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I’ve been getting a lot of requests for what to wear to a child’s graduation ceremony and the surrounding events. I guess that’s a reflection of the stage of life we’re in!
I’ve had two high school graduates, and I’ll have a college graduation to attend this spring, so I’ve already put some thought into this question, and Talbots has some great options!
The eyelet yoke and tie detail at the waist are both nice details, and it hits at or right above the knee, which is a classic and flattering length for almost every woman.
This 100% cotton slub knit fabric would be great for those attending outdoor graduations in warmer climates because it’s lightweight and breathable, and it’s both dressed-up and effortlessly casual at the same time.
I love this Deep Sea Blue, but the Indigo and Violet Rose are really pretty options too.
Metallics are having a moment this season, so I paired this dress with silver wedge sandals.
I love a gold or silver shoe in the spring and summer because it goes with practically everything. No color, not even nude, is more versatile. If you prefer gold or a lower heel, these are another great choice.
The woven metallic leather strap on these espadrille sandals is such a pretty textural detail, and the wedge heel keeps them stable and walkable even on uneven surfaces.
They have a memory foam footbed with arch padding for extra comfort and support, and whereas some wedges can be stiff or heavy, these have a flexible outsole for improved stability.
College graduations tend to be a bit dressier than high school, but they can also be a lot longer, so you want to be sure to be comfortable. If it’s held outside, you’ll need to take the weather into consideration. If it’s indoors in a climate-controlled environment, you have more options, but the key is to look neat and polished.
My son is graduating college this spring, and this luxe knit sheath will be perfect for that. It comes in black and navy, and I chose the navy because it’s not quite as harsh as black, and I have so many black dresses already.
In a season full of ruffles and frills, this structured sheath looks classy and elegant. It has a bateau neckline and faux buttons down the side of the skirt, and it’s fully lined and made of thick rayon/nylon blend with just a hint of spandex for added comfort.
As far as sizing goes, I tried the 6 regular as well as the 8P and 10P, and would you believe it? I think I need the 8 regular. The 6 is a little snug, but the 8P and 10P were too short for my liking, and it’s intended to be knee-length.
All that to say, this dress runs true to size, as I’m usually an 8 in dresses. (I can often size down in Talbots, which is why I ordered the 6 and the 8P.)
In addition to these two dresses, Talbots has lots of other great options for high school and college graduations this spring that are classic, timeless, and put-together.
And if you aren’t a fan of dresses, dress pants and a pretty blouse or lightweight sweater are perfectly appropriate. Just leave the jeans at home, and you’ll be fine. I’ve rounded up some more options for you below, and many of them are on sale!
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photos: Alison Cornell