8 Affordable Places to Buy a Last-Minute Graduation Dress

As graduation approaches, you want to look next-level in all the photos you'll be taking with family and friends on your special day - seriously, you need 30+ Insta-worthy pics minimum. The main struggle? Finding something you absolutely love on a budget, especially because you also don't want to spend a ton of money on the dress after just spending several years financing a college education. Check out these places where you can find cute graduation dresses at affordable prices, because the best of both worlds does exist.

1. JCPenney 

This fit and flare dress from JCPenney is perfect for spring grad ceremonies and just $12. We'd consider that a win.

2. Target 

Ahhh, Target — the store you go to and always buy way more than you intended. It's not surprising that Target also has affordable and adorable dresses for graduation, like this one that's just $29.99. 

3. Old Navy

Old Navy has a large selection of breezy summer dresses that work well for sitting inside a cramped auditorium during graduation. This v-neck dress comes in four different patterns and is only $34.99 for something you'll wear all season. 

4. H&M

This short flounced dress from H&M (and many others) will keep you cool and comfortable without breaking the bank. 

5. Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack is a great place to find designer pieces at a discount, like this floral babydoll dress. Can you picture wearing this for your post-graduation brunch? 

6. ASOS 

Not into traditional graduation dresses? That's fine, ASOS probably has an affordable dress that suits every style so you can wear something unique during the big commencement. 

7. Lulus 

Lulus sells dresses fit for a wide range of occasions, including graduation ceremonies and photo shoots with your girl gang. This flounce sleeve dress is just $20. 

8. Charlotte Russe 

Look fab on graduation day with dresses like this belted skater dress for $32.99 at Charlotte Russe. 

Happy graduation Class of 2018! We can't wait to stalk your adorable Instagram photos and get all the fashion inspo.

Paige recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism. She loves live music, coffee and hummus. When she's not reading or writing articles, she's probably fantasizing about traveling the world or laughing at her own jokes.

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