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    May 1, 2019

    33 Stylish Graduation Dresses That'll Make All That School Worth It

    Cue up Vitamin C's "Graduation" because it's time to shop for the perfect grad dress.

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    1. A V-neck maxi dress you'll tell all of your friends to buy as well so you can take the world's most beautiful cap and gown photo.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It has over 900 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "This dress was better than expected!!! It has the perfect flow and is made from an extremely comfortable material. The sizing is accurate and the colors are rich and bright." —ashlygrdn26

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 16 styles).

    2. A dress with a tie front and spaghetti straps to show off a little skin without crossing the line because Grandma will definitely be there cheering for you.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Pro tip: If you want your bust to look even better in the dress, get a push-up adhesive bra. Pull the ties across each other over the connecting part of the bra, and use two safety pins to hold in place. THEN tie." —Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 22 styles).

    3. A BCBGeneration A-line dress you can upgrade with statement jewelry and shoes — you'll look so glamorous without leaving your style comfort zone.

    Walmart

    Get it from Walmart for $51+ (available in sizes 2XS, XS, M, L).

    4. A lavender fit and flare frock that'll actually look nice with that unfortunate cap you'll be forced to wear in 100 family photos.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $19.99 (available in sizes XS–2XL and in regular, tall, and petite lengths).

    5. A dress with flutter sleeves because you're graduating and deserve to walk across the stage knowing you're wearing an elegant outfit under your gown.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress fit me like a dream! It fit over my larger chest without thinning out or becoming see-through. I am short and have an uncommon body shape, but this needed no alterations at all. Buy this dress, ladies. You can thank me later." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 14 colors).

    6. A vintage cocktail dress you can wear in hopes it'll make a nice first impression on your college S.O's parents.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I haven't worn a dress in years, but I had to get one for a work event. I didn't know what to expect, but I put this on and it looks great! Very classy and professional. It was very comfortable." —Cindy Lieu

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 33 styles).

    7. A colorful halter dress that'll keep you feeling cool 'n' calm under that oversized grad gown.

    American Eagle

    Promising review: "I love this dress so much!! Fits so well and I can’t even express how comfy and cute it is! The colors are so beachy and nice and it is very flattering! Love it!! Definitely recommend" —Elizabeth

    Get it from American Eagle for $33.71 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    8. An off-the-shoulder dress with bell sleeves you'll want to wear long after your graduation day has come and gone.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered this dress in a medium and typically wear a small. I think either a small or medium would have worked for me due to the stretch! This dress is absolutely stunning and does not look cheap! I received so many compliments on it. It's very flattering and comfortable; the bands on the arm or chest did not slide at all. Great for all types of weather, as it isn't super heavy!" —Kelsey Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in two styles).

    9. Or a sleeveless belted dress with a collar to help you look put together, even when you feel like a hot mess because it's 100 degrees outside and you're stuck listening to a boring commencement speech.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Super lightweight and perfect for warm weather. Can be dressed up or down. I'm 5'8" 150 lb. 36D and the large fit great with maybe a little room to spare. The belt really ties it together. I also plan to pair it with other belts for different looks. Very happy with this purchase." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in seven styles).

    10. A shift dress featuring a sophisticated pattern that'll help you convince yourself you're officially an adult!

    TJ Maxx

    Get it from TJ Maxx for $129.99 (available in sizes 0, 6–14).

    11. A button-front midi dress you'll find yourself reaching for on all occasions from graduation through Labor Day.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just had my fourth kid and absolutely never have time to shop. Been wanting a fresh spring dress and this came up when I searched. I’m pretty impressed with it. I like the material, very soft. I really love how the buttons aren’t real because then my huge boobs can’t pull them open like most button-down shirts do on me. I’m def gonna order more prints now that I see how well it fits. Love it!" —Bdv2642

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and in 32 styles).

    12. A dress with delicate embroidered sleeves will have all your fellow-grads begging to know your shopping secrets.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is SO CUTE!!! I love the sleeve details and it looks really pretty in person. The dress feels soft and it's really comfortable. This dress is super cute to wear out with your girlfriends and it's really affordable. It fits true to size and I would recommend this dress. It's really easy to steam iron as well." —Katy Mospanyuk

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and in 14 styles).

    13. A floral Peter Pan dress, in case you're hyped about getting that diploma but also want to pay homage to your fear of growing up.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.90 (available in sizes XS–L).

    14. An off-the-shoulder romper dress so you won't have to worry about everyone seeing your undies when there's an unexpected gust of wind.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this romper dress. I could wear it every day. I get so many compliments on it. I'm 5'10" and 180 lb. with big boobs. An XL fit me and was actually big enough for my torso without giving me camel toe! My friends have all been begging for one of these dresses. It does come wrinkly, but you can just iron it and then enjoy feeling like a goddess!" —Catherine Watkins

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in eight styles).

    15. Or a dress with crisp lines and ruffles for an appropriate but playful grad outfit.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Reviewers noted that this dress runs super small, so be sure to size up!

    Promising review: "It’s well-fitted due to the belt that comes with it, giving shape to one’s natural curves. The fabric is light enough to endure the sauna that is Florida during the summer. Overall, I give this dress five stars because it surpassed my expectations." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in three colors).

    16. A peplum midi dress made of a silky soft material so lovely, you'd definitely award it a master's degree in comfort.

    UniqueVintage

    Get it from UniqueVintage for $48 (available in sizes 1X–3X).

