Graduation Garden Party Etiquette Guide

Graduation Garden Party Etiquette Guide
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    Choosing the wrong attire can be a shame when you’re attending an event to mark the end to your college career.


So to help you make this important decision, we’ve put together this graduation garden party etiquette guide.


The most important thing to understand before you rush out and purchase your graduation garden party outfit, is that it is a distinctly formal affair. No matter how casual the invitation implies the event will be, your graduation garden party is a chance to celebrate with your friends, family and college professors. It is, therefore, an inherently formal occasion.

Casual dress is, therefore, not appropriate for an event that carries so much prestige. If you’re undecided with regards to your outfit choice, always err on the side of smart; it removes the likelihood of any embarrassing moments.


A sharp, well fitted suit is the obvious choice. While colours such as black and blue are timeless classics, given the time of year that the party will be held, you could make a stylish statement with a linen suit instead.

A lightly coloured linen suit, with an equally light-toned shirt and no tie is the perfect way to dress impressively, while retaining an air of casualness. A pair of dark brown shoes is the perfect accompaniment to a style that is both impressive and comfortable, and as you’ll be mingling for hours, comfort is an asset that should be prized.

If you’re not planning on wearing a suit, a nice pair of lightly coloured chinos along with a contrasting darker shirt, is also a great option.


Knowing what to wear to your graduation garden party prove a bit of a conundrum for women. The formality of the occasion implies that a stylish dress is the way to go, but as the event is being held outdoors during the summer months, the usual array of evening gowns will be unsuitable.

If there is one golden rule for women, it’s this: don’t wear a dress that’s too short. Tight-fitting cocktail-style dresses are not to be worn under any circumstances. They may look great and be appropriate at your graduation ball, but perhaps not when you’re milling around conversing with your friends’ parents and your former college professors.

A more appropriate choice for your graduation garden party is long dresses, which are comfortable but can also be very stylish. With Mad Men, 60s chic all the rage, opting for a long, floral-print shift dress is a dead-cert for ensuring you’re on trend.

When it comes to shoes, heels may be tempting, but the potential for slapstick accidents on the garden party lawn make high heels a bad idea. Instead, opt for kitten heels, stylish ballet shoes or wedges. Comfort should be prized: four or five hours spent making the rounds will certainly leave you exhausted if you don’t select comfortable shoes.


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