That would be the billowy, uncomfortable frou-frou thing I'm wearing, plus a top-heavy mortarboard with purple tassel (not shown):
The velvety part is actually purple, but my camera is uncooperative. [Ed.--actually, when I went to get portraits done at the neighborhood portrait place for $20, the photographer said that it's hard to capture colors on velvet because the light goes through. So, it's not the camera after all. I'm still trying to figure out how shorter wavelengths reflect but not the longer ones, but I digress.] The purple and red combo gets negative style points in my book, but that's "tradition" for ya (purple is for law grads).
This is what I'm wearing under the billowy nonsense:
The red/white striped thing is the hood on the back of the gown. I like necklaces, but I don't like things going around my neck like the hood. As for the dress, I've had it for ages and it's still lookin' good. The entire outfit (Express dress and Nine West sandals) came from Ross. Yup, you read correctly. Those cheesy commercials do somewhat tell the truth.
Here's a better picture of how the hood drapes. Since I wore red stripes yesterday, I thought it'd be a little silly comparing the two sets of stripes. Yes, I've gotten a haircut to tame all the unruliness.
Oh, I do need the silliness. My bar classes start next Wednesday. Nary a break!