Determining what to wear for a winter graduation ceremony can be a challenging process. With all the stress and excitement of finally receiving your degree, it is easy to forget about the clothes you will be wearing on that special day. However, by setting aside time to try on different outfits and arrangements, you should be able to easily find a nice dress or outfit that suits the occasion. Of course, since this event will be held in the winter, it is important that you choose clothes that will keep you warm throughout the graduation ceremony. Also, if you will be watching the event from the stands, there are several great dress options you may want to consider as well.
First, for graduates, it is important that you speak to your advisor and school associates about the type of robes required for the graduation event. Typically, the school will work with one company to provide all of the robes, caps and associated materials. Once you have your academic dress in order, you can determine what you will wear underneath it. In most cases, you want to avoid wearing casual items like jeans and T-shirts. For women, a buttoned blouse or a sweater can work great, depending on the temperature that day. Also, you'll probably want to avoid wearing a skirt if the temperature is too cold. Instead, you can wear a pants suit, such as the Danny & Nicole Women's Grey and Black Tweed Pant Suit or the Calvin Klein Women's Berry and Charcoal Pant Suit. For men, it is recommended that you wear dark shoes, dress pants with a dress shirt and tie, all of which can be easily found at Men's Wearhouse.
Before the graduation ceremony approaches, it is recommended that you try on your graduation clothes as well as your academic robes to make sure everything meshes well together. Also, you need to ensure that you can move around comfortably in the robes and outfit. Now, if you're attending the graduation ceremony as an audience member, it is best to keep your dress options as formal as possible. For women, you may want to go with more conservative outfits in order to stay warm. However, you should still feel free to showcase nice handbags and pieces of jewelry. If you decide to wear a nice dress, you may want to add a pair of tall boots to keep your legs warm throughout the ceremony. Also, you can layer up with a high-quality jacket as well.
For men, it is recommended that you wear a regular suit and tie to the winter graduation ceremony. Instead of opting for a thin suit jacket, you may want to choose a wool suit jacket or warmer suit jacket to keep you comfortable throughout the remainder of the ceremony. However, if you want to wear a sweater and khakis, that is certainly option as well. As always, feel free to shop around and explore different outfits and arrangements before making a final decision. This will allow you to feel more comfortable when the event finally arrives.