Valley to the Rescue: Graduation Dresses

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With your last exams, projects, finals and, hopefully, interviews, you might be putting off something super important just because you don’t have the time: buying your graduation dress! Graduation is less than a week away and it’s crunch time for graduation pictures. Valley has a list of the best stores where you can snag your graduation dress at an affordable price, so you can join in on the pictures ASAP!

Charlotte Russe
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Charlotte Russe has a variety of dresses that are perfect for every body type, style preference, and wallet size out there. If you are looking for something casual, yet formal enough for this occasion, try the Lace Bib-Neck Shift Dress. It can always be worn again this summer with some lace-up sandals, so you know you’ll get your money’s worth. It is located at the Nittany Mall, and you can take the Nittany Mall CATA bus if you don’t have a car.

H&M
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H&M is the perfect spot for some retail therapy and is the go-to store for simple, classic staple pieces for your closet. If you are in the mood to stretch your wallet a little bit for a dress that you can wear again for a possible girls night, the Short Lace Dress is your cup of tea! It comes in either white and black, so pick your poison. With a convenient location in downtown State College, it’s only a walk away from campus so you can buy your dress right after class.

Macy’s
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Ahh, the ultimate story for every need. Macy’s has a wide range of sizes and styles. Looking for something trendy but not too outside-the-box? Try the Bar III Zip-Front Fit and Flare Scuba Dress. It comes in a variety of colors and even a pattern, so this dress is sure to fit your needs.

Lulu’s
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Photo from lulus.com

Lulu’s is a great online store that even has a section dedicated to graduation dresses. Just sort it by the price you want, and then scroll to find your dream dress. Try the Love Poem Yellow Lace Dress. You’ve survived the all-nighters, the 10 to 15 page papers, those horrendous 8 a.m.s, and, not to mention, finals week, you deserve this dress.

When choosing a graduation dress, always remember that it should reflect you and all your hard work, and don’t be afraid to spend a little more for quality because you only graduate from Penn State once!