What’s Under Your Gown?

Donning a cap and gown soon for a 2014 graduation? Congrats! Now to the big question – what to wear under your robe? Fashion experts the world around will tell you that despite the fact that you will be covered nearly head to toe with a gown and graduation sash most of the day, that doesn’t’ mean you shouldn’t plan an appropriate outfit to wear underneath.

Your graduation day is a big day and don’t think your family will let you forget it. You can expect to be the subject of a photos and probably videos for the majority of the day – so be prepared.

After you walk across the stage and accept your diploma, it’s likely you’ll strip off that gown and head  straight to a celebration, so whether it’s a dance party or celebratory meal you’ll want to be ready.

Here are some things to think about when choosing your graduation day attire.

Comfort, Weather, Style

Depending on the size of your graduating class, it could be several hours before you are able to put down your diploma and pick up a bubbly drink in celebration. With that in mind, be sure to choose an outfit and footwear that you are comfortable in.

A good idea may be a simple shift dress paired with flats, wedges or heels no higher than 2-inches. Expect to have to walk and stand longer than you think you will and choose your footwear appropriately.

Wearing a dress with pockets is also a good idea and a handy place to stash your smartphone for last minute photos and texts to your family in the audience.

Be sure to check the weather ahead of time. If you will be in the sun, be sure to wear a light-weight dress and don’t forget the sunscreen. Remember that graduation gowns don’t do much for your figure, so try to avoid bulky or layered dresses that can make you look bigger than you’d prefer in photos.


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For men, wearing a traditional shirt and tie with a pair of comfortable dress slacks is always a good choice. Depending on the cut and fit of your graduation gown, it may be easy to tell if you are wearing a collared shirt and a tie. If you hate wearing a tie, you can forgo it for the ceremony but be sure to keep a tie on-hand in your car or with your family if you need to put it on later after the gown comes off.

Take a hint from the ladies and choose your footwear with care. Pick something that looks professional and is comfortable for lots of walking and standing. Keep in mind the weather as well, there is nothing worse than sweating through your entire grad ceremony. Choose light fabrics like linen if it’s going to be a hot day and don’t forget the sunscreen.


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