It’s one of the biggest events of your life so far — you want to look the part!
Styling yourself for a graduation is not easy. You are, of course, fairly limited when it comes to clothing, as you will be covered by a gown for most of the day. This means your footwear and accessories have to do all the talking!
Whether it’s your first graduation, you’re returning for your masters, or you’re a mature student looking for a sophisticated ensemble, here at Moda in Pelle we have you covered with our top tips to help you graduate in true style.
Anyone who has attended a graduation could assure you — it’s going to be a long day! From the socialising to the picture taking to the walk up to the stage, you need footwear that is going to remain comfortable all day long.
Try your shoes on well ahead of time to make sure that they fit, and won’t cause pain as the day goes on.
When it comes to practical footwear, you should also consider location — do you have any outdoor areas to contend with? If so, stiletto heels are a no-go. Do yourself and your feet a favour and instead opt for a chunky low heel or comfortable wedge.
The same rules about comfort and practicality apply when it comes to what to wear under your robes. Graduation gowns are usually in a dark material, meaning they will absorb the heat. Couple this with the generally thick fabric used to create them, and you already have an ensemble that may be less than ideal in hot summer temperatures!
Keep it as cool and comfortable as possible by ensuring the rest of your graduation clothing is lightweight. Look out for breathable materials such as cotton, and keep it airy in a floaty dress or wide-legged power trousers.
Your graduation pictures will last a lifetime — make sure your style does too! While it may be tempting to stand out from the crowd by showing off all the latest styles, you’ll thank yourself in ten years for pulling it back a little!
When it comes to accessories such as jewellery, choose one material and keep it subtle and consistent throughout your look — for example, a simple silver chain paired with a pretty silver ring.
If you’re wanting to introduce colour in the form of your footwear or handbag, work with the colours of your gown to find items that will subtly contrast and compliment your look. If you’re wary of colour or want something a little more understated, blacks, golds, silvers and nudes are ideal for a simple, timeless finish.
Our graduation footwear top picks
Whether you’re wanting to stand out from the crowd with a bold pop of colour or you’re looking for footwear with a classic, timeless edge, look no further than the Moda in Pelle women’s footwear collection.
Here’s just a handful of our top graduation style picks;
For lovers of colour
If you’re wanting to make an impression in your graduation gown, a small pop of colour is the perfect way to stand out without being too OTT. And if a classy pop of colour is what you’re after, you won’t get much better than the Ilarian Cobalt Blue Suede heels. If you loved the classic Ilari, you’re going to fall head over heels with the Ilarian; expect the same stunning diamante heel, given a twist with a summer-appropriate peep toe — perfect for giving your gown a fashion-forward, summer-ready edge.
For a timeless finish
If timeless if what you’re looking for, the Marieh Black Leather heels should be top of your list. This stunning black sandal features a block heel with eye-catching metallic detailing — just enough to keep the look fashion-forward, yet remain understated. The practical block heel is also ideal for day-long wear, meaning you can relax in true comfort all throughout your graduation day and night.
For a glamorous look
If you’re wanting to inject a touch of glitz and glam into your graduation look, do it with your footwear. The gorgeous Justine Nude Satin heels are embellished with sparkling stones, guaranteed to turn heads for all the right reasons. However, despite the glitz, these heels showcase a classic slingback shape and an understated nude shade that ensures they remain graduation appropriate.