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What to Wear: Spring/Summer Graduation

I've received a few requests from students who are looking for graduation outfit ideas, so here's one fashion formula that might work for you: Start with a smart-casual or semi-formal strapless dress that hits at or just above the knee. Colorblocking is really popular right now, and this particular dress seems to capture this trend in a tasteful, flattering way. Then, top with a lightweight cardigan in a complimentary color. You can wear black to a graduation but I think lighter colors or white are especially fun and celebratory for daytime occasions such as this. If you're suffocating under a gown, keep the cardigan off. When the rents take you out to a nice lunch afterwards, you'll have something to keep your shoulders covered at the restaurant. The strapless dress is sexy enough for saying goodbyes to all the guys, but prim and proper enough for the proud parentals who will be hovering nearby. Cute heels (make sure you can walk in them for a few hours), a clutch and pearls finish the look. And perhaps the most important part, which can't be overlooked, is that all items shown above are guaranteed to fit any graduate's budget.

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I just graduated on Sunday, and I ended up wearing plain black pants, a pink and white chiffon top, and pink dressy flats. I knew I'd be standing around at least an hour before the ceremony, and I didn't want my feet to kill. It was also a nice look to transition into a celebration lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.
#1 Joann on 2009-05-19 06:50 (Reply)
aww CONGRATS on your graduation, Joann!! Your outfit sounds lovely.

Yummmmm...Cheesecake Factory. :-)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-05-19 11:45 (Reply)
I like this. I could see it for many different occasions! modest yet in style.
#2 sparklingpinkgorilla (Homepage) on 2009-05-19 08:08 (Reply)
Very cute - love the dress! my one piece of advice is that a lot of graduations are on grass. Therefore, wedges or flats are best... nothing is worse than your feet sinking into the grass/dirt!!
#3 Grace (Homepage) on 2009-05-19 10:23 (Reply)
Good call!!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-05-19 11:43 (Reply)
I just went to a college graduation this past weekend-right on BB!
#4 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2009-05-19 10:38 (Reply)
the purse i don't like but i love the outfit
#4.1 kaylee on 2009-06-09 20:24 (Reply)
damnn that dress is only $12.50... sweeeet =)

(I love your blog budgetbabe, I read it everyday!)
#5 Krina on 2009-05-19 10:43 (Reply)
Wow, I just graduated this past weekend and can't imagine wearing a cardigan in the hundred degree Arizona heat! LOL But it's a very cute look. I wore a Navy blue sundress with black heels. :-)
#6 Hilary on 2009-05-19 17:23 (Reply)
The dress you've featured is too cute for words! LOVE it!
#7 Katie on 2009-05-19 22:24 (Reply)
Thanks, that was definitely good read and tips.
#8 Kate on 2009-05-20 10:22 (Reply)
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