Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Last week I graduated from University of Southampton. I found myself having a bit of a 'mare deciding what to wear under the robes. Do I match them with a LBD or do I go bright? I went for the latter and I'm glad I did but I know bright colours aren't for everyone. So I've searched the internet for some cute dresses/outfits that will go perfectly with your robes if you're stuck for ideas.

Black Is Best

Leather Look 2n1 Pencil Dress - Dorothy Perkins (£35)

Pewter Snake Print Platform Peeptoe Heels - New Look (£24.99)

Flip Lock Clutch - Topshop (£38)

A black dress doesn't have to be boring, you can still afford to be a little bit daring with your graduation outfit. The leather look skirt in this pencil dress achieves a slightly edgier look, especially when paired with the snake print heels (very on trend right now). The green bag compliments the look by adding a pop of colour.

Bright Is Right

Crepe Tee Shift Dress - Topshop (£42)

Cream Wedge Sandal - Wallis (£35)

Nude Bar and Tassle Clutch - Miss Selfridge (£18)

If you want to go bright you may as well go all out with orange! This shift dress is perfect for a summer dress and should be worn with pale pink accessories to not overdo the bright look. Wedges look lovely with a shift dress - the pair by Wallis will give some height and comfort (much needed with all the standing around).

Flower Power

Pins and Needles Poppy Cross Back Dress - Urban Outfitters (£55)

Coral Platform Wedges - River Island (£50)

Black Croc Flap Leather-Look Envelope Clutch - New Look (£9.99)

Urban Outfitters is one of my favourite places to look for dresses, particularly in floral print. This dress is a little pricey but is definitely worth it. Wear with coral wedges to match the colour of the flowers and a plain black bag to finish off the look. 

DO: Pack a pair of flats if you're wearing heels. You will be standing up a lot and will need to give your feet a break after the ceremony. 

DON'T: Wear long sleeves. It's boiling in your robes so you'll regret those long sleeves the second you put on your academic dress.

much love, 

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