‘Tis the season for graduations! Whether you are attending high school or college graduations, looking and feeling comfortable and confident in your attire will help you focus on this wonderful milestone event. Here are some of my tips for female graduation guests:
- Smart chic is a great way to describe graduation guest attire. Lightweight structured jackets and dresses, sleek ankle pants and blouses or mid-length skirts. Classic and modest lines show respect for the occasion and keep the focus on the graduates. Use color to express your individuality. Tasteful jewelry and sunglasses are a must.
- If you wear something sleeveless, wear sunscreen. Take a sweater if you go inside and find the air-conditioning is too cold.
- If you wear a skirt or dress, choose a modest length. You may find yourself seated in bleachers or stadium seating. You want the spectators’ eyes on the graduates, not on your thighs and beyond. To be safe, wear fitted dress pants in a nice summer weight fabric.
- You may be walking a long distance from the parking lot to the venue, climbing bleachers or walking on turf. Make sure your shoes are comfortable AND reflect your smart chic outfit. I recommend sleek wedges in patent leather. Avoid hemp, as this is a very casual look.
- Nighttime graduations tend to be a bit more formal. Include a fitted jacket with a skirt or consider a fit and flare dress. Pearls pair wonderfully with springtime attire.
Whether you are a parent, sibling or friend of the graduate, it is important to show respect for their accomplishment by dressing appropriately. If you are the “hot” sister, do not try to outshine the graduate with your mini clubbing dress and stacked heels. You may be sitting on metal bleachers in the heat. Bare thighs and hot metal do not mix well. Oversized heels make climbing over bleachers an awkward event. Do not wear something that you would be embarrassed to have your grandmother see a picture of you wearing.
Quick tips for graduates: Most schools will have a dress code to honor this wonderful event. Even though you are wearing a cap and gown over your ensemble, it is important to be appropriate. If your gown is white, avoid wearing dark colors since the color will show through. Wear a top or dress with a collar for comfort under your graduation gown, and so the yoke of the gown will drape across your shoulders appropriately instead of sliding backwards. I suggest wedges over stilettos as you may be walking on grass or astro-turf. It is awful to have your heels sinking in the turf. A moderate heel is best to ensure a “stumble-free” ascension to the stage to receive your diploma, and a smooth descent and walk back to your seat. Congratulations to all of the 2015 graduates!