to err on the side of conservative.
3. Limit Color and Pattern
Photos are a big part of Graduation Day so if you want to wear some color go right ahead. A cheery shade is fine, but no neon hues or jarring brights that distract from the real star- your child. Prints are perfectly fine, so long as they aren’t overpowering. Avoid edgy animal prints, or anything loud and tacky. Florals are a natural choice and always work well this time of year, or you can go for a modern, relaxed print. Elegance is the magic word when it comes to dressing for a graduation.
4. Consider the Venue and Time of Day
Will the ceremony be at night in a large fancy Hall, early morning in the gym with you sitting on the bleachers, or in the afternoon out on the grass under a tent? It’s something you need to consider. A shoe with a heel is fine if the graduation ceremony is inside, but if you are outdoors, flats, wedges or block heels are going to be a lot better. You don’t want to get your heel stuck in the grass or between patio stones.
5. Be Prepared for the Weather
Graduation ceremonies are usually long and often held outdoors. Don’t forget how scorching hot it can be. You want to be cool and comfortable. On the other hand, sometimes it can be chilly, so be prepared for weather inconsistencies and surprises. It’s a good idea to bring along a sweater in case of rain or air conditioning. A shawl or light blazer also works. And don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.
6. Keep it Simple with Understated Accessories
Make a good impression by not embarrassing your child with outrageous accessories that are too trendy or gaudy. Polished, simple accessories will look great. Since you will be carrying a bag for the entire day, select one that isn’t too big or too heavy. Avoid flashy printed bags and ones with lots of hardware or ornamentation. A simple, classic leather bag that holds your keys, lipstick, phone, camera and sunglasses fits the bill.
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Enjoy! P.S…Did you see the fabulous Graduation cards you can get to announce the graduation?