Finding the Perfect Dress for Graduation

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I am thirty school days and three finals days away from graduating from college.

I'm also three research papers and two projects away from graduation, and I'll probably wait until the last minute and then panic while I try to cram everything in at the end.

No, YOU'RE a procrastinator. graduation comes running at me at full speed quietly approaches, I know there are some things that I want to have ready when May 9th finally arrives. One of those things is finding a dress to wear for the graduation ceremony. I know it might seem crazy to start looking this far in advance, but when it comes to dresses I either can't find one that fits me, or I find one that fits me so perfectly I wonder how I've survived life without it up to this point. It's more often that that isn't the case. I usually spend entirely too much time trying on clothes that don't fit because I have the body of a fourteen year old. I love wearing dresses but it can be defeating to try to find something, anything that will be appropriate and fit and doesn't come from baby gap.

So, the search begins. I usually have the best luck with stores like Urban Outfitters and Zara. However, both of these stores are much more shopable in stores than online. Urban Outfitters does have a feature online that allows you to check if a particular item is available in a store near you which is really helpful.

There are a few key things I'm looking for when it comes to a graduation dress. The first is something loose-fitting and flowy. Specifically this is important because as I'm sure any of you know who have worn a graduation gown before, those things get hot. You don't want something that's going to stick to you underneath your gown because eventually it's going to come off and you still want the dress to look beautiful for pictures. As I mentioned before, my graduation falls on May 9th in the middle of the day. That's going to be a really warm time in California. I'm all about anything with spaghetti straps or short sleeves.

Another thing I look for is something light in color. I have a lot of dresses already, but most of the dresses I've purchased recently are better suited for Fall in coloring. I'm looking for something with pastels, light blues, pinks, or purples are perfect for a summer ceremony and can easily be dressed up or down.

I also  look for something that I might already have shoes to match to! Any of the dresses below would look great paired with some nude heels or a pair of wedges, both of which I already have. If you don't have to spend money on shoes then you can spend a little more on a dress you really love.

Finally, I look for a dress that I would love to wear again and again, as well as something I'm comfortable in because chances are i'll be wearing it for awhile. I'm much more likely to buy something that won't be worn once and then tossed into the closet and forgotten about.

Here are some dresses that I think would be perfect for a summer graduation. All of these can be found at Urban Outfitters.

Where do you find dresses that you love? 

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