Last week, I had the pleasure of attending my younger sister's graduation and while I was enjoying my proud big sis moment I couldn't help but notice that quite a few female graduates weren't dressed appropriately for the occasion. I'm not just talking about personal style here, I'm talking in practical terms. I'm talking about ladies in six inch platforms literally wobbling across the stage. I'm talking about dresses so short and tight that every step became a game of vagina peek-a-boo. Ladies this is not how we do!
Your graduation is a celebration of at least three years of academic achievement. You spent long days and sleepless nights revising, researching, writing and theorising to get to this point. This day is not about looking sexy (there are many other opportunities for that), it's about looking professional and ready for the workplace. So with that in mind, here are my graduation Do's and Don'ts as well as a few outfit ideas.
DO feel comfortable. It's a long day with lots going on so the last thing you want to be worrying about is straps falling down, dresses riding up e.t.c.
DON'T forget it's a FORMAL occasion, so yes be comfortable but no trainers, jogging bottoms or beach sandals.
DO add some colour to your look. Experiment with bold block colours or prints, just make sure it's tasteful and doesn't clash with the colours in your gown.
DON'T wear ridiculously high heels if you can not walk in them. Baby giraffe taking its first steps is not a good look.
DO opt for a low maintenance hair do and prepare for every eventuality. I am never more than a few feet away from a handful of bobby pins.
DON'T wear bodycon mini dresses or cut out dresses, just don't.
DO wear a trouser suit. It's tres chic and tres comfortable.
If you are still not sure about your outfit, ask yourself the following questions. Would I wear this to an interview? Would I wear this to a fancy dinner with my parents? Would Kate Middleton wear this? If the answer is no to all of the above, then move on.
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