Walking down the graduation runway

Monday, December 6, 2010

By Jody Marich 

Today I was talking to one of my dear friends, Jill,  about having blogger's block. I told her I just couldn't get out of the funk I have been in. Maybe it's because I am graduating from college and have SO many other things on my mind. Whatever it is/ was she helped me come up with a brilliant idea for anyone who is graduating this December or anytime for that matter.

What to wear to graduation?

First and foremost, I think it depends on what type of school it is. If it is a public, state school or college, the dress code can be a little more lenient. 

Attending Flagler College, a private school, my dress code mandatory. If we don't follow the rules, we don't get to walk:
"DRESS FOR COMMENCEMENT: Men are to wear a dress shirt (preferable white) and tie, dark slacks, and dress shoes. Women are to wear a dress or dark dress slacks/skirt and blouse, and dress shoes. Students not adhering to this dress code, will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Caps and Gowns must be ordered by the graduate with Jostens, Inc. at www.jostens.com or with a Jostens rep on campus on various advertised days . They will be delivered to the college for pickup during Graduation Clearance Week."- Flagler College website.

Remember, always to factor in:
❤weather- check the 10 day forecast to see if it's going to be cold, hot, or rainy, in case you have to make changes.
❤where the ceremony takes place- is it inside or outside? That should always be in the back of your mind when choosing what to wear.
❤what color your gown is - you don't want clothing to show through.

You want to look professional and polished, since you are officially moving into the "real world." Just remember the acronym: KISS - Keep it simple, sexy - I replaced stupid with sexy because this is your day to shine!

With all of this said, here are a few different choices on how to look perfect for you "graduation runway" debut. 

Miso One Shoulder Dress
30 GBP - republic.co.uk
One shoulder dress »

Faux Patent Wallet
$9.80 - canada.forever21.com
Wallets »

$2.99 - scrapbook.com

With this outfit, you could put the shirt and sweater together or just pick one piece to wear.

For each outfit, I chose a pair of flats and heels. If you wear heels be careful. You want to have something comfortable, so you can walk in them, maybe even do a little practice walk before hand.

These are just some outfits that could work for the big walk but a few things to remember when shopping is:
❤Find something that is versatile- something you can be comfortable in for the ceremony and then take pictures in afterwards, even go out for a celebratory meal in. 
❤Choose a piece or outfit that won't look weird under your gown- you don't want a dress giving you a strange figure (even though the gown usually makes us look like we are wearing a potato sack!)
❤Keep jewelry to a minimum- one or two little pieces works but like I said, keep it simple, there's nothing like getting an earring caught in your tassel or bangles jingling. 
❤Keep your ceremony venue in mind-  you don't want crazy shoes that sink into the grass or uncomfortable fabrics bringing you down. 
❤Remember, this is your big day. It's a day to celebrate with family and friends. Don't wear something that will make you feel uncomfortable around these people. 

With graduation comes a whole new chapter in life. It's a time to celebrate your achievements with the ones you love. The biggest thing to remember is HAVE FUN! This is your day to shine. Walk with pride and be the little superstar that you are. 

Congrats to all that are graduating! I know I'm excited about it!


Christina Arzapalo said...

so cute! i would definitely go for #2 myself:)

Jody said...

Thanks Doll! Good luck with everything <3

mlhall01 said...

HOLY COW!! I love the way you set up your post this week! The photos are so clean and your ensembles are SOOOO CUTE!!! plus, I love how you included the brand names and the prices... I need stuff like that, lol!

Mini Chill Woman said...

Love, love, love the vintage look, pair that with those Dune boots and I think I'll be wearing that in April! You'll have to come back to dress me, lol! Amazing miss lady!

CaliforniaCandy said...

Great suggestions, I want that feather clutch!

GIVEAWAY: Patricia Field Glovettes & Chain Vest Necklace!


Ally said...

LOVE this, it's perfect. Now, how about what to wear everyday Thursday-Sunday when you're visiting your best friend in saint augustine!? You're amazing love! xo <3

Jody said...

Thank you ladies for you lovely comments :) I really want to clutch too! and Mini Chill woman, that my fav too ;) To my best friend, anything you wear will be fabulous doll, you're perfect!
Have a wonderful day lovies xo

preetz said...

These outfits are so super cute JoJo!! I hate the fact that I am missing your graduation and party- but I am so super proud of you and all the things that you have learned/accomplished being over at Flagler! Miss you lots and cannot wait to be in the same town as you come January!! Love you (and the blog :)!!

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