What to Wear to Your Child’s Graduation

I’ve been getting a TON of questions like this one in my inbox:

“My son is a senior as well and we have six weeks to go! I would love to hear your ideas about what a mom should wear. I’d like to be put together and cute, but not ‘over done’. We will be attending a Baccalaureate Service, Commencement, various grad parties, and then we will be hosting a party for our son at our house.”

Wow, that is a lot of events! Our main event is Commencement, and then there may be a backyard family gathering at some point. My son doesn’t want a party, but we may throw him one anyway.

For this post, I’m focusing on dresses to wear to Commencement, but I would also wear a dress like these to a Baccalaureate Service if we had one.

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I’m not even sure what I’m wearing yet — I haven’t thought that far ahead. I have five weeks, so there’s time, but I probably need to get on the ball. If all else fails, I’ll wear my Easter dress.

Basically, I recommend wearing something you might wear to church. Depending on your area, the level of formality may vary a bit, but around here people are pretty casual. I made my rounds to my favorite retailers to find some dress suggestions, and wow, it’s not as easy as I thought! I feel like the department stores are picked over, but I found some good options at the smaller chain stores.

For those of you still looking, here are some suggestions.

I hope that’s helpful!

As far as graduation parties go, all of ours are super casual. If it’s in someone’s home, I’d wear a fun spring top or sweater with white jeans and maybe espadrille wedges. If it’s a backyard BBQ, then a casual dress or shorts and a cute top and flat sandals.

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