Since you’ll be covered from neck to shin in a bulky robe, you can technically wear whatever you want on graduation day. However, you might want to think twice about your graduation style (e.g. going commando under that well-earned robe) because there usually isn’t much time between the ceremony and whatever you have planned afterwards.
Dinner with the family might be a bit awkward if you take off your cap and gown and flash grandma. You’ll also be taking approximately 7 billion pictures and you know they’ll go directly to Facebook and won’t pass Go. Never you fear! We’re here to help all our College Station near-graduated find their perfect outfit.
Do’s and Don’ts for Finding Your Graduation Style:
DO check the weather ahead of time and plan your outfit accordingly. A lot of schools hold their ceremonies outdoors and the weather that time of year can be unpredictable. Pro tip: stash an umbrella under your gown if it looks like it’s going to rain. You and your classmates will thank you.
DON’T wear something that adds bulk to your already bulky gown. It’s a well-known fact that graduation gowns don’t make anyone look good. Ladies, it doesn’t need to be skin-tight at all, but an outfit with a lot of volume will create an odd shape. Guys, suits are probably too bulky so stick to dress pants and a dress shirt.
DO make sure you have pockets! If you’re wearing pants, you don’t really need to worry about this. If you’re not, try to find a dress or skirt with them. You don’t really need anything except your phone during the ceremony so leave everything else in a secure location.
DON’T consider your cap when you do your hair. It’s probably going to flatten whatever you do so try to compensate with a sleeker style. If sleek isn’t your thing, you can just use a truckload of hairspray to keep it up.
DO think about your shoes. If you can, coordinate them with your outfit AND your gown. It’s a small touch, but it makes a big difference. Pro tip: make sure your shoes are comfortable; there’s A LOT of standing around before you march and while you’re taking pictures.
DON’T forget that you need to feel good about how you look. If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll look uncomfortable. You’ve worked for four years for this day. Enjoy it!