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50 best white graduation dresses 2024 | Trending styles for graduation day

50 best white graduation dresses 2024 | Trending styles for graduation day

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Last Updated on May 18, 2024 by Eve Dawes

Fashion forward white graduation dresses 2024 for college or high school graduation

Best white graduation dresses 2024 for all tastes and budgets! Graduation season is here and if you’re looking for the perfect college or high school white graduation dress for yourself or your daughter for your special day, these are the 50 most stylish looks for 2024. I don’t normally blog about college fashion on here but on our other site instead: Sorority Specialties, which my husband and I founded and own. We spend much of our year on campus and get to see, research and understand teen and college age fashion, style and current trends. Whether you’re looking for cute white dresses for your graduation ceremony, a white cocktail dress or something more formal for your graduation party, these trending graduation dresses will have you covered. I’ve rounded up the best sellers from under $100 to designer to make sure you have the perfect outfit for your graduation ceremony.

Read more or jump to shop the white graduation dress edit that nail the white graduation dress code.

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Best seller: White fit and flare mini dress under $100

Obviously I’m way past graduation age but I wanted to show you it on an average person. Basically, imagine your Mom modeling your clothes for you!

The dress below runs small so consider sizing up 1 size. I’d suggest sliding the ruffled sleeves off and under your arms while you have your graduation gown on to avoid bulk and then just slipping them back on afterwards.

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Shop the mini dress on sale | Rent the dress use code EVE15 for a discount

I’m 5’2″ wearing a size 0 in the white Mac Duggal dress below and find it runs true to size.

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White graduation dress Mac Duggal

What to wear for a white graduation dress code

A white graduation dress code can be a limiting and make it hard to stand out (in a good way). But they can also be drop dead gorgeous. The best white graduation dresses for 2024 nail the code and stand out for being stylish, flattering, classy and fashionable and they’re all here.

White mini dresses or midi dresses tend to look the best with your graduation gowns so that you can’t see them underneath.

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White mini dress under $60

I’ve searched online to put together the best white graduation dresses for 2024 that you’ll want to wear and that can be worn on repeat for other summer occasions. If you’re worried about wearing the same as any of your friends at your graduation ceremony, share this post with them and let them know what you’re wearing.

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White wrap dress on sale runs a little big

What white graduation dresses are in style for 2024

These are the graduation dresses that will look good in photos and include this years biggest trends:

  • Voluminous skirts.
  • Statement shoulders or sleeves (think power dressing).
  • Off the shoulder styles.

Whether your personal style is classic and elegant or fashion forward there’s a dress in this edit for you. Just take into consideration that your graduation photos are going to be around forever before you take too big of a fashion risk.

Elliatt Linda Dress in White

Consider renting your graduation dress

A great way to save money is to rent your graduation outfit. Especially if you know you’re only going to wear it once. 

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Buy the mini dress | Rent the dress – use code EVE15 for $50 off your 1st month.

Fashionpass has quite a wide collection of white graduation dresses and you can get money off with code EVE1500. I find the dress above runs slightly small in the bust so you may wish to size up or order/rent 2 sizes if you’re fuller chested like I am.

If you’re worried about looking washed out, a good self tan and gold jewelry can go a long way and make you look bronzed and gorgeous.

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White graduation dress MacDuggal

50 best white graduation dresses 2024 | Fashionable & gorgeous styles

Whatever your style, there’s a look for everyone in this best white graduation dresses for 2024 edit. I’ve included something for all budgets. A lot of the styles are under $100, with a couple under $50 and a few over $100. As well as searching for styles that are actually available and in stock!

If you’re wanting an elegant look I’ve found lots of chic dresses. If you want something trendier, there’s lots of off the shoulder minis, satin bodycons, pretty strappy backs, lace and cute white dresses for graduation too. I’ve included some lightweight fabric options in case it’s hotter on the day as well as thicker styles.

The only thing I haven’t included much of is puff sleeves styles as they tend to create too much bulk under your gown.

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Skater dress number 8 on the white graduation dresses 2024 list. Runs ever so slightly big

Shop the white graduation dresses 2024 to nail the white dress code

A lot of these white graduation dresses 2024 are selling out fast but if you have time to wait for the style you love, a lot of these have waitlists and back in stock notifications that you can sign up for. There’s a lot of streamlined styles as they tend to make your graduation gown sit the best.

Before you take the tags off, try it on and take a quick photo to see how it photographs. Is it flattering? Is it see-through anywhere? Can you sit in it? etc. I’ve made the mistake of loving things in the mirror and then being horrified when I’ve seen the photos!

Also, check how your graduation gown and stole fits over the top. Ruffles and bows that look cute can create bulk when worn under your gown and make it sit weirdly.

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If you’re on a budget, maybe look for a style that you can also use for an interview dress to get more than one wear out of it.

