What to Wear to Graduation 2012

The Graduate: 5 Perfect Looks to Help You Dress the Part on Your Big Day

It's your big day, so if you feel like dressing up, go for it in a pretty Summer frock, done up in a gorgeous floral print. Finish it off with wedges you can actually walk in and a pop of color on your clutch. Add in a dose of shine via a gold cuff and complete your look with quintessential shades.

Get the look:

Tibi Floral Print Silk Dress ($575)
Karen Walker Anywhere Sunglasses ($280)
J.Crew High-Shine Wide Cuff ($65)
Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Raffia Clutch ($345)
Dolce Vita Orla Cutout Wedge Sandals ($190)

Because graduation day lives on in photos and family albums, what you wear to the ceremony matters. There are also a few rules to play by: finding a look that's appropriate for the occasion but can pull double duty when the festivities kick in. Then of course, the obligatory family lunch with Grandma means anything overexposed is out. In short, it's not always easy to pull together the commencement ensemble. That's where we come in — just think of these five looks as your field guide to getting just the right look for your big day. From a polished denim style (yes, you can wear jeans) to the perfect Summer dress, these outfits have cool graduate written all over them. Click on to see and shop our favorite looks.

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