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12 Chic and Classy Outfit Ideas for Your Face-to-Face Graduation

We can’t wait for the stylish return of on-site graduation ceremonies!
12 Chic and Classy Outfit Ideas for Your Face-to-Face Graduation
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We can’t wait for the stylish return of on-site graduation ceremonies!

There’s nothing sweeter than the culmination of your schooling years in one, memorable event. Yep, we’re talking about graduation day! For years, you’ve been studying hard and pulling all-nighters while balancing your social life, and not to mention, trying to survive a global pandemic!

In recent years, on-site graduation rites had to take a back seat in favor of online graduations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, with active cases dwindling down by the day, it seems that schools this year are finally preparing for face-to-face graduation, much to the excitement of students.

That being said, a fancy outfit is a must for a memorable occasion such as this! Graduations usually lean towards the side of smart casual to semi-formal wear. So, a dress or the like would be the most fitting to wear underneath a toga. But, if you’re drawing blanks with what the perfect OOTD is, fret not! We’ve curated a list of chic and classy outfit ideas that are going to leave you to be the most stylish graduate during your ceremony!


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1. Off-shoulder Dress + Slingback Heels

For something a bit more feminine, opt for an off-shoulder dress with shoulder ties that gives it a daintier feel. A frock like this is a simple yet foolproof look to stay fresh throughout the lengthy ceremony. Team it with a pair of slingback heels to complete your look and you’re now graduation-ready!

tricia gosingtian pink dress midi dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/tgosingtian
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2. Button-Down Tie Dress + Strappy Heels + Minimal Accessories

Another dainty option that’s perfect for a morning graduation ceremony is this yellow button-down dress with a tie detail at the front to cinch in your waist! You can even leave some of the skirt buttons undone if you feel a tad hot later on. Of course, accessories can elevate any outfit but keep it minimal with just a few necklaces and bracelets together with a classic watch.

camille co yellow dress midi dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/itscamilleco

3. Strappy Babydoll Dress + Handbag + Pointy Heels

A babydoll dress is a fuss-free dress option if you want to look chic without putting in too much effort. Not to mention it exudes a youthful vibe that perfectly captures one's innocence before entering the “real world” after graduating. Choose a small handbag to carry around all your essentials and match its color with your footwear for a balanced look!

camille co babydoll dress blue dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/itscamilleco

4. Ruffled Midi Dress + Stilettos

A neutral ensemble might just be one of the chicest graduations looks to wear! You’ll definitely get inspired to wear a light-colored midi dress with tiered ruffles that are going to have you floating up the stage to receive your diploma. 

Heaven peralejo neutral ootd midi dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/heavenperalejo

5. Ruched Mini Dress + Minimal Accessories

Slipping into a silhouette-hugging frock like this minimalist ruched mini dress is ideal if you don’t want your robe to look chunky from the outside with a flouncy dress. Keep your accessories light by pairing this fitted dress with a gold pendant and matching arm candy to stay in line with the minimalist aesthetic.

rose abao ruched dress mini dress neutral ootd graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/rose.abao

6. Linen Midi dress + Chunky Heels

Linen is one of those materials that’s known to be heat-proof! In case your graduation is held outdoors, we suggest a dress made out of linen to keep you cool underneath your toga. A midi dress like this one even makes for a classy post-graduation dinner look after you shed your robes.

sofia manzano linen dress blue dress midi dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/sofiamanzano

7. Flowy Dress + Strappy Heels

For those who want to make graduation their fashion runway, a flowy dress is now your new go-to. Not to mention that this roomy dress provides optimal comfort while you sit and wait for your name to be called! To avoid any shoe mishaps on stage á la Cinderella losing her slipper, a strappy pair of heels is always a good idea.

PHOTO BY Instagram/pamelaandres

8. Long Sleeved Blouse + Fitted Mini Dress + Pointy Heels

If you’re an avid watcher of Korean dramas, you would know that actresses love to layer a dainty blouse under a dress. Why not try a K-style inspired OOTD to your grad by teaming a long-sleeved white blouse with a fitted mini dress for a classy vibe akin to the actresses in your favorite series? 

angela ken kstyle korean ootd graduation outfit

PHOTO BY Instagram/anqelaken

9. Halter Dress with Cutout 

If the dress code permits it, nothing is stopping you from donning a lowkey hubadera outfit during graduation! For a subtle show of skin, a halter dress with a cutout in the center offers enough exposure while avoiding being too over the top for a formal event. 

gabbi garcia pink dress halter dress hubadera graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/gabbi

10. Printed Coordinates + Mules

Printed coordinates technically aren’t a dress, but this blouse and skirt combo is still dressy enough for a graduation OOTD! Try one with a simple yet cute print like stars and add some ruffles to the skirt for an extra bit of oomph. 

kim chiu, neutral ootd, coordinates, puff sleeve top, ruffle skirt, graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/chinitaprincess

11. Long Floral Dress + Ankle Strap Heels

A floral dress is a timeless choice that can be easily dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Case in point: this long, floral frock that we can totally see ourselves wearing for a no-brainer grad look. For tall girls out there, feel free to wear a low pair of heels to match your ensemble.

michelle vito floral dress long dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/michellevito

12. Puff-sleeved Dress + Handbag + Strappy Heels

The universally flattering puff-sleeve dress might just be the dress you need for your big day. This charming white number is serving fresh vibe. What's more, the mini handbag and matching white heels can make this an easy last-minute graduation outfit to put together.

kira balinger white dress puff sleeve dress graduation outfit
PHOTO BY Instagram/kira_balinger

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