Whether you’ve got your own sense of personal style on lock or are still figuring it out, dressing up for big milestones in your school career can be stressful. Plus, the most important ones come back-to-back: prom arrives first, with graduation just a few weeks later.
The good news? Dressing up for each can be fun and even easy, as long as you’re prepared. Here’s what you need to do now to make sure you look fresh at the end of the school year.
There are a few items you need on prom to look the part, all of which you can adjust to suit your own style. Then, there are optional items that you can include if you want to inject more personality.
It’s traditional to match your date. However, being too matchy-matchy can feel outdated. Likewise, it’s easy to get wrapped up in matching the theme of the dance. Instead, aim to acknowledge your date’s outfit or the theme with small accessories.
For example, if your date is wearing purple, you might add a pocket square with purple detailing. It doesn’t have to be the same shade. If the theme is a masquerade ball, you might wear socks with masquerade masks on them. This gives a nod to tradition without taking away from your own style and personality.
Not afraid of color? Go with a full head-to-toe look centered around one color. We love this pink three-piece suit. Pair it with a neutral white shirt, coordinating tie and pocket square, and brown leather shoes.
An all-black outfit makes for a bold yet understated look. Go with a fitted black tuxedo or a black suit. To really make a statement, wear a black dress shirt, tie, and shoes. Play with different textures to make it interesting.
Wearing suit separates allows you to add the most personality. Go for a suit jacket with a nice pair of chinos, a colorful dress shirt, and a fun tie to match.
Getting dressed for graduation can be tricky, especially since the venue and post-grad events can vary widely. However, there’s a simple formula you can use to get dressed and still look dapper.
A tailored navy suit is the perfect choice for formal daytime graduations. Pair it with a white dress shirt, then add a tie that includes your future school’s colors. Add black dress shoes, a nice belt, and a watch to complete the look.
A tan suit is a touch less formal. Look for materials like linen or cotton to keep cool if your graduation ceremony is outside. You can also do a beige suit jacket with navy or light gray dress pants. Pair it with a white dress shirt, patterned tie, and dark brown loafers.
Pair a dark gray suit jacket with the chinos of your choice - just about any color goes with dark gray. Draw eyes with a patterned pair of dress socks or a nice pair of white sneakers.
Shopping for your prom and graduation essentials? Be sure to check out Franky Fashion for trendy suits, the latest accessories, and the best quality shoes.
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