25 Graduation Outfits 2024 – What to Wear for Graduation

The Navy Boat Neck Cutout Mini Dress

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Classy Pick

The Navy Boat Neck Cutout Mini Dress

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Show them you mean business when you arrive in this snazzy ensemble. The dress features a boat neck cut atop a sophisticated sheath silhouette. With its sharp details, adding it to your wardrobe is a no brainer.

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Ree’s Style

The Pioneer Woman Puff Sleeve Dress

The Pioneer Woman Puff Sleeve Dress

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Ree’s Style

The Pioneer Woman Puff Sleeve Dress

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Who says you can’t wear a patterned dress under your gown? It’ll add an exciting look to an already exciting day. Just be sure to stick with a print that doesn’t clash with your gown, like this black and white number from Ree’s collection.

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Polished Pick

Elegance Unveiled Ivory Pearl Mini Dress

Elegance Unveiled Ivory Pearl Mini Dress

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Polished Pick

Elegance Unveiled Ivory Pearl Mini Dress

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Throw on this elegant number for your ceremony, then wear it again for your first job interview. Along with a prim and proper high neckline, it has the prettiest pearl details around the sleeves.

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Multiple Colors Available

The Pioneer Woman Eyelet Smocked Waist Ruffle Dress

The Pioneer Woman Eyelet Smocked Waist Ruffle Dress

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Multiple Colors Available

The Pioneer Woman Eyelet Smocked Waist Ruffle Dress

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Now here’s a way to enter the next chapter of your life looking your most fabulous. This dress from Ree’s line is just lovely with its eyelet detailing and ruffled skirt. You’ll want to take your gown off ASAP!

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Romper Option

Mock Neck Satin Romper

Mock Neck Satin Romper

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Romper Option

Mock Neck Satin Romper

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When you look your best, you feel your best—and that’s certainly something you want on graduation day. You can do that by getting all dressed up in this pick. The romper has an elegant satin fabrication paired with a mock neckline and asymmetrical sleeves.

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Editor’s Pick

Petal and Pup Laurel Dress

Petal and Pup Laurel Dress

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Editor’s Pick

Petal and Pup Laurel Dress

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Wear this pretty pick as you receive your diploma and you’ll also receive a barrage of compliments. Just look at it! Along with lovely tie straps, the mid-length skirt will cascade beautifully along your figure while the subtle side slit gives extra oomph to its prim and proper design.

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Versatile Pick

Westwood White Half Sleeve Sheath Dress

Westwood White Half Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Versatile Pick

Westwood White Half Sleeve Sheath Dress

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Here’s another white dress that would be great for graduation and beyond. Yep, it’s perfect for the office after you secure your first big job! Notice the princess-seamed bodice atop a modest pleated sheath skirt complete with half sleeves and a crew neck.

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Petal and Pup Hyatt Dress

Petal and Pup Hyatt Dress

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600+ Reviews

Petal and Pup Hyatt Dress

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Sophistication and style come together in the best way with this pick. The fitted midi length and straight neckline paired with a front slit look towards adulthood while still maintaining a factor of youth—perfect for this transitional period in your life.

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Black Midi Dress

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The best thing about a black dress? It’ll match any color cap and gown as well as any academic stoles you may have earned. Just ask Paige! She looks so chic in this midi length style that she wore during her senior pictures at The University of Arkansas.

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Jumpsuit Option

Enticing Endeavors Emerald Green Jumpsuit

Enticing Endeavors Emerald Green Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuit Option

Enticing Endeavors Emerald Green Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuits offer a unique way to switch up typical ceremony attire while still looking oh so polished. This one features a timeless squared-off neckline and seamed bodice with flattering high-waisted, wide pant legs.

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Inclusive Sizing

Cap Sleeve Ruffle Detail Dress

Cap Sleeve Ruffle Detail Dress

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Inclusive Sizing

Cap Sleeve Ruffle Detail Dress

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After all the hard work you put in to achieve this milestone, your outfit needs to be worthy of the day—and this classy yet playful pick certainly is! Off-the-shoulder cap sleeves on a sweetheart neckline, a figure-hugging silhouette, a ruched bodice, and sweeping ruffles make up its elegant design.

