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6 Stylish Ways to Stand Out at Graduation

Graduation is supposed to be your day to shine. After all, you have lived through four years of exams, papers and very little sleep. But among a sea of your fellow graduates (all in the same outfit no less), it’s hard to stand out in the crowd. You deserve your time in the spotlight, so we’ve rounded up 6 ways for you to make your mark on graduation day.

1. Jewelry

Wouldn’t these BaubleBar Tassel earrings ($32) fit into the graduation theme perfectly? If these feel a little too on-the-nose for you, accent your drab cap and gown with some dangly gems or a meaningful bracelet.

2. Cords

Cords offer a pop of color but also hint at your long list of accomplishments. You can pick this Elle Woods-worthy pink cord up in the Her Campus Shop ($6).

3. Dress

You may not be able to see what you’re wearing underneath your gown during the ceremony, but you’ll love showcasing a cute dress at the after-party. A classic white with interesting details—like this ModCloth number ($127.99)—will work for dinner with your family or one last night out with your besties.

4. Clutch

Here’s one you may not have thought of yet. You’re going to need a place to store your lip gloss, tissues, phone, and maybe a little snack during the sure-to-be-lengthy ceremony. Make it count with a cool clutch from Rebecca Minkoff ($125) that you’ll use for years to come.

5. Shoes

Your shoes are pretty much the only part of your outfit that will let you express your personal style when your stroll across the stage to grab your diploma. These colorful statement heels from Nasty Gal ($150) look innocent enough for the ceremony, but the gladiator-style buckles will up the chic factor when you lose the gown later.

6. Cap décor


If your school will allow it, decorating your cap is a fun—and cheap—way to personalize your look. Added bonus: your parents will be able to spot you all the way from the audience.

How will you stand out at graduation, collegiettes?

Erin was previously the Entertainment Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Belmont University in 2015, where she studied English and Elementary Education. Before joining the team full-time, she was a national contributing blogger, viral content writer and editorial intern at HC. In addition to her work for Her Campus, Erin was formerly an editorial assistant at Nfocus Magazine and has been published by HelloGiggles and Man Repeller. In her free time, you can find Erin falling for yet another TV boyfriend (her long list of ex-lovers includes Nathan Scott, Chuck Bass and Pacey Witter, to name a few), reading chick lit and/or celeb memoirs and hanging with her puppy/soulmate, Cooper.
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