I’ve had some requests for what to wear to your child’s graduation, so I thought I’d tackle that topic today. You can pretty much find everything you need at Nordstrom. From dresses to blouses and pants, from shoes to accessories, they have it all!
I put together two outfits that I think would work well for most graduation ceremonies, but you can dress up a bit more if you want to. Here are two looks I styled for what to wear to a spring wedding that could also work for graduation ceremonies, if you need something more formal.
In my experience, high school graduations are a little more casual than college, so I styled two looks that are similar to what I wore to my kids’ high school graduations.
The first look features a casual dress that I would typically wear with sneakers or flat sandals for errands or casual get-togethers with friends, but I think it works for a graduation too.
The drawstring waist gives it a bit of structure, and the flutter sleeves are a trendy touch. The fabric is a really nice slub jersey in a rayon/polyester blend, and there’s a subtle texture to it.
It’s cool and soft and comfortable, perfect for outdoor venues or warm climates. You could bring a white denim jacket along for an extra layer of warmth.
These wedge sandals are a great way to elevate a casual dress. I really like how this pair has the combination of sandstone leather in the back and a canvas braided strap in the front, but there are other color combinations available.
The jute-wrapped heel keeps them summery, and they should give you enough stability if you end up walking on grass or turf. These sandals they run true to size; I’m wearing the 8.
I like the crossbody for events such as this because you might be standing around for a while, and it’s lightweight and easy to manage.
My second look features white jeans and a navy top. If your school colors include navy, either of these outfits will be perfect for you! I didn’t try to wear school colors at either of my kids’ high school graduations, but it’s fun if it works out that way.
Peasant style tops are trending this year. This one is nice because it isn’t as long or voluminous as some, and the split neck style is flattering but not too low.
I especially like how the eyelet embroidery and blouson sleeves add texture and femininity to the outfit.
And these jeans are my Good American Good Straight with the raw hem that I can’t stop talking about.
They have good coverage and lots of stretch, and the 27 1/2″ inseam with 14 1/2″ leg opening is the perfect slim straight ankle style to go with all of your spring and summer tops.
These jeans have a high 11″ rise, so I don’t always want to tuck into them. Fortunately this shirt isn’t so long that it needs a front-tuck, so I left it out for a streamlined silhouette.
I’m wearing my regular size 6 in these jeans, but they do seem really tight when you first pull them on. I recommend giving them a little time to break in because they do give a little with wear, and I love how they shape the rear and smooth out the midsection.
These braided block heel slides are very easy to walk in, and they add interest to the outfit without stealing the show.
I wore these a ton last year, and they still look like new. I’m so glad they brought them back. They’re true to size, or size down if you typically do in slides. They also come in other colors.
I accessorized with chunky white hoops and a gold chain link necklace. I feel like these pieces look current without being so trendy that you’ll look dated when you look back at the pictures years down the road.
If you don’t have a graduation coming up this spring, these outfits will also work for church or going out to dinner, or maybe even some work environments.
All the pieces I’m wearing are classics that you can easily mix and match with other items in your closet to maximize the cost per wear potential!
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photos: Alison Cornell