25 Graduation Outfits to Wear Under Your Gown

There are dresses, jumpsuits, and blazers galore! 🎓

It's not every day you're walking the stage to pick up your diploma—which means you should make the most of it! After all, you put in years of hard work to get here and deserve to be celebrated. If you ask us, that means your outfit needs to rise to the occasion, too. When choosing what to wear under your cap and gown, you should go with something that looks perfectly put-together and makes you feel your best when your name is called. Here, we've rounded up graduation outfits (including so many chic graduation dresses) that will ensure you do just that as you step into the next chapter of your life.

The best part? If your school doesn't have a commencement dress code, you can pretty much wear whatever you want! Feel free to express your own personal style under your gown in a pretty and polished way. That means you can wear anything from floral dresses and little black dresses to sleek blazers, pantsuits, jumpsuits, and rompers. We've included all of that and more—plus inspiration from Alex's graduation and Paige's graduation.

Stick to tradition and wear a timeless white dress or mix it up a bit with bright colors and patterns. It's your day, so have fun with it! (That also means decorating your cap with the cutest graduation cap ideas). When paired with comfortable heels or sandals, most of these ensembles can even take you right from the ceremony to your graduation party and will, of course, look great in post-commencement photos. Just be sure to use one of these graduation Instagram captions with them!

1. Social Sensation Burgundy Square Neck Mini Bodycon Dress

Social Sensation Burgundy Square Neck Mini Bodycon Dress

Here's an idea: Wear this dress under your gown with a pretty pair of heels for the ceremony, then change into cute sneakers for your graduation party after. The stretchy crepe fabric is so versatile and just as cute thanks to the square neckline and princess-seamed bodice.

$79 AT LULU'S

2. Always Beautiful Rose Pink Sleeveless Tulip Midi Dress

Always Beautiful Rose Pink Sleeveless Tulip Midi Dress

After you cross the stage in this dress, you'll be two degrees hotter—one for the diploma and one for this outfit. It's flirty and fun while still perfectly poised thanks to a fitted waist that falls into a tulip midi skirt.

$82 AT LULU'S

3. Alana Bow Mini Dress

Alana Bow Mini Dress

Talk about beauty and brains! This chic dress is adorned with little bow appliques atop a sassy (but still modest) side slit. It also comes in pink and blue, but you can easily add a pop of color to the white version with your shoes.

$90 AT FASHION NOVA

4. The A&F Mara Premium Crepe Vest Squareneck Set Top

The A&F Mara Premium Crepe Vest Squareneck Set Top

This set embodies an effortlessly chic and polished look. The separate pants and top will keep you comfy throughout commencement while the button-through detail and square neckline with wide leg pants adds trendy style.

$70 AT ABERCROMBIE

5. Endless Rose Short Sleeve Blazer Romper

Endless Rose Short Sleeve Blazer Romper

The button-down blazer look of this romper gives it such a professional vibe—which definitely fits the bill for a woman soon entering the workforce! With its sharp details and versatility, adding it to your wardrobe is a no brainer.

$98 AT MACY'S

6. The A&F Giselle Clasp-Back Pleated Midi Dress

The A&F Giselle Clasp-Back Pleated Midi Dress

Pleats are back and better than ever! Stick to the trends for your commencement or graduation party with this popular number. The flowing silhouette and asymmetrical hem adds just the right amount of whimsy—especially for those spring graduations.

$140 AT ABERCROMBIE

7. Black Midi Dress

Black Midi Dress

The best thing about a black dress? It'll match any color cap and gown as well as any academic stoles you may have earned. Just ask Paige! She looks so chic in this midi length style that she wore during her senior pictures at The University of Arkansas.

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8. Vision Twill Open Notch Collar Jacket

Vision Twill Open Notch Collar Jacket

Show them you mean business when you arrive in this snazzy ensemble. The fitted blazer features timeless notch collar design and a sleek open front. Grab the matching tailored pants and finish it off with a top of your choice.

$129 AT ANNEKLEIN.COM

9. Petal and Pup Hyatt Dress

Petal and Pup Hyatt Dress

Sophistication and style come together in the best way with this pick. The fitted midi length and straight neckline paired with a front slit look towards adulthood while still maintaining a factor of youth—perfect for this transitional period in your life.

$89 AT PETALANDPUP.COM

10. Sweet Like You Blush Ruffled Mini Dress

Sweet Like You Blush Ruffled Mini Dress

Hint: You don't have to match your school colors. This lovely number will have you looking pretty in pink as you walk across the stage. And when the gown comes off after, frilly ruffled sleeves and a draping skirt offer the most darling details.

$69 AT LULU'S

11. White Lace Dress

White Lace Dress

A white dress is a popular pick for graduations. Though not required, the tradition of wearing white actually dates back to the 19th century. Add a unique touch to yours with eyelet detailing and lacy trim like Alex Drummond did when graduating from Texas A&M University.

