Graduation Dresses

Where exactly has time gone? It’s already mid-April and graduation season is fast approaching. I’ve gotten a ton of emails about high school and college graduation dresses. Thought it’d be fun to round up a few options!

My tips:

– Keep it comfortable. My high school graduation was indoors, but my college graduation was outside. Wearing the gowns can get a little warm, even if you’re not in direct sunlight! Don’t wear something too tight so you can breathe comfortably. And don’t wear something that pinches, especially since you’ll be sitting for the actual ceremony.

– Go with a classic! I wouldn’t go for something super trendy or even that bright. Similar to prom dresses, it makes sense to choose a dress that you can wear again. For a high school graduation, that means a dress you’ll be able to wear to college (maybe for rush or events on campus), and for a college graduation that means a dress you’ll be able to wear “in the real world.”

– You can’t go wrong with a little black dress or a simple white dress!

Dresses for Graduation

Black and Navy Dresses:

White Dresses:

Something Fun:


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I am currently a college freshman, and haven’t even been thinking of graduation. However, this is such a timely article, and I will keep all of these in the back of my mind for the big day of entering the real world!
Much love,
Ashley from Dear Ash


I was just going to email you about suggestions for college graduation dresses! My graduation is in less than a month and I need to get my dress ASAP!


So many cute options! Finding a dress that you know you can wear again is a great idea. I have worn my high school and college graduation dresses to so many events and functions over the years! Its great to have something special but I always opt for classic and versatile!

Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

Taylor M

Love these – even not for graduation!
I still have my high school graduation dress even 3 years out of college! Ha! Picking something that will last you a while is definitely key.


Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

Loving the Chetta B white off-shoulder midi dress and JCrew eyelet lace dress in warm clover! I have friends who would splurge on their prom dress, leave the tag on for the night, and return it the next day 😛 I haven’t heard of people who do that for graduation dresses though! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s


Love all these! Another recommendation I would say is to wear wedges or be confident with walking in heels in grass. There was always a point where I was walking in grass! (Even in an Arizona graduation!)

xo, Sofia


Great picks Carly! I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to go the Lilly route or wear a more subdued dress for my college graduation next month.