Graduation Dresses

20 College Graduation Outfit Ideas That’ll Slay All Those Family Photos

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You made it! College graduation is finally here, and you’ll want the perfect outfit so you can look amazing in all those photos. Below are 20 outfit ideas that will complement your well-deserved diploma.

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A red midi with caped sleeves makes for an elegant silhouette, while the scalloped lace neckline gives it romantic detail.

Lace Midi Dress with Cape Detail, JOHN ZACK (Available at ASOS), $76; Glamorous Silver Barely There Block Heeled Sandals, ASOS, $45

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If you’re a fan of separates, consider pairing an off-the-shoulder top with a graphic skirt, such as this polka-dot one with a flounce hem.

Off Shoulder Top, ASOS, $23; Retro Flounced Skirt, MAEVE (Available at Anthropologie), $118; Circular Tote Bag, ANTHROPOLOGIE, $88; Laney Kitten Heels, SAM EDELMAN (Available at Anthropologie), $118

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A white dress with neutral accessories (yes, metallics act as a neutral!) is the epitome of sophistication and is perfect for a formal occasion like graduation.

Ariane Dress, BB DAKOTA (Available at Revolve), $115; Ilara Heel, SCHUTZ (Available at Revolve), $180; Fold Clutch, THE DAILY EDITED (Available at Revolve), $110

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Pair a navy crochet dress with beige heeled sandals for an effortless grad outfit that looks great with and without your cap and gown.

So Fancy Crochet Fit & Flare DressCITY CHIC (Available at Co-Edition), $119; 100 Square Nudist, STUART WEITZMAN (Available at Co-Edition), $398

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An LBD becomes more fashion-forward with an asymmetrical neckline, ruffles, and contrast piping. Finish your ensemble with classic black heels and gold statement earrings.

Asymmetric One Shoulder Ruffle Dress, ELOQUII, $130; Patti Sandal, SAM EDELMAN (Available at Zappos), $100

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Reminder that you can still look cute and fashionable with separates, and pants will do you wonders if your graduation is taking place in an air-conditioned auditorium.

Satin V-Neck Top, HELMUT LANG (Available at Barney’s), $320; Tech-Neoprene Flared Pants, HELMUT LANG (Available at Barney’s), $320; Lunchbag 20 Textured-Leather Clutch, SIMON MILLER (Available at Net-A-Porter), $345; Lex 3 Feather Block Heel Sandal, KENNETH COLE (Available at Nordstrom Rack), $150

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With a monochromatic red ensemble like this buttoned, strapless jumpsuit and matching peep-toe platforms, you’ll definitely stand out in all those grad photos.

Double Breasted Strapless Jumpsuit, FOREVER 21, $30; Faux Suede Strappy Platform Heels, FOREVER 21, $35

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This deep blue knee-length dress is classic, and the strapless neckline will make sure that your statement jewelry pops.

Calvina Strapless Fluted Cady Dress, CINQ À SEPT (Available at The Outnet), $365; Leather Pouch, CLARE V. (Available at The Outnet), $200; Petra Leather SandalsIRIS & INK(Available at The Outnet), $150

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Opt for a bright white bag, like this top-handle number, to contrast your all-red outfit.

Always Adored Red Surplice Midi Dress, LULUS, $52; Rockport White Woven Mini Bag, LULUS, $29; Arya Red Suede High Heel Sandals, LULUS, $34

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The pleated ruffle details on the black pumps repeat in the neckline of this cold-shoulder dress, so if you’re a fan of ruffles, this outfit is definitely for you.

Open-Shoulder Ruffle Dress, FOREVER 21, $38; Pleated-Trim Pointed Pumps, FOREVER 21; $28

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A black-and-white patterned dress will go with any graduation gown, but you can also add a pop of color with your bag.

Lace-Trimmed Printed Cvady Mini DressALICE + OLIVIA (Available at The Outnet), $295; Textured Leather Pouch, RAG & BONE (Available at The Outnet), $325; Tammi Knotted Nubuck SandalsSCHUTZ (Available at The Outnet), $190

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Balance out the brightness of a red ruched skirt with a dark blue off-the-shoulder top and neutral accessories.

Off the Shoulder Satin Top, 1.STATE (Available at Nordstrom), $89; Brescia Ruched Poplin Midi Skirt, REBECCA VALLANCE (Available at Net-A-Porter), $295; Circle Embellished Textured-Leather Clutch, CLARE V. (Available at Net-A-Porter), $315; Nudist Metallic Leather Sandals, STUART WEITZMAN (Available at Moda Operandi), $395

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White is a popular color for graduation dresses, but this one will stand out from the rest thanks to its polka dots and ruffles. Go for a bold, monochromatic look by pairing it with white pumps.

See You Know Dress, KEEPSAKE (Available at Shopbop), $215; Mortelle Slingback Pumps, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG (Available at Shopbop), $248

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This look makes a strong case for ditching a typical graduation dress and opting for a trendy two-piece matching set instead.

Perry Top, LOVERS + FRIENDS (Available at Revolve), $128; Zoey Wide Leg Pants, LOVERS + FRIENDS (Available at Revolve), $148; Mia Tote, KAYU (Available at Revolve), $205; Nudistsong Heel, STUART WEITZMAN (Available at Revolve), $398

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Dress up a navy-and-white polka-dot swing dress with black heels when you walk across the stage, and change into flats for all those plans with your family afterward.

Polka Dot DressLAUREN RALPH LAUREN (Available at Nordstrom), $130; Yaro Ankle Strap SandalSAM EDELMAN (Available at Nordstrom), $120

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Pair a printed blouse with a navy lace skirt for a graduation ensemble that’s anything but boring.

Tabitha Ruffled Printed Crinkled-Chiffon Blouse, L’AGENCE (Available at Net-A-Porter), $295; Lace-Paneled Wrap-Effect Satin Mini Skirt, SELF-PORTRAIT (Available at Net-A-Porter), $250; Nudist Metallic Leather Sandals, STUART WEITZMAN (Available at Moda Operandi), $395

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Graduation dresses don’t have to be something you only wear once. You can wear this dress to the graduation stage and to your fave brunch restaurant.

Luella Mini Dress, REBECCA VALLANCE (Available at Revolve), $340; Fold Clutch, THE DAILY EDITED (Available at Revolve), $110; Anthea Heel, RAYE (Available at Revolve), $168

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A wide-leg jumpsuit with an asymmetrical ruffle at the bodice is eye-catching, while the fuzzy black accessories lend a whimsical contrast.

Red Bandeau Jumpsuit, TOPSHOP, $110; Harley Studded Clutch Bag, TOPSHOP, $38; Renee Pom Pom Sandals, TOPSHOP, $68

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A lined lace dress lends just the right balance of sheerness and coverage for grad outfit that’s sophisticated and grown-up.

Reika Dress, SHOSHANNA (Available at Shopbop), $440; Nunakedstraight Sandals, STUART WEITZMAN (Available at Shopbop), $398

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If you love a bohemian aesthetic, a white linen jumpsuit with black mules and a trendy clutch is an ensemble that’s both beachy and dressy.

Mara Tie-Front Linen Jumpsuit, ASTR (Available at Urban Outfitters), $148; Caged Handheld Clutch, URBAN OUTFITTERS, $44; Wood Heel Mule, URBAN OUTFITTERS, $69