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Fashion: Top 5 Style Picks for Graduation

We know graduation is coming up for many of you girls, and picking out what to wear is a big part of your big day! The most important thing to remember is that you should feel comfortable while still expressing your own personal style. Classic looks work well, since you’ll have many photos taken with family and friends that you’ll look back on for years to come. So with that in mind, it’s probably best to avoid anything overly trendy that you might be totally “over” in the coming months or years.

Check out our top five picks, and then let us know what you’re planning to wear in the comments below!


When it comes to what to wear, dresses are the classic graduation choice. Try to find something that’s simple and chic so you’ll be comfortable! We love this adorable and girly eyelet dress that comes in several colors. Want a bit of a pop? This orange color is on trend, but won’t have you regretting your pick five years from now. (Old Navy, $25)

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For shoes, comfort is key. While it’s true that you’ll spend most of the ceremony sitting down, you’ll likely be walking up to shake hands and grab your diploma at some point in front of hundreds (or even thousands) of onlookers. One of many graduates’ biggest fears is tripping and face planting in front of all of those onlookers, so it’s important to wear something you feel comfortable walking confidently in!

Wedges are a great option, since they’re more comfortable than heels but still give you a bit of added height and elongate your figure. Not well versed in walking in heels? Stick to a basic pair of flats or fancy sandals. (Forever 21, $25)

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Since you’ll be keeping your dress and shoes pretty simple, you can use your wild card on your jewelry! Pick out a statement piece–whether it be a necklace, bracelet or ring–that screams you and speaks to the experiences you’re about to undertake as a new graduate! (Charlotte Russe, $11)

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Graduating outdoors? Even if you aren’t, you’ll likely be going outside after the ceremony and snapping pics, or taking photos in your backyard at home. While you’ll definitely want some shots sans glasses, it’s totally fine (and adorable!) to get some pics of you and your friends in your unique and fun sunglasses. This is another opportunity to pick out a more trendy piece and let you personality shine. (Wet Seal, $7.50)

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While we wouldn’t recommend piling on the accessories, if you’re more into headbands than say, a chunky necklace or big ring, we love this sweet and simple garden hairpiece. It’s perfect for any girl who considers herself a flower child or just wants to make a nod to summer. Of course, if you don’t like our pick, there are tons and tons of headbands and hair clips to choose from–just make sure not to sport anything so large that the people sitting behind you won’t be able to see the speaker at the podium! (Mod Cloth, $19)

Are you graduating this year? What are you planning to wear to the ceremony? Tell us all about your graduation style in the comments below!

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  1. leahgrace99

    Posted by leahgrace99 on May 25, 2013 at 13:42

    Such cute style ideas! My school had their graduation today and our class night yesterday! It was so much fun but bittersweet also.

  2. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on May 24, 2013 at 19:19

    I wore to graduation a nice red Calvin Klein dress that my mom and I found for $25!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 13:31

    Wish I would’ve seen this before I graduated.

  4. Dee

    Posted by Dee on May 21, 2013 at 15:13

    I already had my graduation (go homeschoolers!). I wore a pretty dress with huge blue flowers on it (one I’ve worn multiple times for special occasions) and a necklace that everyone kept stopping me to take a look at. lol I didn’t have a gown, so the dress was important-ish. I just wore simple sandals, cause I didn’t want anything distracting people from my dress, and a friend of mine ended up french-braiding my hair, so that was that. All in all, it was a wonderful graduation ceremony/party.

  5. AChild0fGod

    Posted by AChild0fGod on May 21, 2013 at 14:29

    My homeschool group just did a picnic this year but we’re going to have a formal graduation ceremony next year and I already have my dress picked out! I made it and it looks like that orange dress except mine is lavender! 🙂

  6. ashleyvic1

    Posted by ashleyvic1 on May 21, 2013 at 09:09

    I like the headpiece but everything else……ehhhhh no thanks. Besides I already got everything picked out anyway. 🙂