Graduation Guest Outfits

graduation guest outfits

Graduation season is upon us, and it’s always an honor when you’re invited to celebrate a friend’s or family member’s accomplishments and milestones. You have the date on your calendar and bought a card and gift, but have you thought about what you’ll wear? Choosing a graduation guest outfit is similar to picking a wedding guest outfit. You want to look stylish without taking away from the honoree. Keep reading for my tips on what to wear to someone else’s graduation ceremony and three graduation guest outfits.


Tips for What to Wear to a Graduation

You want to balance being dressed up and not too dressed up. Think cute summer dresses, a stylish jumpsuit, or shorts suit.

Instead of matching the school colors, wear something complementary to avoid taking attention away from the grad. 

Always go for comfort. Graduations can be long, and you may be sitting for a while. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable with what you’re wearing and fussing with your outfit. 

Plan for temperature changes. If the ceremony is held indoors, the AC will be blasting, and you’ll need an extra layer. If it’s outdoors, you’ll want to opt for a lightweight or cotton fabric and wear sunglasses and sunscreen.


Graduation Guest Outfit Ideas

Solid Dress

Following my tip above and not going too bold with color, I thought this dress in the soft sage color was a great option. It’s breezy and made from breathable cotton gauze to keep you comfortable in the warm weather.

Dress c/o Gibsonlook (DOUSED10 for 10% off) | Earrings c/o Nickel & Suede (DOUSEDINPINK10 for 10% off)Similar Wedges | Handbag c/o Teddy Blake (TBDOUSEDINPINK30 for $30 off) | Sunglasses


Printed Dress

Printed dresses are always a good option as long as the pattern does not make you the center of attention. This black and white dress checks all the boxes with the subtle floral print and wrap style. The 3/4 length sleeves are perfect for keeping you comfortable for those indoor ceremonies with air conditioning.

graduation guest outfits

Dress c/o cabi | Earrings | Necklace | Similar Wedges | Handbag c/o Teddy Blake (TBDOUSEDINPINK30 for $30 off)


Shorts Suit

A nice skirt, slacks, and blouse is a safe bet, but why not try a shorts suit? I love the versatility of the shorts suit trend because these pieces can be worn together or separately to create endless outfit combinations for multiple occasions.

graduation guest outfits

c/o Gibsonlook: Top | Shorts | Blazer (DOUSED10 for 10% off) | Similar Wedges Handbag c/o Teddy Blake (TBDOUSEDINPINK30 for $30 off) | Sunglasses


Are you attending any graduation ceremonies this spring and summer? Let me know what you’ll be wearing in the comments!

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