A graduation is one of those special occasions that we are all likely to attend at some stage or other in life but no one ever really talks about how to dress for such an event.
It's not like a wedding where the general rule if you're a female is never wear white, or that black is usually worn to funerals, or that you should wear a fascinator to the races.
So we've broken down some handy hints and tricks of mothers, parents, friends alike, to help you work out what to wear to a graduation.
No matter what type of graduation it is –school, university, or even kindergarten – it's safe to say that smart casual is what you're aiming for as a guest of the graduate's.
Keep in mind that it may involve spending some time outdoors, perhaps even on grass, so you need to dress appropriately.
Shoes should we sensible but nice and it's probably best to make sure you've got something with you to protect you from the elements in the shape of a shawl or jacket.
As for outfits, think along the lines of what you would wear to a garden wedding or a high tea, rather than a casual dress.
Not overly formal but still something that makes you feel good and shows you've put some effort in – a nice graduation dress or even a pretty blouse with dress pants.
A jumpsuit could even a fun direction to go in if you're game – just make sure you pair it with the right shoes and accessories.
Here are some outfits currently in stores at the moment to give you and idea of what to purchase for the big day.
Country Road – Basketweave jacket
A classic piece that you'll wear again and again. Crafted in a premium linen twill, it features a double breasted silhouette with beautiful faux horn buttons.
Wide leg trousers
Witchery - Wide Linen Pant
This printed linen pant will instantly brighten up your wardrobe. Combining both style and comfort, these pants have a wide leg and button detailing for instant style. Pair with a silk cami and wedges for a flirty summer outfit.
Little Black Dress
The Iconic - Atmos&Here Percy Belted Pencil Dress
This LBD adds a level of formality to a classic little black dress. The waistline dart creates a shape to accentuate all figures, with an attached belt to enhance your shape further. Wear with heels to create a sense of professionalism.
Zara – Multicoloured Pleated Skirt
Multicoloured pleated skirt with an elastic waistband. Dress it up or down!
Light and breezy forest green frock perfect for any occasion.
Smart casual jumpsuit
Sportsgirl – Floral print wrap jumpsuit
We are loving the effortless style of the Floral Print Jumpsuit. This all in one features all over floral print, wrap front with hidden press stud closure, side pockets and slips on
Red espadrilles are always in for the Summer, so why not go full out with an added wedge heel. Made with Suede leather straps the Umiko shoe comes with a two inch wedge heel for that chic Summer style. What to wear: floral satin midi skirt and white crop tshirt.
Portmans – All A Flutter Ruffle Top
The ruffle trend is here to stay, and this soft lightweight blouse will be your favourite summer go-to. Style this versatile top with shorts or jeans for the weekend. Alternatively style with a black pant and heels for a chic work look.
Made from a cotton double weave from Europe, this pencil skirt features contrast waistband piping, a shaped yoke panel, and fastens with a metal zip at the centre back.
David Jones – shirt dress
A gorgeous piece for pairing with sandals during warmer weather, the Shirt Dress by David Jones boasts short sleeves, a midi length silhouette and self tie waist. A concealed half placket lends the finishing touch to this elegant design.