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We Found Graduation Looks We Guarantee You'll Keep For Years

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This year has seen us splurging on asymmetrical blouses and velvet chokers, wannabe-Balmain dresses and enough Bardot tops to dress the whole Jenner clan. But when we took a breather from our Pinterest shopping sprees, we realized that our love affairs with fashion’s latest trends are burning brighter – and faster – than ever. Where to point the finger? For one, at the mounting power of social media, whose ability to create hyper visibility also results in a high trend turnover. Also, we never don’t want all the chokers.   

Such trend visibility and turnover isn’t necessarily a bad thing: Instagram, Pinterest and the like have played a rather democratic role in creating more accessible and diverse spaces for fashion to flourish. Sometimes, however, we worry about getting too trend-giddy. Case in point: when one of our staff members spent the majority of a book advance on a fleeting obsession with athleisure pieces that, while super fun, have painfully dated a chunk of her photos from that year (#RIP2014). 
 
So here’s our mantra: wear what you want, but bear in mind the big life moments you will document and the sartorial choices that will help them stand the test of time. Graduation is coming up, and we think it’s a perfect opportunity to invest in a look that says “chic” first, and “Class of 2017” second as it stares back at you from the mantlepieces of your relatives for the next million years. 
 
From toile printed dresses to primary-colored jumpsuits, scroll through our shoppable selection of graduation ensembles that will still look good in 2037:

The Fit 'N' Flare


The fit-and-flare dress may have burst onto the scene in the '50s, but it has fared well with time to become a closet staple for the minimalist and vintage gal alike (that A-line cut? Flattering to boot). Go for a skater dress in a springtime shade, or try a knee-grazing frock in Yves Klein Blue. Bonus points for a faint brocade or toile print
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Collectif Go for Baroque Floral Midi Dress - $90
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Hutch Cressida Floral Dress - $158
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Forever 21 Plus Size Skater Dress - €18
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Modcloth Renewed Resplendence A-Line Dress in Eggshell - $120
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Alfred Sung Woven Fit 'N Flare Dress - $198
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The Pencil Dress


The pencil dress is not only a classic, but a good piece to invest in as you enter into phase one of adulting: the work force. This guy will look great in the office, during an interview and basically any situation in which you have to pretend to know more about filing your taxes than you actually do. Personally, we've got a soft-spot for peplum details and tropicana prints. 
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ASOS CURVE Palm Leaf Hitchcock Midi Pencil Dress - $83
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Boutique Moschino Fitted Dress - $306
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Moulinette Soeurs Gathered Jersey Midi Dress - $128
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Nasty Gal Strappy Go Lucky Bodycon Dress - $40
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Oscar De La Renta Graphic Folk Cotton-Poplin Pencil Dress - $1,190
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Classic Jumpsuit


For a look with a bit of that timeless Hepburn elegance brought up-to-date with a contemporary cut, we bring you the jumpsuit. There's something sophisticated yet relaxed about a no-fuss onesie – it's both a bold commitment to a color palette, and the busy lady's trick to looking instantly put-together. Stay cool during the ceremony in a white linen jumpsuit, or go for a creamy, twill texture with a slight ruffle. 
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Linen Pantsuit - €149
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ASOS CURVE Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit in Crinkle with Frill Detail - $60
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Zara Long Jumpsuit with Cords - $40
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ASOS CURVE Twill Jumpsuit with Ruffle Waist - $67
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Estnation Belted Jumpsuit - $375
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