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8 Met Gala Ensembles That Should Inspire Your Graduation Party Look

If you’re as fashion-obsessed as we are, you probably sat at your laptop, refreshing your screen to get a glimpse at the latest Met Gala arrivals to ooh and aah at all the stunning gowns. While a pearl-encrusted Givenchy gown may not be in your near future, the gorgeous looks that went down the red carpet can still provide the perfect inspiration for a celebration that’s all about YOU: your graduation party! Take a peek at some of our favorite looks to inspire your party outfit pick.

1. Blake Lively

As if it was even possible to love Blake Lively even more, this light and Grecian floral Burberry gown makes her look like a complete goddess. Channel your inner goddess at your graduation party with a drapey look and add some florals to make it even more summery. Sadly, the diamond earrings she’s wearing cost far more than your education did, so maybe skip those for now.

2. Kendall Jenner

While it may be a bit uncomfortable to greet Grandma in a partially nude Versace gown at your party, Kendall Jenner is on to something. The unique halter style beautifully compliments every shape, and the color blocking is a perfect way to support your school’s colors!

3. Selena Gomez

Our girl does it again. Leave it to Selena to perfectly mix the innocence of cutesy polka dots with tough biker booties. Pair a mom-approved dress with your favorite Doc Martens for a similar look.

4. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

White is a great celebratory color to say “I did it!” in and also looks great against an early-summer tan. We love the one-shoulder take on a very simple dress. Also, take note of the pulled-back hair trend—it looks both professional and classy.

5. Jessica Hart

A dressed-up crop top is perfectly playful for a party where you’ll be bouncing from guest to guest. Hart’s high neckline adds drama to a sexy lace look.

6. Katie Holmes

A bohemian maxi dress is an easy option for the grad who likes to be comfortable and stylish. A nature-inspired design is seasonally appropriate, and combined with simple hair, it’s a perfect laid-back ensemble.

7. Julie Macklowe

So maybe a completely bejeweled silver jumpsuit reminiscent of a robot isn’t the graduation party look for you, but a jumpsuit itself is a great option. Jumpsuits provide comfort and mobility, while remaining utterly fashion-forward.

8. Adriana Lima

Please Mom and Grandma in a ladylike tea-length dress with a high neckline, but please yourself with a punchy lip and bedazzled material. 

Mary Paige Nesfeder (known as MP on the volleyball court) is a junior Media and Communication Studies major at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is about as contradictory as the Instagram accounts she follows (her faves are dcfoodporn and yoga_girl)! She finds solace in Jack Johnson, her Pinterest account and a good nap. She can't go a day without talking to her mom or daydreaming about the future.  
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