Men’s Graduation Outfits: Celebrate in Style

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It’s officially graduation season: congrats to all scholars! Whether you’re an English major or a proud papa, there’s still one more test to ace: graduation outfits for men. When it comes to your outfit, take a long view: will you love seeing this look on your wall in a nice frame for the next 30 years? From formal affairs to casual backyard parties, our Stitch Fix Stylists are here to help celebrate this major milestone, be it yours or a loved one’s. 


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Men’s graduation outfits under the gown

Congrats, gents—you made it. Your hard work has paid off, and that sweet diploma is just one ceremony away. But first, you have to order and pick up your graduation gown…and figure out what to wear underneath! Here are our Stylists’ top tips for what to wear under your graduation gown.

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Fashion tips for formal indoor commencements

At most formal indoor commencements, men are expected to wear suits. Opt for a versatile navy or charcoal suit—these colors will match any gown color and will have years of wear beyond the grad gown. A crisp white shirt is a classic piece to wear underneath; make sure you have the best fit! If you need a few different options, schedule a Fix a few weeks before the event and request graduation-ready button-down shirts.

For shoes, you can’t go wrong with black shoes and a matching black belt. For a more seasonal spring-summer option, Stylist Alicia recommends trying a cognac shade. For the finishing touch, pull it all together with a tie that coordinates with shoes and suit. Feel free to mix things up with a fun tie in your school colors or standout print!


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Outfit ideas for outdoor afternoon ceremonies

If your graduation ceremony is set outside, it can be tough to know what to wear to fit the occasion while staying comfortable in the sun. Plus, graduation gowns tend to be thick and can cause you to overheat quickly. While a daytime, outdoor event may not require a suit, you can still look and feel your best to mark this occasion. 

Get top-of-the-class style a comfortable spin in tailored slacks or chinos, especially in neutral hues. Match khaki or grey pants with a collared dress shirt (feel free to skip the tie). Lightweight material—think cotton, poplin or linen—will help keep you cool under a heavy grad gown. A fun way to add a pop of personality to your graduation attire for men is pairing patterned socks with your dress shoes—or go sockless!


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Guys, here’s what to wear to a graduation as a guest

Men have a bit more leeway when choosing what to wear to a graduation as a guest. Being invited to a ceremony is a huge honor, as attendance at these events can often be limited, so let’s show up and offer encouragement in style. 


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Guest-ready styles for men

Commencement events often mean a day spent on your feet walking from one location to the next, so comfortable shoes are key. Our Stylist Alicia recommends a knit sneaker “for both a polished and effortlessly casual look.” On bright days a hat can help to shield your eyes and face from the sun, but opt for a wide-brim style or a fedora (something low-profile for the sake of the guests behind you). 

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Graduation outfits for dad

Dads, guardians and fun uncles of the grad, congrats! Your time and endless encouragement helped your graduate achieve this milestone. Classic styles like crisp button-down shirts and khakis have great performance fabric updates with maximum breathability for a full day with the family. Now’s the time to treat yourself to some fresh, timeless styles that you’ll happily wear for years to come.


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Time to party! Men’s grad party attire 

The diplomas have been handed out, precious family photos are taken and celebratory posts are posted—now it’s time to party! Wondering what guys should wear to a graduation party? It’s the place to let your laid-back self shine. 

For these occasions, we love short-sleeve button-down shirts featuring a standout seasonal print, like bold florals. Feel like putting a preppy twist on your look? You can’t go wrong with classic stripes. On hot days, opt for linen-blend fabrics for extra breathability. If you prefer pants, cuff the hem and slip into a pair of boat shoes. Add a belt, and you’re all set to toast the freshly-minted alum. 

If you’re headed to a backyard barbeque or pool-side celebration, swap your button-down for a seasonal polo shirt. Dare to experiment with color—we like earthy green or subdued salmon—for those ultimate summer vibes. Lightweight shorts will keep you cool as the party winds down, and canvas sneakers will have you walking with ease to the next event. 

Get styled by Stitch Fix for graduation

Searching for some graduation-ready pieces? Your Stylist is ready to lend you a hand with honor roll looks. Take your style quiz, order a Fix and ask your Stylist for your perfect graduation look. You’ll receive five personalized pieces to try on in the comfort of your own home. Keep what you love, and send back the rest. Shipping, returns and exchanges are always free, and there’s no subscription required.

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