This post will show you 28 extremely cute graduation dresses for 2021, all budget-friendly and affordable.
Graduation season will be here before you know it, and here at CF, that can only mean one thing: It’s time to start your graduation dress shopping!
But, with all of the options out there, finding the perfect dress to suit your style can seem overwhelming.
As we have discussed before, 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 28 incredibly cute graduation dresses for 2021.
The best part? All of them are college girl affordable, 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 28 best graduation dresses for 2021 — and congratulations to this year’s graduates!
1. Wrap Dress
If you are looking for a flowy, springtime-appropriate dress for your graduation, you should go for a wrap dress.
Wrap dresses are super popular because they always look great for any occasion. (That means you can totally wear this one again!)
This white wrap dress is one of our favorite styles ever. Spice your look up with some accessories and cute shoes and you’re ready to go. Plus, if white isn’t your color, this one comes in three others.
2. Lace Dress
Lace always looks pretty on dresses, so why not wear a lace dress for graduation? If you are looking for the perfect lace dress, you should purchase this lace mini dress in light blue.
This mega-popular graduation dress style will make you look sophisticated, but also girly with its gorgeous pale blue color. It’s figure-hugging but not too scandalous, perfect for looking amazing in all of your grad pics.
3. Plunge Dress
Another trendy dress that will look great for graduation is a plunging dress.
The plunge design is very popular in fashion right now, and it’s such a cute trend to try for graduation. Personally, I’m obsessed with this navy blue skater dress (also available in white, black, and red) for graduation day.
Not only is this a plunge dress, but also it comes in a very pretty navy color to make you really shine — it will surely stand out in a sea of white dresses.
Also, the skater dress shape of this dress will make you feel fun and girly, while also balancing out the deeper neckline.
4. Silky Dress
Here comes the fashion girl pick. If you want to go for a fancier, but also simple dress, you should get a silk dress for graduation.
This celena mini dress is a perfect choice for graduation season because it’s simple and affordable but looks incredibly luxe. It’s an amazing choice if you want a minimal dress for graduation day.
5. Asymmetrical Dress
The asymmetrical dress is a popular dress trend for parties and events, and it’s a fun look to play around with on graduation day.
This asymmetrical wrap mini dress is a great choice if you want to show some skin and feel cute without going over-the-top. This affordable and cute graduation dress looks great on just about everyone thanks to its wrap detailing in the middle to cinch your waist.
Plus, it comes in two different colors so you’re sure to find your fave.
6. A-Line Dress
If you want to go for a more classic dress for graduation, an A-line dress is the perfect choice.
These dresses are a fantastic option because they’ll look amazing in pictures for years to come, as opposed to trendy styles that could look dated.
This grey midi dress from Lulus has insanely good reviews for its fitted bodice and a-line silhouette. I love the light gray color in particular; it’s such an unexpected choice for graduation day.
7. One Shoulder Dress
Another trendy style I’ve been seeing everywhere recently is the one-shoulder dress. So why not take advantage and purchase this keep it stunning mini dress for your graduation?
With this dress, you will look sleek and fashion-forward on graduation day.
8. Satin Dress
Another classy and popular option for graduation is wearing a satin dress.
If you are looking for a super cute satin dress, you should try out this ellie sleeveless satin party dress!
It comes in a gorgeous bright red satin with a flowy bottom to make you feel girly for your graduation.
9. Ruffle Dress
Looking for something extra girly to wear on graduation day? You can always go for a ruffle dress in pink like this scorpio season dress in blush!
If you want to wear a girly dress for graduation this is the ultimate look to go for — you are sure to get so many compliments.
The best part is, you can totally wear this dress again — it would be great for summer brunches or any weddings you have coming up.
10. Ruched Front Dress
This dress is a little bit unexpected, but that’s why I love it so much. It’s not typical in color, style, or cut.
This dress incorporates a ton of fun trends in one — ruching, muted rose tones, and tie details. You are sure to stand out in this one.
While definitely sexy, this dress is still graduation-appropriate thanks to its sleeves and ruffled detail that prevents it from looking too scandalous. It’s the perfect mix of business and party, perfect for graduation.
11. Bright Colored Dress
A brightly colored graduation dress like this one isn’t for those who want to blend in — it’s a real statement-maker for those who want to turn heads.
