Being invited to celebrate a friend or family member's graduation is a huge privilege, especially considering some ceremonies have limited ticket numbers. You'll be super excited to cheer on your loved one, but one thing you might not have considered is what to wear to a graduation that's not yours. Your choice of attire for someone else's graduation may seem like a simple decision, however there may be a few things you hadn't thought about. Much like when you're celebrating anyone's milestone life event, you certainly don't want to take attention away from the person who has been kind enough to invite you to their celebration, by wearing something exceedingly flamboyant.
Choosing an outfit for someone else's graduation is a little like picking an ensemble for a wedding: There may be certain dress codes you need to adhere to, you likely don't want to wear the bridal party's color scheme (or in this case, the school colors) because these shades should be saved for non-guests, and you'll want to wear something appropriate. Depending on the educational institute, the whole affair is bound to be pretty formal, which means your outfit should be too. However, you should always feel comfortable in what you're wearing. The graduate won't be best pleased if their pleasure of the day is diminished by you feeling uncomfortable or out of place, or worse, moaning about your outfit and putting a dampener on the day. So here are some ideas of what to wear to someone else's graduation.
1. A Skater Dress
A simple skater dress is a great way to look dressy without going OTT.
For a more formal touch, go for a skater with a little extra detail like this crochet style.
2. A Blazer
A subtly chic, camel colored blazer makes a statement about your personal style, without screaming it from the rooftops.
3. A Pencil Skirt
A stripy design gives the classic pencil skirt a contemporary upgrade.
Lovers of colorful clothes should choose a vibrant colored pencil skirt combined with plain separates, because bright colors and patterns might draw too much attention.
4. Wide Leg Trousers
A pair of wide leg trousers make for a smart, statement piece in which to plan your outfit around.
Royal blue, wide legged trousers and a plain white blouse are a winning combination.
5. A Midi Skirt
A pleated, pink midi skirt will add a touch of femininity to any graduation guest's outfit.
This ruched midi puts a literal twist on formal wear.
6. An Understated LBD Or LWD
Spaghetti straps and a scalloped neckline give this simple LBD a fashionable edge.
A lovely, lace dress is the epitome of understated elegance.
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7. A Floral Vintage Inspired Frock
When choosing a floral dress for someone else's graduation, opt for a dark colored background and pale blooms.
Alternatively, if bright colors are your thing, pick a flowery frock which contains blooms in one bright shade, against a plain white backdrop.
A pussy bow blouse will put a sophisticated spin on the rest of your ensemble. This dusty blue blouse is available in sizes S to 4X.
9. Cool Cropped Pants
These quirky, printed pants scream, "I'm with the valedictorian!" The warm color scheme will really suit a summer or autumnal graduation.
10. A Smart Casual Jumpsuit
A smart jumpsuit needn't be boring – just check out this style with a cool, cut out back.
Go for an all out glam look with this all black jumpsuit.
11. Kitten Heels
These stylish pieces show that it's easy to shine without being in the spotlight when you're a guest at a graduation ceremony!
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