Graduation ceremony

(22 Posts)
margotfonteyn Tue 19-May-09 13:08:38

What does Mother of the Graduate to be wear to the ceremony thing? Have ghastly feeling is akin to a wedding, please tell me I am wrong. Looks like quite a formal do. Will force suggest DH wears his 'nice' linen suit.....

LouLovesAeroplaneJelly Tue 19-May-09 14:39:51

To mine my mum worse a nice dress with heels. Mine was during the day though. Kind of a fancy lunch with the ladies kind of outfit she described it as.

RustyBear Tue 19-May-09 14:45:14

I've been wondering this too - can't remember what my mum wore to mine!
Where's your DC graduating from margot? Mine's from Warwick.

Heathcliffscathy Tue 19-May-09 14:46:33

something you feel fab in. not jeans. think that's probably it.

TheRealMrsJohnSimm Tue 19-May-09 14:55:39

Agree with sophable.....needs to be something you feel fab in. I seem to remember there was a whole mix at my graduation (Hull) from "mother of bride" type outfits (really hmm ??) to more smart-casual items. If you love dresses then I would treat yourself to a great day dress, otherwise go for a trouser suit.

avenginggerbil Tue 19-May-09 14:59:57

Oxbridge is distinctly mother of the bride/formal suits.

Heathcliffscathy Tue 19-May-09 15:03:57

yeah but even there aveng if you looked fabulous and smart you'd be absolutely fine. there is no need for mother of the bride hideousness in this day and age. even at weddings!

margotfonteyn Tue 19-May-09 15:11:59

Thanks for replies!!!!

I don't tend to wear dresses so was thinking black linen trousers with heels (on shoes obvs not the trousers...) and perhaps new dressy top or new plainish top with new chunky necklace???

At least will feel comfortable, if not fab (too old these days to feel REALLY fab plus daughter is v fab herself....).

(It's the same university as one of Xenia's offspring attends I have noted, now wondering if she'll be there......isn't Oxbridge btw, so not THAT formal)

margotfonteyn Tue 19-May-09 15:12:29

Thanks for replies!!!!

I don't tend to wear dresses so was thinking black linen trousers with heels (on shoes obvs not the trousers...) and perhaps new dressy top or new plainish top with new chunky necklace???

At least will feel comfortable, if not fab (too old these days to feel REALLY fab plus daughter is v fab herself....).

(It's the same university as one of Xenia's offspring attends I have noted, now wondering if she'll be there......isn't Oxbridge btw, so not THAT formal)

margotfonteyn Tue 19-May-09 15:14:24

PS What are you going to wear Rustybear? (Accompanied my widowed mother to Warwick about 29 years ago to my sister's graduation!!)

TheRealMrsJohnSimm Tue 19-May-09 15:14:47

Think your linen trousers/lovely top sound just right, Margot

Have fun.

RustyBear Tue 19-May-09 15:20:56

I have no idea!!!

I will have to go shopping because I've gone down from a 16 to a 12 recently & literally have nothing to wear....

margotfonteyn Tue 19-May-09 15:37:34

Sounds like a good excuse to go shopping, Rustybear, with that weight loss. How lovely!

I am more or less the same weight since before giving birth all those years ago (and twice more) but have changed shape somewhat.... and certainly cannot be arsed to be 'fashionable' any more.

If our ceremony (14 July)is before yours, can report back what to wear

TrillianAstra Tue 19-May-09 15:47:09

"I don't tend to wear dresses so was thinking black linen trousers with heels (on shoes obvs not the trousers...) and perhaps new dressy top or new plainish top with new chunky necklace???"

That sounds just right. I had to hold my mum back from getting a hat because it's just not like that (Cambridge BTW, so one where you might expect things to be on the dressy side), I think she wore a jersey dress with heels in the end.

RustyBear Tue 19-May-09 15:53:12

Mine's the 17th margot, so it might be you who does the reporting!

I do have a lovely rust coloured dress in fairly classic style - it's quite a few years old, but I didn't wear it much before I put the weight on. I always felt good in that, but it's definitely a hot weather dress, so I'll need a back up in case of bad weather.

riju1961 Tue 03-Jun-14 09:26:07

My son graduates in July. I am planning to wear a long dress with a dark pink short sleeve shrug as it's summer. It's a per una with a slight heel shoe. Is this appropriate. Its a jade with dark pinks and purple pattern outlines figure. Can some one help

Ladyhaha Tue 03-Jun-14 21:10:29

Hi, I work at a university and I would say that most people wear summery dresses and heels, but linen trousers certainly won't look out of place. Dress code is definitely less formal than a wedding, don't think I've seen anyone in hats/fascinators etc before (not oxbridge). Graduation week's lovely, so nice to see everyone dressed up and looking so proud. Enjoy!

Waswondering Tue 03-Jun-14 21:15:26

I also work in a uni, and also love graduations.

Just watch your heels ... We have lovely lawns and (floored) marquees full of Pimms .... But there is obviously grass around and about, so perhaps not spiky stilettos, to avoid sinkage!

Have a fabulous day.

Honsandrevels Tue 03-Jun-14 21:22:25

I work in a university (not Oxbridge or red brick!) and there has been a trend in recent years towards more formal wedding type outfits at graduations. A few hats and even fascinators last year.
go for slightly less 'mother of the bride' and choose something smart but confortable as most of the day will be spent sitting in a hot hall.

littlewhitebag Tue 03-Jun-14 21:25:36

I am wearing this with a white jacket and navy heels to my DD's graduation at the end of June.

craftysewer Tue 03-Jun-14 21:25:52

I'm planning on wearing linen trousers with a top, then a long linen jacket for DD's graduation.

allenan Thu 18-Jun-15 10:19:16

There's a formal the evening after graduation at my daughter's college. Will most mums be changing into something more dressy for that?

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