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What To Wear To A Graduation Ceremony


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Searching for the perfect graduation outfit to celebrate the big day in? Firstly, congrats! This day is all about you and your achievements.

And let’s be honest, you’ve been waiting three or four years to get *that pic* of you in the graduation get up and formally celebrate completing your degree.

We’ve made finding an outfit easy with our guide to the best plus size graduation outfits so you can be the best dressed grad there.

What To Wear To A UK Graduation

Generally, most UK graduations fall in the summer months which means there’s a high chance it’s going to be warm on the day. Great for pictures but not always great for keeping comfortable…

The gowns are thicker than they seem so if there’s glorious sunshine you may want to opt for something a little lighter underneath so you don’t get too warm.

Tips For Graduates:

  • Comfortable footwear – if you’re opting for heels, make comfort your priority. You want to be able to walk across the stage with ease! You’re on your feet for the majority of the day and can end up doing a lot of walking, especially if your campus is large.
  • Consider the fabric of your outfit – the gowns are thicker than they look, so keep the fabric of your dress in mind when browsing. You don’t want something too thick and heavy so you overheat under the gown.
  • No colour or print is off limits – Graduations have a formal dress code and the gowns are usually black, so you have endless options on what colour and print you can wear.

Summer Graduation Dresses & Outfits

Your choice in dress is of course weather dependent, and we all know one minute it could be forecast to be hot and the next there could be potential rain on the cards.

We’ve got you covered with our favourite formal dresses for graduations below.

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Keep it classic in monochrome with a pop of polka dot in this Yours London ruffle dress.

The sleeveless style keeps you cool underneath the gown, featuring a wrap style with ruffle trim detailing and an adjustable tie waist to cinch in as little or as much as you like.

Add pops of colour to the mono base or keep it low-key – the choice is yours.

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Minimal in style with a bright pop of colour, take this Limited Collection dress to the big day and beyond.

The wrap front is super flattering for bigger busts, featuring statement short flare sleeves, elasticated under the bust and a frill hem. The knee length shows off your fab legs underneath the gown.

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If you prefer a more modest neckline, be the best dressed grad in this effortless floral smock dress.

Featuring a ditsy floral print giving a more casual appeal, it features a shirred bodice, short puff sleeves with the midi length skirt effortlessly sitting over your curves. We love the pops of yellow, they’ll be sure to stand out underneath your gown.

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Complement your gown with florals in this Yours London skater dress.

Designed in a bright bold floral print, it features a simple rounded neck, short sleeves and belted tie fastening which will pop out where the open gown sits.

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Similar in style, this Yours London dress offers a plunging neckline with a muted floral print.

Featuring a plunging wrap front, adjustable tie fastening, short sleeves and a fit and flare skater skirt effortlessly skimming over your curves.

The muted colours pair perfectly with bright heels and a clutch bag to complete your look.

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If dresses aren’t your thing, opt for a smart trouser and suit blazer combo.

This linen-blend set is a great alternative that keeps you cool at the same time. If the jacket is too much underneath the gown, just opt for the trousers and a smart top.

The wide leg trousers feature an elasticated waistband to the back for a comfortable fit and belt loops.

What To Wear To A Graduation As A Guest

Attending a graduation? We’ve picked out our favourite plus size dresses and outfits to be the best dressed guest there.

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If you’re after something more formal, we’d opt for large floral prints over smaller ditsy prints to effortlessly achieve a formal look.

These two dresses are similar in style featuring a wrap front, belted tie fastening and sweeping maxi length.

Which will you choose, minimal mono or pops of colour?

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Switch up your florals for statement geometric print.

Bright and bold in pink and orange, it features a simple rounded neck, adjustable tie fastening and a frill hem. Keep your footwear simple to let the dress take centre stage.

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For something shorter, show some shoulder in this bardot dress.

A great option for a guest over a grad as the off the shoulder style could sit strangely underneath the gown or you keep having to pull it up.

Featuring a shirred bodice, super comfortable for bigger busts completing with a frill hem adding a feminine touch.

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If you prefer trousers, these pleated trousers are a smart option you can take beyond the celebrations too.

Featuring a flattering high waist with double belt loops and pleated front, they feature a slimming tapered fit from the knee down. We love how it looks with our blue boucle blazer thrown on top matching with the trousers.

Did you know we offer student discount at Yours Clothing? Register with either Unidays or Student Beans to unlock your student discount and check out all our latest offers and discount codes right here.

So, you’ve finished your degree and now you’ve got interviews lined up? Check out our blog on what to wear to an interview for all the outfit inspo you’re after.

Show us your graduation outfits over on social using the hashtag #ThisIsYours on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter – you might even get featured!