How to Dress for a Military Graduation

Updated: Feb 7, 2021

How fancy are these things? Was my prom dress appropriate? A summer dress? Just a nice shirt and some capris? All these questions ran through my mind and now that I went to his graduation, I can give some solid advice. 

When I got to his graduation, I settled down in my seat and took a look around. I’m not kidding when I say there were all sorts of attire. One girl looked like she just got back from the club (really tight, short dress, stilettos). Another Navy mom just came in a plain t-shirt and jeans. Some wore dress pants and a shirt while others wore summer dresses. One sailor’s wife a few rows in front of us looked like she literally just rolled out of bed.

But here’s my advice: dress in your Sunday best.

If you wouldn’t wear it to church or to a special family occasion, don’t wear it. If you’re grandma wouldn’t approve, don’t wear it. If you’re dad would make you go upstairs and change, don’t wear it.

Look like you care about the occasion! Graduating anything from the military is a big deal. It means something was accomplished. So, be respectful and show your support by dressing appropriately. You won’t be the center of attention and you shouldn’t try to be. Your sailor should be the center of attention.

However, you will be standing next to them and they will be in front of classmates and other higher ups so don’t look like a train wreck.

 I opted for this:



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A floral print romper with black wedges and the anchor necklace Taylor bought me for Christmas. It fell under the sunday best catergory, was comfy and respectful. Perfect!

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Dress for the Weather! Sometimes these graduations can get quite lengthy! Make sure you consider the weather and maybe what to bring or not to bring for the occasion.

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