31 White Graduation Dresses That Stand Out (Even if Everyone's Wearing White)
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Good news: the "white dresses only" grad dress code actually doesn't have to be a vibe kill. It's actually an opportunity to let your personal style shine bright amongst a sea of other white graduation dresses, whether that's with jumbo ruffles, intricate lace, asymmetrical necklines or bow detailing..
Now comes the fun part: shopping for a dress for your special day that's cute, unique, and dress code-approved. We put together a collection of ivory mini and midi dresses so chic that you'd still want to wear them, dress code or not, long after your college or high school grad ceremony. The ones that we found have photo-worthy details that are so stylish that we wouldn't be surprised if you ended up rewearing your dress to a birthday dinner or other ~fancy occasion~. Oh, and did we mention that most of these picks are under $150?
Below, our favorite white graduation dresses for standing out in the crowd on the big day.
Dinah White One-Shoulder Dress
A simple shift is ideal for wearing underneath your graduation gown. Plus, if you ask us, the single ruffled sleeve is peak elegance.
Kristen Faux Pearl Mini Party Dress
Emulate big Ariana Grande energy in this darling pearl-dotted mini with spaghetti straps.
Adeline Rose Halter Mini Dress
The simple rosette and delicate keyhole cutout both add a bit of high fashion magic to this bodycon dress.
Gimme the Twist White Twist-Front Bodycon Mini Dress
Can't go wrong with a classic wrap. The front twist details helps it stand out from other white graduation dresses.
Claire Mini Dress
You can't go wrong with a square neckline and a flirty skater skirt. P.S. The waist and shoulder bows are detachable.
Cross Of Sunlight Mini
Attention, cottagecore cuties — this is definitely the dress for you. It's breezy with a hint of fashion.
Carina Mini Dress in White
You'll want a dress with a cute tie-back detail for all those photos of the back of your hand-decorated grad cap.
Ruched Spaghetti Strap Bodycon Dress
Thanks to the stretchy ruching, you have the option of tugging your dress down lower (to avoid a gnarly dress code violation) or higher (if you're petite and need the dress to be shorter).
Siara Double Tie Front Dress
Bows are so spring-y and cute. You can adjust the bow to fit your chest however you would like it to.
Flirtatious Fit White Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
You won't have to worry about any fabric poking out from under your buttoned grad gown thanks to this V-neckline.
Strapless Poplin Midi Dress
Crisp poplin fabric and picnic-chic eyelet lace, in petite, regular and tall lengths? Say less.
Cailene Strapless Mini Dress
Ariana, what are you doing here?! This poofy babydoll dress is beyond cute. Your graduation photos will be *chefs kiss.*
White Graduation Dress
These spaghetti straps are so fresh and so clean. Opt for a stick-on bra, rather than one with straps.
Something About You Dress
If you're going for a more dressed-up, celebratory vibe, sequins will help you achieve that in a snap.
Long Sleeve Chiffon Sweetheart Mini a-Line
These dreamy sleeves are unmatched in sophistication. Show them off in the photos where you're tossing your cap in the air.
Work Dress with Belt
This dress screams "I'm educated and powerful AF," so if that's the message you want to give off on grad day, this is the dress for you.
Karalyn Mini Pearl Dress
The tulle detail and floating pearls put a modern twist on the classic white dress.
It Girl White Bow Mini Dress
If you're the Cassie Howard of your class, then this sweet mini is a no-brainer.
Nineties Moss Satin Maxi Dress
When all else fails, a cowl-neck satin dress will never do you wrong.
Off Shoulder Knit Dress
The thin double straps will make your off-the-shoulder look stand out from the average mini dress.
Lillie Long Sleeve Mini Dress White
The corset detailing gives structure to this otherwise flowy & feminine mini.
Friendly Flirt Eyelet Mini Dress
Tallie Button Up Mini Dress
Add a touch of boho flair to your all-white ensemble with this statement lace and embroidery.
Cindy Textured Tie Back Dress
If you prefer simple silhouettes and comfortable fabrics, this tie-back dress is a great low-key option to wear with your cap and gown.
V-Neck Spaghetti Strap Lace Mini Dress
Keep things lightweight and breathable for an outdoor graduation ceremony where it feels like full-blown summer, even though it’s only May.
Masen Mini Dress White
Future fashion majors, go ultra-trendy with an homage to the Y2K halter dress.
Kasey Belted Blazer Dress
Much like Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, this sleek blazer dress will never go out of style.
Absolutely Stunning White Lace Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress
Calling all hopeless romantics — this lace dress will make your graduation day feel worthy of a Jane Austen novel.
Made You Famous Blazer Dress
Rock a blazer dress, 'cause getting that diploma/degree means business.
Nolan Mini Dress White
Sometimes simplicity is key, and we can guarantee that this mini dress will become a staple in your closet for years to come.
White Lace Bardot Ruffle Tiered Dress
If you're the detail-oriented one in your crew, this intricate lace option is for you.
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