20 Cute Dresses for Graduation & Beyond

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Spring semester is quickly coming to an end (yay!), and for some of our lovely readers that means graduation! Over the next few months, whether you're graduating from high school, college, or just going to a graduation, you'll need something great to wear!

Here are 20 great graduation-friendly dresses you'll want to wear again and again.

1. Southern Preppy Dresses


Product Information: Lilly Pulitzer Allegra Dress, Zappos. Lorelei Dress, J Crew. Pia Dress, Akira Chicago. Seersucker Dress, American Eagle.

Southern preppy styles are what immediately pops into my head when I imagine graduation dresses! Their silhouettes, colors, and materials are the perfect blend of classic and fun. Even better, these sun dresses can be worn day-to-day come summer, and can also be worn to a warm weather wedding. They're classic, flattering, and adorable!

2. White Dresses


Product Information: Kellie Dress, Delia's. Patsy Duchess Dress, Coast Stores. Cotton Eyelet Halter Dress, C&C California. Rose Smock Dress, Topshop.

Required to wear white for graduation but don't want to look like a bride? You've got lots of options and shades to choose from. If snow white isn't flattering to you and you're allowed to choose from similar colors, try ecru, champagne, off-white or eggshell! Top off your look with nude heels to elongate your pretty legs and you're good to go.

3. Trendy Dresses


Product Information: Free People Bollywood Dress, Ron Herman. Lake Effect Dress, Modcloth. Nautical Dress, Missguided. Billabong Irina Dress, Pacsun.

If you're trend-conscious and like to take risks with your look, these dresses could be perfect for you! From fun embellishments to bright colors, you'll be the center of attention in one of these show stoppers. Trendy dresses are great because you'll be able to incorporate them into your summer wardrobe without missing a beat. Added bonus? They'll look great in colder seasons with a jean jacket, tights, and boots!

4. Dresses with Straps


Product Information: American Apparel Le Sac Convertible Dress, Bluefly. Broad Beach Dress, Hollister. Sugar Coated Tiers Dress, Ruche. Dotted Silk Dress, Forever 21.

If your school has strap requirements or you just aren't a fan of strapless dresses, there are still a bunch of cute, fashionable styles for graduation. From cap sleeves to one shoulders to halters, you don't have to go strapless to look totally amazing, and you won't have to worry about hiking your dress up every five minutes.

5. Maxi Dresses


Product Information: Lotta Stesson Jersey Dress, Net-a-Porter. Missoni Style Maxi Dress, Arden B. Bandeau Maxi Dress by Unique, Topshop. Giraffe Print Maxi, Dorothy Perkins.

Maxi dresses were huge last summer and it looks as if the style is here to stay. Not only are these dresses figure-flattering for a variety of body types, but they're also super easy to wear--they give off that slightly bohemian, effortlessly stylish vibe that so many of us strive for! Maxis are also great if you're not into wearing heels since they look amazing with sandals, gladiators, or espadrilles. That being said, if you're short, you can totally get away with a pair of sky-high heels under that dress--no one will be able to see that you've got them on!

Tell me what you're thinking!

Are you graduating this semester? Planning on attending a friend or family member's graduation celebration in a few short weeks? What are you going to wear?! Let me know with a comment!