Graduation Parties: Dress Ideas for Grads and Guests
The Grad: It’s your party, so wear what you want to! But if you need some inspiration, here are a few ways to style yourself for your big celebration:
- Classic Look: You know what color immediately comes to mind when you think of graduates? White! You can channel this traditional vibe by going for a classic white or ivory party dress.
- Stylishly You: Rock out in a party dress in your signature color or favorite design. You’re guaranteed to feel comfortable and undeniably you when you wear a color and style that suits you!
- Fancy Fashion: Pick a dress that’s just a level up fancier than what your grad party invite calls for in order to keep yourself center stage! For example, if it’s meant to be a casual celebration, consider wearing a semi-formal party dress to stand out among your guests.
- Simple Versatility: If you go with a simple party dress, you can go for a classic vibe or dress it up with accessories for a fancier effect. Even better, a simple style can easily be worn again to other events. For instance, if you’re not planning to buy another dress for a friend or family member’s party, then a simple casual party dress is easy to wear again because all you need to do is swap your accessories for a whole new look.
The Guest: Dressing for a graduation party is all about balancing your personal style preferences with the graduate’s dress code preferences. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Avoid white: Even if the graduate doesn’t plan to wear white, it’s a traditional color for grads. Best to save the white and ivory hues for the star of the show!
- Check the Invite: Party invitations often offer clues to help guide your wardrobe choices for the day! If the invite says the party will be a laid-back outdoor affair, then a casual party dress is a great option. If the invite is a catered indoor occasion, you might want to go for a semi-formal party dress to match the venue. No dress code clues? You can also consider the age of your graduate as a guideline. Younger grads celebrating a promotion or high school ceremony typically have more casual graduation parties, while college grads might host a fancier adult celebration.
- Be Subtle: Make sure the grad party dress you choose isn’t too flashy and bold. You don’t want to upstage the grad! It’s her big day, so let the graduate go for stand-out fashions (if that’s her preference) and stick to classic or simple designs for your party dress.