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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

June 6, 2012

Sarah Stright: Some cool, casual fashion ideas for graduation parties

NEW CASTLE — It's graduation season!

May and June mark the end of one journey and the beginning of another for so many. And with this comes the opportunity to celebrate. So what do you wear to honor these new grads? Oftentimes these parties are fairly casual and dressing comfortable, easy, and for the scorching weather is important.

Let's base these clothing options on the time of day the parties are being held.

First up, a day party. Usually the most important obstacle to deal with during the day is the heat. For women, battle the heat in a cute but comfortable cotton dress. Bright (even neon) colors are so popular for summer, so the brighter the better!

Cute, but comfortable sandals and simple accessories, like a great hat to shield you from the sun, are all you need. For men, a simple polo shirt, comfortable cargo shorts and boat shoes will keep you cool while you enjoy the party.

For a night-time party you can kick things up a notch. Women, take out your favorite pair of dark wash denim in whichever cut you prefer (just make sure they're flattering to your body type. A boot cut is the most universally flattering). Add to that a pretty tank and bring a cardigan to toss on top as the temperatures go down.

For the men, a great fitting pair of dark denim paired with a relaxed long sleeve button down will look very cool. Top this look off with great loafers and you're ready to party!

Now all that is left to do is celebrate! Honor the graduates for all their hard work and look great doing it.

Daytime Graduation, Women

Dress, Kohls

Hat, Forever 21

Bag, Forever 21

Shoes, Gap

Bracelets, Target

Daytime Graduation, Men

Shirt, Gap

Shorts, Old Navy

Boat Shoes, Piperlime

Belt, Old Navy

Watch, Macy's

Sunglasses, Macy’s

Night-time Graduation, Women

Shirt, Kohl’s

Jeans, Target

Cardigan, Kohl’s

Shoes, Banana Republic

Bag, Forever 21

Bracelets, Forever 21

Necklace, Forever 21

Night-time Graduation, Men

Shirt, Old Navy

Jeans, Old Navy

Shoes, Piperlime

Watch, Macy’s

Belt, Old Navy

(Do you have any fashion questions for me? Email me at I'd love to help you look and feel your best.)


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