Finding the Perfect Graduation Dress

Zucker_graduationdress-3Graduating from Penn State is something that almost seniors dread. Who would want to leave such a happy place that contains countless cherished memories and friends? However, one of the few positive aspects of the day the marks the end of an amazing four-year era, is finding that perfect graduation dress. You must look absolutely stunning for pictures that you will keep with you for years.

The graduation gowns are colored Penn State blue. There are many colors that work with this shade of Navy. However, the event is celebratory and marks a fresh start, so most people will want to choose light-colored dresses.

Pick something “white or floral,” recommends Natalie Kapustik, sales associate at Connections. White dresses are always in style when the weather shifts into warmer temperatures. Plus, white will show off that sun-kissed skin you’ve subtly been working on. Florals are also on trend right now. You can pick up a floral dress at almost any store downtown. If you’re feeling edgier, go for a larger print in a brighter color.

As for the style of the dress, keep in mind that you’ll be celebrating with parents and family members.

“Definitely no plunging necklines or super short dresses,” says Kapustik. “And no cut-outs even though they’re popular.”

Stay away from the nighttime trends. Though they may be extremely flattering under backlights with a drink in hand, revealing ensembles will not cut it for a daytime event. Kapustik recommends drop-waist dresses, as they’re currently a hot item on the garment racks. Rock the drop-waist dress with a cute pair of wedges to make your look summery and classy while also showing off your stems.

Other appropriate and trendy dress styles to walk the stage at graduation in are fit-and-flares, crops with an attached skirts and layered or two-tiered dresses. These would all look beautiful in white, florals or lace. If you have a more classic style, chose an a-line or strapless dress.

Whether or not your graduation dress is perfectly on trend is irrelevant to the event. Choose a dress that you’ll approve of in 10, 20 or 30 years when you reminisce over your graduation photos.

Photo by Ashley Zucker