Graduation

Graduation is a memorable occasion and should be celebrated in a fashionable graduation dress. If you prefer bold and vibrant, lovely and lace, flared or fitted, or just short and simple we have the styles for you. Check out our large selection of graduation dresses that are perfect to memorialize this momentous occasion.
  • Dress Up Your Cap and Gown With These 2016 Graduation Dresses

    It's tough to believe, but Prom 2016 is coming to an end. That means that the high school years of many of our Roo Girls are also coming to an end, and it's almost time for summer to officially start... and to eventually go off to college! But, before all of that comes, it's time for that special graduation day.

    2016 Graduation Dresses

    Whether graduating high school and moving onto college, or graduating college and moving onto your first job, graduation is a day of celebration. The day will start off in your cap and gown, but eventually, you'll be throwing them off and celebrating all that you've accomplished while in school, and all you have yet to accomplish in your new adventure. So, of course you should rock a dress under that graduation gown that reflects your confidence and shows off your sense of style! We've picked out some of our favorite 2016 graduation dresses to help you find that perfect dress for under your cap and gown. Read on below to see them!  Continue reading

  • Graduation Dresses Under $100 For A Perfect Grad Look

    Yesterday we wrote about some of our favorite prom dresses under $100 for those girls still searching for their perfect prom look. But, we know many girls already had their prom and are thinking of their next dressy attire event... graduation! So, to help make sure you're ready for your big graduation day, we picked out our favorite graduation dresses under $100. You'll be graduating in style, from your look to your pockets with these dresses! Check them out below.

    Peekaboo A Line Dress

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    White is usually the color of choice when it comes to graduation dresses, and we certainly love Peekaboo A Line Dress style 7263 to get that classic white grad dress look. It's a cute short dress with an open detail in the front. It's perfect not only for graduation, but for Sweet 16s and any other spring or summer parties you might be attending. It's a look that can easily be dressed up or down, so you'll find yourself wearing this one over and over again well past your grad day. This dress makes it under the $100 mark at only $88.

    Cold Shoulder Lace Dress

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    For a more casual look, we love Cold Shoulder Lace Dress style KD7204. This short dress has a cold shoulder cutout and a lace embroidered layer design with crotchet detail at the hemline. You can easily take this dress from day to night with a simple swap of accessories and makeup. Best yet: it's a cool $58.

    Elegant Lace Halter Cocktail Dress

    Elegant Lace Halter Cocktail DressThis Elegant Lace Cocktail Dress style LD1687 is such a classic, elegant look, yet still so sexy. Whether you're attending graduation, a cocktail party, homecoming, or a holiday or NYE party, this dress is the perfect style. This beautiful short dress features a halter neckline, sheer side cut outs and a scalloped lace hemline.

    Lace Please Casual Short Dress

    Lace Please Casual Short Dress style 38881281Be cool and casual in the Lace Please Casual Short Dress style 38881281. This is a short chiffon dress with a frayed lace inset, banded waistline, and side zipper. It's a great dress for much more than graduation - the coral color makes it perfect to rock all spring and summer long. This dress used to be $44, but is now on sale for only $17.60, so you really can't go wrong with this choice!

    We hope you love the dresses that we picked out, but there are plenty more graduation dresses under $100 on RissyRoos.com if you want to see more. There's also an entire Graduation Dresses section with many more choices. A huge congrats to the 2015 graduating class out there, from high school to college!

  • Get an A+ With these Perfect Graduation Dress Ideas!

    Days of warmer weather are approaching and the end of the school year is upon us. Exams, proms, and formals will all be over soon, but another special occasion deserves a celebration! It is graduation time, when we cherish all the fun memories we have had and look to the future with optimism and excitement! Of course a past time like this deserves a very special dress to unveil after you throw your cap into the sky, take off your graduation gown, and yell "I DID IT!" Read on for our favorite graduation dress ideas! Continue reading

  • Cap-Friendly Graduation Hairstyles!

    Graduation is coming soon and you already got your outfit and of course your cap and gown. There's only a few finishing touches you have to make before your big day. You're most likely going to be wearing the cap all day...outdoors...taking pictures...during the ceremony...and then even more pictures after. To avoid the dreadful hat hair, plan your hairstyle ahead of time. We pinned some awesome hairstyle suggestions that are cap-friendly to our "Prom Hairstyles" Pinterest board (because they're perfect for prom, too!) that you can check out, with our favorites below. They're simple hairstyles than anyone can do on their own and that are also sure to last you all day. Check them out below!

    Natural Waves

    If the actual event is indoors,  then you have many options. If you're thinking of letting your hair down, give your hair some body and waves like the examples below. If you're worried about the cap not being able to stay on your head, make sure you bring extra bobby pins to secure the cap in place. Your hair blown out for an outdoor ceremony wouldn't be able to handle the humidity. Natural waves are your best friend. Using hot tools or just hair product can get you that look!

    Lauren Conrad Wavy Hair

     

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    Braid it up!

    When it comes to avoiding hat hair, braids are ideal. Whether you go with the milkmaid style...french...fishtail...or side braid, your hair will stay put all day. Take pictures without worries! Don't know how to braid? Easy! There's plenty of YouTube videos demonstrating how to braid the perfect fishtail..french...you name it you'll find it!

