Graduation season is upon us!
I, for one, am really excited to celebrate my husband's graduation from law school - it's a huge accomplishment and I couldn't be more proud of him. This weekend will be chock-full of celebratory events, from graduation parties to cocktail hours to the graduation itself!
When you're choosing a dress for your own graduation or for a loved one's, you have to keep a few things in mind: what the weather will be like, how fancy the after-parties will be, and what vibe you want to go for. When I graduated, I wore a little pink dress with some killer heels (since those were all that would show under my graduation gown), but I had friends who were much more casual than I was (for example, one chose to wear a jumpsuit). Be true to your style and have fun with your look!
I decided that for my husband's graduation, I wanted to wear a dress that would be light enough for a hot day but that still had sleeves since my arms tend to get cold no matter what the season.
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I scrolled through the Rent the Runway website and came across this Tanya Taylor dress. It is so beautiful and well-made, and the ruching on the bodice makes it really flattering. I also loved the color scheme - this dress can easily transition from day to night, and it really is springy (rather than summery) because of the depth of the colors. This dress also plays with one of my number one fashion rules: how to strategically show skin in a tasteful way. By pairing a shorter skirt with an entirely covered top, you look really tasteful! I did find that this dress runs slightly big - so if you're unsure what size to go with, I would recommend sizing down.
To make sure that my look was daytime appropriate, I decided to rent this purse - it's by Kate Spade, and I thought it was simply too cute to pass up! The navy leather detailing ties it to the color of the dress, but the wicker makes it feel light and perfect for spring weather. The shoes are a favorite of mine that I've been loving from DSW for months now, and they were the perfect addition to this look. They are flattering and would look great with a graduation gown, and they're comfortable to walk in as well. That's an important rule: if you're walking for graduation, choose a pair of shoes that you can walk comfortably in!
Last but not least, I paired a silver cuff, a pair of blue geometric earrings, and a gold initial necklace with this look. I thought this dress was such a showstopper that I only wanted to enhance it, not distract from it. But wearing a bold bracelet with a graduation gown is always a good idea since that might be the one accessory that will show beneath your graduation gown!
And that's the finished look! I can't wait to wear it to my husband's graduation. What are you planning on wearing to any graduations that you may be attending this season? What's your favorite part of this look? Let me know in the comments!
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