6 cute graduation dresses to buy if you're on a budget

Congratulations, (almost) graduate! The time has finally come for you to strut across the stage. But before you move your tassel from right to left and toss your cap into the air, you'll need the cutest outfit for the occasion. We've got you covered with a few picture-perfect—and budget-friendly—grad dresses for your farewell to school.

Midi dresses

Lace-Up Back Midi Dress, $60

For those of you looking for a longer dress with a pop of color, this mid-length frock gives the cutest cottagecore vibes—with flowy sleeves, a loose fit and a sweet, lace-up back. Pair it with cowgirl boots or even white sneakers. (Psst: Make sure your gown is a darker color if you want to rock this one, as the red flowers might show through a white coat.)

Fitted Midi Dress, $50

Ohhh, she's ~elegant.~ This round-neck dress has a straight fit with a stylish slit in the back. The chic, satin-y material looks like a million bucks...but will barely make a dent in your wallet.

Halter Neck Maxi Dress, $46

Bershka is serving graduation realness! This sophisticated, vintage-inspired style features a halter neck—and plenty of breathing room (aka the perfect pic if your ceremony is outside).

Mini dresses

Tie-Strap Dress, $35

Tie straps are all over our IG feeds this season—and this springy H&M dress is the perfect combination of fun and fresh.

Tiered-Skirt Smocked Dress, $27

Capped sleeves, a ruffled skirt and a smocked bodice: what more could a girl ask for? This simple style is just darling, and you can wear it on or off the shoulder.

Magnolia Blossom White Lace Skater Dress, $49

This lacy skater dress has adjustable straps (yes, pls!) and a classic fit—for, yep, less than $50. Not to mention it'll be a summer wardrobe staple wayyy past graduation day.

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by By Katherine Mahoney and Megha Gupta | 5/10/2024