Fashion: Graduation Dress

Oh, how I dreaded searching for a graduation dress! I hate looking at myself in mirrors, hate being photographed, my body confidence is pretty much rock-bottom currently. The thought of having to find an outfit which will be forever displayed on grandparents walls was terrifying.

 photo IMG_2066_zpslt1zobzc.jpg photo 2016-07-11 21.19.46_zpsqsfszhwq.jpgThen there was the constraint of finding something ‘appropriate.’ Graduating in the cathedral meant I didn’t want anything revealing, wanted a decent length. I wanted something that would blend in or complement my hood colour (a soft grey – quite nice as it happened!). Oh, and I desperately wanted something that fitted. Seeing as 90% of my wardrobe doesn’t right now.

Seemed like an impossible task, right?! Turns out I was on a roll back in April – I managed to find my wedding dress (!), summer ball dress and graduation dress all within the space of a few days!

 photo 2016-07-14 12.00.10_zpsdilekjdd.jpg photo 2016-07-14 12.00.17_zpsqvpvpwqs.jpg photo 2016-07-14 11.59.39_zpsg4vsvmnq.jpgMy graduation dress came from Next, one of their featured brands called Little Mistress (also available from House of Fraser and, I think, ASOS). Originally priced at £55, it’s now much cheaper (typical) but  personally felt the material and fit to be superior even for the higher price. A silky polyester blend, fitted even to my waist, with a flattering wrap skirt, the length was perfect for my height. The colour blended with my hood, and went perfectly with my favourite makeup look. Definitely a good buy!

I accessorized with a bright pink cardigan (Tesco) and some black court shoes (Peacocks, which crippled me with a horrific blister despite wearing them in). I was also lucky enough not to have to carry a bag, however regretted this halfway through the very long (and unfortunately very boring) ceremony – how I would have loved to have my phone with me!
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What did you wear to your graduation? Did you dread finding a dress too?

  • Sophie

    Ah you look so lovely! The dress was such a good choice.
    A Story of a Girl

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you – I loved it! x

  • You look lovely – the dress goes so well with the rest of the outfit! Nice colour of hoods too! I love seeing what people wear to graduation and have just packed my outfit ready to head off to Bristol for tomorrow’s ceremony. I’m in two minds about a bag right now though (typically last minute haha) – I kind of want to have a couple of bits with me, but also don’t want to have to be carrying anything. We’ll see what I decide on…
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you – and congratulations to you too Dr Jennifer! x

  • Clare Purdy

    Love the dress…. are those pockets??

    • ninegrandstudent

      Oh yes, I forgot that very important detail – the dress has pockets! Was so useful for hiding my phone and ID without carrying a bag all day! x

  • You look gorgeous! I love the dress – it is modern, and sophisticated which is exactly what you need for graduation! Graduating in the cathedral was such a special experience, I hope you had the best day ever – you looked amazing.

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much – it was surreal but so lovely! x

  • Mine was SO hard to find, my PhD robes were stupid colours. In the end I went for a black dress that had a floral pattern on it so it would look alright. Anything else would be weird! I love the dress that you picked 🙂

    • ninegrandstudent

      You looked lovely, I loved your dress – though I wouldn’t have relished the idea of finding one to look right with your robes aha! x

  • Beautiful dress choice, you look so pretty in it. I love the brand Little Mistress, I picked up my first ever floral suit from there.

    Lady Law Student

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you – I’m definitely going to browse more of the brand! x

  • ninegrandstudent

    Thank you so much! x