Because the photos will last forever.
BECAUSE THE PHOTOS WILL LAST FOREVER
• WORDS: K. CHUBB
Make sure your graduation outfit gets top marks this year with our answers to some frequently asked questions.
WHAT DO MEN WEAR TO GRADUATION?
Your graduation photo will most probably be front and centre on the mantelpiece for years to come, so we recommend going for something classic and then adding some personality with your accessories. A well-fitted charcoal or navy suit will always be considered smart. It’ll be appropriate for the ceremony and also look great for any celebrations that may take place after. Team your suit with a plain shirt for a look that is timeless. White, light blue or light pink are great colour choices that won’t date.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO WEAR A SUIT FOR GRADUATION?
Your graduation is a celebration of your achievements so even if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a suit, we advise still going for something sharp. Why not style some tailored separates together for a more relaxed look?
A darker colour is best for your bottom half as it’s the bit that can be seen beneath your gown. Choose a pair of trousers that suit your shape and style – from slim to tailored, there’s a fit to suit everyone. As for shoes, they’ll be seen too, so choose a pair of well-polished leather derbies – they’re smart but feel a bit more casual than Oxfords.
CAN I WEAR JEANS TO GRADUATION?
In short, no. It’s a ceremonial event and formal dress is normally customary. Jeans, T-shirts, trainers and other casual clothes are not considered appropriate and some universities might not let you into your graduation ceremony wearing them.
That said, if your university is less traditional, you might be able to get away with a laid-back look, like a printed shirt and a more colourful suit. Before you make any decisions about your outfit, it’s always best to find out what the dress code is and stick to it.
WHAT KIND OF SHOES DO YOU WEAR FOR GRADUATION?
You’ll spend a lot of the day standing, so we advise against wearing brand-new shoes. Make sure you choose a pair that are comfortable, smart and polished. Your shoes will be seen out of the bottom of your gown, so go for a smart, classic Oxford with a rounded toe. Alternatively, go for a formal pair of loafers or brogues if you’d like a more fashion-led look.
HOW DO I GET MY GRADUATION CAP TO STAY ON?
First things first, make sure your cap fits the way it’s supposed to. Use a tape measure and check your size with the measurements given by the supplier. Your cap should fit snugly but not be too tight. Wait until you have everything else on, then use some spray before fitting your cap to avoid hat hair. If you’re still having trouble getting your cap to stay in place, you can use a few hair grips to secure the cap to your head.
Here’s a fact for you: tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when you receive your scroll.