    17. A cap sleeve dress with a darling bow around the middle that'll make you feel like you're in an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Over 1,000 vintage vixens have given this baby positive reviews. Check out our full writeup on it here.

    Promising review: "This dress exceeded my expectations! It's so pretty. The belt is removable, so it can be worn however you want — tied in the front, back, or even the side. The top fits so nicely and I'm very happy!" —Harmony A.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and in 43 styles).

    18. A delightful swing dress that has pockets you can use to secretly store your phone during the ceremony.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I'm not gonna lie I hesitated to buy this at first, but once I tried it on I fell in love with it. The material quality is much better than I expected and the fit is perfect. It's all around so comfortable. I love the pockets, very convenient. I am going to buy some more in different colors :). This dress is an amazing find." —Anita

    Get it from Walmart for $15.49 (available in sizes S–XL and in 10 styles).

    19. A denim dress, perfect for giving a ~cold shoulder~ to the many hours you spent studying in your too-small dorm.

    Walmart

    Get it from Walmart for $34.50 (available in sizes XS–3XL).

    20. A quarter-sleeve number detailed with crocheted flowers that'll make you want to frolic through a field singing tunes from The Sound of Music.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is perfect. It's so classy and chic. I'm 5'3" and curvy, so I ordered a size up to account for my hips and butt. It fit fine, but I like adding a belt to make it less flowy. The details of this dress are so nice and I love it" —J.J.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and in 10 styles).

    21. A stunning dress so you'll feel like the ~belle of the ball~ as you move your tassel from left to right.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This dress is beautiful! It is made of a really nice/spandex material, thick, and not see-through at all. The embroidery on the chest and sleeves is done almost perfectly. It hits at a great length, not too short and not to long. There are so many different ways you can wear this dress, either by dressing it up for a wedding with some heels or to a BBQ with some flats or sandals. I will definitely be recommending this dress and wearing it out!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and in 12 styles).

    22. A bohemian dress I can only imagine would make a satisfying ~swoosh~ sound when you spin around.

    Free People

    Promising review: "Got this dress for a wedding in Jamaica and it's so dreamy! It's a lovely shade, is super flowy, and a subtle sheen striping throughout that adds the perfect touch to dress it up. With cute sandals this will be easily worn to any spring/summer wedding! I'd go with your normal size if you like the easy-breezy bohemian look." —Katie_Jayne

    Get it from Free People for $118 (available in sizes XS–XL and in three colors).

    23. Or a party dress with a full skirt that'll make you want to take a video twirling in it with your college BFF for your graduation day Instagram Story.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The material was good quality for the price. I love the fact that it has pockets — it's a soft material and super comfortable. I've washed it several times already and it's still in good color and shape." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.89+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 34 styles).

    24. An embroidered gingham dress you'll fall in love with because, just like your 20+ page thesis, beauty is really evident in the details.

    Draper James

    Get it from Draper James for $150 (available in sizes 0–14).

    25. A pleated dress with trendy scalloped edges may ruin every other dress for you because it's so freakin' pretty.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just got this beautiful dress delivered! I'm giving it five stars because everything about it is great! I'm 5'3" and 115 lb. The fit and shape define your body very well, and the A-line cut makes it look neat and perfect for office wear." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and in six colors).

    26. A hot pink dress to help you channel your inner–Elle Woods if you happen to be graduating from Law School.

    TJ Maxx

    Get it from Tj Maxx for $19.99 (available in sizes 2–8).

    27. A striped V-neck dress you can wear comfortably under your graduation gown and still be the shining star of your celebration dinner.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.90 (available in sizes S–L and in three styles).

    28. A linen dress with ~retro vibes~ you definitely won't sweat through when your nerves kick in before accepting your diploma.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "Beautiful dress! It's lined and has hidden pockets. Runs very slim, so order a size up." —BoulderHoney

    Get it from Anthropologie for $194 (available in sizes XS–L).

    29. An A-line lace empire dress with quarter sleeves, a must-have for those awkward temperatures in between spring and summer.

    Walmart

    Get it from Walmart for $22.98 (available in sizes 6–16 and in three colors).

    30. A dress that'll make you as happy as your parents are that you've managed to graduate.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $32.99 (available in sizes 1X–4X and in two styles).

    31. A floral number with sleeves in case you're the one always asking "can you turn the AC down a bit?"

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this dress! The fabric is great quality and it is very comfortable. Easy to take care of as well, I washed and dried the dress like normal!" —Deanna

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    32. A must-have polka dot bodycon dress if, just like John Legend, you "love your curves and all your edges."

    amazon.com, Amazon

    It's your day — show it all off, girl!

    Promising review: "The dress is as pictured. It was a little loose at the top but thankfully the tightness of the arms held it in place. I received tons of compliments on it. I was afraid it would be see-through but it was not. It's a nice fabric, thick but not hot." —Hebrews 29

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes 14–24).

    33. And a classic Lilly Pulitzer dress you can wear to your graduation ceremony then promptly jump on a plane for a tropical vacation.

    Lilly Pulitzer

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this dress, it fits perfect and can either be dressy or casual. I will definitely buy another." —Adoosmom

    Get it from Lilly Pulitzer for $98 (available in sizes 2XS–XL and in two styles).

    Strutting your stuff at graduation like:

    The Walt Disney Company

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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