From sarees to Indo-western to gowns, here’s your guide on what to wear on college farewell. Also discover 7 farewell outfit ideas for girls.
Hey gorgeous! Whether it’s a college farewell or high school farewell, it’s always a memorable event for everyone. Farewells are full of nostalgia, they bring back memories of your college or high school life. It’s the last chance to spend time with your classmates, seniors or juniors. And because of this, farewell parties are always a fun time that you would remember forever.
From giving or receiving titles to performing dances, farewell is just a beautiful evening. I particularly enjoyed both of my high school farewells. And I even performed a dance and wrote titles during my 11th farewell and on my college farewell. And while I now think I could have been better dressed, I still enjoyed planning my farewell outfits at the time! Getting ready with friends, taking pictures of your outfits and then sharing them with one another – it’s all a part of the farewell fun!
What to Wear on College Farewell
From saris to gowns, from cocktail dresses too long skirts, there is no shortage of ideas for what to wear on college farewell. If you have a farewell dress code, it’s a good idea to understand it and dress accordingly. The most common dress codes for college farewells are smart casuals, formals, gowns, western formals, sarees or ethnic formals. Let’s discuss them one by one to get some ideas on what to wear on college farewell.
Smart casual dress code is all about dressing in a cool, comfortable way. Your outfit should be presentable but not too formal or too casual. So avoid business suits, gowns or something to casual like jeans or T-shirts. Your farewell party dress should neither be too glam nor too crazy. Semi-formal dresses, trousers with tops and long skirts are good ideas.
If your dress code is formals, then it could mean both Indian and western formals. Western formals include business suits, tuxedos, gowns, formal dresses such as cocktail dresses. And ethnic formals include anarkali, Indian gown, saree or lehenga saree.
Unless it’s specified, you can try both ethnic or western style gowns. Go for western dance if unsure. The best idea is to try a likely embellished gown or you can also go for a chic plane down. To make a statement, you can go for sheer panels or off shoulder or sleeveless gowns. Make sure it’s a good fit and flattering silhouette.
Here are the different types of gowns to try.
Here are the different types of Indian gowns to know about.
We already talked about formals. But if your farewell dress code is specified as western formals, then you should avoid ethnic dresses, obviously. So the best ideas to try are gowns, long midi dresses, formal dresses or cocktail dresses. If you want something unconventional, go for a women’s tuxedo or business suit.
Well, this dress code is self-explanatory. There are so many different saree designs to try. You can go for a chic style with a sexy blouse design, if you want to make a statement you can go for the latest trends, something like a cape sorry or a belted one.
Ethnic formals include anarkali suits, Indian gowns, suits and saris. You can also go for a sari gown or a link account or even a women’s sherwani if you want to try something extra unconventional.
Some Tips on How to Dress for College Farewell
- Go for something well fitted, neither too tight nor too loose.
- Go for a flattering silhouette. Keep your body type in mind. Highlight your best parts and take attention away from problem areas.
- Go for a color that suits your skin tone. Avoid dull colors that look washed out in pictures.
Try chic designs but not something too crazy that will go out of fashion. You don’t want to look back at your old pictures and wonder what the hell you wore!
- Avoid something too shiny, like shiny velvet or glittery fabrics. They don’t look very rich or classy.
- Avoid something too plain also, it’s a party, and a little bling and embellishment is a good idea.
- Don’t think that good farewell dresses are always expensive. If you look well enough, you can find good dresses in any budget. You just have to plan well in advance and go for window shopping and look online too.
- If you’re unsure, go for minimal jewelry like a crystal pendant necklace or a simple pair of pearl earrings.
- Don’t go too crazy on makeup. But don’t make it too light either. Foundation and a good base are a must. And you can find a good tutorial on YouTube to match your dress if you’re unsure how to wear makeup. Here are some good makeup looks to try for your farewell or prom.
- Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a lot. Wedge heels, platforms and chunky heels are good ideas. If you’re uncomfortable in heels, flats are not a bad option either. Match your shoes with your dress to look chic !
- Keep your accessories minimal. A chic matching or metallic clutch, a necklace or earrings and a pair of plain matching heels are good enough. Avoid too many pieces of jewelry or large handbags.
Last but not the least, do follow the dress code if there is one. Even if you feel it’s too formal or crazy, it’s only fun to be a part of a community if you do follow the guidelines. And don’t forget to have fun!
7 Outfit Ideas for What to Wear on College Farewell
If your college or high school farewell invite doesn’t specify any dress code, gown would be the first choice. If you’re wondering what to wear on college farewell that’s elegant yet makes a statement, gown is the perfect idea. Choose a dress that’s not too shiny, but focuses more on color and texture, rather than bing. So try gowns with threadwork, pearl or applique instead of sequins or shiny embroidery.
Pastel colors like lilac, sky blue, blush pink and mint green are great. Black and champagne are good color choices, too. Choose what suits your skin tone best.
Try classic gown silhouettes like A-line or mermaid, which never go out of fashion and also look cute. It’s a good idea to choose a gown that has an interesting top, since a lot of the pictures are top-only. Accessorize with a cute necklace or drop earrings and matching heels with a clutch.
Saree is a common choice for farewell dress code for a lot of schools and colleges. Even in my high school, our farewell dress code for girls was saree. For a modern choice, go for a saree that doesn’t have too much border embroidery or a silky border, since they give a more matured look. Instead, go for plain or printed sarees. Applique and ruffles are a good choice too that give a girly look.
Light pastel colors like lavender, light turquoise and blush nude are good ideas to try. Keep the tone muted instead of shiny. Crystal work and bead or pearl work are good ideas to go for. Try a chignon or high bun,
Indo Western Dress
Want something unique and non-traditional? An Indo-western dress is a good idea to consider. Here are some ideas for different types of Indo-western dresses. Some of the examples include long skirts, saree-gown, palazzo, women’s sherwani, pre-stitched saree with slit worn with chooridar. Accessorize with a modern clutch, choker or long tassel earrings.
Long Skirt + Crop Top
Need some unique ideas on what to wear on college farewell? If gowns are too much and cocktail dresses are too boring for you, go for a crop top paired with a long skirt. You can try an embellished or fringed top with illusion neck or applique. And pair it with a plain poufy skirt or just a tiered skirt, which has some volume. Add a chignon or romantic curls, and some matching lipstick!
A cocktail dress is the simplest idea when you don’t want to think too much. It can be a knee-length dress, a mini dress or a midi (below-the-knee) dress, depending on how conservative your college is and what suits your body type. For example, I’m short, so short dresses suit me more.
Pair it with a crystal or pendant necklace and matching lipstick. Add shimmery eyeshadow and matching metallic clutch to make a statement. Pair the dress with matching or metallic pumps or embellished stilettos.
Thinking what to wear on college farewell other than a suit or saree? Anarkali dress or anarkali gown is also a good idea. You can pair it with chooridar or a long skirt, too. Anakali dress is a good idea to go for if your college specifies a formal or ethnic formal dress code for farewell party. Pair it with curly or straightened hair, and add nude colored lipstick with shimmery smokey eyeshadow look.
A saree gown is one of the best ideas if you’re wondering what to wear on college farewell. It gives a saree look but is easy to wear, and no draping is required! Pair it with western-style drop or tassel earrings and a matching lipstick and gloss. Add a matching cuff or bracelet and you’re good to rock the party!
So I hope you found my advice on how to dress on college farewell helpful. What are you gonna wear? Show me your look by tagging me on Instagram @shilpaahujadotcom!
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
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Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]