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Spring 2017

Spring 2017

What To Wear To Graduation

Graduation season is upon us! We couldn’t be more excited for our UM grads and for some much needed summer vacation. Whether you’re graduating, attending a graduation ceremony, or simply want to dress up a little for a grad party, here are three different looks to help you decide what to wear to graduation.


The time has come: college graduation. Five years in the making, usually four if you’re one of those rare ducklings that go into it knowing exactly what you’re doing with your life or the stars align for you and all your classes fall into place. Either way, I made it! The time to walk across the stage in an ugly, oversized, high school choir-esque, gown is finally just days away. I don’t know about you fellow graduates out there, but I’m going to celebrate like Daisy should have when she was reunited with the dreamy, Jay Gatsby; aside from her clothing in the newest film adaptation, she was entirely too plain-vanilla to party anyways, in my opinion.

Nevertheless, let’s talk about what will be hiding underneath that giant tablecloth that will be zipped around my body only to be topped with a graduation hat, likely to flatten the curls I will be putting in hours before. Here at UM our gowns are just plain black. As much as black is my favorite color to wear, it would blend in entirely too much and look even more frumpy than those gowns already do. So, a bright color it is! While this is not the actual dress I will be wearing to graduation (being an outfit repeater in such a close time span is the ultimate fashion crime), what I will be wearing is very similar!

For this post I chose to wear a coral, sleeveless chiffon dress with a deep V neckline accompanied with the choker detail built into the dress. The chiffon material makes for a dressier look, which is exactly what I’m going for. Because the dress has a choker, I didn’t feel the need to put a necklace on, however, you could definitely throw on a chain necklace to peak through the middle of the V. For shoes, I am wearing nude heels with cutouts through the leather top of the shoe. I lightly curled my hair just to give some body, since I’ll be wearing the graduation cap long enough to ruin fully styled hair. For make up I kept it pretty simple with just what I usually do when I put a full face of make up on. I think it’s definitely important to feel comfortable and confident with how you look since there will be tons of pictures being taken.

If you’re waiting for the time to come in which you’ll be so kindly offered the oversized tablecloth to wear and the cloth covered cardboard on your head, I will tell you this: stick with it and, as much as you want to, don’t give up. The feeling of relief and accomplishment that comes over you after surviving your last dead week, walking out of your last final, and turning in your final essay makes all of the late nights, stress-induced tears shed, and awkward class presentations, completely worth it.


How many times have I been asked if I’m graduating this year… too many to count! The decision to take a fifth year with an extra major and minor was a great decision, but sometimes that’s hard to remember when all my friends are about to get that diploma on Saturday! Ah well. That doesn’t mean I can’t join in on the celebrations! This weekend I’ll be driving back and forth to attend my boyfriend’s graduation from Carroll College in Helena and then high tailing it back to Missoula to party it up with my Grizzly graduates!

The weather in Montana this week has been absolutely beautiful- it’s starting to finally feel like summer! So naturally, I will be wearing some sort of sun dress for the festivities this weekend. For this shoot, I chose my Urban Outfitters white floral dress that has been hanging in my closet for just this occasion. I paired it with my new Madden Girl nude pumps and simple jewelry. I like the way these shoes show a peep of my tattoo, which is my gramma’s, mom’s, and dad’s handwriting of “love”. You can’t show up to a party empty handed! So, I brought this cute gift that I put together for my friend. I added a clip on grad cap to add a little decoration to the simple bag. Congrats to all of the graduating seniors at University of Montana, and colleges everywhere!


It’s that time of year: flowers are blooming, grass is getting greener, the air is a little warmer and of course, graduation is around the corner. Whether you are attending graduation as a graduate or as a guest, it’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up.

For this outfit I kept it pretty simple. I’m wearing this vibrant dress from Restyle Clothing Exchange; doesn’t it just scream summer? For shoes I am wearing some black lace up wedges and for accessories I have on a cuff and a cute little necklace from H&M.

Congrats to all the seniors out there; don’t forget to go out in style!



Photography by Jazz Engel | + @skeletonxsmiles

Spring 2017

The Trendsetters at the U Second Annual Fashion Show

On April 22nd during Missoula Fashion Week, Trendsetters at the U held our Second Annual Spring Fashion Show featuring the styles from local Missoula boutiques. After our first fashion show last year, we had a better idea of what planning an event entails and were determined to make this year’s show bigger and better!

This year’s event featured live music, baked goods donated by Great Harvest and Cakes in the Zoo, and lavender lemonade, our own Snapchat filter and, of course, gorgeous outfits provided by Missoula boutiques as well as stunning makeup by Ka’au Ahina.

Nancy – Betty’s Divine

Krystyn – Betty’s Divine

Aline – Betty’s Divine

Brittani – Betty’s Divine

Jillian – One Eleven

Dina – One Eleven

Mackenzie – One Eleven

Corri – One Eleven

Michelle – Olive + Iron

Shayla – Olive + Iron

McKenna – Olive + Iron

Nancy – Olive + Iron

Jazz – Board of Missoula

Brittani – Board of Missoula

Krystyn – Board of Missoula

Jillian – Apricot Lane

Aline – Apricot Lane

Michelle – Apricot Lane

Bailey – Apricot Lane

Dina – La Bella Vita

Shayla – La Bella Vita

Jazz – La Bella Vita

Mackenzie – Mood Boutique

Corri – Mood Boutique

McKenna – Mood Boutique

Bailey – Mood Boutique

Photography by Trevor Cummings and Elizabeth Dellinger

Elizabeth Dellinger’s video of the event:

A huge thank you to the local businesses who helped make this event a success and to all of you who made it out to support Trendsetters at the U. We couldn’t have done it without you!