What To Wear On Your Graduation Day

Friday, January 22, 2016
I graduated three years ago in June and to me it feels like it was last year, I genuinely wish I could go back to university again as I loved my time there even though it was incredibly stressful and nerve wracking at times *presentations, cries*. I didn't even want to go to my graduation if I didn't get a first, thankfully I did but then came the dread of what to wear. The university I went to had a dress code of a white shirt and black pants...I only found out on the morning of my graduation that we could wear whatever we wanted, you can imagine my stress levels.

I wore a plain navy skater dress for my graduation day with black tights and black wedge heels and looking back it wasn't an awful outfit and it did fit the occasion but I wish I had been able to choose something different - I just didn't have time! Choosing an outfit for your graduation day can be so difficult as it has to be formal and practical (as you will be struggling to keep the gown and cap on at the same time), also it has to match the colours of your gown and there is no point in picking a dress or shirt with an intricate print or embellishments as you won't really see them because of the gown.

House of Fraser have some fantastic dresses and formal/workwear options that would be perfect for graduation. Here are my picks:

- Biba Lace Button Up Shirt Dress: If your university allows dresses for graduation then I think this one would be a great formal but colourful opinion - although make sure it complements the colour of your gown. It is such a fun, cute opinion.

- Yumi Net Lace Skater Dress: This is a dress I would have picked for my graduation as it is simple and black so it will go with the gown and the skater dress fit is so flattering. The lace adds a nice touch of detail and the dress could be worn to other occasions.

- Dorothy Perkins Lace Pencil Dress: Another gorgeous but formal dress would be great for graduations as the colours won't clash with the gown and it is more feminine and figure hugging compared to most formal or workwear dresses. This would be a great opinion if your graduation is in the summer as mine was as wearing a gown and cap can be a bit much!

- Warehouse Mix Lace Prom Dress: I think this dress is my favourite from the ones I have picked, it is simple but cute and formal. I love the lace detailing and navy will go with everything, that's one of the reasons I chose a navy dress for my graduation...that and I didn't really have many other choices with a hour or two to go until graduation!

- Ted Baker Crepe Suit Trousers: Some universities have a dress code for graduation as mine did until the last minute so you might have to wear a shirt and trousers. As I'm petite and I am a bit picky when it comes to clothes, it took me ages to find a decent pair of black trousers that didn't give me horrendous flashbacks of secondary school days. I love these Ted Baker trousers, they would be perfect with a cute blouse or shirt and heels although if your university has cobbled streets around it as mine does then opt for wedges - there were quite a few people falling on my graduation day thanks to stilettos!

What do you think of the items I picked? What did you wear to your graduation? 


  1. Love this post! Wish it had been around when I graduated last summer as I really struggled to find a suitable dress! I absolutely love the fourth dress. It is so pretty! x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

  2. My graduation is this july and I'm so nervous and scared haha can't believe the journey is almost over waaah
    these picks are gorgeous by the way :)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  3. I had absolutely no idea what to wear to my graduation, it was so hard! You made some great picks here!

  4. I found it so difficult to decide on what to wear for my graduation; settled on a simple grey dress. Absolutely love the Biba shirt dress though, such a cute pick! xo

    Sharan | essehearts.com

  5. Love that Biba shirt dress, very unique. xx


  6. Congratulations of passing with a first even if it was three years ago! I love the white dress! xx


  7. Ooh I love the blue dress - it's gorgeous xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  8. These are pretty picks, especially lace prom dress. I wore a black dress on my graduation, it was simple but elegant :) x


  9. I graduated around a year ago & can vividly remember the stress of outfit shopping! I only actually managed to find an outfit a few days before the ceremony (ahh!) as nothing seemed to look right!

    In the end I opted for a red skater dress with black shoes.. perfect pop of colour under the mass of black material! x


  10. I wore a black lace dress on my graduation day. We didn't even have a dress code btw, but so many people turned up in chic outfits haha. Loved it. Only one girl wore jeans and most people were sort of shocked that she did haha. I simply adore the lace pencil dress you picked out. That's definitely my fave from the list.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

  11. I love the fourth dress, such a good formal dress for any occasion! I wore a cream dress at graduation and I was actually really pleased with my choice looking back!

    The Makeup Directory


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