It's that time of year again... the worst and best part of any college experience: graduation. Whether you're excited for a new change or tearing up at the thought of leaving your college besties, you still want to receive your diploma dressed to the nines. But, since you're starting your adult life, the last thing you want to do is go broke from buying a beautiful dress for one event. In order to help you start on the right foot before going off into the real world, we've rounded up five cute and affordable dresses you can wear to your spring ceremony.
1. Lace-Trimmed Shift Dress, Forever 21, $24.80
LDBs are perfect for all occasions, including a graduation ceremony. This drapey LBD is perfect for a girl with classic taste. The lace makes this dress classically feminine, while the dark color gives this look some edge. Pair this dress with silver jewelry, a white blazer and black pumps for a simple yet elegant look.
2. American Rag Pop Over Maxi Dress, Macy's, $26.99 (extra 25% off with code 'FRIEND' through May 4)
If your school is planning to have an outdoor ceremony, be sure to come prepared for all sorts of weather changes with a maxi dress. The long, flowy skirt will keep your legs warmer than a short dress will (and, you can even sneak on a pair of leggings underneath if it gets really cold out). Wear this maxi dress with wedge heels and a brightly colored cardigan for a bold, spring-y look.
3. Riviera Bodycon Dress, Tobi, $24
Bodycon dresses are always an easy go-to for any graduation ceremony, and this LWD (little white dress) can take you from the ceremony to the after party in no time! Pair it with a blazer and classy heels for an outfit that won't look like you're headed to a club.
4. Pleated Abstract Print Dress, Forever 21, $24.90
If you consider yourself a bold girl who likes flair, color and graphics, this affordable dress from Forever 21 was probably made for you. The funky design allows you to express your fun side while the cut of the dress is appropriate for any graduation setting. Try pairing this dress with chic booties for a clean look that's not too over-the-top.
5. New Look Spot Mesh Skater Dress, ASOS, $23
Try going for a mod vibe this graduation season with this dress from ASOS. The sheer polka-dot top will give you a '60s feel that you can pair with beautiful, vintage-inspired waves and T-strap heels. Be sure to bring on the red lipstick, too!
Happy Graduation, collegiettes! Which affordable dress will you be wearing to your graduation ceremony?