If your son or daughter is graduating soon, congratulations! 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 the time to celebrate, and enjoy this special moment before the next chapter of your lives begin. It’s not too early to start planning what to wear. Here are a few graduation outfit ideas for moms.
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. This outfit above would be perfect for a more formal graduation. Change the metallic chain purse for a less dressy one and wear smaller, less dangly earrings, and it makes the dress less formal.
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.
Don’t even go near anything with sequins, sparkles, or fringe. A graduation is not a cocktail party. It’s best to err on the side of conservative. That doesn’t mean you have to be boring, though. This simple sheath looks modern and chic when accessorized with suede pumps and a snake print bag.
3. Give Thought to Color and Prints
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. In spring, a cheery shade is fine, but neon brights ( which are in style this year) will eventually date, and distract from the real star-your child.
Prints are lovely, too, so long as they aren’t overpowering. Steer clear of edgy animal prints, small busy patterns, or anything loud and tacky. Florals are a natural choice for mother of the graduate dresses, and always work well any time of year. Or, you can go for a modern, relaxed print. Elegance is the magic word when it comes to dressing for 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 thin 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 easier to walk in. 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 typically very dry and drawn out. You need to wear something comfortable because you are going to be sitting for a very long time. In the fall, they are usually held indoors, but in spring and summer, graduations are often held outdoors. At this time of year, it can be scorching hot, which is why many women prefer sleeveless to keep cool.
On the other hand, you never know how the weather is going to end up. It might suddenly turn 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 scarf, shawl, or light blazer also works. And don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses if you are outdoors!
6. Keep it Understated with Classy 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. A colored bag is fine, so long as it is classy. Also, avoid bags with sequins or sparkle (too eveningish) or that have lots of hardware or ornamentation (too flashy or edgy). A small to medium size purse with some structure looks more polished than soft, scrunchy boho bag or giant, oversized tote. Leather is always 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 smart blazer for a polished mom look. Dress pants + a feminine top worn with a cardigan or jacket works well too.
Here are some more great dresses for graduation from informal to semi-formal.
Enjoy! P.S…Did you see the fabulous Graduation cards you can get to announce the graduation?
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