May 30, 2008

Graduation Dresses II

Of course my thoughts on graduation dresses could not all be expressed in just one post. I do love to overanalyze things and this is a topic that has occupied my thoughts for quite some time now (in between, 'Why oh why, is paper writing so hard? It should've gotten easier after four years...'). So here are some more of my thoughts:
Usually the saying goes, 'when all else fails, turn to the LBD.' I think graduation is the exception, because it would just be so...black! But if you must, I think these black dresses with some prints and patterns would be a great option to offset the blackness (left: Donna Ricco, right: Cynthia Steffe). I actually quite like the Cynthia Steffe. The cutting is simple and the pattern is subtle but interesting.
In the case for graduation, I think the saying should be, 'when all else fails, turn to the white dress.' Here we have a very classic white dress from Theory (left). Maybe you can add personality to it with some accessories? The other day, I saw graduation pictures of people with pearl necklaces and matching earrings, and it looked very elegant. For a bit more fun, this dress from Carmen Marc Valvo (right) is cute.
Of course, all else has not failed yet. You might want to go to the other extreme and go for bright florals. That would definitely brighten up the gown. The thing about graduation dresses, is that they should be daytime, but not too casual, maintaining a bit of modesty and decorum.
That is a hard line to balance. You'd notice that I haven't picked anything too revealing nor too casual so far. The trick for floral dresses is to choose one with a clean cutting so it won't look too much.
You can also take a book from my page (I think I've decided on wearing my purple Marc by MJ dress from the last post) and go for a dress with a simple cutting but a bold color. I LOVE the simple yet elegant cutting of the blue Burberry dress (left), even though this blue is not my best color. My best color is of course, purple, like this purple on the Rory Beca dress (right).
I know I said nothing too low cut, but if you can carry it off, I LOVE this purple Nanette Lepore dress (left). The details are just so feminine and PRETTY. On the opposite end, there is this bolder block dress (right), from Theory. Whichever one suits your personality better.
Another great summer color (especially for SS08 as it is THE color) to think about is yellow. It is summery, refreshing, not too girly nor too dark and just super fun. There is this simple one from Vince (left). But personally I ADORE this yellow block dress from T Tahari (right). My friend got this (and I hope she keeps it!). The cutting is simple and elegant, and the block colors highlight the cutting of the dress, making it even more flattering for the wearer. Come to think of it, I want a yellow dress like this too!

Image Source: Saks, Nordstrom, Shopbop and Bloomingdales

48 Comments:

Anonymous savvy gal said...

I like the purple/blue dress. They just seen so regal and so appropriate for a big event like the graduation.

5/30/2008 10:05 PM  
Anonymous lovestoshop said...

I just bought a couple of summer dresses, one being for graduation, at goldyn--they have a great website definitely worthwhile to check it out, I've found some incredible clothes on the site

5/30/2008 10:52 PM  
Blogger Pretty For Destiny said...

The Theory colour block is so crisp looking, and I love the two you picked from Burberry and Rory Beca! The best thing about these is that you'll be able to wear all through the summer, and they would look great with some black tights in the fall. Nice choices!

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5/30/2008 11:09 PM  
Blogger Debbie Shiamay said...

I love the floral dresses here! They're all actually real pretty.

5/30/2008 11:18 PM  
Blogger realist's revenge said...

I LOVE the dress that is next to the white Theory dress. The white one with the black pattern creeping up the skirt and the black belt. It says adult but playful and not bridesmaid.

5/30/2008 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graduation means sitting for a very long time in an uncomfortable chair, perhaps on a soggy lawn, in the hot sun or rain, unless yours is indoors, but you still need to plan for comfort. There is a photographer to snap your picture during the ceremony so you need to think about what the neckline will look like. No tshirts guys!

5/31/2008 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's allowed, consider that fashion essential, a small fanny pack, or some type of small bag to wear under your gown to hold your camera, phone, gloss, and snacks, or whatever else you might need. A college graduation I attended recently lasted four hours!

5/31/2008 12:38 AM  
OpenID DannyDaily said...

i love the the last dress with the colour block. just lovely! and so innocent but flirty and i think just perfect for a graduation :-)

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5/31/2008 10:00 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

Great pics. I wish I had more than 2 grads to go to in my lifetime!

5/31/2008 11:47 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

I love the yellow block dress. Yellow is such a nice color for spring and summer.

5/31/2008 9:11 PM  
Blogger polkadotqueen said...

I definitely think that you can never go wrong with a white dress. Our highschool's graduation actually required all the girls to wear white dresses and all the boys to be in blazers. J.Crew has a lovely selection of cleancut but summery white dresses.

5/31/2008 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've been told to wear something with buttons for graduation so that they can attach the hood, so I was just going to go with a shirt, so with a dress would the hood then sit funnily over the gown?!

