Con ‘graduation’!

After years of hard work and dedication, it’s finally time to celebrate with friends and family at the most anticipated event of the season…graduation dinner and dance. Amongst cramming for finals and putting the final touches on that last assignment, choosing the picture-perfect dress can be a daunting task.

Last year, we embraced a modern version of the graduation dress in a two-piece gown with a crop top bodice and a high-waisted ballgown skirt. This year, we’re turning up the heat with plunging necklines and open-back gowns. We fell in love with this Jovani gown from After Five – $1050. The ivory gown is delicate and stylish with its tonal beading and open back – two features in high demand this season. Pair it with these Eventually Mules in silk satin from Stuart Weitzman – $550. Add a little glitz with a custom letter embellishment on the side – $125.

After finding this season’s IT dress, it’s time to curate the rest of your look…head to toe. Bring on the pamper package! Half of the fun of graduation is getting ready, right?

Pro tip: Don’t forget to make appointments in advance for your hair, make up and any miscellaneous spa services you may need.

With this look, choose an up-do that shows off your neck and shoulders to draw attention to the open back of the gown. Scour Pinterest for ideas of what you’d like done and take them with you to your appointment at Fresh & Co.

As for make up, a natural look with a hint of sparkle would draw from the palette of the dress beautifully. Before booking your appointment, visit different make up artists to make sure you find someone who can make your vision come to life. Show your make up artist a photo of the dress – let them draw inspiration from the tonal beading and the delicate flow of the skirt.

Pro tip: If you don’t know where to start looking, our picks are Murale and the Hudson’s Bay cosmetic department; with a range of cosmetics, they’re guaranteed to have something to match your style.

Congratulations to the Grad Class of 2018!

~ Sarah Silvers

AFTER FIVE

STUART WEITZMAN

FRESH & CO SALONS

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