It finally happened. No more group reports, late-night studies and stressful exams. You are done and soon to be graduated. Congratulations! You can officially relax and have fun choosing what to wear to your graduation and the after parties.
Graduation ceremony is a milestone and an event to remember. Even if you are not the number one fan of formal clothing we still suggest to wear suit and a tie under your academic dress. It’s safe to assume your friends and family will want to make tons of photos of you on the big day, so treat the camera with your best look.
In case your school takes the dress code lightly, you can skip the jacket and downgrade to a pair of dress pants (black, dark brown, navy or khaki) and button-down light shirt.
When searching for an attire, keep in mind the weather. Due to the season it will probably be warm and sunny, you might want to consider spring suits of lightweight materials.
Depending on the color of your suit or trousers, wear black to light brown dress shoes. Make sure your pants are hemmed properly and fall just above the top of your shoes. Also don’t forget that socks should match the colour of footwear.
Now let’s proceed to parties. The post graduation events can vary greatly from casual to very formal. If the dress code wasn’t mentioned on the invitation you may ask the host what do they plan to wear and dress accordingly.
If you don’t have time to change after the graduation event, simply take the jacket and tie off and slightly roll up the sleeves of your shirt. You’ll look more casual yet rather fancy.
If there is enough time to alter your attire, you might want to change the shirt. Both long and short sleeve short will do. If you know the party will mainly happen outside, put on a polo instead of a shirt.
Chinos or jeans are usually appropriate. We like the idea of black, dark grey or white color. Try to avoid classic denim wash of jeans if possible, they tend to look boring.
Are you brave enough to wear a fedora hat? Go for it if you are looking for an extravagant touch.
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