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Top Sustainable Graduations Dress Ideas

By Emily Bovill; Contributing Writer

Think back; it’s the first day of your freshman year. Your college campus feels like a puzzle; your class schedule now says MWF, and your only concern is hoping you’re in the right classroom.

The next thing you know, you’re putting the finishing touches on your senior project. You realize that all those late nights, early mornings, last-minute printing, pop quizzes, and group projects have been setting you up for this moment. A day that once felt so far away is right before you.

Graduation day is the beginning of a new chapter. It’s rewarding to see your hard work pay off, but leaving behind your friends and the campus that holds so many moments of your growth is bittersweet. Regardless, graduation is such a big day in your life that you will always look back on. So I know you might be thinking: what should I wear?

You want to wear something that is comfortable and makes you feel confident. For example, a white dress is timeless and classy and matches any graduation gown. It also will make those graduation pictures pop (like that celebratory champagne)!

Here are five graduation dresses for your 2023 college graduation. These dresses are sustainable investment pieces you can wear beyond graduation, so it’s a perfect addition to your wardrobe and a way to treat yourself for all your hard work!

1. Caterina Dress by Marcella New York

If you’re looking for more of an elegant dress, this is a perfect pick. The midi length and wrap-around neckline create a power dynamic that will put a single spotlight on you throughout the day!

2. Beverly Mini Dress by Paneros Clothing

If you aren’t feeling a plain white dress for graduation, this mini black and white polka dot dress is for you! With puff sleeves and a flared skirt, it will surely be one of the more comfortable options. It’s flirty, fun, and effortless!

3. Ophelia Midi Dress by Paneros Clothing

This dress is for the romantic, feminine girls out there! Its beautiful ruffles, cotton lace, and adjustable neckline will complement your personality & this special moment.

4. Wind Down Wrap Dress by ADAY

This wrap-style dress will always stay in style! The neckline, side tie, and tailored fit are a perfect addition to your graduation. It will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the lovely chaos of the day.

5. Bias Cut Slip Dress by Neu Nomads

There is something about this champagne color that is just stunning. This slip dress is sexy and flattering, and you will be turning heads as you celebrate yourself!

These are some charming dresses that are worth considering for your graduation day. They are all effortless, sustainable & beautiful in their way and will complement any graduate wearing them!

Emily Bovill

Emily Boville Bio: I am a recent college graduate from Lasell University. I completed my degree in English and graphic design. I believe that English and graphic design go hand in hand in business, and I am currently looking for remote work that agrees with me. It would be an honor to work at a publishing company or help businesses write and communicate. I love to write and inspire others, and I hope to one day publish my own poetry novel. If you have an eye for detail, love to create, and find yourself to be a motivated individual, I think going into the arts is a great way to begin your life!

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