May 22, 2008

Graduation Dresses I

Four years ago, I never thought 2008 would ever come, let alone June 2008 (my graduation!). I'm not ready for the real world yet (I may never be)! But now that it is fast looming ahead, I figured I should just try to concentrate on one thing for now- convocation! This four hour event (and the piece of paper I will receive at the end) is the culmination of four years of hard (most of the time anyway) work. This is the liminal event that will mark my entry into the real world! For such an important event, I think the PERFECT graduation dress is called for. I know, for most of the time it will be covered by the gown (that is what my mom said anyway), but come on, the gown is NOT exactly very flattering. These days, I've noticed that a lot of people like to take a few pictures with AND without their gowns on during graduation. The thought process began when the SS08 collections started filtering into the stores. I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but I figured that I'd just KNOW once I see it (kind of the same theory I have for men :P). The "moment" came back in March when a friend, HG and I decided to check out the new Marc by Marc Jacobs collection in the store. We ooh-ed and ahh-ed (very discretely of course) over the new collection and then I saw this dress and said, "Ooh, this dress is cute! Hey, maybe I can wear it for graduation!" It was just an offhanded comment, but the idea took root and when I went home, I thought more about it. I certainly didn't want to wear black to graduation- I'd be black enough in my completely black gown and black cap, with my black hair. Purple is not very conventional, but it IS my favourite color and this will definitely stand out from the crowd. Its youthful and it compliments my skin tone perfectly. The style is a bit of retro. I thought I wanted to look classic for my graduation (so my pictures would look timeless), but then my friend said that the whole point of pictures is to remember the event, and therefore I should also remember the fashion during the time of the event too. She had a point. And so, HG and I went back the store and tried it on. It looks great on me! After mulling over this for another month, I finally got it. The only thing is that the chest area (again!) needs a bit of altering. Since the dress is in HK right now and I'm in Chicago though and there's barely any time in between..........that is going to be a problem. I'll figure something out.
At the back of my mind though, I keep wondering if I should stick with something more conventionally graduation like after all. Read: something with a more classic design with a more pastel like, floral or white pattern. Naturally I thought of BCBG. They are currently having excellent sales too! Unfortunately though, the pickings this season are thin- especially in the store! I thought about this dress (left) that so resembles dresses from Marc by MJ and Juicy Couture from seasons past. A friend of mine wore the Marc by MJ version for her graduation and looked cute. And I did absolutely LOVED the Juicy Couture version. Unfortunately though, I thought this one was a bit too short and not very appropriate for the occasion. And so, I turned to this elegant, black and white floral print dress. I actually really like it. It is very proper, classic, feminine and not too black. Unfortunately, it ran out of my sizes online (its on sale!) and it isn't even available in stores anymore.
Then I stopped by the dress floor at Bloomies and tried on a bunch of dresses. I am in LOVE with these two dresses. The strapless one (left: from BCBG, though not available in store or online!),is actually absolutely PERFECT as a graduation dress. It is very simple, elegant and just super pretty. The little bubbly bottom, is just so and adds a bit of the "now" in. It fits perfectly on me too, even though I'm flat. I was hesitant at first though because it doesn't look quite day time and can look a bit prom-like. But today, when I went to "visit" it at Bloomies again, it was GONE. It was such a good sell, that it is SOLD OUT after 2 weeks on the rack and not even on sale (at $300)!!!! Of course, now that it is sold out, it only looks more and more perfect to me!!!! I cannot stop staring at the picture now and mentally hitting myself for not just getting it when I saw it!

The other dress (right) is from Plenty and it is THE most perfectly fitted dress. It is the epitomes of elegance and style. It is feminine and pretty, without exposing too much skin. It looks absolutely GORGEOUS on too. My ONLY problem with it, is the high neck. Nothing against high necks in general- just that it would poke out from under the V neck of my graduation gown, which would not be pretty. This would be THE perfect dress if I had a wedding to go to. Anyone want to invite me to a wedding some time soon?

Image Source: Net a Porter and BCBG

29 Comments:

Anonymous Sandy said...

Wearing white to a wedding? Oh the drama! You may want to wear the Plenty dress to some other event, if you do buy it.

5/23/2008 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Congratulations on your graduation! :) This is totally random but may I ask what course you took in college?

