What to wear to graduation? It’s one of the many things to think about before the big day. But instead of letting the sartorial decisions get you panicked, read on for help with putting that outfit together.
Whether it's an undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD graduation, stressing out is totally normal. Just because you’ve got a degree, it doesn’t mean you can’t be almost beaten by something as simple as deciding what to wear. That is a lot of eyes on you when you go up to get the scroll and there’s nothing more cliché mortifying than some wardrobe malfunction. And don’t forget the photo ops that will be haunting you forever if you aren’t happy with your look.
With that in mind, your graduation outfit has to be practical; shoes you can walk in, a dress that won’t rise up – that kind of thing. Also, bare in mind the colour of the gown. If it’s a deep green, you don’t want to opt for a red dress and risk looking like Father Christmas’ gal pal. For this reason, sticking to black and navy can be a good idea.
If you want to make a little sartorial statement, red or nude tones will have you standing out for the right reasons (if you’re working with a navy or black gown) and you’ve got some freedom with the shoes. Assuming they 100% won’t make you fall over or slip off during your big moment, anything smart goes. We’re liking a chunky heel or androgynous flat like a loafer or brogue.
Dresses are a popular choice, as are skirt and top combos. The latter can be a practical choice for ensuring the gown sits comfortably over your outfit. We’re fans of the laidback trouser and shirt combo with a loafer. Androgynous and classically chic, it’s a good way to deal with the smart dress code without feeling unlike yourself.
A few things to remember; don’t opt for anything too tight as you’ll probably go for a meal before or after the ceremony and you don’t want to be nervously be waiting for your name to be read out while dealing with a digging waistband. Secondly, don’t choose an outfit that you need to wear an updo with as the morter board hat will cause a whole lot of problems. Lastly, if you don’t have a button to hook your gown to, remember some strong safety pins.
Here’s what to wear on your graduation…