A Guideline on What to Wear for Graduation: The Ladies Edition

What to Wear for Graduation

You’ve worked hard, put in long hours, and had sleepless nights. Now, it’s your time to graduate and celebrate all of your years of studies. 

There's a lot of hype around this particular day and for a good reason! It's a celebration for the blood and sweat put in over the years to complete one's degree. It is also a major transition in life from being a student to becoming a working-class individual.

So, what do you wear? Here are the best outfits for you to rock on your graduation day. Get out your camera, cap, and gown, and take center stage in style!

College/University Graduation

Whether you’ve finished Law or Liberal Arts, show off your degree in one of these stunning dresses. A tight-fitting bodycon looks extra sharp with a cap and gown, and a flowing wrap skirt will make you want to party all night in celebration. Feel free to add some sparkle and glamour to your outfit – this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, why not flaunt it?

Graduation Party

Let the fun begin. Wear something glamourous at the graduation party, show off your pins in a mini dress or let your hair down in an off-the-shoulder gown. If you’re going straight from the stage to a party, opt for a midi bodycon frock that shows off your curves and is super stylish. Dark colors look fantastic at one of these events and you can add a bit of sparkle with a pair of glittery heels or a snazzy clutch. After all of the hard work you’ve done for the past few years, you deserve to have a great night out and celebrate!

Graduation Ceremony

Stand on the stage and feel proud of yourself in one of these stunning outfits. If you don’t want to wear a traditional dress on your big day, rock your cap and gown in a pair of palazzo pants and a chic top in a bold shade. If you want to go all out, why not wear a jumpsuit? They’re comfortable, stylish, and are a timeless option for any graduate!

Graduation Dinner

Finish off the perfect day in a stunning outfit at your graduation dinner. From casual gatherings to a semi-formal event, you can’t go wrong with a classic midi dress to show off your curves. For a laidback feel, opt for a perfect A-line silhouette with a pair of pumps, completed by a subtle set of accessories like a necklace or drop earrings. If you’re heading straight to a party afterward, it’s best to wear something versatile such as a slinky pencil skirt with a crop top or rollneck. These options look great at any time of the year and are a fantastic way to look timeless in your photos.

Here's a couple of more tips you can go by when choosing what to wear for graduation:

1. Wear Comfortable Shoes

Do not even consider breaking in those new shoes on the D-day because you'll definitely live to regret this. More often than not, you'll spend an adequate amount of time on your feet so again don't aim for 6-inch heels if you're not used to them, stick to a pair of shoes that you can easily walk around in.

2. Wear a Comfortable but Chic Dress

You're advised to go for a classy-chic look and aim for a dress that flatters the shape of your body. Here's a couple of styles you can work with: An all-white, knee-length skater dress; a fitting, knee-length, or slightly beyond knee length body con dress; or a stylish loose-fit jumpsuit; a fitting knee-length casual dress; a full-on African print dress or a midi skirt and slim fit blouse. 

3. Avoid an up-do

Ladies, try aiming for those hairstyles that will accommodate the graduation hat so as to avoid continuous adjustment of the hat throughout the ceremony. What's more, you will also be able to get really nice pictures and selfies that won't make your hat look awkward.


White is a popular color for formal occasions, and simple shapes look especially striking in this hue. Graduations are usually semi-formal events, and rather than opting for loud prints or bold shades; a muted color palette creates a smarter, more modest appearance. It is also a tradition that women have followed for decades, and white tends to symbolize freshness and simplicity, which could be interpreted as new beginnings.

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