For the Seniors at STM, graduation is fast approaching. If you haven't already decided on your outfit of choice then look no further; this article is designed to help you find the perfect grad outfit. With 2013's bright eye-catching trends, you better believe that this year’s graduation will be a colourful one. From sequined dresses to colour-block ties, there is something for everyone. Here are some simple tips and tricks to look your best for grad!
Lady Knights, let's start off with you. There are five major dress trends this year: the sequined bustier, asymmetrical, cut outs, chiffon, and ombré. If you choose one of these trends to incorporate into your dress, you'll stay in season and avoid looking like you walked out of a crazy fashion photo shoot. Leave the over-the-top, crazy trends to the professionals.
To start, let's talk about embellished bustiers. Now, an embellishment can be anything: sequins, sparkle, glitter, patterns or lace, among other things. Just remember not to go overboard! Instead of sequins coating the entire dress, find a dress that keeps the emphasis on top. A bustier covers your midsection and bust, so, by adding minimal sparkle, it assures that your dress doesn’t steal the spotlight away from you. A great bonus to having an embellished top is that you can keep accessories to a minimum. All you need are some simple earrings and you're good to go!
As for asymmetrical hemlines and necklines, you should go for details that are slightly unexpected. If you’re not sure whether you want to commit to a long dress, an asymmetrical hemline is a great alternative. This style of dress gives you the impression of both a short and long dress. But, if you know what dress length you prefer, try an asymmetric neckline. Asymmetrical straps won’t change your look dramatically, but will definitely add a pop that flatters your curves.
Next, let's talk about mesh cut outs. What could be flirtier than a few peek-a-boos of unexpected skin? Just be careful not to buy a dress that shows off too much. With mesh over the exposed skin, it allows you to expose just enough without having to actually expose anything at all. It keeps the dress classy.
Chiffon is the French word for "cloth" and it is a lightweight, sheer fabric that is currently in season. With this fabric you can elongate any short, party dress! A chiffon overlay creates an illusion of a full length gown, but allows your legs to peek through, which is known as an illusion skirt. This is great for the girls that want to show off their legs in an elegant way.
Want to find that perfect colour but can't decide on just one? Try getting an ombré dress! Ombré dresses are your chance to go for fun colour without doing anything too over the top. Ombré dresses begin with a solid colour and slowly fade into another. Similar colours, like pink and purple or blue and green, create a romantic vibe while contrasting shades like black and red are perfect for an edgier style. Either way, ombré is the way to go when you want colour, and lots of it. It can also be used in an understated way. Having your dress go from white to light pink is a softer, more mature way to pull off the ombré trend.
Now, there are thousands of dresses to choose from and they are all very beautiful, but sadly, when it comes down to it, some girls may show up in the same dress, or at least a similar one. No need to panic! Everyone wears things differently. Whether it's different accessories, makeup or hair, two people can never look exactly alike in the same dress. Don't start stressing out because someone has the same dress as you. Embrace the fact that your dress was too gorgeous to only allow one girl to wear it!
Guys, now it's time for you. Your main goal is probably to look sharp, clean and… manly. That's what we assume guys go for, but then again, no girl really knows. Anyway, here are some simple tips and tricks to get you guys looking your best for graduation night. There is always the classic fitted suit as a fallback, but there are also few trends popping up for the men this season. First and foremost, no "swag". Keep your swagger on hold for the night and trade it for some classic style. This begins with pulling up your pants and making sure no, and I mean NO, undergarments are shown throughout the night. Now that that's settled, it's time to talk about suits.
There are three traditional choices for suit jackets; American, British and Italian. American cut suits are the most comfortable and worn most often by typical males. This style of suit allows you to conform to your natural shoulder shape and keeps things roomy. The down side to this jacket style is that it looks more casual than other types of jackets. If you feel that you want a more stylish outfit for grad, throwing on this type jacket wouldn't be a bad thing. Just don't pair this jacket with casual pieces, or it can look sloppy.
Next is the British cut. British cut jackets have padded shoulders which create the illusion of a smaller waist. By making your shoulders look broader, your waist area will look smaller by comparison. Also, the padded shoulders can actually make you look taller. Amazing what one small change can do! Now, the major fashion element that this jacket has is the dual vent. Dual vents are the two slits on either side of the back of the jacket. Their only purpose is to help sit on chairs or benches without rumpling the jacket. The only downfall to this jacket is that it must be tailored to your body type. This jacket is more difficult to fit, which means more time and money will have to go into getting it altered.
Last is the Italian style. This cut is basically the British style with one minor change; it has larger shoulder pads. These makes your shoulders appear broader and give off a more confident look. With our shoulders being pulled back and brought up, it gives the impression that you mean business. This style embraces a sharp, accentuated shape called "roped shoulder," which makes the shoulders peek up and slightly away from the jacket.
Pants and shirts are by far the easiest element of your outfit. Make sure both are fitted properly to your body shape (you need to get these items tailored) and that they are the proper length. Your pants should expose about three inches of your shoe. Any less than that and you will trip over the excess fabric; any more and your pants will look like they are too short for you. Also, when getting your pants tailored, ask to sit down with the garment on. This will let your tailor know just how much length to take off, since pant legs rise when you sit. You can also determine if the size of your waist band is the most comfortable for you this way. Since graduation takes place during the warmer weather, find a shirt that is made of lighter, more breathable fabric such as cotton. With this, you won’t feel like you're overheating in your clothing. Make sure you pick the colour and pattern that is most appropriate for the look you’re trying to attain.
Last thing - your tie! Do you want a plain, striped, polka-dotted, neon or colour blocked tie? The choice is yours, just make sure that everything flows together with the rest of your outfit. A striped button-up shirt with a colour block tie, for example, would look very strange. A simple tip to remember is to only stick to one patterned item. If your tie has stripes, keep everything else simple with little or no patterns. If you’re wearing a brightly coloured shirt, wear a neutral-toned tie to balance the bold colour. If you feel like you are really struggling, find a friend who can help you out. It’s always good to have a second opinion!
That's it, graduates! I hope these tips and tricks help you find a great grad outfit. Please be sure to look at the pictures below for some ideas!