Not My Graduation
It's strange to think my own graduation was four years ago. I remember it well and the outfit I wore became the first post of the old blog I used to write. I remember struggling to decide what to wear as I knew my outfit would perpetually be seen in my graduation photo. I remember concentrating really hard on not falling up the stairs on the way to collect my certificate in the shoes I'd decided to wear! Fast forward to now, and I attended Erik, my boyfriend's, graduation. It took me a while to decide on what outfit to wear but the day was all about sophistication and I definitely didn't feel the same pressure as on my own graduation day.
Although the day wasn't about me, I wanted to wear something elegant and exciting. To be honest, I pretty much live in casual wear so whenever I can dress up in a smart outfit I get pretty excited! I definitely could have been more organised and didn't end up wearing what I'd previously decided on. I'd planned a different outfit in my head but didn't try it on till the day. Turns out, that was a mistake because when I put the skirt on it was a lot shorter then I remember and was definitely not appropriate attire for a family day out! I considered a dress, but all my dresses are black which I thought would be boring (I think I need to invest in some new dresses). I then panicked with only half an hour to decide what to wear so thought it was best to settle on a classic combination of shirt and trousers but with an interesting colour pallet.
The trousers are by Zara (Alternative Here) and are one of my favourite pairs ever. They have survived many a wardrobe sort out and are perfect for adding a little bit of "fashion" to any smart outfit. I don't know about you, but I just love a dog-tooth print and think it automatically looks cool and trendy and is one of the most timeless prints around. I love teaming it with a block colour to make it POP so decided to wear this beautiful shirt by Acne. Every time I wear this shirt I get a compliment because the colour is just so wonderful. The fabric is semi-sheer and breezy making it really comfortable to wear and it was perfect for Friday's weather which was ridiculously humid.
Accessory-wise I wanted to keep it minimalist and stick with the colour theme. I knew it would be another long day of walking around and so decided to wear these blue winkle-piker shoes by All Saints (Similar Here) as they are really comfy but also smart. I've loved these ever since I laid eyes on them and they are my go to smart shoe. I also wore my lip clutch bag by Lulu Guinness which is a classic. The rose gold colour goes with everything and it's such a stand out piece. To finish the look I wore a vintage pearl necklace which once belonged to my Nanny. I thought it was a fitting opportunity to wear it as part of the celebration and have decided I want to bring pearls back in fashion! They are just so classy and I really don't see many people wearing them anymore!
It was a really lovely day spent celebrating with prosecco, a walk along the Southbank and the most food I've ever eaten at The Mayflower pub. I honestly never thought I'd recover from the meal but it was all so yummy and such a nice setting looking out onto the Thames from one of London's oldest pubs. I guess the last thing to say is well done Erik! I'm so, so proud of him for working really hard on his degree. I can't wait for us to both go back to university again from September and be students together!