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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 gown!

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

If your graduation falls during the winter months you need to make sure to plan accordingly for the chilly weather.

With graduations normally having a formal dress code you may still want to wear a dress, opting for thicker fabrics and longer lengths may be the better option to guarantee you stay warm.

The gowns are thicker than they seem so even if you opt for a shorter length dress you should still be 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.

Winter Graduation Dresses & Outfits

Your choice in dress is of course weather dependent, and we all know the UK winter weather can be very unpredictable.

If you’re also planning to celebrate after, bear in mind the venue or plan you’re attending after the big ceremony, and if you don’t have a chance to get changed, make sure you dress to feel and look your best self all day and night long.

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

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This dress from Yours London is ideal for a winter graduation ceremony. It’s made from a comfortable jersey fabric, featuring long sleeves, a v-neckline with sequin embellishment and a curve flattering, adjustable back tie waist.

Pair this dress with heels and a clutch for that special occasion.

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Your gown will usually be black, so add a pop of colour to the ensemble with this blue satin pleated wrap dress.

This elegant dress features short sleeves, that will keep you cool underneath the gown, a v-neckline and an adjustable waist, making it ideal for cinching in your waist however you find comfortable.

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This bodycon dress exclusive to Yours London features a curve enhancing wrap style with a v-neckline and 3/4 length sleeves and complete with a ruched ruffle skirt in a midi length.

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Opt for a LBD with this black cut out detail skater dress. This dress is made from a comfortable jersey fabric and it features a high neckline, cut out detail and short sleeves.

Style with your favourite heels and a clutch for an elegant look that will look great in all those graduation pics.

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If you’re looking for a more formal occasion dress for your special day, check out this maxi ruffle wrap dress. It comes in a stunning navy blue colour and features adjustable straps, a v-neckline and a flattering adjustable waist, allowing you to cinch in the waist however you find comfortable.

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If dresses aren’t your thing, a jumpsuit or trouser outfit also looks great, especially when you bear in mind the cold winter temperatures!

This black jumpsuit is perfect for special occasions, it’s made from a comfortable jersey fabric and features a belted waist with a metal buckle detailing.

You can also opt for a smart trouser or suit 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 looking for something slightly more formal we’d opt for large floral prints rather than small ditsy florals for an effortlessly formal look.

As the winter months can be chilly, you will likely want to opt for a dress with a longer length. Both of these dresses have a similar style and come in a stunning maxi length, which can be paired with either heels or boots depending on the weather and your personal preference.

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Opt for an elegant jumper dress to stay cosy and stylish as a large hall can be chilly, especially this time of year.

This new-in jumper dress is made from a comfortable knitted fabric and features a sweetheart neckline, ribbed texture and is complete at a midi length, perfect for pairing with some heeled boots to dress up for the occasion.

This dress is ideal for pairing with a warm winter jacket to make sure you stay cosy all day long.

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

Featuring a flattering high waist and an elasticated waist band for ultimate comfort, they feature a relaxed wide leg fit and are complete in a soft velvet finish.

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 – you might even get featured!