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05th Oct 2013

Dressing For Occasions: What To Wear to Graduation

Special days are definitely the most difficult to dress for so we have thought of a few tips that might help you out…

Cathy Donohue

Graduation is supposed to be fun but we often forget that when we’re stressing out trying to find the perfect outfit.

You’re celebrating the culmination of your college life and let’s face it, that’s a pretty big deal.

Whether you’re a fresh faced young adult or a mature student who feels like a career change, everyone deserves to look good on such an important day.

Of course it’s tempting to buy that chiffon floaty number that’s sure to make you the centre of attention but chances are, it’s not the best idea.

Graduation usually takes place during the winter months when the weather is wet, windy and chilly nearly every single day.

There’s no need to avoid dresses entirely though, just think before you purchase when deciding what type of dress to wear to your graduation ceremony.

We really can’t stress how important comfort is as you are likely to wear the dress from morning to evening.

Depending on where your name is on the alphabet you could be in for a long haul, and you really don’t want to be the annoying one complaining about your sore feet or tight dress when everyone else is having the craic.

For a big event like this, it’s important to think about the length of your skirt/dress. Considering it’s the middle of the day and you’re the special guest, you don’t want any embarrassing moments.

Midi length is still a huge trend so finding something to suit shouldn’t be a problem. Full length maxi dresses are starting to filter through to the high street shops in time for party season.

For something different and to stand out from the crowd, a maxi will instantly give you an elegant sophisticated aura.

It’s a perfect look as you’re all grown up up once you reach graduation. Or so they tell us anyway…

Wearing high heels, which we all do to give us an added boost, is a great idea but stick to a trusty well-loved pair. Graduation day is not the time to break in new shoes; blisters are never welcome.

Make –up is just as important as what you decide to wear so don’t scrimp on your beauty routine because you’ve gone overboard on the dress.

It’s a balancing act but the most important thing is to enjoy your special day and celebrate your hard work!


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