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Style 4.0: How to Dress for Graduation Season


Whether you’re a graduate or you find yourself at a graduation ceremony or celebration this summer, don’t let your fashion sense be the road less traveled. For those who need some extra credit in style, let our Summer Collection perk up your grad fashion game.

For the Graduate First, congratulations! Graduation is a milestone and one of the highlights of your life, so you should look the part. Unfortunately, your graduation gown typically has as much shape and style as an oversized potato sack. However, you can look good under your gown and let your style peek out. Try a pop of color with a dress shirt in a bright summer color, like melon or lavender. Not feeling that bold? Choose classic colors, like yellow and blue, and opt for brighter shades to reflect the warm summer months. Top it off with some snappy accessories to add texture and interest to your outfit. Pair a yellow shirt with a blue paisley patterned tie. For a blue shirt, put a patterned berry tie on display.

Along with well-fit pants, step up your shoe style with a pair of our Italian leather two tone side tie oxfords. You will be walking across the stage, right? Remember, the gown will come off at some point for photos with your friends and folks, so no detail is too small. Let this style advice follow you to your graduation party and, more importantly, to your job interviews.

For Friends and Family of the Graduate
While the pomp and circumstance may not be for you, there is no reason to let your fashion sense take a summer vacation during graduation season. Whether you’re sitting in an outdoor stadium or in a packed auditorium, you can stay cool in looks and temperature by donning a striped seersucker suit. Made of slightly puckered cotton, the fabric is breathable in the heat of a packed audience and resists wrinkles from sitting down during the ceremony. Not in the mood for a suit? Choose a jacket in a bold pattern, like our blue and navy linen and cotton sport coat. Add a light colored short sleeve polo collar sweater underneath, solid flat-front tan slacks, and a patterned silk pocket square for your final touch.

If you are attending the post-ceremony celebrations, look casual in our linen short sleeve sport shirt. Choose a mint green shirt to pair with slacks or our pure linen pleated shorts in ivory or natural shades. You will be feeling cool as you mingle with friends and dole out real-life lessons to the new grad. Graduation is an event that will be vividly captured not only in your memory, but also by many cameras. Make it an event to be proud of and dress your best.

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