Southern Belle in Training

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April 11, 2017

HUGE Graduation Dress Round Up!

     At this time last year, I was still having lots of trouble finding my college graduation dress. I wanted something that would be fun yet tasteful, and that would reflect my sense of style and personality, yet also be appropriate for the ceremony and to wear with my robe. As someone who is quite a dress lover in general, I had no idea that finding a dress for the occasion of graduation would be so hard! After trying on tons of dresses in many stores and also browsing for weeks on end online, I finally picked out a dress, and I remember it felt like such a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

     Oddly enough- the search for a graduation dress was not going any easier this year when I began browsing a couple months ago for a dress for my broadcasting school graduation ceremony, which will be in late May! I knew that I'd had so much trouble last year that I wanted to start extra early this time around... and similarly enough I was still having trouble finding anything that felt perfect! Fortunately for me this time around- thanks to finding a job out of state and my big move, I actually won't be attending my broadcasting school graduation ceremony in person, so I can re-wear last year's graduation dress when I Facetime in... or wear my pajamas... no one will know! 😉

     Anyways, I wanted to help out all of my fellow graduation seniors (both high school and college!) who might read my blog with today's post, to hopefully make the graduation dress shopping process easier than it has been for me! I found lots of different dresses in both varying styles and price points, so there is something here for everyone! And if you aren't a grad yourself this year or if those days are behind you, then perhaps you have a graduation or other special spring event like a recital or shower to attend, and you might still be in need of a pretty spring dress!

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     If you're not looking to break the bank with your graduation dress- it's totally possible! These dresses are all super cute and perfect for graduation or any other spring celebration, and the best part is that they're all under $25! I seriously cannot believe that the yellow scalloped dress is only $10. 

     I am a huge fan of the Lilly Pulitzer brand, and to me wearing a Lilly dress for a special occasion makes the occasion that much sweeter. 😉 If you're wanting to splurge a little more, I highly recommend something by Lilly Pulitzer! All Lilly dresses are perfect for springtime, so gorgeous, and the Lilly brand is timeless so you'll be able to re-wear the dress time and time again. (I love wearing my older Lilly pieces just as much as new ones!) I did end up choosing a Lilly dress for my college graduation last year- and it was absolutely perfect. 

     And if you're looking for a dress that is a little bit more of an investment piece than an under $25 bargain steal, but might not have as preppy of a look as a Lilly dress (or quite as much of a price tag!)- don't worry, I have you covered too! Here are some of my other favorite picks that would also be perfect for graduation. From lace to bold stripes to fun florals- all the trends are here! 

      Here is a look at my college senior photos and the Lilly dress that I ended up choosing! To see more of my senior photos- check out this blog post! 

     If you've already graduated high school and college- did you find graduation dress shopping hard as I did? Did you eventually find the perfect dress! Share with me in the comments! And congrats again to all my graduating senior readers- all of your hard work has paid off!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese 



  1. I love all these picks! I actually didn't attend my college graduation so I didn't get a special dress!

  2. I graduate in a month and am in the "what the heck am I going to wear for graduation" boat. I love that yellow dress and am pretty positive I'm going to wear that, haha!

  3. 4, 1, and 2 have to be my favorites out of each collage!

  4. I won't need a graduation dress until I graduate from law school but I did love choosing options for high school and undergrad (even though I ended up choosing not to walk at my college graduation).

  5. So many great picks! I wore a white dress for my college graduation and it was a timeless choice!

  6. I love all of your picks! I'm going to need a dress in August and love your suggestions.

    Greta |

  7. I want all of your picks from the last set. The midi length are so sophisticated but fine. Your college senior photo dress was lovely!

    Jessica |

  8. I have seen so many amazing dresses over the last few blog post I've found! I have a serious desire to shop!

  9. These are all so cute! I wore Lilly to my graduation :)

  10. All amazing looks! Love them!

  11. Love all of your picks! I swear graduation dress shopping was way more stressful than I thought it would be. I love number 6 in the Lilly category!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  12. All of these are really cute! Thankfully, I stumbled on my college graduation dress months before when I was just shopping. I saw it and knew it would be prefect - I guess I just lucked out! Congrats on graduation as well!

  13. For my high school graduation, I had actually graduated early, so I just picked a dress out of my closet the evening before! Haha. I struggled so much with finding a dress for my college graduation that I actually just rewore the Lilly Pulitzer party dress I had purchased for my 21st birthday and purchased a pair of bubblegum pink pumps so that my parents would be able to pick me out of a crowd :)

    Your dress selection is absolutely gorgeous!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  14. OMG #1 under $25 is to die for!!! I need! You look adorable babe!

  15. I wore Lilly Pulitzer for my graduation last year and to date it's still one of my favorite Lilly dresses to pull out-I probably won't ever get rid of it, there are too many great memories with it!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style


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