A graduation is a landmark event but perhaps one of the most difficult to dress for. Family join you in the day, along with lecturers and academics, to see you walk onto a stage and claim your three years of hard work in the form of a certificate. This naturally leads to an all-night party.

How then, do you negotiate dressing for a formal occasion by day, then a night on the dance-floor swigging copious amount of champers? The key is to keep your graduation outfit simple and easy to style up or down. If in doubt, dress it up, because your robe will cover your dress during the ceremony.

1. Little Black Dress

The little black dress

The little black dress is a fail-safe option where graduation is concerned. The colours that line your robe won’t clash with your dress underneath, and you can add as much colour as you like with your accessories.

Wear a pencil-shaped dress for a Victoria Beckham style feel or opt for a figure-flattering A-line option. Strong lines and shapes create a smart silhouette that’s ideal for graduation day.

2. Go Floral

 graduation floral dress and jacket

Wear a floating floral dress for a girlish feel that will take you through day and into night. A floral dress will look just as good at your pre-graduation lunch, as it will as you spin around the dance floor without a care in the world (aside from the post-uni job hunt.)

Smarten the look up with a blazer or cropped tweed jacket, Chanel style. De-fuss with a no-nonsense up do.

3. The Simple Shift

graduation block dress

A shift dress can be both smart and flirty. Its strong shape lends itself to a formal occasion like a graduation but similarly, a short shift allows you to flash your perfect pins post-graduation ceremony.

Go for a bold colour block option in a sixties style for a classy take on the shift dress. Add cat eyeliner and an Alice band to complete the look. Pair with block heel Mary Janes.

4. The Alternative Trouser Suit

graduation short suit

Graduations are almost always in the warmer months, so ditch the trouser-blazer combination you were thinking about and go for a trendier alternative option. Pair a high waisted short with a cropped blazer or tweed jacket for a graduation look that will turn heads.

Match up your short and jacket in the same colour or print then team with a wedge heel or a block court to lengthen your legs.

5. Make It a Maxi

maxi dress trend - Everything 5 Pounds

The maxi dress is a safe option for graduation. Long enough to be considered formal and yet equally Bohemian, the maxi dress is both smart and classy. Go for one with a slit if you feel like you need a little space to bust some shapes.

Wear with a chunky wedge heel this season to achieve the on-trend seventies vibe and add lashings of beaded jewellery for an individual ethnic look. If you’re doing a stint of travelling post uni, this is the perfect outfit to mark that next phase.

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