The end of senior year brings many anxieties, from turning in your senior thesis to hunting for an apartment. But one task that shouldn’t cause any stress is finding an outfit to wear to graduation. Considering your parents will take about a thousand pictures of you on Graduation Day, here are some ideas for nailing the perfect look— mortarboard not included.
Keep It Light: Graduation ceremonies are almost always outside, which means you’ve got to prepare for potentially sweltering heat. The key is to pick a light, easy material, and also to take length into account: you want something short enough to beat the heat but not so short as to upset Grandma. For a pretty print, look no further than this Teri Jon dress, with the pretty chiffon layers in shades of gray and yellow. For a streamlined style try BCBGeneration’s Assymetrical Strap frock ($98)— serious stripes and a sophisticated belt announce your new grown-up status.
Put Your Best Foot Forward: With everyone wearing the same boring graduation, all eyes will be on your feet. Heels will flatter your long gown, but steer clear of pumps: spikey heels will sink into campus grass but fashionable wedges will carry you up the aisle just fine. Add some heft to a light, floaty dress with Steve Madden’s Tatianna wedges ($99.95), complete with a zipper and 4 and a ½ inch heels, or stay sleek in the Bella wedge by Bakers ($29.99)— pick from four different colors to match your dress (and grad gown) just right.
It’s Your Time to Shine: Just like with shoes, accessories are one of the only things peeking out from under your gown. Use jewelry to let your personality shine through! It could be a statement necklace, like the sleek Ombre Teardrop Tangled Chain Necklace ($28) or the luxe UO Rhinestone Necklace ($34), both from Urban Outfitters. Or choose a chunky bracelet, like the Carrington chain bracelet by FENTON/FALLON for J. Crew ($198) or stack on a few of Target’s Enamel Hinged Bangles for a vintage touch ($12.99 each).
Whatever you pick, you better love it— your grad outfit will live on forever in your mom’s photos… all one thousand of them.