Whether you are a proud girlfriend or wife, you are VERY excited to see your officer get pinned on his up and coming police academy graduation! It may be you standing front and center pinning your officer. You will take a TON of pictures that day, no doubt about it. But what in the world do you wear for this special occasion? It is a VERY popular question that MANY police wives and girlfriends have asked, too.
So before we dive in to some of your options, let me recommend a few things:
- Pick something comfortable! I can not stress this enough. You may be standing or sitting for long periods of time. Whether it is your shoes or outfit, make sure it is something you can wear long term. Many ceremonies have hundreds of graduates depending on the department, which means you could be at graduation for a long time. While a dress is the way to go, err on the casual side.
- When in doubt, be modest. I recommend not wearing anything too tight or short. You will be in a LOT of pictures and representing your officer at his new career. If you are pinning your officer then you will be bending possibly or even standing on your tip toes and reaching above you. Make sure your outfit can accommodate that.
- You don’t have to wear blue and black. Many wives think they HAVE to wear thin blue line colors. While it is supportive and super cute (and I did, too), don’t stress over wearing ONLY those colors. You will have plenty of opportunities over your officer’s career to wear those colors if you wish. If you find other options that are more comfortable and affordable then go with those options. While I do recommend some black and blue dresses below, I provide other options, too. Go with what fits you best!
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Here are some looks I recommend:
Simple black dresses
Everyone needs little black dresses, right? Here are a few of my favorites. These are GREAT for police academy graduations but also to keep for other occasions.
This is a “shirt style” dress. These can be easily dressed up or down.
I love this tulle skirt dress! This is great for an evening ceremony or if you want a dressier look. The link also provides images of the dress on different body types and it looks great on everyone!
Blue High Heels
This heel is great to wear with a simple black dress. It dresses it up and gives you an option if you want to wear those thin blue line colors. I like this heel because it is not too tall and a bit more chunky for more stability.
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I actually prefer wearing flats so these are fun, yet look super comfortable!
Here are some really versatile blue dress options that keep with the Thin Blue Line theme.
This is a super classy wrap-style dress perfect for many body types.
I love Maxi dresses. This navy maxi can be worn with flats or a simple heel.
This is the perfect summer graduation dress!
Other cute options
This is another maxi dress, but one that adds some color if that is more your style. You can check it out here!
I HAD to include this next dress. It has POCKETS! I am obsessed with clothes that have pockets. They just make life easier, don’t they? The colors are beautiful and the dress is sophisticated!
While I did show you a lot of dresses, you can also wear solid color pants and a nice blouse if that is more your style.
This cream color blouse will match anything!
If it is a cold month, then you can pair it with a cute sweater and bold jewelry.
There ya have it! Remember, comfort and modesty are key! You can still look great while being comfortable. Overall, don’t stress too much. Whatever you choose will be amazing!
If these dresses are out of your price range (they are always on sale at Modcloth) or if you prefer to shop at brick and mortar stores, then look for dresses in similar styles, like the maxi dress or a wrap dress.
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