Graduation Dresses: What to Know and What to Choose

Your graduation ceremony will take place in the traditional manner, but what do you wear for the party afterwards? Are you having a big party with friends and family, or is there an organized event for you all to attend? Is there a dress code, and what sort of outfit would you consider appropriate for the occasion?

There is plenty to think about when choosing a graduation dress, not least the sort of occasion you are attending. Some graduation parties are more formal occasions, others are less so and can be quite wild! For each, you want to wear an outfit that looks great and reflects the occasion. Have a look at our ideas and see which one appeals to you.

Simple or Stunning?

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The first question to ask yourself is this: are you a girl who likes simple yet stylish dresses – the sort of chic look that could be for a night out as much as for an occasion – or do you want to push the boat out and wear something spectacularly glamorous that has jaws dropping? The choice is yours, but unless you want the sort of attention you will get if you go down the latter route you might want to take a step back and stick to the simple styles. That brings us nicely to our next point.

Daring or Demure?

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There is always a chance to be daring if you wish – that low-cut top, for example, or a slashed skirt which is in vogue this season – yet if you do, the same applies as we mentioned above. You need to be the girl who wants the looks if you take the plunge – literally! There are plenty of beautifully daring styles of dress that will do the job and you’ll find there’s a lot of choice in the less outrageous and more demure styles that you might want to choose. Think about it carefully as you need to make the impact you want.

Plain or Pattern?

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Now you need to think about the colour of your dress or, if you are going for maximum impact, the pattern you want to wear. Patterns can be great for a graduation dress as they offer something fresh and original, but they can be hard to wear depending on your body shape. Only you will know what sort of look you can carry off so take care when thinking about pattern or plain. For the girl who wants to stay in the background plain is the way to go, and with a muted colour choice the best option.

Long or Short?

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An important choice that can be influenced by dress code and the level of formality of the occasion is this: do you want to wear a long dress or a short one? The long, sleek, and stylish gown type of design is perfect for an occasion that is more towards the formal side. However, that also applies to many a very chic short dress that can be worn for other occasions as well as this one. Take care to make sure the dress you buy suits your shape, and you will suit either choice equally.

Wide or Slim?

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Here is a question you need to consider: do you go body-hugging, tight, and slim, or would you be better suited by a wide skirt look? The latter is best for some body shapes while the former suits the girl with a slim figure, the more athletic type, and with such a lot of choice among various designs you will take a lot of time to choose the right one. This is a question that takes some thinking about, so know what suits your shape and take it from there.

Your Graduation Dress

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We hope we’ve helped you with some ideas about choosing the right dress for your graduation party, so enjoy your search.

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