Please take note of any that say final sale and check the dates of anything that’s pre order to make sure it’ll arrive on time!

What’s on the best white graduation dresses edit

Whatever your budget or style you’ll find your perfect white dress on this list. A lot of them offer free shipping and returns in the United States too:

  1. Corsage white skater dress (as shown in the photos above)
    This is Mac Duggal style is such a feminine and cute white dress for graduation and even has its own chiffon ruffle corsage on 1 shoulder. Sizing runs slightly big but exchanges & returns are easy.
  2. White off the shoulder bodycon mini dress.
    I have this dress in black. It’s feminine and on-trend with it’s off the shoulder cap sleeves and plunging neckline while still being classy. It’s available in sizes XS-XL but runs slightly big so order down a size.
  3. White satin halter mini dress
    This slinky satin ivory white graduation dress is on sale and has the most delicate neckline! It’s also a beautiful vacation or summer dinner date cocktail dress.
  4. Best white lace graduation ceremony dress
    Bronx and Banco hit it out of the park with this long sleeve, puff shoulder lace white dress. White midi dresses are an elegant option and this lace midi is such a gorgeous classy style with a scalloped hem and semi sheer mesh panel at the back. Add some gold hoops and strappy sandals and this look is stunning for a white graduation dress code!
  5. Belted white blazer dress
    If you like structured minis this dress is perfect for you and super flattering with its belted waist. There’s nothing simple about this gorgeous style that you can wear for so many other occasions as well. It’s also totally on trend for 2024 and it’s hard to beat the sale price!
  6. French Connection white ruffle mini dress
    If you love feminine ruffle details, this dress is spot on without being over the top. It’s on sale for under $100 and would also be great for bachelorette parties, bridal showers and brunch. Sizing runs small so size up 1 size.
  7. Best seller! White mini dress
    A sexy white dress for graduation that’s still appropriate with an asymmetrical cut that makes it more unique. The spaghetti straps are adjustable and it also features flattering ruching and is under $60. It looks like white satin in the photos but it’s actually stretch knit which is way more flattering on camera. This would be my personal preference on a budget as the cut’s so flattering.
  8. Cute graduation dress | Strappy back white skater dress
    This is a super cute white dress for graduation. It’s all about the flirty strappy back and fit and flare made for twirling skirt. It runs slightly big but the material is pretty thick and not see-through because that’s the last thing you want to be worrying about at your graduation.
  9. Elegant one shoulder white graduation dress 2024
    The chic one ruffled short sleeve shoulder on this fitted dress makes this elegant style so unique. It works best for small busts (A-C cups), they recommend sizing up for fuller hips.
  10. Satin strapless bow white dress
    Look at the back of this dress! It’s utterly gorgeous and ‘the’ dress if you want to stand out in a statement white college graduation dress.
  11. Belted sheath white cocktail dress
    If your style is more classic and elegant, this dress is longer and more sophisticated with a flattering streamlined silhouette is the perfect choice.
  12. Most flattering white graduation dress 2024
    This form fitting, strapless sheath dress style is super flattering on the shoulders and will create a streamline silhouette under your gown. It runs in sizes XXS-XL and is under $60.
  13. Strappy back white dress
    This fit and flare skater style is such a cute white dress for graduation with a pretty strappy back and sweetheart neckline and it’s under $40! It comes in sizes XXS-3XL. It’s consistently one of my best selling dresses on the blog.
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Photo Lulus under $50

14. Chic white graduation dress | Chiara Boni strapless sheath dress
An elegant and chic strapless sheath style with a stunning oversized 3D ruffle at the front that looks like a giant bow. Oversized bow dresses are having a moment in 2024, thanks mainly to Emily in Paris and ROTATE.

15. One shoulder white mini dress
This is such a beautifully structured mini and the belt could easily be swapped out for one of your own favorites. It looks a little short on the model but she’s 5’10”. So for a lot of us it would sit a lot longer and be white graduation dress code appropriate.

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Black version of the off the shoulder white dress at #2

Finish your high school or college graduation look

Don’t forget new shoes and new accessories to complete your look and compliment your white graduation dresses 2024. The right shoes can make or break your college grad look and day if they’re not comfortable. They’re an easy way to put your own unique style on your look and to create your perfect graduation outfit.
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Congratulations class of 2024 on graduating!

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White lace mini under $100

Why do people wear white graduation dresses

Wearing white for graduation is steeped in tradition that goes back to the 1800’s and represents the start of something new. Which is why people still wear white graduation dresses in 2024.

Wearing white during graduation has been an American tradition since the mid-1800s…because many schools wanted their graduates to have a uniform look…white became an important color because of its connection with suffragettes. …and wearing white for graduation symbolizes the start of something new.

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Glam style white mini dress | Photo FWRD


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