With fashion-forward built-in details (like this belt) and worn with a sleek pair of heels, pants can look just as feminine as any dress or skirt. Add some playful accessories and a roomy tote in a neutral tone that won’t overwhelm your outfit (but will have enough space for all of your day-of essentials).
To buy: JCPenney Worthington Short Sleeve Lace Blouse, $42; jcpenney.com. Topshop Tapered Peg Trousers, $75; topshop.com. J. Crew Two-tone Link Bracelet, $58; jcrew.com. Nine West Tayley Pointy Toe T-Strap Pumps, $89; ninewest.com. Paul’s Boutique Winged Tote Bag, $106; asos.com. Bauble Bar Romany Drops, $38; baublebar.com.
Opt for a dress that hits above the knee, and you won’t have to worry about it clashing with your school colors (since your robe will cover it). Post-ceremony, this frock’s frills and pretty print will feel just right for the springtime soiree on the quad.
To buy: Mango floral ruffled dress, $80; mango.com. Chinese Laundry Jambi sandal, $70; chineselaundry.com. Adornmonde Powell Gold brass ball choker, $78; adornmonde.com. Kayu Piñata clutch, $125; clubmonaco.com. Quay Ukiyo sunglasses, $60; shopbop.com.
Pretty Pencil Skirt
For a more minimalist look, opt for pared down pieces, like a below-the-knee pencil skirt and a sweater (design details like cut-out ruffled shoulders make these pieces anything but basic). Sturdy wedges will make navigating grassy spaces a breeze—without sacrificing any height.
To buy: Ted Baker Silaas high waist split pencil skirt, $259; tedbaker.com. H&M knit open-shoulder sweater, $35; hm.com. Kenneth Cole Oda espadrilled wedge, $130; kennethcole.com. Banana Republic tortoise flower bracelet, $58; bananarepublic.com. Misa white earrings, $108; anthropologie.com.