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 son or daughter and you. This is a time to celebrate and enjoy this moment before the next chapter of your lives begin.
1. Leave Your Jeans at Home
As with any important occasion, deciding what to wear to a graduation ceremony can be more difficult than you may have thought. Here are a few things for moms to keep in mind.
You may not feel like dressing up if it means buying something new, but having your child graduate is a big accomplishment and merits more respect than just wearing a pair of jeans or capris. Whether you’re attending a formal college graduation or a more informal high school graduation, a pretty dress (or a skirt and top) that is classic with a modern twist is perfect for the occasion.
2. Think Conservative and Ladylike
The day belongs to your child and his/her achievements. Don’t embarrass your son or daughter by wearing something revealing that draws unwanted attention. For example, don’t wear sexy, tight or low-cut tops. Avoid dresses with very short hemlines.
Stay clear of clothing that has sequins, sparkles or fringe. A graduation is not a cocktail party. It’s best to err on the side of conservative.
3. Keep an Eye on Color and Pattern
Photos are a big part of Graduation Day so if you want to wear some color, go right ahead. Solid colored dresses are slimming and photograph well. A cheery shade is fine, but neon brights will eventually date, and distract from the real star- your child.
Prints are perfectly fine, so long as they aren’t overpowering. Steer clear of edgy animal prints, busy patterns, or anything loud and tacky. Florals are a natural choice for mother of the graduate dresses, 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. Pay Attention to Your Shoes
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 when deciding what to wear, particularly when it comes to your shoes.
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 sitting out there for hours. 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 it gets cool or if the air conditioning is blasting. 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 staying away from outrageous accessories that are too trendy or gaudy. Polished, simple accessories in classic styles 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 bags with sequins or sparkle (too eveningish) or that have lots of hardware or ornamentation (too flashy or edgy) A small to medium purse with some structure looks more polished than soft, scrunchy boho bag or giant, oversized tote. Leather is classier than canvas.
What if You Want to Wear Pants?
Yes, a pair of dress pants and a pretty blouse is fine or wear pants with a top or shirt and a polished blazer for a polished mom look. Dress pants + a feminine top worn with a cardigan or jacket works well too.
Enjoy! P.S…Did you see the fabulous Graduation cards you can get to announce the graduation?