Graduation is exciting, but it invokes mixed emotions for most of us. Perhaps you’ve considered wearing all black under your graduation gown to mark your passage into legit adulthood—or maybe you’re planning on celebrating as you skip away from campus, happy to leave the college lifestyle behind. Most likely you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, a mindset in which graduation garb isn’t at the top of your to-do list (until you finish reading this sentence, that is). Regardless of which state of mind resonates with you, you’ll have to pose for endless photos in a sea of people on the quad after the ceremony, and you’ll want to feel confident in whatever is under that spirited gown. We’ve got you covered with this shopping guide of our favorite dresses.
Realisation The Juliet Dress ($225)
This chic pick is also available in black and red.
Madewell Ruffle-Sleeve Maxi Dress ($80)
We love the dramatic ruffle sleeve.
Rixo London Jade Printed Chiffon Midi Dress ($430)
The starfish print is a nice alternative to florals.
Who What Wear Floral-Print Midi Dress ($43)
The breezy cotton material is perfect for a spring or summer graduation.
LoveShackFancy Stacy Dress ($475)
The lace on the bodice is a such a romantic detail.
Stelen Della Slip Dress ($88)
Layer over a sheer shirt to dress it up.
Farrow Kody Short Sleeve Wrap Dress ($59)
A modern take on the polka-dot dress.
Equipment Kelby Floral-Print Silk-Satin Dress ($280)
A departure from pastels.
Mango Satin Gown ($150)
The wrap silhouette is so flattering.
Reformation Butterfly Dress ($278)
We love this dress in white too.
Zimmerman Heathers Off Shoulder Dress ($595)
This dress is so dreamy.
Glamorous Curve Wrap Front Midi Skirt ($45)
A wrap skirt and blouse is an elegant alternative to a dress.
Zara Floral Print Dress ($50)
Pair with strappy heeled sandals.
Bershka Polka Dot Dress ($50)
We love the tie at the waist.
Topshop White Floral Plunge Midi Dress ($95)
The tiered puff sleeves are so elegant.
Next up, graduating during winter instead? Read on for our favorite winter graduation dresses.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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