What to Wear to a Graduation: For Grads & Guests

It's hard to believe that the school year is already coming to an end! Whether you're earning a diploma or supporting your friends and family in the stands, it's time to embrace celebrations again and dress up for the Class of 2022. However, it can be difficult to know what to wear to graduation. You want to look springy and chic, yet appropriate and put together. Depending on the type of celebration you’re going to, you’ll want a instagram-worthy outfit appropriate (and comfortable) for long ceremonies, garden parties, and everything in between. There are lots of ways to create stylish graduation outfits that are as comfortable as they are fabulous. From chic white graduation dresses to effortless matching sets, we’ve rounded up our favorite graduation outfit ideas for both grads and guests.

What to Wear to a Graduation Ceremony

Formal can still be fabulous! Graduation ceremonies tend to be more dressy than the parties that come after them, so aim to look classic, chic and put together. However, that doesn't mean you still can't add a hint of flair! For grads, try pairing a white midi dress with a bright wedge for a pop of color, or a floral mini dress with off-the-shoulder detail to show off your collar bone when the gown comes off. Grads should also opt for sleeveless styles as it tends to get warm under the cap and gown! For guests, go for a bright strapless maxi dress or a pale pastel mini dress with subtle cut-outs, paired with simple gold jewerly and a comfortable wedge heel.

For Grads

From the long ceremony to unpredictable spring weather, it can be difficult to know what to wear under a graduation gown. A white dress is an effortless graduation staple, especially when paired with chunky neutral heels. Or, let your personality shine on your big day in a sparkly sequin mini dress. If you’re looking for an elevated look, a classic little black dress is sure to go with any cap and gown. Another fun idea is to coordinate dresses, colors or patterns with your group of friends. Maybe you all opt for wearing bright florals, like an off-the-shoulder mini dress or a flowy printed midi dress. Or, each wear a shade of your favorite pastel hue: julep green, daffodil yellow, ocean blue and opal pink are just a few shades that will stand out under your gown. Either way, the pictures will turn out fabulous!

For Guests

You can never go wrong with a sophisticated midi or maxi dress with elegant ruffles or floral accents. High-neck styles with embellishment details are classy and timeless. Paired with colorful heels, a flirty wrap mini dress is sure to impress. Or, try a knit midi dress that hugs you in all the right places. If you're more into pants or separates, opt for a chic matching set with flat sandals to keep you comfortable through the long ceremony. Jumpsuits and matching sets are also a faboulous option for a comfortable and stylish look. Either way, graduation ceremonies are a perfect occasion to add that spring-forward dress to your cart!

What to Wear to a Graduation Party

Some of the best graduation celebrations happen in friends’ backyards. Whether you're attending a party post-ceremony or a few weekends after, it's always fun to switch up your look and wear something a bit more festive than your ceremony outfit. For grads, shine for your big moment in a lurex mini dress with comfortable wedges, or try a bright, colorful midi styles with sexy cut-outs. Guests should wear an effortless maxi dress in a bright hue that can be dressed up with gold jewerly and neutral sandals. A monochromatic set or jumpsuit paired with a low block heel always makes for a good graduation party outfit.”

For Grads

Celebrate all of your hard work in a stylish yet comfortable cute romper and low block heels that wont sink in the grass. Want to wear separates? An off-the-shoulder blouse or cropped tank top paired with a printed mini shorts is the perfect option for a summery, flirty look. Opt for a smocked mini dress that will be sure to be a closet staple long after graduation is over. Pair a sublte silky style with a chic blazer for a sophisticated look, or simply wear a longleeve top with dressy shorts for a stand-out moment.

For Guests

A light and airy wrap dress is perfect for a backyard party, especially when paired with flat-bottomed wedges. If the party calls for a semi-formal dress cide, opt for a ruffled midi dress with statement heels and a chic clutch. A one-shoulder top or high-neck halter is easy to throw on with figure-flattering jeans or silk pants but will have you looking put together for any kind of graduation party. Make sure you bring a sweater or light jacket in case the weather turns torwards the end of the evening.

Which Graduation Outfit Idea Will You Choose?

Depending on the dress code for all of your celebrations, graduation season creates an opportunity to style endless outfits, whether you’re going for a romantic, classic, or formal look. Grads can pair a classic white style with comfortable wedges, or a fun and flirty floral dress under their gown. Guests should style a colorful midi dress with simple accessories, or dress up a classic silky top and figure-flattering jeans. No matter what look you're going for, start envisioning your perfect outfit for graduation ceremonies and parties. Congrats to the Class of 2022!

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