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Fisoew Blazer and Shorts Suit Set

Fisoew Blazer and Shorts Suit Set

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625+ Reviews

Fisoew Blazer and Shorts Suit Set

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If you don’t want to go the traditional route—don’t! This suit set made up of a notched collar blazer and shorts definitely makes a statement while still giving a sophisticated vibe. We’re loving this powder blue hue, but you can grab it in ten other colors as well.

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Satin Ruched Wrap Dress

Satin Ruched Wrap Dress

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925+ Reviews

Satin Ruched Wrap Dress

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We’re already imagining the photo ops you’ll have in this one once the commencement ceremony is finished. You can’t go wrong with a satin fabric for important occasions—and when paired with delicate ruching and a tie waist, it’ll be hard to top. Along with this sage color, it comes in fifteen others, too.

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White Lace Dress

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A white dress is a popular pick for graduations. Though not required, the tradition of wearing white actually dates back to the 19th century. Add a unique touch to yours with eyelet detailing and lacy trim like Alex Drummond did when graduating from Texas A&M University.

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2,800+ Reviews

Power of Love Magenta Strapless Jumpsuit

Power of Love Magenta Strapless Jumpsuit

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2,800+ Reviews

Power of Love Magenta Strapless Jumpsuit

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We’re loving the Elle Woods vibes of this eye-catching ensemble. A strapless V-bar bodice with a fluttering tier atop wide pants—all done in a bright pink hue—will definitely give you that “wow” factor you’re going for.

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Splurge Pick

The A&F Giselle Clasp-Back Pleated Midi Dress

The A&F Giselle Clasp-Back Pleated Midi Dress

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Splurge Pick

The A&F Giselle Clasp-Back Pleated Midi Dress

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Pleats are back and better than ever! Stick to the trends for your commencement or graduation party with this popular number. The flowing silhouette and asymmetrical hem adds just the right amount of whimsy—especially for those spring graduations.

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White Puff-Sleeve Dress

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Here’s some more white dress inspo—courtesy of Paige Drummond. A flowy silhouette with subtle tiering that’s also adorned with puff sleeves gives charming flair to an otherwise understated ensemble. The shoe and accessory options are endless!

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Best Details

Tuckernuck Hyacinth House Beaded Bow Amal Mini Dress

Tuckernuck Hyacinth House Beaded Bow Amal Mini Dress

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Best Details

Tuckernuck Hyacinth House Beaded Bow Amal Mini Dress

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Talk about beauty and brains! This chic dress is adorned with a little beaded bow applique atop a faux wrap silhouette. You can keep it simple or easily add a pop of color with your shoes.

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Multiple Colors Available

Social Sensation Burgundy Square Neck Mini Bodycon Dress

Social Sensation Burgundy Square Neck Mini Bodycon Dress

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Multiple Colors Available

Social Sensation Burgundy Square Neck Mini Bodycon Dress

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Here’s an idea: Wear this dress under your gown with a pretty pair of heels for the ceremony, then change into cute sneakers for your graduation party after. The stretchy crepe fabric is so versatile and just as cute thanks to the square neckline and princess-seamed bodice.

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Flattering Fit

Always Beautiful Rose Pink Sleeveless Tulip Midi Dress

Always Beautiful Rose Pink Sleeveless Tulip Midi Dress

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Flattering Fit

Always Beautiful Rose Pink Sleeveless Tulip Midi Dress

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After you cross the stage in this dress, you’ll be two degrees hotter—one for the diploma and one for this outfit. It’s flirty and fun while still perfectly poised thanks to a fitted waist that falls into a tulip midi skirt.

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Macie Reynolds is the assistant editor of E-Commerce and SEO for The Pioneer Woman.

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