On Tuesday, I had the great honour of graduating with the rest of my course mates and friends at the Bournemouth International Centre. It was a tiring but great day, and it was brilliant to walk across the stage, wave to my family, and receive my degree. To be honest, I didn’t have a massive budget to put together my graduation outfit, but in the end I was extremely happy with how I looked during the day. If you’re looking to graduate on a budget, hopefully this will give you some ideas.
Dress: New Look, £28, link here
Boots: Primark, I can’t remember the exact price but they were under £20
Earrings: Flying Tiger, £3
Necklace and Bracelet: Gifts from my grandparents
I was pretty happy with the earrings I bought from Flying Tiger, considering I only purchased them the day before graduation! I did have a back-up pair in case I couldn’t pick up a gold pair, but I’m glad I managed to find these. I didn’t even realise that Flying Tiger sold earrings, so it was a nice surprise to pick them up.
I was also extremely happy with my dress. I tried on four different dresses in New Look, and after a lot of deliberation the burgundy dress was the one I picked. You can’t see in the photos, but this dress has small cap sleeves, which I like because I get self conscious about the top of my arms. I also really like that the dress has a tie at the back, which helped to emphasise my waist…again, not particularly visible with the graduation gown over the top, but it still acted as a confidence booster.
The boots were pretty comfortable to wear, considering I only took the label off of them on the morning of the ceremony! The heels were chunky which meant they were easy to walk in, and not too high so there was no risk of me falling over on the stage. They had gold detailing on the heel, which matched all of my jewellery and made them look and feel a bit more special.
I hope my #OOTD has given some of you some inspiration! Did you find any bargain graduation buys this year? Let me know your thoughts on my Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below this post.