5 Fab Outfits to Wear Under Your Graduation Gown

Graduation caps and gowns aren’t known for being flattering and fashion-forward, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still rock something chic and stylish underneath! Here are six cute and trendy outfits that will make you look ah-mazing on graduation day!

1. Cut it Out

Going simple with style and color doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice pizzazz. This flirty cutout ivory dress from LuLu*s ($55) pairs perfectly with retro cutout wedges from Forever 21 ($36.80). The cutouts mean you don’t need a necklace, and the wedges offer enough support while still giving the illusion of a full heel—you wouldn’t want a Lizzie-McGuire-esque mishap where you trip your way across the stage! Accessorize with a modest turquoise ring from Brandy Melville ($4) for a pop of color.

2. Pop of Pastel

This marvelous dress from ModCloth ($99.99) is the perfect choice for those into darker hues and elegant lace overlays. The dress does most of the talking for you, but it may come off a bit too serious on its own. A colorful shoe, like these peep-toe wedges from Charlotte Russe ($35.50), brighten the look and make it perfect for spring! Accessorize with a simple gold bangle from A’GACI ($4.50) to tie the outfit together. 

3. Mint to Be

If you love spring pastels and the cutouts of the first dress, this gorgeous mint dress from ModCloth ($59.99) matched with H&M black pumps ($34.95) is a great choice for you. Since this dress isn’t too formfitting, you won’t sweat to death under your gown. An added statement necklace, like this jeweled piece from Francesca’s ($48) adds an extra dash of style to embellish the look!

4. Senior Sweetheart

Looking to save money and skip the pedicure? Ballet flats work marvelously to keep an ensemble looking elegant, but they also offer the relief of comfortable walking. These nude flats from Express ($24.90) offer a nice contrast to the bright colors and lace overlay of this bright and fun Lilly Pulitzer dress ($258). The dress has enough going on with its adorable pattern, so jewelry isn’t necessary, but a white belt, like this one from Target ($12.99), cinches the waist and offers a flash of gold that ties all three components together!

5. Dixie Diva

High-low dresses offer the flow of a maxi without the worry of tripping on the hem! This coral-and-white dress from dELiA*s ($64.90) is bright and summery without being overwhelmingly loud. For all the country sweethearts out there, cowboy boots, like these from American Eagle ($69.95), are a perfect go-to, especially if you’re graduating from a school in the South, where boots always add a little flair. A class memorabilia item, like a class ring or class necklace, like this one from Topshop ($15), speaks to the moment and is a great keepsake!


When shopping for graduation outfits, keep the following tips in mind: anything too form-fitting will show sweat stains. Always opt for wedges if you’re nervous about tripping or falling, or skip heels altogether and wear dressy flats, sandals or cowboy boots (shout-out to all the Southern belles!) instead. Remember, you’re going to be in these shoes for a long period of time. Plan accordingly!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 --you made it!