15 Dresses to Wear Under Your Graduation Gown

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The Fancy Pants Report

Graduation is exciting, but it invokes mixed emotions for most of us. Perhaps you’ve considered wearing all black under your graduation gown to mark your passage into legit adulthood—or maybe you’re planning on celebrating as you skip away from campus, happy to leave the college lifestyle behind. Most likely you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, a mindset in which graduation garb isn’t at the top of your to-do list (until you finish reading this sentence, that is). Regardless of which state of mind resonates with you, you’ll have to pose for endless photos in a sea of people on the quad after the ceremony, and you’ll want to feel confident in whatever is under that spirited gown. We’ve got you covered with this shopping guide of our favorite dresses.

The starfish print is a nice alternative to florals.

The breezy cotton material is perfect for a spring or summer graduation.

The lace on the bodice is a such a romantic detail.

Layer over a sheer shirt to dress it up.

The wrap silhouette is so flattering.

A wrap skirt and blouse is an elegant alternative to a dress.

Next up, graduating during winter instead? Read on for our favorite winter graduation dresses.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.