Searching for the perfect graduation dress 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 get up and formally celebrate completing your degree.
We’ve made finding an outfit easy with our guide to the best plus size graduation dresses so you can be the best dressed grad.
What To Wear To A Graduation?
- 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 also 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.
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Graduation Dresses For Plus Size Ladies
Summer Graduation Dresses
Generally, most UK graduations fall in the summer months which means there’s a high chance it’s going to be warm on the day, great for pictures but not always great for keeping comfortable…
The gowns are thicker than they seem so if the weather is glorious sunshine you may want to opt for something a little lighter underneath so you don’t get too warm.
Your choice in dress is of course weather dependent, and we all know one minute it could be forecast to be hot and the next there could be potential rain on the cards. Check out our favourite formal dresses for graduations below.
Floral Graduation Dresses
You can always rely on a floral dress for any occasion. For formal events, we suggest opting for a large floral print as small ditsy prints create a more casual appeal.
Brighten up your gown in this Yours London skater dress. Designed in a bright bold floral print, it features a flattering wrap front, belted tie fastening and skater skirt flattering your curves. The short sleeves will keep you cool underneath your gown on hot days.
If you’re looking for something a little more minimal with a touch of florals, this shift dress ticks all the boxes. Designed with a sleek monochrome base, the pastel floral print adds a soft formal touch. The shift style creates a classic look you can wear all day with comfort.
Graduation Skater Dresses
Skater dresses are the ultimate flattering fit for curvy girls, effortlessly nipping in your waist and flaring over your curves. They’re great for showing off your figure underneath the loose fit of the gown.
Pastels are a great option for summer graduations bringing a soft and light appeal to your look. This Yours London dress features a round neckline with short puff sleeves and an adjustable belted tie fastening.
If you’re looking for a sleeveless style to keep you cool, this dress offers a simple design with mesh detailing. Cinch in your waist as little or as much as you like with the easy adjustable belted tie fastening, with mesh inserts to the neckline and skirt hem.
Plus Size Graduation Dress With Sleeves
We know the weather isn’t always reliable here in the UK and sunshine doesn’t always mean warm right? We’ve got you covered for every forecast with our go-to picks of sleeved graduation dresses.
Keep it classic in monochrome with a statement dalmatian print. Designed in the signature wrap style you know and love, this dress details with statement flared sleeves and a flattering curved hem. You can keep it minimal with black accessories or add a pop of colour to create a summery feel.
Be the best dressed graduate in this sage green midi dress. The 3/4 length sleeves detail with a split and tie fastening, with a belted tie waist sitting effortlessly over the pleated skirt offering a formal finish. We love how sage green pairs with gold accessories adding extra glam.
Plus Size Black Graduation Dresses
The gowns are typically black but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear a black dress! The sleek all-black-everything vibe offers up a minimal, classic vibe.
Your fave LBD but make it formal. This dress offers a minimal design you can glam up as little or as much as you like. The two front pleats bring shape into the skirt with a dipped hem offering extra coverage to the back whilst showing off your legs at the front.
Keep your look classic in the ultimate timeless print: polka dots. The tiered smock hem sits effortlessly over your curves with a rounded neckline and sleeveless design.
Shop Plus Size Dresses in UK sizes 14-40 for even more must-haves styles.
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