First off – Congratulations!! You’ve made it! Now, it’s coming up on time to accept that award for all your hard work.
So you know what that means…Graduation outfit shopping time! The best looks of course are always something fresh, versatile enough to take you through the day’s many events, and totally you. Okay, so we know you’re probably also a little strapped for time and cash. Hey, we got you!
Our editors have put together 20 amazing, on-trend pieces that are perfect for planning your whole look around…and they’re entirely college-girl budget-friendly.
Ready to get started? Let’s go!
BRIGHT WHITES, BIG CITY
A traditional color of graduation dresses, here are some fun and flirty updated versions that hit different.
Starting with this adorbs skater dress from Windsor. The eyelet pattern is just oh-so pretty and will look great for your pictures. Did we mention the square neckline that also happens to be super trending right now? We think we just did…
If there’s one material that’s really trending now, it’s satin. With its clean lines, this silky skater dress is ready for you to take a twirl.
This sophisticated trumpet-hem midi is a whole vibe. A truly classic silhouette! This is most definitely a dress you’ll want to wear again and again…
This one-shouldered mini dress came to party. We love the butterfly sequins that will catch the light with your every move.
Looking for something fun with a little romantic side? This airy eyelet dress with its sweetheart neckline and puff sleeves is channeling plenty of it.
Prefer to balance your mini with some more coverage up top? The flowy bishop sleeves of this chiffon dress will give you what you want, in a fine, textured mesh that let’s you breathe easy.
SOFT SORBETS FOR DAYS
It’s no secret that our craving for color has dominated our post-pandemic palettes. And while bright hues are exploding like wildflowers after a spring rain, equally popular are the softer edges of these color schemes. Soft pastels have us dreaming in sherbet and sorbet.
Starting with this pretty in pink number from Plum Pretty Sugar. Plenty of soft, flowy ruffles give it a summery, romantic feel.
This sky blue skater dress is picture-perfect in the sunshine, but one you hit the dance floor, it’s all glitter gorgeousness.
A little stretchy knit and a little sexy cutout waistline makes this lovely lilac the perfect party number.
This chic, baby blue jumpsuit from Love, Bonito has us all a-flutter. With a sleek modern silhouette, this outfit would work equally well for all sorts of summer events to come.
A rose by any other name…would be this chiffon beauty. When you’re looking for that perfect semi-formal look, this midi delivers. We especially like how the A-line skirt gets a fresh update with a fun high slit.
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BACK IN BLACK
Timeless and always in fashion, the LBD (or LBJ as you’ll see soon enough) is the second most popular color choice for graduation.
This puff-sleeved LBD from Lulus is an outstanding example. The 3-D wavy applique gives an unexpected textural element that elevates what would normally be a simple dress and turns it into a real showstopper.
We challenge you to find a reason not to wear this dress. With a timeless silhouette, stretchy fit and plenty of ruching, this isn’t just a graduation dress, it’s an investment piece. And would you believe the price? Seriously, why isn’t this in your cart right now??
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Finally, we talk a lot about the Little Black Dress but when you’re desiring something truly sleek and flattering, we should be talking about the LBJ…as in, Little Black Jumpsuit. This piece can go everywhere your LBD can, and even be a quick one-and-done office-friendly look to boot. This wide leg version is your next big wardrobe staple piece just waiting to happen.
FAVOR THE BOLD
As mentioned above, bolder colors are also trending hard this season. Bright colors are a great way to really stand out and make a statement.
This cherry red cutie understood the assignment completely. Sleek satin shows off plenty of shine and the tie-front top is just adorbs.
This vibrant pink has barbiecore written all over it.
This bright blue mini will go with just about every skin tone out there.
Finally this jewel green beauty with its sexy draping neckline and sleeveless bodice made from sleek satin reads gorgeous goddess.