Fashion and non fashion tips for your graduation day
There is no happier feeling than seeing your nameÂ on the final graduation list. The thrill that you get knowing that the efforts and sleepless nights you put in studying are finally getting rewarded. I graduated in December last year and to save you from some of the hassles I went through here is a list of what you should do to ensure a smooth running on your big day.
During pick upDue to unavoidable circumstances, I graduated few months after most of my mates hence I went to pick my gown alone. Do not do that unless your campus has mirrors in every room. Picking the right gown is an essential thing since it will determine your mood during the graduation: Good gown=positive energy, Bad gown=negative energy. Hence you need a friend to be there with you to at least check and affirm that you look nice in the gown you have picked. And for the ladies when you are trying on the cap make sure that the hairstyle you have will be the one you graduate in or at least something similar to that. I saw one girl who had a straight weave when picking the cap and had a curly one during graduation hence the cap did not fit.
After pick upOnce you have the gown, make sure it is clean and ironed then cover up it up before putting it in the closet. (Always good to be safe)
The outfit and shoesI wore an animal print knee lengthÂ dress and a pair of Bianca heels. During the graduation, I was seated next to a lady who was wearing a pair of jeans. Maybe she was going straight to a club or something but she looked too casual. This is your day, you better shine! Dresses are the absoluteÂ best to wear but make sure your dress is short and fitting since the gown is already big. Do not worry about showing too much skin, most of the gowns are usually long and only the occasional wind will expose your legs. However, if you want to break from the normal and suit up like Janelle Monae, that is totally acceptable too and since wearing a suit is totally standing out grab the opportunityÂ and go all the way and add a tie. Good luck thoâ€™ people might stare.
For the shoes, two types of heels work best; The platforms and wedges this is because both offer enough support to the person wearing them. However, please save yourself the embarrassment of tripping and falling if you are not used to rocking heels.
For the gents, an official outfit is an optimum option but make sure itâ€™s well ironed and absolutelyÂ fitting. Switch things up a little bit with a pair of knee length boots or AnkaraÂ shoes if they are available.
Hair and make upI had a shoulder length loose curls weave. However, I was very cautious not to take my cap off as I was not sure I could easily get it back on. I know AfricanÂ ladies are nowadays embracing their natural hair more, and that is a good thing. However, you might want to use bobby pins to help secure your cap. Otherwise thin braids or long straight weaves are less stressful. Please do not go to the salon theÂ night prior your graduation day since you will not have a chance to change your hairstyle if the cap does not fit.Â For make-up follow your normal makeup routine and donâ€™t forget to powder your face to avoid looking oily.
For the men, please go for a good shave and avoid putting a lot of oil on your hair. It might melt and that is not good! You can borrow your sisterâ€™s powder and patch your face a little. Some might think powdering up is not masculine. A quick question, would you rather have pictures of an oily you or go a little out of your â€˜normalâ€™ and touch up?