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 this moment before the next chapter of your lives begin.
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.
1. Leave Your Jeans at Home
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) is perfect for the occasion. Other graduation outfit ideas for mom? Dress pants + a feminine top worn with a cardigan or jacket works well too.
2. Keep it Conservative and Ladylike
The day belongs to your child and his/her achievements. Don’t embarrass your child by wearing something that draws unwanted attention. Don’t wear 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. Don’t Get Too Crazy with 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, busy prints, 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. 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 staying away from 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?