Last week I received an email from my University informing me that I have satisfied all the requirements for my degree, and therefore have the option to attend my graduation ceremony in a few weeks (October 30th to be exact). Of course I was aware of this (that I have successfully completed all courses), but it was not until I read that email that it really hit me. All three years of my university life have really come to an end.
I remember my first day like it was yesterday. Moving in on hall, getting used to not seeing my parents for days, having to cook for myself, and meeting some of the most wonderful people on earth. And, though graduation day will be a bittersweet moment, I'm looking forward to 'adult life' (I'm lying really). You know, working, owning a house, and buying a car. Something like that.

But, on to the point of this blog post...

Upon reading the email, it suddenly clicked to me that I would need to start making preparations - buying shoes, setting a makeup appointment, and my favourite, dress hunting. And since I'm so indecisive, I know I'll probably purchase 2 or more dresses so I can choose when the time comes.
I've graduated before in uniform (no stress with picking out a dress), but my very first high school graduation required me to wear a white dress (see picture above), and because of that, I know how stressful it can be figuring out what to wear and what is appropriate without compromising style. So, to make things easier for you, I'll be sharing a few tips on how you can look your best, but still be graduation ready. My reason for posting this early is so that you have sufficient time to really get yourselves together. Nothing beats being prepared.
I hope this helps, and feel free to email me with any questions you may have, whether it be related to college, graduation, or just general questions.

Choose A Dress That Is Conservative

Graduation is a BIG day for any young woman, and though you may be tempted to wear that too tight, curve hugging dress in your closet, it is important to remember that it is a ceremony that will be attended by your parents, grandparents, and lecturers. That said, a conservative style dress is the way to go. Refrain from wearing anything that is too tight, too short, and anything that exposes too much of your body. My graduation will take place in Jamaica where the sun is everyone's enemy, so I would recommend a sleeveless option like this one below from Betsey Johnson. Afterall, who wants to roast under that big ol' robe? Not me.
 It's not a surprise that your graduation may be followed by dinner or an outing with family and friends. You'll want to ensure that your dress can double up for this occasion as well.

No Time To Trip!

I'm not too sure about you, but one of my biggest fears is walking on that stage. collecting that certificate, then falling flat on my face. Yup, we've all seen those videos, so we know how important it is to choose comfortable shoes that we can honestly manage. It's graduation, so you may opt to not wear flats so as to not distract from a more dressier look. If your choice of shoes is stilettos, I wouldn't advise you to wear heels with a height of more than 4.5 inches, regardless of how great you can rock that runway. Leave the sky-highs for the club. However, if you can't handle the stiletto route, wedges or chunky heels are the next best options since they are often more sturdier than stilettos. Whatever you choose, make sure it's classy and chic, like this pair from Go Jane.

Go For Statement Pieces

Accessories will forever be that little something that adds personality to any outfit, but don't go overboard with them on this day. Not saying you should ditch them overall, but try to choose one statement piece, like the 'Max' Statement Necklace below from Mirina Collections, and keep the rest very simple. Having bangles that create too much noise when clapping, etc. is a no-no. Simple pearl stud earrings are forever a classic.
 [By the way, use the code "ashleigh20" to score 20% off your order total when shopping with Mirina Collections! Check out their 'famous necklaces'.]

(Source: Suburban Renovation)

Ditch The Too Heavy Makeup

There is a time and place for everything, and graduation is not the time for too heavy or too bold makeup. A natural and simple look is best for the occasion. If you're great at doing makeup, that's amazing. If you need to sharpen your skills, practise by watching YouTube videos from now so you do not carry out an experiment on the day, which in some cases, you may just not get it right. Ensure you have your right shade in your foundation and concealer, and all the necessary tools to achieve the look you're going for. If you're unable to do your makeup and can afford it, hiring a makeup artist is a good investment, as long as that makeup artist is a good one.
I love the look below from Leslie Alvarado and how detailed it was. Plus, she gives some very great tips as it relates to graduation makeup!

Do you have any graduation prep tips to share? Please comment below!

If you have already graduated, a major congrats to you and all the best. If you're graduating soon, be sure to enjoy and treasure all the memories.

Enjoy the rest of your week. 

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