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4 Top Graduation Dress Trends

4 Top Graduation Dress Trends

Have you thought about a graduation dress? Or will you wait until the last minute and just settle for what works? Graduation is supposed to be a big day—a day for you to look back on for years to come. So, why settle for less?

Putting a lot more thought into your dress selection can ensure you’re getting something you’ll truly love and feel confident wearing.

When it comes to graduation dresses, the choices are endless. Whether you choose to go short or long, bright or dark, simple or dramatic, you’re sure to find the perfect style for you.

Let’s look at some of the top graduation dress trends to give you some inspiration.

Go All Out With a Ball Gown

Do you plan to throw a party after graduation? If so, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous ball gown. After all, you deserve to feel like the princess you are.

An elegant ball gown can be the perfect way to end your graduation night. And it’s a great way to boost your confidence.

Ball gowns add a certain flare and grace to your figure, along with a hint of mystery. Wear a ball gown for your graduation night and you’re sure to make people do a double-take.

There are so many types of ball gowns that you might be overwhelmed making a choice. If you want a dress that’s going to hug your figure just right, then an a-line ball gown could be perfect for you. These types of gowns typically have fitted bodices with long full skirts.

Bring on the Colors

While the most popular color to wear for graduation is white, you’re free to wear any color you want—unless your school explicitly states otherwise. So if you’re not one to blend in, a brightly-colored graduation dress can be a real statement maker.

If that sounds like your kind of thing, you can go bold for your big day with bright, neon colors. Neon Orange, neon pink, lime green, and bright fuchsia are popular choices that can really add some energy to a graduation look.

But to create that perfect balance between simple and over-the-top, go for something that’s short and dainty. A bright-colored dress that’s long and has lots of detail could be too much on graduation day. Instead, opt for something with a simple, yet striking structure like an all-over rhinestone dress with a cut-out back.

Enchanting Elegance

If you want to go for a glam look on graduation day, try out an elegant dress with embellished heat-set stones. This adds just the right amount of shimmer without going overboard. A simple, yet elegant dress that hugs your curves and holds you in just the right places can make you feel even more confident on your big day.

From cocktail to midi dresses, you can truly make your graduation night magical. Cocktail dresses are shorter in length, which means you can easily move around as you march. Plus, you can still dance the night away, and look good doing it.

A midi dress tends to be even shorter, which means you can easily hide it underneath your graduation gown. This is also perfect if your graduation is outdoors, so you’ll be able to stay cool while looking amazing.

One Shoulder Look

A one-shoulder dress can be the perfect pairing to your overall graduation look, especially if you like showing off a little skin. But to choose the right style, be sure to keep your body type in mind.

For example, if you’re tall and have some curves, find a one-shoulder dress that’s fitted and will accentuate your curves. Or if you have a more petite top, go for a dress that has more volume in the ruffle to create a more voluptuous appearance.

One other tip when wearing a one-shoulder dress to graduation is to pull your hair back. The whole point of wearing a one-shoulder dress is to show off your neck, chest, and shoulders. So, wearing your hair down defeats the whole purpose of an off-shoulder dress. It draws the attention away from that well-defined collarbone and those beautifully toned arms.

Shop These Top Graduation Dress Trends for Your Special Day

Don’t know what to wear for your graduation? Hopefully, the trends we’ve listed in this post can help you make a decision.

If you’re not sure where to find the perfect number for your big day, shop the Amarra collection. Our dresses come in a wide range of styles, colors, materials, and details. Find one of our retailers today.


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