Graduation Style Guide: Outfit Ideas for Guests & Grads

With high school and college graduations right around the corner, now is the perfect time to find the best outfits for grads and guests to wear to these milestone events. Since graduations can last hours - with some running all day long - it’s important to choose an outfit that’s comfortable without sacrificing style.

No matter which type of graduation ceremony you’re attending, from outdoor ones to formal affairs, our graduation style guide will help both grads and guests get ready for this special event. Find the perfect graduation dresses and jumpsuits below.

❀ What to Wear to an Outdoor Graduation ❀

Outdoor graduations are a classic ceremony style and call for the most casual attire. You’ll want to present a smart casual look, so go for a simple yet stylish dress. The main rule is to avoid anything too fancy so you won’t be overdressed (or overheated) for the occasion. The two dresses below are a perfect match.

For guests

The Leah Dress is fun and flirty, ideal for a spring daytime event, while still being conservative enough for a graduation ceremony. This is a fabulous option for fashion-oriented moms and aunts of grads.

For grads

The Brittany Hi-Lo Floral Print Dress is simple, feminine and stunningly chic. Grads will feel cool and confident all day in this beautiful floral print piece.

☼ What to Wear to an Afternoon Graduation ☼

Indoor afternoon graduation ceremonies tend to be a bit more formal than outdoor ones, but they still fall on the casual side of the spectrum. The two options below are ideal for this type of ceremony and transition wonderfully if you’ll be heading directly to a celebratory dinner afterward.

For guests


The Chelsea Floral Print Dress features a classic A-line silhouette and is an elegant choice that’s still playful enough for an afternoon ceremony. The V-back with a cross tie adds subtle sexiness to the dress and the bubble sleeves add fun flair.

For grads

For grads who don’t want to wear a dress on their special day, The Ryan Cropped Jumpsuit is the perfect alternative. Designed with a tie at the waist and a mid-calf length, it’s classic, chic and casual - great for an afternoon ceremony. Pair it with heels to dress it up for this special occasion.

♛ What to Wear to a Formal Graduation ♛

Grads and guests will want to dress their best for a formal style graduation ceremony. But formal doesn’t have to mean stiff and boring - see for yourself with our outfits below.

For guests

The Lizzie Status Print Dress is sophisticated, classy and features a status print that offers a delightful twist. Its figure-flattering design is ideal for moms, aunts, grandmothers and any other special lady who will be attending a formal graduation ceremony.

For grads

The Lisa Deep Cobalt Dress is a true showstopper. With a gorgeous faux-wrap detail at the waist and an electrifying blue color, grads will display confident style and show that they’re ready to take on the world.

☾ What to Wear to a Nighttime Graduation ☾

Nighttime graduation ceremonies, like formal ones, call for more elevated styles and fabrics. Whether you go with a solid piece or an elegant print, choose sophisticated elements and details, such as chiffon sleeves and printed mesh fabric.

For guests

The Gloria Cold Shoulder Navy Jumpsuit is a classy jumpsuit that was made for elegant events. And, since it’s ultra-comfortable, guests will be able to focus on celebrating their grad’s special day instead of fussing over their outfit.

For grads

Sophisticated comfort is what The Mandy Three-Quarter Sleeve Floral Print Dress is all about. Perfect coverage, a feminine sleeve and an eye-catching print will have gals looking and feeling like the stunning grads they are!

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