Go bold for your big day in this neon pink mini dress. I love this style because the color is bold but the dress itself is extremely simple for balance.
Plus, this dress has incredible stretch so it will keep you comfortable all day.
12. Champagne Embellished Dress
Champagne is a classic color to wear for fancier events, so I love the idea of wearing a champagne dress for your graduation.
If you want to go for a glam look on graduation day, you can’t do better than this match me dress in champagne! This embellished dress has an incredibly cute back cut-out detail and looks much more expensive than it is.
You are sure to stand out in all of your pictures when you wear this cute graduation dress. Plus, you could totally re-wear it to any semi-formal events you have coming up.
13. Bow Dress
A bow dress will also make you feel cute and fun on graduation day! In particular, I’m obsessing over this cottage hill mini dress in baby blue.
This affordable graduation dress comes in an adorable baby blue color with a bow that you can tie on the side to make you feel girly for graduation! Plus, you can adjust the tie to get your perfect fit at the waist.
14. Lace Midi Dress
We couldn’t do a cute graduation dresses roundup without at least one more lace dress. And this one might just be our favorite of the bunch.
This white lace midi dress from Lulus is an amazing option for graduation day. It’s eye-catching yet still totally appropriate for any event, plus it looks 10x more expensive than it is (under $60!).
15. Long Sleeve Dress
You may not have thought of this kind of dress for graduation. It is a long sleeve dress! But while sleeves might not have been on your radar, give them a try – these styles of dresses can look great for graduation.
This long sleeve dress in navy blue is a beautiful grad dress option. The cutout sleeves add a little something extra to it to make the dress fancier for graduation.
I also love the navy blue color; it’s one of those shades that looks great on almost every skin tone.
16. Shimmery White Dress
You can never go wrong with a simple white dress, but if you have it in a shimmery satin fabric and unique cut like this one, you’ll be more than right!
As a bonus, this pretty dress has some lace detailing on the back to make it extra cute. You could absolutely wear this again for a summer night out.
17. Floral & Ruffle Dress
Florals and ruffles? Count me in.
The tiny lavender flower print perfectly complements this adorable ruffled dress and won’t look odd with a cap and gown.
This dress would be especially pretty if your cap and gown is blue!
18. Pink Cutout Dress
This one is perfectly cute and formal!
The cutout design brings an edgy touch to the cute nature of this pink pastel mini dress. This is another dress that you could wear again and again this summer.
19. Tie-Shoulder Dress
This spring/summer flowy dress will look amazing in all your graduation pictures! And the ties on the shoulder are a perfect touch.
20. Strapless Bow Dress
This dress was made to be worn with a cap and gown.
The pretty and subtle floral print perfectly complements the strapless detail. And the bow in the front is a much needed celebratory extra.
21. One-Shoulder Ruffle Dress
Looking at this dress makes me want to graduate now! (Just kidding, I need another year.)
The color is to die for and the layered ruffles make this body con dress so cute! It would match perfectly with a blue cap and gown.
22. Ruffle Shoulder Dress
The ruffled and ruched fabric of this dress makes body con dress the perfect blend of cute and sexy.
Can’t even imagine how gorgeous this one would look with a red cap and gown!
23. Puff Sleeve Wrap Dress
Again, Diane von Furstenberg really gifted us with the wrap dress. The small details on this one from Princess Polly mean that it would look great with red, white, black, green and yellow cap and gown combos.
24. Floral Strappy Dress
This pastel floral dress would be perfect for any black or white cap and gown look since it’s anything but basic. (I could definitely also see it with green.) And it would look great with white heels!
25. Butterfly Print Dress
Tired of florals? What about a butterfly print dress instead?
I can’t get enough of the satin fabric and the corset design with a cowl neck top.
26. White Slip Dress
Looking for something classier? A little more elegant? With a bit of glamour? Look no further.
Channel your inner Marilyn with this midi white satin dress.
27. Midi Sun Dress
Nothing says adulthood like wearing a dress past your knees.
This dress is both sultry with its slit and adorable with its lace ties and bustier top.
28. Champagne Slinky Dress
Did someone say champagne? Match your drink to your dress with this shimmery slip dress.
This pretty graduation dress, though minimal, is anything but simple — can’t wait to see how amazing you’ll look in those pictures.
Which of these cute graduation dresses is your favorite?
What one are you going to purchase? Which one would you be most excited to wear for graduation?