You’ve spent three or four years slogging away in the library and pulling all-nighters during the week and now you’ve finally graduated! So, after spending this time in mainly comfy joggers and loose fitting T-shirts with various food stains on them, it’s time to spruce yourself up for your graduation.
But where do you even begin? Should you go for the three piece suit or mix and match your look to add an edge? You want to look as formal as possible without compromising your style. Here's our easy guide on what to wear to your graduation.
What to Wear to a Graduation CeremonyAs it’s one of the biggest days of your life, you’ll want to make an impression. So, by dressing to the nines, your fellow graduates will remember you even after you’ve all left.
Graduation Dress CodeMost graduations tend to go for a smart approach, however, they lean more towards the formal end of the spectrum, as it is a formal event. This is why most of the ladies wear dresses, and the lads will opt for a suit. It's best to stick to this theme, although you can mix up the suit look, such as with a print or bold colour. It's also a great idea to wear a buttoned shirt in order to attach your graduation hood to.
The best graduation outfit ideas often result in a suit, and a suit will always serve you well. It's entirely up to you whether you opt for a matching suit, or mix and match your jacket and trousers to add a bit of flair to your look. A matching suit will give off a more formal vibe. But you can mix up the colours and shades if you want to leave a lasting effect.
The fit is entirely dependant on your choice and size, but by keeping to a slim fit, it'll emulate a young style and can take you straight from the stage to the local pub for a pint. You don't event have to fork out for a suit to look great.
Wearing a shirt is the way to go, and going for a classic white number means you can't go wrong. Worn tucked in or out, it’s sure to be a winner (especially in mum’s eyes). But if you’re wanting to go for a splash of colour, why not try a pink shirt? Perfect with navy or black trousers, it adds both colour and texture to your look, making it more of an eye catcher.
Steer clear of fabrics such as Oxford and Grandad collar shirts as these are less formal than the classic dress shirt. Also keep away from black. It's best left for Oxford shirts, casual shirts and funerals, not graduations! Keep it bright and cheerful.
Graduation Blazer & Trousers
Sometimes a blazer can be a bit too much, especially when you have your graduation gown over the top of everything and the hot lights are everywhere, but a simple, clean cut blazer will do you right.
With your trousers, you can go all out, wearing something plain and simple on top will draw the attention to your trousers. A printed or colourful trouser will help you to stand out from the crowd. Stick to a dark neutral shade such as navy or black if you want to keep your look clean. A tie is also optional.