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Old 04-26-2010, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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I'm not sure what to wear for my daughter's college graduation May l5th. Not liking the styles I see out there these days. A dress or skirt? Anybody have any ideas - we're in Wisconsin so it probably won't be too warm!!
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Slacks with a nice top and a jacket would seem good to me.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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I'm not sure what to wear for my daughter's college graduation May l5th. Not liking the styles I see out there these days. A dress or skirt? Anybody have any ideas - we're in Wisconsin so it probably won't be too warm!!
That's an awesome question! ME TOO! Not Wisconsin...Boston. Who knows, cold, cool, comfortable, rainy...??? I have NO clue what to wear. And like you, what's up with the styles right now? Have they not watched What Not to Wear? LOL Maybe we will both get some suggestions here...
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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Yes, I agree Deef - let the suggestions come~ we've actually had snow in May!
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Definitely slacks and a jacket with comfortable shoes. Congrats to your daughter. If it's outside, you might also have gloves with you.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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I'd go with a light-colored sheath and jacket, or a suit with a skirt. This will be in the daytime (yes?), so dark colors are probably too severe.

Jones New York Skirt, Watercolor Floral Pencil - Skirts Suit Separates Suits & Suit Separates - Women's - Macy's

I'm not crazy about the floral skirt, but I like the pink twinset. It would look pretty with a pencil skirt and some pretty sandals.

A couple things to think about:
- Is this outside? Will there be shade? (in other words, will you need a hat?)
- Will you be climbing lots of stairs? (Factor that in when choosing shoes.)
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have been to both of my kids' college graduations.
One in PA (indoors on bleachers), one in NY (outdoors in cold weather).

Very few ladies dressed up. I can count on one hand the dresses/skirts at each.
Pants were the order of the day, as comfort is key.

Noone focuses on the parents any way... it is all about the graduate!
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I've been to three graduations in recent years--two college and one graduate school. In each case I was wearing either a suit or a sports coat with a tie. A large percentage of the parents, if not the majority, were dressed more casually than I was.

I think any of the suggestions you've received so far would be fine. For me, even though I was on the upper end of the style continuum, I thought it was appropriate considering the accomplishments we were recognizing.

Here are a couple of examples:




http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs112.snc1/4669_79677508457_604098457_1859491_4791931_n.jpg (broken link)



http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs022.snc1/4253_614980876392_16112706_36010014_1894615_n.jpg (broken link)
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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Ok so it seems slacks are the concensus - only really questioned it as I don't have a job where I dress up, therefore don't have what you would consider "dressier" things. BTW it is inside - sorry I didn't mention that. Thanks for the suggestions and for pics of previous poster!!
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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I am graduating at the end of May in Boston in an indoor ceremony and the general consensus among my friends' mothers/grandmothers is a nice dress/ blouse-skirt combo or dress slacks with a nice blouse. Fathers (and my brother and boyfriend) are all wearing suits.

Previous commencement ceremonies have shown the mothers to be very dressed up in honor of the occasion, but that might just be the culture at my school.
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