If you’re like me, you have. Kids, relatives, friends, you name it – someone you know hits this milestone every year.
So what should you wear?
It depends on the time, formality, and location of the graduation ceremony. If you’ll be traveling a far distance, that can also impact your choice of apparel.
With all these factors in mind, let’s take a closer look:
Ceremonies held in the morning or afternoon (before 6 pm) tend to be less formal than evening ceremonies.
Graduations in cities and big towns tend to be more formal than those held in the suburbs or in rural areas. If the ceremony is held outside, you’ll need shoes that can go the distance over gravel, concrete, or grass. Don’t wear too high a heel, too thin a heel (you’re not there to aerate the turf) or fabric shoes that can be stained by a stroll through the grass. If it’s cool, you’ll need a sweater. If it’s exceedingly hot, you’ll need sun protection and sunglasses.
If the ceremony is held indoors, consider the distance you’ll be walking to get there when selecting your shoes. Also, you might want to opt for layered clothing. If the air conditioning is set really high, you’ll be chilly. If it’s too low, you’ll get hot quickly in the crush of people.
University ceremonies typically call for a nice dress or suit. They’re often held in the football stadium or indoor sporting arena, and usually require a long trek from the car. Wear shoes that can go the distance.
Professional or Military School ceremonies tend to be more formal. If you’re going to watch a doctor, lawyer, or officer collect his or her diploma, opt for a dressy dress or suit and heels when attending such events.
Most graduations involve the ceremony followed by a social gathering at the school or at a relative’s house. Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable, allow you to move and eat freely, and that you can wear for several hours.
Finally, remember that these kinds of milestones mean lots of pictures, so opt for clothing colors and styles that are flattering to your skin tone and figure. If you’re not sure what’s right for you, download a copy of Wardrobe Magic to find out.