Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation

We’re nearing that season where invitations to celebrations for graduation, bridal showers, weddings, and more appear on the calendar. Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation is sort of an excuse for me to shop around online for pretty options to wear so I hope you don’t mind shopping with me!

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Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation

In my own family, it’s an exciting time since I have a son graduating from law school and a nephew getting married–so many fun parties in the works!

While my daily uniform tends to be rather boring in spring (long sleeve white t-shirts, neutrals, artsy tunics over distressed denim, shift dresses with pockets), I sometimes turn to bolder colors for parties and occasions. This cerise color looks so great with fair complexions, yes?

tie-waist shirtdress in cotton poplin - women's dresses, right side, view zoomed
Tie Waist Shirt Dress, J. Crew.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.

But I also love romantic, flowy florals, and I never thought I would see such a 1990’s resurgence of them in the marketplace! My college-aged niece loves the dresses we were wearing in 1992!

Here’s something that feels very French and festive, and you’ll note I’m leaning toward comfy, casual dresses since the commencement events and parties in my neck of the woods are not fancy affairs.

I have a small collection of 1970’s vintage cuff bracelets sort of like this one below, and they bring back such fond memories!

Heartstrings Cuff Bracelet
Heartstrings Cuff Bracelet, Madewell.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.

I could live in a dress like the blue one below…such an awesome hue!

And a scarf like this makes sense for air conditioned venues and windy evenings.

Stitched Rainbow Stripe Scarf in faded wicker multi image 1
Stitched Rainbow Stripe Scarf, Madewell.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.

Another dress that has a lovely South of France vibe going…I think I may have to throw this one in the cart:

I was feeling Frenchie style the other day when I shared these bistro chairs HERE.

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Do I really need ANOTHER white cotton prairie style dress to wear anywhere and anytime? Wait a sec. I am supposed to be collecting ideas for graduation…darn it.

…it’s just that I’m finding other cute things that could wind up being everyday essentials!

Espadrilles - Beige/leopard print - Ladies | H&M US 2
Leopard Print Espadrilles, H&M.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.

Speaking of everyday essentials, I have been wearing studs from Madewell for years now, and even though they typically don’t offer a wide assortment of options, I seem to like every single design they come up with.

These sandals are sooooooo cute, and I imagine their neutrality will work with every dress here.

I’m seeing shirt dresses with lovely waist ties everywhere, and with the pockets…SCORE.

tie-waist shirtdress in end-on-end cotton - women's dresses, right side, view zoomed
Periwinkle Tie Waist Shirt Dress, J. Crew

A cape scarf! I love these pretty beachy pieces that look so awesome over a plain white tee and light blue faded denim anything.

Rainbow Stripe Cape Scarf
Rainbow Stripe Cape Scarf, Madewell.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.

Here’s another beachy accessory for everyday OR an occasion.

Are you more of a pant suit or jumpsuit type?

Jumpsuits, J. Crew

I love a wide leg linen pant, and while a cropped style is not flattering on me, I’d like to try a paper bag style like these:

Linen pants with espadrilles has my imagination drifting to summer!

Espadrilles with Lacing - Black - | H&M US 1
Espadrilles With Lacing, H&M.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.
Linen Single-Breasted Blazer
Linen Blazer, Forever 21

The feminity and loveliness of these penny ankle strap numbers got me thinking about wearing navy for graduation.

metallic leather penny ankle strap sandals - women's footwear, right side, view zoomed
Metallic Leather Penny Ankle Strap Sandals, J. Crew

But when I see this antique coral and the candy button colors of the beaded hoop earrings, my heart swoons.

Belted Wrap Midi Skirt in antique coral image 1
Antique Coral Belted Wrap Midi Skirt, Madewell.
Fashion Over 50: What to Wear to Graduation…ideas for dresses, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Clothing and lifestyle resources…certainly lovely indeed.

Here’s a pale dress I like, but I would definitely need a serious spray tan to not look washed out in it.

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Do you like a clutch much?

rattan clutch - women's bags, right side, view zoomed
Rattan Clutch, J. Crew

I’m a crossbody girl.

But who can resist a tote?

I have to share this every day intimate item with you because they are an inexpensive find I discovered on vacation. Not only are they comfy – they totally remind me of those track shorts we wore as kids!

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If you missed my recent post with pretty pieces for spring for us over 50 lovelies, give it a whirl RIGHT HERE.

Are you a fashionable type who has plenty of pics of yourself in everyday looks you love? Maybe we could feature you on the blog in my Fashion Over 50 daily uniform series…contact me if you’re interested, and I can send over questions for the interview.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. April 16, 2019 / 7:05 am

    Thanks for the ideas Michele! Iā€™m eyeing the leopard espadrilles. Also do you have a source for your artsy tunics to wear over distressed jeans?
    xo

    • Michele
      Author
      April 16, 2019 / 12:29 pm

      Great post idea! I find them at fleamarkets, the Gap, and everywhere! Thanks for reading. šŸ™‚

  2. Carol
    April 16, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    Beautiful ideas. Wish i was thin to wear the dresses.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 16, 2019 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks for tuning in – I bet there are plenty of styles that would be flattering on you and not the pipsqueak I am. šŸ™‚

  3. April 16, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    I love the shirt dresses always a classic and I tend to buy preppy styles so ginghams and stripes are my thing but you area butterfly so you need Foley, flowery, ethereal. I heard Amazon has some little. Pretties at good price points.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 17, 2019 / 10:12 am

      You rock that look so well. I’ll check Amazon too – so crazy to find even clothes there now. Peace to you, friend. šŸ™‚

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