PAUSE Guide: What to wear to your Graduation

By June 22, 2014PAUSE Guide, Style

Graduation is a very special event after three years of working tirelessly towards your degree, which means you have got to be looking your sharpest when it comes to graduating. we at PAUSE have highlighted a few options for you to consider when dressing up for the occasion.

Play it safe. Play it smart.
All traditionalists will say you have to wear a suit for the day. Whether it’s two or three-piece, a suit is the safest option for your graduation, however who likes to play it safe? If you do want to go for a suit, maybe steer away from the black suit and white shirt combination and try something different. A bold one-colour suit will make a strong statement, as well as a patterned suit such as chequered and floral. If a statement suit is a step too far, add something new by choosing a patterned or textured tie and colourful pocket square. Topman have just launched their ‘It’s More Than Just a Suit’ campaign and is a great place to start.


Smart casual
Not a fan of wearing suits? There are other options that you can consider for your graduation day. You could wear a shirt and then skinny fitted trousers, match up a basic tee with a blazer, or perhaps some patterned trousers and basic plain t-shirt. There are a number of combinations that you can experiment with for your smart casual look.
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There are those of us who like to break all the rules when it comes to big events. We see plenty of daring outfits at LC:M and LFW and your graduation can be treated the same. You may want to be remembered when you graduate for what you wore on your graduation. Below are some daring outfits people have managed to pull off.


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PAUSE felt that shoes deserved a section to themselves. There are so many options and styles when it comes to shoes and picking the right pair is an important decision. When wearing a suit, smart shoes such as brogues and loafers are good choices, yet you may want to try something different like pairing up trousers with trainers. Other styles that you could look at are slip-ons and desert shoes.

So, which option would you rock for your graduation?

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Words: Jordan Bunker

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