5/31/2008 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 4:23--congrats! yes we found out the hood doesnt sit right unless it is attached in front, my daughter attached hers to the zipper pull on her gown because she didnt have any buttons to attach it to. the masters' hood was not really a hood but a scarf or stole that covers the neck in front and drapes over the shoulders and down the back of the gown. it would pull up across the neck too high if not attached in front. hope this helps...

6/01/2008 12:19 AM  
Blogger awongwong said...

i just recently bought my graduation dress at maxstudio. that store is great for summer dresses.

6/01/2008 12:30 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just graduated from University on Friday (Cheers to my alma mater, McGill in Montreal!) and I wore a white cotton Calvin Klein dress that is very similar to the Theory dress... It was perfect for my summery, outdoors ceremony...! Congrats, grads!

6/02/2008 12:11 PM  
Blogger Vins Boutique said...

Just a thought, floral motif is coming back isnt it? Especially in summer dresses and not only in western countries, but asian countries as well. When was the last time it was huge?

6/02/2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

I love the pink floral dress! I too, have been told to wear a shirt with buttons so that I can attach the hood to it, but I am definitely going to wear a pretty dress and bring some pins instead tee-hee! Can't wait!!

6/02/2008 2:52 PM  
Anonymous fashionholic said...

LOVE the dresses with flowers..

6/02/2008 4:09 PM  
Blogger songs_movies said...

I thought florals are out. Good to know they are in again. Nice post, will keep comming back for more. Thanks

6/02/2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous stylebayarea said...

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6/03/2008 7:07 AM  
Blogger Fashion Jesus said...

The violet/white Theory is my favourite. so chic.

6/03/2008 8:26 AM  
Blogger Kizzie said...

The pruple Rory Beca is hot. But gawd, I don't think I could pull it off. Oh well.

6/03/2008 9:31 AM  
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6/03/2008 8:35 PM  
Anonymous fashionfab said...

These posts are so helpful, I have my graduation jewelry--opting for classic pearl posts I got as a birthday gift at Premium Pearl--but have yet to find the dress. If ever in need of great jewelry totally check out premium pearl online--also great for friend's grad gifts.

6/04/2008 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Alanna said...

i picked up this Toupy dress for my college graduation party during the day:

http://www.shopmint.com/mint/product.asp?s_id=0&pf_id=PAAAAAJKKFCLPNFO&dept_id=3255

So cute. I like the idea of brighter colors or white over black/grey for a graduation. It's supposed to be a cebration! I also like that purple/pinkish dress.

6/04/2008 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Lenore said...

I also love the purple Nanette Lepore dress! Great for an outdoor event this summer, when lace and bright colors are so in!

6/04/2008 4:46 AM  
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6/04/2008 7:43 AM  
Blogger K said...

Yay, I'm glad you decided on the purple MJ dress! So pretty!

6/04/2008 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graduation is something you will relive forever, even just though pictures... I say go for something more stand outish when the robe comes off- my friend just bought a gorgeous Gina Velasco for her graduation, and she was by far the most fabulous there... go big!

6/04/2008 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought the best grad dress ever.. It's from this cute trendy online boutique shopgoldyn.com

It dress is this ultra trendy A-line dress with balloon sleeves. It's one of those classic pieces that every women needs in her closet ;)

6/04/2008 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graduation dresses can be tricky. I know I searched high and low to find my perfect dress for graduation a few years ago. I agree that a dress with a simple cutting but a bold color is perfect.

I found a few simple, but still elegant dresses on shopgoldyn.com. I especially like the ADAM tuxedo dress in white.

6/06/2008 2:46 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

i love all of these dresses! yay for summer!!!

6/06/2008 5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a guys perspective I like the yellow dress towards the bottom.

I myself work in the silk tie business and yellow is considered a warm and cheerful color. In men's fashion, in particular neckties, this color is reserved for the spring. It matches well with other light colors such as tea greens, most light blues, and coral red.

6/12/2008 5:06 AM  
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7/17/2008 10:14 AM  
Anonymous deepika said...

When it comes to graduation dresses for girls, the choice is innumerable. Based on the event, girls can opt for short and casual dresses or gowns in preferably light colors and accessorize these with jewelry, hat or a nice purse.
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9/20/2008 12:09 AM  
Blogger Pursuit of Matching Accessories said...

I have my college graduation coming up in May and I have been agonizing over what dress to wear. Loved this post!

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Anonymous Fashion Bug said...

Some of the posts here are questioning the floral motif. I think that's sort of come back. I've noticed that abstract floral-type patterns have become very popular.

2/09/2010 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im graduating this april, and i really liked all this dresses. but my problem is I have a big scar on my legs. how can i wear one of this dress if i have scars, it will expose my scars. can anyone give me suggestions to cover up my scars and wear this kind of dresses? please help. i want my graduation to be memorable in a good way and not bothered about my scars. thanks a lot.

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Blogger Eric said...

I love the yellow eyelet dress. It's beautiful! I really like most of the dresses you have here. I agree as well, no LBD for graduation.

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