What to wear for grad ball - The Inside Pocket

Celebrate the end of your university life in style.

WHAT TO WEAR TO GRAD BALL

CELEBRATE THE END OF YOUR UNIVERSITY LIFE IN STYLE
• WORDS: K. CHUBB

Dissertation done and exams complete, only one important thing left to do before you don your cap and gown, graduate and head off into the real world – the grad ball.

Depending on your university, your grad ball will take place in May or June. Each uni does it a bit differently, but the dress code is always ‘dress to impress’. Whether you want to go for something timelessly stylish or a show-stopping statement suit, the memories (and photos) can last a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to avoid the possibility of sartorial disaster. Fortunately, we’re here to help you get it right.

BLACK TIE

Opting for a dinner suit is a great choice if you want to go for something timeless. The most important tip when wearing this style of suit is to keep things simple. Classic black-tie outfits look best tailored to perfection, so speak to one of our store staff who can help with alterations. Alternatively, reward all of your hard work with a bespoke suit crafted for you in just 30 days with our Tailor Me service.

There aren’t many occasions where you can wear a bow tie these days, so why not make the most of the opportunity? Pre-tied bow ties are great for effortlessly pulling together a formal look – we have plenty to choose from. However, if you really want to push the boat out, go for one of our silk self-tie bow ties. Use our six-step guide to master the technique and you’ll stand out as the guy who knows what he’s doing.

STATEMENT SUIT

Grad ball is a celebration so there’s room to have a bit of fun and show off your personality with your outfit. The term ‘statement suit’ doesn’t necessarily refer to something glittery and flared, complete with sequins and contrast lapels. Well, it could, but we’re talking more along the lines of well-tailored party suit. If you’re feeling bold, choose matching trousers and pair your suit with an understated shirt and accessories to keep your suit the focus point. Alternatively, try teaming your party jacket with a pair of well-cut black trousers and a pair of smart dress shoes.

VELVET JACKET

If it’s good enough for HRH Prince Harry, it’s good enough for you. A velvet dinner jacket is a great way to elevate your look. Team one of our velvet jackets with a pair of well-cut trousers and a smart button-down shirt. When choosing your shirt and accessories, go for a plain colours to set off your velvet jacket. Finish off your look with a smart pair of patent leather shoes for a show-stopping grad ball option.