In my search for a graduation dress that I will be able (and happy!) to wear post-ceremony and all through summer, I have had the realization of my love for the midi-length:

Whether in a dress or in a skirt, the freedom of movement and the versatility the knee to calf length comes with is amazing. Although my current state of mind is flat sandals, espadrilles, and wicker handbags - these kinds of dresses could easily be transitioned to the (hopefully far, far off) colder months when paired with boots and warmer layers. They also can go from daytime to evening, and many of them from casual to formal with a change in accessories. I'm telling ya'! They're the bees knees.

So anyway I've put together a compilation of  dresses I have found around the web and while browsing in-store. I've placed them in sections by price point beginning with the most realistic and affordable down to the frocks you'd see worn to a fancy-pants summer event by Dakota Johnson, Sienna Miller, or Alexa Chung - because a girl can dream!

On a different but related note, sustainability and long-term use are important in clothing purchases too and the key for me is finding dresses in cotton rather than polyester and in prints and colors that will withstand the test of time. It is worth it to find something you really love and will be able to wear for more than one summer.

Find your style, the colors that suit you best, and the fabrics that will keep you fresh and comfortable and you've got yourself a winner. And don't forget to visit your local flea markets and vintage shops, which can be a treasure trove of timeless shapes and fabrics if you have the time to really look! 

Affordable:

Mango

Topshop

Topshop



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Note: Background image for header graphic is Field with Irises near Arles (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh.