Graduation Dress Roundup

Graduation is just a few weeks away for the class of 2019!

The most important thing about your graduation dress is feeling comfortable. You’ll be wearing this for a long period of time. There will be LOTS of photos. It will be hot. Things will get sticky. The last thing you want is to feel suffocated by a dress or insecure about a hemline or neckline.

Below are some of the questions I’ve received from graduating seniors over the past couple of months along with my answers:

How do I know if a dress is too casual to wear?

My rule: If I could wear it to brunch with sneakers, it was too casual for graduation.

What should I stay away from?

  • low necklines
  • large cutouts
  • heavy fabrics
  • boning
  • super duper bodycon

Solid or print?

If the print is tasteful and not super loud, I think it’s fine. Some girls I know did Lilly dresses with smaller, less in-your-face prints, with colors matching their cords, and the photos turned out beautifully. Solids may be easier to match to your colors, though!

Can I wear a romper?

If it’s an appropriate length and you feel comfortable in it.

What about an off the shoulder dress?

This one is up to you. I personally think OTS can still be modest and more formal. I think the issue you could get into is if your OTS had ruffles or ruching on it… that could affect how your gown falls and look weird in photos.

Is it okay to wear a strapless or spaghetti strap dress?

I think the 2 finger strap rule is outdated, personally. If you feel comfortable in a strapless dress and your chest is comfortably contained, I don’t see an issue. Same with the spaghetti strap scenario. Sometimes going sleeveless or strapless is a necessity if you’re graduating in a warm climate! Just make sure it’s tasteful.

What did you wear for graduation?

A white Jessa dress from Free People – still in stock and I still love it 🙂

Shop my full roundup of graduation dresses below! Feel free to contact me if you have questions or need specific advice.

I'm Caitlin, a Chicago twenty-something turned blogger who shares outfits, inspo, good deals and so much more. welcome to my corner of the internet!

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