5/23/2008 5:46 PM  
Blogger ipq said...

even if you are not going to wear it to your graduation, get the Plenty dress anyway. it is so hard to find the perfect dress (the one that has the right length, fit, chest -i'm flat chested as well- and sleeves -i have skinny arms-) you shouldn't let it go once you find one. you'll find an opportunity to wear it, and it looks like a classic model which can be worn in the next couple of years as well (unlike the bubble-hem one). you can wear it to an office party or something.

5/23/2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger Tulz said...

What's up with HG? She hasn't blogged for a while. Is she in the middle of exams? Also the one rule about weddings is that you CANNOT wear white. That is the bride's colour!

5/23/2008 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the purple dress best.
And, as others have said, the bride's the only one who can wear white (or cream or ivory) to the wedding. Guess you'll have to find somewhere else to wear the Plenty dress!

5/23/2008 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Noor said...

Oh my god I so regret not getting that Juicy dress! They had it in Bloomingdales yesterday in MY size in black velvet and it was perfect but I was already getting a million things (because of the Girls Night Out sale) so I forgot! And it was on sale with an additional 20% off and 40% off! I'm sad now. :(

5/23/2008 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never wear white to a wedding unless it's your own...inappropriate!

5/23/2008 11:00 PM  
Blogger K said...

I'd go with the purple Marc Jacobs. I've been to two graduations in the last week and judging from those if you wear a black/white ensemble you'll just be one in a sea of millions. The Marc Jacobs is a gorgeous color and totally unique.

5/24/2008 12:29 AM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

oh dear. this just goes to show that i've REALLY not been to a wedding since.....i was six as the flower girl. i have no wedding etiquette. thanks for letting me know about the white/cream rule girls! (save me a lot of future faux pas!)

tulz: yes, HG has been busy with exams lately. but she should be back soon! :)

noor: hey I was at the girls night out sale at bloomies too! great sale last night!

kathy: i study economics in college.

5/24/2008 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Congratulation for your graduation :), and I really like what you are wearing ;)

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5/24/2008 1:33 AM  
Blogger ModernGear TV said...

Did you decide? I love the white, but save it for a wedding...go with the purple is my advice! It's a stand-out, confident colour and very flattering!

5/24/2008 3:04 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I love all the dresses you posted but I absolutely love the purple one. It's very chic and you'll stand out in it but in the best way possible. I have graduation this weekend. I have a cream and silver chiffon 'toga' inspired dress for Bacculaurate from Target and then a jersey, orange BCBG dress for graduation!

5/24/2008 3:14 AM  
Anonymous savvy gal said...

The one on the left is adorable, just perfect. I almost missed my graduation, ended up to be the last one to walk..... Congrat.

5/24/2008 5:09 AM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

i hope you get the BCBG one, it's adorable

5/24/2008 10:18 AM  
Blogger awongwong said...

i'm graduating this june too!
go '08!

5/24/2008 10:35 AM  
Blogger alis said...

2 years after my graduation, I am STILL hitting myself for not getting the plenty by t. reese dress I saw back then. It had a white background with gorgeous oyster prints on it in the prettiest shade of blue and navy. I wasn't on sale, and it was a size too big, but it still burns my heart.

I like the MJ dress but my only concern is the color isn't very summery, paired with black it might look a bit too dark.

5/24/2008 10:53 PM  
Blogger eclair said...

I read your blog all the time but don't usually comment, but I just had to put my two cents in here - PLEASE wear the marc jacobs!!! The other dresses are nice, certainly, and very classic, but you would look so much more chic, directional and elegant (and grown up) in the marc jacobs. The other dresses are very debutante's ball - the marc jacobs is all sassy, sexy graduate about to make her way in the world! It's an amazing dress and I am so envious!!

5/25/2008 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

you would wear a white dress to a wedding? and the length is hardly appropriate...

i like the purple dress you initially picked out. don't you think white for graduation is played out? you would stand out in a purple dress that you feel comfortable and pretty in =)

5/25/2008 8:52 PM  
Blogger Winnie said...

I love the post, mostly because I'm graduating next month too! I'm apparently meant to wear a white shirt and black trousers/skirt. Very boring. Hopefully I will find something more interesting!

5/27/2008 4:26 AM  
Anonymous fabtaste said...

I love the purple Marc dress, I saw shopping the other day and had to buy it! I have these great earrings from premium pearl that I'm thinking of wearing with it--I have a wedding coming up also and was thinking about wearing that?

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Blogger Eric said...

The purple dress is beautiful. The other dresses are more like a closet staple. You should definitely get one.

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