It’s official: the 2017 graduation countdown is now on. Those of us who are working on dissertations are beginning to feel our palms get sweaty when we realise how little time there is left. We’re tentatively looking at ‘graduate jobs’, secretly a little bit excited that we’ve earned the right to be called a graduate, while freaking out about all of the last little bits we need to get done. And if you’re anything like me, you’re burying your head in the sand and focussing more on what you’re going to be wearing on the day of your graduation. Which is totally productive, of course.
Now let’s be honest for a minute here: unless you have very specific tastes, the standard cap and gown does not scream ‘sexy’. Other than your University’s colours, you’re going to be head to toe in black and in serious need of a bit of your own personal style while keeping in tone with the occasion. Here are a selection of things I would love to wear when my big day finally comes. Feel free to chime in on your favourites!
My graduation is going to be held towards the end of July, so I’m looking for something lightweight and easy to wear. This gorgeous sparkly black dress from Yours has no sleeves, which is perfect, and what you can’t see in the photo is that this dress has a v-neck. This brings a bit of shape and sparkle to your oversized graduation gown while keeping it completely formal and classy.
Whenever I’m after something a little bit special, my first stop is always Navabi. This dress is perfect for the Summer: a floral dream that will make you feel like royalty on your special day. Some adorable navy dolly shoes would go perfect with this dress, with a token flower in my hair to pull the whole look together.
I’m such a huge fan of Gatsby Lady dresses, but the Gloria cape dress is something extra special. I can picture myself with this angelic number draped over my shoulders underneath my graduation gown and it makes me ridiculously excited for the big day. I’d pair this up with some chunky jewellery because I love mixing delicate designs with a healthy dose of grunge.
Finally, a brightly coloured dress is the perfect way to have a little bit of your personality shine through while remaining in line with the dress code. Extra points if your dress is your University’s official colour! I’d pair this up with some dainty pale blue flowers arranged over a plaited up-do to make sure I remained formal but fabulous.