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A Women’s Outfit Guide to Summer Graduations

Whether you’re attending a backyard party or a graduation ceremony.

Women's Graduation Outfits
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Cheers to the Class of 2019! It’s graduation season, do you have what you need for all the parties and ceremonies? Here’s a tip, you’ll need different outfits with different levels of formality. On this post, we’re giving you a rundown of what’s appropriate for each event.

Backyard Graduation party looks

Backyard graduation bash

Some of the best graduation parties happen in your friends’ backyards. For that, keep your look cute, but pretty low-key. A light, airy dress is perfect for a mid-afternoon party spent in the sun, but bring a light jacket with you in case the party goes into the evening. Another thing to keep in mind: flat-bottomed shoes, like sandals or wedges, are your best bet if cornhole or horseshoes are on your party radar. All in all, this is your go-to outfit for hanging out on the deck with a burger in one hand and a beverage in the other.

Semi-formal celebration

A semi-formal outfit is what you’ll need when attending a graduation ceremony or a party at a venue. Often held in an academic hall or large auditorium, a sophisticated midi or maxi dress is a perfect choice—but don’t be afraid to infuse some fun! Look for patterns and details that are fun and romantic versus formal and elegant. That means ruffles, florals, asymmetrical details, and spring-y colors. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Is this is time to wear a statement shoe?” The answer is yes. Always yes. 

Semi Formal Graduation outfit
Monochrome Graduation Outfit

The big event

Big accomplishments warrant turning your style game up quite a bit. What better way to do that than with a fashion-forward outfit? Inspired by the monochrome trend, this look is nearly head-to-toe green. And while we love little touches of shine on earrings and shoes, one way to minimize the amount of accessories in an outfit it to choose pieces that are interesting on their own. The tie neck on this jumpsuit is built into the garment and adds just the right amount of polish.

Summer is filled with all kinds of fun activities. For more style advice on what to wear this season, keep browsing through The Stylist.

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