Five picks that will complement your graduation gown and help you be the life of the party after the ceremony.

Share story

The school year is winding down, and though you should be focusing on final tests and projects, it’s OK to take a few minutes to consider your graduation dress.

When picking out a dress to wear under your robe, look for slim silhouettes that won’t cause weird bunching. It’s also important to be conscious of the length and neckline. Graduation gowns are often tea- or midi-length, so a dress that’s just a bit longer than that could clash or hang awkwardly. The necklines are usually V-necks, so if your dress has a higher neckline, be sure it doesn’t clash or bunch.

Otherwise, the world is your oyster — in jobs and dresses. Here are some picks to help with the dresses part.

Needle & Thread Coppelia Dress ($260 at anthropologie.com). You can turn to this dress again and again for semiformal events. A flattering slim tulle skirt is party-ready, and the beaded latticework bodice is a showstopper once the robe comes off.

J.Crew Pamela Dress in Leavers Lace ($198). Slim and sophisticated, this ladylike dress has a high, sheer neckline that will look lovely peeking out from the grad gown. It comes in a range of colors from nudes to jewel tones.

ModCloth Outstanding on Ceremony Dress ($125 at modcloth.com). Sheer straps provide support, and a mesh overlay adds textural interest to take this flattering dress to the next level of style. You’ll be able to go from ceremony to party to night out in this easy, elegant piece that goes up to size 14.

Wayf Blouson Midi Dress ($68 at Nordstrom). If you’re looking for something a little less body-conscious, check out this flowy piece in bright coral or on-trend white. Check the length to be sure the fully-lined piece will fall at a good spot in relation to your gown.

Eloquii Sleeveless Striped Peplum Dress ($90 at eloquii.com). Your photos will pop when you don this striped, longline-peplum that will lay well under your gown. The silhouette and a bit of stretch in the fabric make it fun and flattering. In sizes 14–24.