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Graduation: Top 3 Gifts for the Sartorially Obsessed

If you google 'graduation gift' you
are faced with pages of online stores offering you an array of graduate
delights ranging from 

cuddly personalised graduation bears

bronze graduation figurine


perspex plaques with CONGRATULATIONS engraved. 

Oh please. The only perspex I want
to be seeing is in the form of block heel on a sandal, or the Chanel, Valentino
and other designers' see through clutches.

In all honesty, I want something a
little more special, stylish, and a little more 


 to commemorate three years of slaving away in lectures,
libraries, nightclubs etc. Something classic, timeless, elegant and chic that I
will actually use. Lets face it, there is nothing less personal than a gift
that is so blasé and impersonal that it can only actually become personal by
putting someones name on it.

A special gift is different through
everyones eyes, but as a fashion slave, here are my top three Graduation Gift
ideas that I am lusting over.

Untitled #4

I'm pretty sure that getting a
degree means more to my mother than it actually does to me; she really is
insanely proud. So she suggested a chunk classic armcandy: the watch. I wear
little gold, but mixed metals seems a sensible style choice to cover
my back when my love affair with gold jewellery is reignited again one day.
Daniel Wellington is a clear blogger favourite, whereas the Omega is about 10
times out of my budget... but a girl can dream.

Untitled #4

There was once a time when if you
said 'Burberry', and we all would think of a Chav in a counterfeit print scarf
and an Adidas tracksuit (before Adidas tracksuits and sports luxe became
stylish anyway). In general, the trench is totally unrivalled in history as its
design rest in wartime practicality. Yet it still remains relevant as a style
staple today. Its sartorial success is not only down to its functionality but
its versatility: buttoned up over over a suit like the businessmen of London,
or worn open with jeans and converse, a bit more like me. The Burberry brand
and trench coats are symbiotic. I would never go as far to say Burberry would
be nothing without the trench, but it is their most iconic piece by far. The
brand embodies British heritage and classic, timeless silhouettes in a form of
constant versatility that will never be beaten.


So I have a confession. About three weeks ago I
completely blasphemed against the shoe lords. I said I thought Louboutin's had
become.. dare I say it.. a little bit.. tacky...

But hear me out: I said this only through the sheer
boredom and frustration of seeing countless cheap-shoe-shop copies attached to
feet everywhere. You know the ones, the big, 5inch, clumpy, platform-y, black
or glittery ones with the big fake red sole that is as soulless as Cruella

The truth is, in the shoe world, Louboutin's are
completely iconic. Red carpets just seem to look more maroon without
the presence of a model or an actress sauntering over in a classic
pair of Louboutin's.

When you think of practicality, I'm pretty sure you
don't envisage 4-5inch designer heels. But think of it this way: feet don't
really grow. So a timeless shoe in a timeless style will last forever. Well,
providing I don't put on 10 stone at least, anyway.

What did you other fashion slave graduates get as a
gift? Would you prefer a watch, Burberry trench or some Louboutin's?

Sophie x


  1. Shradha G Loves11/07/2013, 21:02

    Such perfect gift ideas!!!MY favourite is definitely a watchSomething lasting and ever so elegant xx

  2. sophie louise milner11/07/2013, 23:32

    a watch would definitely be the best one to keep hold of forever. I'd probably spill ketchup all over a burberry trench in all honesty... xx

  3. Elizabeth Daisy.19/07/2013, 20:46

    All of the above are such classic, gorgeous and more to the point stylish items - I love the Burberry trench coats but I have to say I think the watch would be love as a keepsake.Elizabeth

  4. Loved this post, its really true that a graduation present should be something to remember or to cherish. Love your ideas and views too! Thank you for your comment! x

  5. oh id love some loubs x

  6. Emma Diggins20/07/2013, 23:24

    Massive congrats to you! What a lovely original post :) I got a beautiful simple silver bracelet and some earrings - nice and timeless. Love the idea of a Burberry trench though ;)Emma

  7. sophie louise milner20/07/2013, 23:37

    thanks! x

  8. sophie louise milner20/07/2013, 23:38

    that's what I went for in the end! xx

  9. sophie louise milner20/07/2013, 23:39

    thank you lovely! that's such a gorgeous idea. silver bracelet and earrings is always going to be a classic. I wanted a burberry trench but the nicest ones were just not affordable!! xx

  10. Penny and Polaroids21/07/2013, 00:47

    Love this idea for a post!

  11. Next week is my Boyfriends graduation ceremony. For his christmas last year I got him a lovely watch, and so I panicked because I had no idea what to get him! He has been applying for full time jobs recently and has some really nice suits so I decided against that too. I live in another city from him this year and so I decided to fly up for it and to buy him some nice cufflinks. hopefully it is enough! do you think im being cheep? I am a full time student with little money and a lovely man I want to spoil :(


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