How to dress up your cap and gown

Natalie Rivera

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For you seniors, graduation is the most important moment in your educational career. And although your big day is all about celebrating what you’ve accomplished, why not go out in style? Come graduation you’ll be sitting awaiting your name to be called, but most importantly you’ll be taking your first steps into the real world. So you’ve got to look for all those photos that are going up on Instagram and Facebook. Most of your outfit will be covered for your five seconds of fame. You might want to consider opting for shoes that have a pop of color or accent since you’ll be walking across the stage.Just remember, don’t trip and practice that pageant wave or victory dance for your big moment.

 

Your Graduation Go-To’s…

 

Ladies

Go for glam with a statement necklace or a set of great bangles to show off as you wave to your guests. That grad cap gives major hat hair! So go with a hairstyle that will still look cute after the ceremony. A long braid with loose curls says finished and fabulous! Make sure to use lots of bobby pins to secure it in place.

When it comes to footwear, opt for wedges over heels so you don’t have to worry about sinking in the grass. Metallics are a great accent to any look and they’ll stand out as you walk across the ceremonial runway. To stay cool under your gown, wear flowy dresses or skirts that are fitted at the waist and cascade down the legs. A high-low skirt and a short sleeved patterned blouse is a perfect combo to stay cool yet still stylish.  If your celebration occasion calls for a more dressed up look, you can always swap out the wedges for a high heel and throw on a nude blazer to top off your look.

 

Gentlemen 

Say this with me… cotton and color! Cotton garments will keep you cool and help keep you from totally sweating up your look. Gingham is a checkered pattern that is a trend to try for guys. Opt for rich colors like red and blue or green over dark greys and blacks. Roll up the sleeves and pair it with a skinny tie for that polished look that screams “hire me!” With the time spent waiting under the sun, don’t bother layering with a blazer under your gown. If you’re going out to a celebration lunch or dinner after the ceremony you can always bring your sports coat or jacket along with you for all those photos. Pair your look with bold colored oxfords like bright red or blue. Yes, it’s okay to play the match game when it comes to a celebration like graduation. The style is classic, polished and will definitely have you stand out amongst a crowd.