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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 summer months you need to make sure to plan accordingly for the warm weather.

With graduations normally having a formal dress code you may want to wear a dress, opting for lightweight and breathable fabrics may be the better option to guarantee you stay cool, the gowns can be thicker than they seem!

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.

Summer Graduation Dresses & Outfits

Your choice in dress is of course weather dependent, and we all know the UK 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.

Plus Size Summer Graduation Dresses

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Dress to impress in our latest maxi dress from Yours London, made from a comfortable woven jersey fabric this dress is bound to be a scene-stealer.

Adorned with a stunning abstract print, a flattering wrap neckline, a front split hemline, elegant floaty angel sleeves and a stylish mesh overlay.

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A summer graduation calls for florals, feel and look your most confident on the special day in our floral wrap dress from Yours London.

This dress is made from a comfortable jersey fabric and features a hanky hem, a flattering tie waist, a v-neckline, short angel sleeves and is complete in a midi length to show off those legs!

Exude elegance in our stunning new-in dress, crafted from a comfortable jersey fabric, this dress features a sleeveless design and a front knot feature creating a curve flattering empire waist design.

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Add some colour to your graduation look with this Yours London smock dress made from a soft satin material.

This dress features short sleeves, a crew neckline, an adjustable tie belt to cinch in the waist, a frill hemline and is complete in a maxi length.

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If you’re looking for a subtle and elegant dress for your graduation, this pink occasion dress exclusive to Yours London is the perfect choice.

This dress features a sleeveless design with a flattering v-neckline, finished with a high low hem and pleated front detailing.

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A more casual, summery option for your summer ceremony.

This dress is perfect for a hot day, stay elegant and cool in this lightweight summer dress.

This elegant Yours London dress features a trendy ditsy floral print, a flattering smock style with a belted tie waist, and a lovely v-neckline.

Plus Size Summer Graduation Outfits

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If dresses aren’t your thing, a jumpsuit or a trouser outfit also looks great, this one-piece wonder guarantees an effortless and put together look.

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,

Dive into colour with this mint green blazer and trousers set.

This mint green military blazer is made from a comfortable woven fabric, this blazer features long sleeves in a double-breasted silhouette with mock buttons and side pockets in a tailored fit.

Match this stunning blazer with the matching trousers, featuring an elasticated waistband for a comfortable fit, a tapered design, side pockets and complete in a pull on style.

Pair this matching set with a plain white top and a pair of striking heels to polish off the look.

The summer weather can get really warm, especially when keeping in mind that you will be wearing a gown over your look.

Keep cool in this matching set featuring a cropped blazer and tailored shorts.

This cropped blazer creates a clean cut silhouette, made from a woven fabric this blazer features a stylish cropped design, a tapered collar, mock pockets and slightly padded shoulders.

Show off your legs in the matching pink tailored shorts, made from a comfortable fabric, these shorts feature an elasticated waistband, a tailored fit, a high waist and a button up feature.

Complete the ensemble with a pair of white sleek heels for a look you’ll want to wear on repeat.

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.

Plus Size Graduation Guest Dresses

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This Limited Collection dress is a must-have for special occasions and perfect for attending a summer graduation ceremony.

This dress is made from comfortable woven fabric and features short sleeves, a beautiful floral design and a flattering wrap style v-neckline complete in a midaxi length.

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Our new-in trending dress is the perfect choice for a graduation guest dress this summer.

This dress is made from a textured jersey fabric and features a stunning floral and leopard print mix with billowing long, cuffed sleeves.

This dress is crafted in a flattering wrap style and features frill hemline detailing.

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You can’t go wrong with an elegant black dress, like our latest Limited Collection dress.

This dress is made from a comfortable jersey fabric and features a ruched front with a square neckline and short, floaty angel sleeves.

Plus Size Graduation Outfits

Elevate your occasionwear collection with our new-in tapered trousers made from a comfortable woven fabric and featuring an elasticated waistband with a double belted design in a pull-on style.

Simply style with a plain tee or blouse and a blazer for a put together look.

Glam it up with a pair of heels and a matching bag for the special day.

This elevated smart casual look is ideal for attending a graduation, look elegant and smart in this jeans and blazer combo.

Combine comfort and style with a pair of jeggings, these pull-on bum shaping leggings are the perfect addition to your wardrobe to invest in now and wear forever. Crafted from a comfortable stretch fabric, these jeggings feature an elasticated waistband, functional pockets and seam detailing.

Opt for a plain base and layer with our black lined blazer, a classic staple for any wardrobe. This must-have blazer is fully lined and features long sleeves with two pockets, notched lapels and a centre back split hem.

Complete the look with a pair of sleek black heels and a matching bag.

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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.

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