25 of the chicest graduation dresses, according to fashion editors

Congrats! If you’re searching for graduation dresses – or graduation outfits, ‘cos we don’t all like getting our legs out – we can safely assume you’re coming to the end of a long, booze-fulled and arduous degree (PHEW). Which means one thing and one thing only. Nope, not that you need to start a job search or begin to come to terms with that nine-five life. Gap years are here to save you from that. Instead, it’s that you’ve got a graduation ceremony to look forward to. And that you should! After years of dedication to your university studies, your graduation day is the perfect chance to celebrate your achievements with friends and family. 

For something that’s such a big deal, of course, you’ll want to look your very best. Particularly since the last couple of years have seen graduation ceremonies up and down the country postponed or, worse still, cancelled. Walking across the stage to collect your certificate is an occasion you’ll look back on for years to come, so treating yourself to a fancy graduation dress is very much allowed. Those graduation photos will be hanging up in your family home for the rest of your life, after all. No pressure. 

At a graduation ceremony, there aren’t really any hard and fast rules around what you should wear. Your best bet is to think classy and sophisticated: a summer wedding guest dress kind of vibe which makes you feel your very best self. Midi graduation dresses are perhaps the most popular cut, but shorter dresses can look just as chic (and since your graduation gown will cover much of your legs, you don’t need to worry about them being too revealing).

As for colours? It’s nice to go for a hue which compliments the sash on your graduation gown – so find out what shade you might be wearing and go from there. White graduation dresses are always a safe bet – and create a nice contrast between the black ~accessories~. 

Once you’ve chosen a graduation dress, shop our edit of the best graduation gifts for her to treat your fellow course besties.

From ASOS graduation dresses to Mango’s latest drops, shop our full edit of the best graduation dresses and graduation outfits below.


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