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12. Enticing Endeavors Emerald Green Jumpsuit

Enticing Endeavors Emerald Green Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits offer a unique way to switch up typical ceremony attire while still looking oh so polished. This one features a timeless squared-off neckline and seamed bodice with flattering high-waisted, wide pant legs.

$59 AT LULU'S

13. Cap Sleeve Ruffle Detail Dress

Cap Sleeve Ruffle Detail Dress

After all the hard work you put in to achieve this milestone, your outfit needs to be worthy of the day—and this classy yet playful pick certainly is! Off-the-shoulder cap sleeves on a sweetheart neckline, a figure-hugging silhouette, a ruched bodice, and sweeping ruffles make up its elegant design.

$59 AT VENUS.COM

14. Petal and Pup Laurel Dress

Petal and Pup Laurel Dress

Wear this pretty pick as you receive your diploma and you'll also receive a barrage of compliments. Just look at it! Along with lovely tie straps, the mid-length skirt will cascade beautifully along your figure while the subtle side slit gives extra oomph to its prim and proper design.

$79 AT PETALANDPUP.COM

15. Fisoew Blazer and Shorts Suit Set

Fisoew Blazer and Shorts Suit Set

If you don't want to go the traditional route—don't! This suit set made up of a notched collar blazer and shorts definitely makes a statement while still giving a sophisticated vibe. We're loving this powder blue hue, but you can grab it in ten other colors as well.

$70 AT AMAZON

16. White Puff-Sleeve Dress

White Puff-Sleeve Dress

Here's some more white dress inspo—courtesy of Paige Drummond. A flowy silhouette with subtle tiering that's also adorned with puff sleeves gives charming flair to an otherwise understated ensemble. The shoe and accessory options are endless!

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17. Satin Ruched Wrap Dress

Satin Ruched Wrap Dress

We're already imagining the photo ops you'll have in this one once the commencement ceremony is finished. You can't go wrong with a satin fabric for important occasions—and when paired with delicate ruching and a tie waist, it'll be hard to top. Along with this sage color, it comes in fifteen others, too.

$33 AT AMAZON

18. Show Stopper Cream Embroidered Sequin Bodycon Midi Dress

Show Stopper Cream Embroidered Sequin Bodycon Midi Dress

When you look your best, you feel your best—and that's certainly something you want on graduation day. You can do that by getting all dressed up in this pick. It has a flattering fit topped off with bold tulle sleeves, floral embroidery, and glistening sequins.

$84 AT LULU'S

19. In the City Black Surplice Sleeveless Jumpsuit

In the City Black Surplice Sleeveless Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit gives the ultimate welcome to the real world! It's made of a lightweight woven fabric with a sleeveless bodice that sweeps across the front and into paper bag waist pants. It's finished off with pleated details, a tie belt, and pockets.

$62 AT LULU'S

20. Pinstripe Dress

Pinstripe Dress

Under her gown, Alex is playing up the professionalism with a white and navy pinstripe dress. We're so here for the ruffled front that peeks out beneath the gown and stole.

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21. Sweet At Heart White Floral Embroidered Two-Piece Midi Dress

Sweet At Heart White Floral Embroidered Two-Piece Midi Dress

Now here's a way to enter the next chapter of your life looking your most fabulous. This two-piece set is just lovely with its embroidered floral pattern, sweetheart neckline, and scalloped lace trim at the hems. You'll want to take the gown off ASAP!

$86 AT LULU'S

22. Cropped Blazer and Pants Suit Set

Cropped Blazer and Pants Suit Set

Throw on this blazer and pant set for your ceremony then wear it again for your first job interview. The flattering blazer sits perfectly at the waist of the matching pants.

$31 AT AMAZON

23. Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

Perhaps the most timeless dress for any event is the little black dress. There are just so many designs to choose from—and they'll all look stunning under your gown. The LBD that Paige wore to her graduation party is certainly head turning with those cut-out details. We're definitely sold!

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24. Westwood White Half Sleeve Sheath Dress

Westwood White Half Sleeve Sheath Dress

Here's another white dress that would be great for graduation and beyond. Yep, it's perfect for the office after you secure your first big job! Notice the princess-seamed bodice atop a modest pleated sheath skirt complete with half sleeves and a crew neck.

$69 AT LULU'S

25. Power of Love Magenta Strapless Jumpsuit

Power of Love Magenta Strapless Jumpsuit

We're loving the Elle Woods vibes of this eye-catching ensemble. A strapless V-bar bodice with a fluttering tier atop wide pants—all done in a bright pink hue—will definitely give you that "wow" factor you're going for.

$68 AT LULU'S

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