Graduation Dresses: A Style Guide

Graduation Dresses: A Style Guide

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One of the most exciting parts for many graduates is finding the perfect dress to mark the occasion. Whether you're walking across the stage for high school, college, or beyond, your graduation dress is a symbol of your accomplishments and the beginning of a new chapter in your life—but narrowing down what to wear for such a special moment can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you look your best:

1. Choose Your Color

Wearing white to graduation holds symbolic significance, representing purity, innocence, and new beginnings. It's a tradition that dates back decades and is still embraced by many graduates today. White dresses also stand out against the sea of caps and gowns, allowing you to shine brightly as you accept your diploma and embark on the next chapter of your journey.

While wearing white to graduation has its timeless allure and symbolic weight, opting for a burst of color can be a bold statement of individuality and personal style. Breaking away from tradition can be liberating, allowing you to express your personality and celebrate your achievements in a way that feels uniquely you. Whatever color you choose will reflect your journey and aspirations as you step into the future. So why not embrace a pop of color and make your graduation day even more memorable?

If you're stuck between wearing white or trying something new, look no further than our Anabelle Pleated Waist Ruffle Maxi Dress. Offered in 6 colorways, you can be sure to find a shade that complements your gown seamlessly. 


Shop our Anabelle Pleated Waist Ruffle Maxi Dress here.

2. Layer Consciously

While buying a new dress helps to mark your graduation as a special occasion, keep in mind that it will likely be covered by a cap and gown for most of the ceremony. To avoid overheating in the warmer weather, stick to breathable fabrics like cottons and linens to keep you comfortable as well as stylish. You can also opt for a lighter weight hijab to keep cool.

Shop our breathable Emma Jersey Elastic Waist Maxi Dress in 3 colorways here.

3. Pick a Flattering Silhouette

Graduation gowns are oversized and roomy, leaving you with flexibility to choose any silhouette that flatters your body shape and fits comfortably beneath your gown. A-line dresses are universally flattering, while fitted dresses offer a sleek and modern look.

More importantly, be on the lookout for dress sleeves that fit comfortably without altering the shape of your gown. Fitted sleeves are preferable as they will provide the fullest range of motion and can keep your arms covered in gowns with wide open sleeves.


Shop our Kamila Satin Maxi Dress here.

4. Follow Your Own Trend

If the thought of wearing a dress for graduation fills you with dread, don't be afraid to create your own look! Graduation wear doesn't have to be dress exclusive: you can be elegant and refined while staying true to your personal style in pants or skirts. 

Add dimension to your look with our Nabila White Eyelet Open Abaya paired with our Essential Crew Neck Bamboo Jersey Top in Stone and our Essential Wide Leg Pants in Stone.

What are you wearing for graduation? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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