What to Wear to a Graduation

Whether you’re walking across the stage yourself or cheering in the audience, make sure you’re wearing the perfect graduation outfit to celebrate the occasion.

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Spring is a season for renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings. Commencement ceremonies mark the beginning of a new chapter, so why not welcome it in an outfit that makes you feel incredible. Even if you’re wearing a robe at the ceremony, you’ll feel even more proud when you know the outfit beneath is as fabulous as your future will be.

Often graduation ceremonies are held outdoors, so don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and even a hat and fan to keep your cool. The occasional surprise shower may make an appearance, requiring an umbrella or poncho, so be sure to keep an eye on the forecast. If you’re headed to an indoor ceremony, feel free to get fancy with your footwear and rock any outfit that you feel amazing in.

Jump Around

plus size floral jumpsuit

Instead of a dress, opt for a jumpsuit for a unique silhouette. A plus-size jumpsuit in a ditsy floral print can be dressed up with heels and jewelry for the ceremony and dressed down with sneakers for the after party.

plus size floral jumpsuit

This jumpsuit with a large floral print is just as elegant as your favorite printed dress (but with none of the chafing!). Look and feel gorgeous in a sleek jumpsuit, accessorize with an updo, and add minimal jewelry.

Maximize The Moment

plus size maxi dress

A maxi dress is sure to keep your legs protected from sunburns and sitting on hot bleachers or metal folding chairs. Dress up a simple maxi with cork wedges, jewelry, and bold lipstick.

plus size maxi dress

Opt for a maxi in a bold print to catch eyes and pair with heels to elongate your shape even more. This silhouette will show off your shoulders, so pair it with an updo and a touch of sunscreen for protection.

Print Edition

plus size floral dress

This poppy printed dress is the perfect spring occasion dress. While the white background won’t make it appropriate for a wedding, it’s ideal for graduation. Lean into the bold color by pairing with bright shoes.

plus size polka dot shift dress with pockets

A shift dress in a simple print on black makes for the perfect day-to-night look. A little makeup change is all that’s needed to bring this look from daytime chic to nighttime glam.

The Hue For You

plus size coral trumpet dress

Bold spring hues like coral make for a fabulous spring occasion outfit. This trumpet dress creates a playful silhouette—add printed accessories to this solid dress for a pop of pizzazz.

Magenta body con plus size dress with ruffle

A magical magenta dress makes for a gorgeous graduation ensemble. Add pumps if it’s an indoor ceremony or opt for wedges for an outdoor ceremony and throw your hair up to show off the ruffle detail.


No matter who’s graduating this season, be sure to snap lots of photos and post them on social with #mydiastyle. Do you have a graduation on the calendar? Be sure to ask your Dia Stylist for a box just for the occasion so you can find a cute dress or jumpsuit to flaunt in front of family and friends.