It’s that time of year again — AKA graduation season — and here at CF, that can only mean one thing: It’s time to go graduation dress shopping! But, with all of the options out there, finding the perfect dress to suit your style can seem overwhelming.
As we mentioned earlier, the key to the best graduation outfits is to find that perfect graduation dress to base your look around. That’s why I’ve rounded up a list of 20 cute graduation dresses. The best part? All of them are under $200, meaning that you won’t have to break the bank to look amazing for this special occasion.
So, keep scrolling to see my definitive list (in no particular order) of the 20 best dresses for the graduation season — and congratulations to this year’s graduates!
Note: In general we advocate spending more than you normally would on a dress for graduation — you’re going to be photographed A LOT at this momentous occasion — however we included some cheap dresses as well to keep the list balanced.
1. Red Ruffled Cold Shoulder Dress
Cute, trendy, and a little flirty, this bright red number is an easy way to make a statement this graduation season — without going overboard. Wear it with your hair down for an easy, effortless look, or with a sleek ponytail for a polished appearance.
2. White Tiered Lace Dress
If you like the idea of wearing white to graduation, then this lovely lace graduation dress will do the trick perfectly; plus, its classy, simple style ensures that it’ll look great with whatever you decide to accessorize it with.
3. Navy Blue Fit-and-Flare Dress
Feminine and classic, this beautiful ’50s-esque cotton fit-and-flare dress will look amazing on a variety of different body types. Bonus: It has pockets!
3. Yellow Floral-Print Maxi Dress
This budget-friendly maxi dress is what boho dreams are made of. Style it with strappy sandals, an arm full of bangles, and hoop earrings, and you’re all set to go!
4. Green Eyelet Shirtdress
Timeless? Check. Fun color? Check. Flattering silhouette? Definite check! Clearly, this preppy style has everything you could ever want in a grad dress!
5. Black Ruffled Midi Dress
This swingy style has plenty going for it, from its tonal dot pattern to its ruffles to its cute keyhole neckline. Pair it with brightly colored, chunky-heeled mules and a red lip for a look that really pops.
6. Pale Pink Floral-Print Tiered Midi Dress
This feminine dress is one of my favorites of the bunch, and with its easy, feminine silhouette, sweet floral print, and pretty colors, it’s really not hard to see why! I love the idea of wearing it with delicate heeled sandals and an oversized clutch.
7. Purple Tiered Dress with Ruffles
Sometimes, simpler is better, and that’s clearly the case with this understated dress. Plus, this style can easily be worn to job interviews later on; just add a neutral-colored blazer or cardigan and you’re good to go!
8. Yellow Lace A-Line Dress
This cheery lace dress proves that the classic shift silhouette doesn’t have to be boring! Bonus: This bright number has a keyhole back with a super-sweet bow!
9. Blue-and-White Striped Midi Tie-Waist Dress
If you decide to go for something more casual, be sure to stick with a classic silhouette; that way, your look will read as put-together rather than thrown-together. This super chic dress is the perfect choice.
10. Olive Green Short-Sleeved V-Neck Dress
Once again, this cute graduation dress errs on the side of laid-back. However, the elegant and flowy fabric lends it a polished feel that makes it graduation-appropriate.
11. Pale Blue Floral-Print Maxi Dress
This beautiful long dress will ensure that you’re among the best-dressed at your graduation ceremony. It would look lovely worn with long, loose waves or an effortless braid worn off to one side.
12. Black Belted Flutter-Sleeve Dress
Upgrade your LBD game for graduation by opting for a style with a tied waist, fluttery sleeves, and a flouncy hem like this gorgeous dress. Keep things classic with delicate jewelry, or add a long necklace or two for more of a statement-making look.
13. Multi-Colored Pleated Midi Dress with Pleated Skirt
This fun style gives off the perfect light-hearted and carefree vibe. Plus, it can be worn again throughout the summer with a denim jacket and flat sandals for a more casual look.
14. Coral Zip-Front A-Line Dress
I love the bright coral color of this dress, not to mention the sleek and modern feel lent to it by the zipper that goes up the front. It could easily be edged up by adding stacks of rings and a couple of chunky chain bracelets/necklaces.
15. Pale Pink Slip Dress
This delicate slip dress is so versatile; wear it for grad with ladylike sling-back kitten heels and dainty jewelry, and afterwards with a t-shirt underneath and a baseball cap.
16. Gray and White Tie-Dye Dress
The tie-dye print on this dress reminds me of a really cool marble pattern. Try wearing it with white shoes and accessories for a unique and modern look.
17. Bright Pink Ruffle-Sleeve Dress
If your style is feminine and put-together, you’ll love this pretty ruffle-sleeve dress, whose simple style and lovely bright pink color ensure that you’ll have it for years to come.
18. Neon Yellow Long-Sleeved Floral-Print Midi Dress
If your style is more granny-chic than strappy sundress, go for this floral midi dress in an awesome shade of neon yellow. It would look great with high-cut chunky low heels or flats.
19. Dark Blue-Gray Flutter-Sleeve Lace Dress
This irresistible floral lace dress is just so pretty, and I love how its blue-gray color stands apart from your typical neutrals. Pair it with metallic silver shoes for a sophisticated look that’s anything but boring.
20. Bubblegum-Pink Pleated Midi Dress
Embrace your femininity with this statement-making bubblegum-pink dress, whose bright color would look amazing on a wide variety of skintones. Pair it with white heeled sandals for a look that will really stand out!
What do you think?
Did this list help you decide what to wear for graduation? Which of the graduation dresses shown is your favorite? What are some of your go-to destinations for grad dress shopping?
Let me know in the comments!