Though the upcoming holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve) are likely on everyone's mind right now, there's another important happening that also occurs around this time: graduation. For college seniors, this major milestone is one of the most significant of all—it's a culmination of 16-plus years in school, and as such, deserves a celebration. The first thing to check off before the soon-to-be graduate walks the stage and moves their tassel? Finding the perfect winter graduation dress.
Although you will likely be wearing a robe over your outfit during the majority of the ceremony, the dress will find its time to shine after you walked the stage (i.e., during pictures and at your graduation party). So this occasion is certainly reason enough to scoop up a new dress or two. After all, you'll be reminiscing about your graduation day (and looking at said photos) long after it's over, and you want to look and feel your absolute best.
Now, if you need a little help finding the perfect winter graduation dress, you're in luck, because below, we've rounded up 20 styles that you can wear long after the ceremony is over. Read on to see and shop our edit.
We love the idea of pairing this cream-colored dress with white booties.
The asymmetric cut on this one is great.
Simple, comfortable, and sleek. What more could you ask for in a graduation dress?
Polka dots are an instant classic.
Velvet is perfect for a wintertime graduation ceremony.
This is a dress you can wear long after your graduation ceremony has ended.
This pearl color is stunning.
Style this one with velvet platform pumps.
This is a closet staple.
Team this one with a long turtleneck and mules for your ceremony.
For a super-elegant graduation look.
This one is so '90s.
A simple sweater dress you can easily dress up for graduation.
The perfect graduation-to-holiday-party dress.
Check this one out.
Go for a subtle '50s touch with this sheath dress.
The perfect graduation ceremony-to-party dress.
The snakeskin print is so on trend this season.
You can't go wrong with a polka-dot dress.
If you want a super-elegant dress, then this might be the one.
Next up, check out more graduation outfits for every type of style.