Dressing for the weather is an everyday challenge, but an even greater challenge when attending an outdoor graduation ceremony. I do not know about you, but when I hear those words, by insides churn in anticipation of having to deal with the all of the struggles that an outdoor ceremony brings up. As the graduation season comes upon us, this is something to keep in mind. Preparing for all things is a must!
May is supposed to be warm and sunny, but sometimes when sitting in the shade or a breeze comes along, a light cardigan or shawl comes in handy. There have been times when the sun is shining, then all of a sudden some clouds move right in front of the sun, clocking its rays, causing a chill because of the lack of beaming. In those moments, an extra layer could help. If the sun is shining so bright that your shoulders might get burned when wearing a sleeveless dress or top, a thin shrug or cardigan can help protect you as well. Plus, the extra layer could double as a pillow to sit on if it is not needed for warmth or sun protection.
Heads are very sensitive to the sun and are the one of the parts of the body most often exposed. It is also a place that people do not typically use sunscreen, therefore is not well protected. Wearing a hat will not only prevent sunburn, but also provide some shade; the bigger the brim, the more shade it will cast over you. Hats are trendy ways of protecting yourself.
Solid heel shoes:
Thinking about the usual school setting, many schools require families to sit on bleachers. While bleachers are really just metal stairs, many types have some openings throughout the structure. This could get someone in a pickle if they are wearing stilettos and the heel gets caught. Walking along gravel or soft grass can also be an issue for thin heels and make it difficult to walk. Also be careful of slide ons as it can be quite frustrating to have your shoe fall off and land under the bleacher if it makes it through one of those openings. Overall, graduations can require a lot of standing and walking depending on the seating situation so take that into consideration when choosing shoes.
Open toes versus closed shoes:
Let your feet breathe as much as possible. If open toe, revealing sandals are not your thing, no fear – consider wearing flats that at least let the top part of your foot breathe. Wearing shoes that completely cover your feet will trap all heat and sweat and be uncomfortable.
Did you know that darker colors attract more heat than lighter colors? Because of this, colors that are lighter in hue, for example, yellow, pink, pale blue, etc., will provide more respite
from the sun than red, brown, or black. The innate composition of the colors contributes to the suns rays so taking color choice into consideration is a must when picking your outfit.
A big purse:
Graduations are long and especially when sitting outside, it is important to be cognizant of hydration. Bring a purse that can hold a water bottle and some snacks (perhaps to share if you are comfortable with that) so that through the duration of speeches and name calling, you stay fed and hydrated. Passing out is dangerous and can potentially be avoided. A purse can also carry extra layers or sunglasses or a hat that are not currently being worn. It can also carry any other item that is necessary for you to have with you.
Graduations can be tricky to dress for. A lot of thought and contemplation goes into choosing an outfit. They are lengthy and require some foresight. Take these aspects and any personal circumstance that affect you into account when preparing for a graduation ceremony. You will thank yourself later!