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What to wear: Graduation Day

BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 29 MAY 2013 14:12 WOMEN'S FASHIONCOMMENTS

Graduation dresses

Prepare for the big day with our graduation style guide…

Graduation is a wonderful celebration. Not only does it mark an entirely new chapter of life, it’s a ceremony that recognises your hard work and achievements throughout university. So make sure you put a little extra effort into your fabulous look.

Since I’ve been to many graduations, friends and sisters, I’ve recently gathered a few tips to help all of you upcoming graduates put your best foot forward in front of your professors, classmates, family and friends. Here are a few things to keep in mind on the day of the ceremony…

(Above images: Debut black satin floral dress, Star by Julien Macdonald embellished ivory dress and Debut light brown corsage dress)

Choose a cute but conservative dress 
Looking cute in photos with friends on the big day is essential, but also keep in mind that graduation is a ceremony for people’s parents, grandparents and professors. Opt for a stylish yet conservative style that will look appropriate in front of friends and family alike. Since graduation is usually in the warmer months, we recommend choosing sleeveless styles (featured above) under your robe.

Wear comfortable shoes 
Being comfortable on graduation day is a must. You will be walking, standing, sitting, posing and more. We suggest finding a pair of wedges that is comfortable to walk in as they will give you support and appear more dressed-up than flats. It’s also important to remember that when you’re wearing your cap and gown, the only thing people will see are your shoes, making them equally as important as (if not more than) the dress.

(Above images: Red Herring natural cross over wedge sandals and Faith tan cork wedge sandals)

Stick to statement jewellery
Choose one staple piece whether that means rocking an over-sized necklace or having arm candy – in the form of a bangle, not a hot male model (sadly). Keep the rest of your jewellery simple with perhaps a small ring or elegant pearl earrings. Try to avoid anything that jingles around as you will probably be shaking hands, waving and giving out hugs all day.

(Above images: No. 1 by Jenny Packham silver diament bracelet, No.1 by Jenny Packham gold scalloped bracelet, Mood gold ring set, Mood pearl and crystal earring and Mood crystal rings)

Though my graduation is still yet to come, I hope I have helped prepare you for the big day.  As long as you follow these simple suggestions, you’ll be graduating a fashion success.

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