Ask CF: What Should I Wear to Fall Graduation?

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My name is Morgan. I know it's not typical, but many of us do graduate in the fall. A hard part of that is finding something cute and warm to wear to graduation. Help Please! Thanks!


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Dear Morgan,

It must be so exciting to know that you are graduating so soon! I graduate in the spring and I'm already thinking about what I'll wear. I definitely can see how finding a cute outfit for the colder weather can be hard, and you still want to stay warm - and look cute - for pictures. 

To help you out, I've created 3 fall graduation outfit ideas that will help you stay warm and look stunning when you receive that diploma of yours. Good luck!

Outfit #1


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Long sleeved dresses are my favorite choice for cold weather formal events. A dress like this will flatter your figure and since it has long sleeves, it will help you stay cozy. For extra warmth, try to pick a dress, like this one, that's made of a thicker material.

Now for the extras. Wear tights underneath for an extra layer, and tote a simple black clutch to keep your phone so you can take post-grad selfies. To finish off your look, wear some statement jewelry and a cute pair of black heels!

Outfit #2


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For this look, it is all about the accessories. I still recommend tights because they will keep your legs nice and toasty. Wear a simple blouse or long sleeve tee and a cute dressy skater skirt. (Don't worry; if you get the proportions right, you won't be showing skin - the crop top should either tuck in to or just overlap the skirt.) 

Next, accessorize with some floral accented jewelry. Add on a statement clutch, and put on your detailed high heels for an effortless outfit. Making your accessories your focal points are the key to this look.

Outfit #3


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This look is also all about the accessories, but I've switched things up a bit. Wear a classic long sleeved Little Black Dress, and then pick a pop of color that you would like to add for your accessories. For a fall look, I've chosen a deep magenta. 

The high heels and studded earrings add a pop of color to the outfit. You could pick a colored clutch/handbag, but I chose to stay neutral here. Add on a silver statement necklace and you will be all set.

I hope these ideas have helped, and congratulations on graduating this semester! Kudos to you!

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