    Here's one YouTube how-to that we love:

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    Half Up-do

    For a sleeker look, a half up half down style is another perfect do for graduation. The best part is that it's super simple. You just pull the top section of your hair into a small ponytail and secure it with a hairband or bobby pins. You can even style the ends of your hair into wavy locks or soft curls with a little bit of hairspray to keep it from loosing its shape. You'll be camera-ready all day!

    Lauren Conrad half up-do hairstyle

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    However you decide to style your hair for graduation, we're sure you'll look super chic! If you're still looking for your perfect graduation dress, it's definitely not too late, either. So, get your grad look ready and be ready to take lots and lots of photos!

  • Graduation Party Ideas

    Graduation time is here and you want to throw the greatest grad bash that will have people talking about it for the next year! There's a lot of planning and preparation that goes into these shindigs, and it's definitely time to start! Your grad party won't be the only grad party either...so yours must be extra unique from the rest. So, to help you out, below is a list of some of our favorite fun ideas for an epic graduation party.

    Instead of having the usual BBQ music, why not add activities to make it more exciting? Build teams named after colleges, create a score board with different rounds of games, and have parents be in charge of refereeing. There's endless possibilities to what kinds of games you can incorporate. A slip and slide race...a three legged race...a potato sack race...maybe even trivia games! Your party will be the talk of the town!

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    What's a grad bash without snacks?! Besides ice cream and BBQ food...get creative and serve some grad themed food. We pinned our favorite graduation themed grubs on our Roo Inspiration & Fun board. The cap pops and edible diplomas look so cute...people won't want to eat them (but they look so yummy that they won't be able to resist!). Below are some of our favorites from Pinterest.

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     Graduation is a time to remember, so make sure the memories are captured at the party, too! Hang a banner at your party that people can sign and leave messages. It can be as simple as hanging a large piece of paper on the wall, or use your creativity to add your own personal touch. We love Martha Stewart's idea of creating a scroll where people can leave messages on sticky notes. This makes it easy to roll up and save for the grad student as a keepsake when the party's all over!

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     Another great way to add to this idea is to have a polaroid camera available to use at the party. This way, guests are encouraged to take photos, and can even take them home as their own keepsakes, or add them to the message board with a little tape.

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    You can also have a simple, memorable gift for each of the grad students to bring home. Think of something that's either useful for your graduate friends, or that may give them a positive outlook about what the future holds. We love the idea of a mini notebook as a gift, like the Moleskin notebooks. It's something that can be carried with you everywhere - from class to the dorm - so that you can always keep track of what you need to do, and maybe even any ideas that you may have for class projects!

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    Another great gift is a cute book like Le Petite Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery or Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Both are short stories that are seen as children's books, but have great lessons about learning about life and finding one's self. Perfect little gifts to get your friends excited about venturing on to their next journey in life!

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    Whatever you decide to do at your graduation party, just make sure to have fun and make it a memorable experience! It may be the last time that you and your high school (or college) friends are all together as a group.

    Source: Pinterest, Martha Stewart, ApartmentTherapy.com

  • ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season 4 Premiere: A is for A-l-i-v-e

    Pretty Little Liars is back, and with a vengeance, for its Season 4 Premiere! The episode, which aired on June 11, was called "A is for A-l-i-v-e," and it definitely got our hearts racing, as usual. Marlene King, executive producer, promised that this would be the "season of answers," and she definitely wasn't kidding around! The premiere episode already cleared up almost every "A" related question that's still been lingering around, while still adding a dozen more to the list!

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    We don't want to ruin the episode for those fans who haven't watched it yet, so we'll leave it at that, and instead focus on what else, but the fashion! Black's always been a big Pretty Little Liars color, but we especially loved it in this episode! All of the girls were wearing cute little black dresses (except for Hanna Marin, played by Ashley Benson, who added a totally chic sheer long skirt to her look), with sexy high heels to match. We loved the dresses so much that we picked out our favorite black cocktail dresses. Now you can rock these PLL style to your next event! And, since little black dresses never go out of style, don't be afraid to stock up on these looks! Continue reading

  • 2013 Billboard Music Awards Lace & Sheer Fashion

    Dresses with sheer bodices and lace detailing have been really popular for Prom 2013, and it was certainly a style to watch at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, too! The BBMAs were held on Sunday May 19th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and our favorite looks on the blue carpet (yes, blue...not red!) were worn by Ariana Grande and Jennifer Morrison. They both looked so stunning in black sheer and lace pieces that we decided to dedicate our Billboard Music Awards post to them! Check out what they wore below and how you can get their looks for your next formal event.

    Ariana Grande

    Ariana Grande, who plays Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious, wore a dress from one of our favorite designers, Jovani! A fun and flirty strapless little black dress, Continue reading

  • What to Wear to Graduation

    While the end of the year means studying for finals and putting the last touches on getting ready for prom, it also means that it's time for Graduation! Whether you're graduating from high school or college, it means that it's the celebration of the end of one stage of your life, and the soon to be new beginning of your next stage. So, while it may feel stressful right now, there will be plenty of parties to attend and plenty of fun to be had.

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    What to wear on graduation day may not be first on your mind right now, but it's definitely an important thing to think about. Just like prom, it's a day that you'll never forget, and a day that many pictures will be taken! So, even though you'll be wearing a graduation gown for the ceremony, you'll definitely want to make sure you have a cute dress underneath. This way, when it's time to take off the cap and gown, you'll be ready for all the pictures (and the parties, of course)!

    When it comes to picking a dress, we recommend choosing something that's flirty and summery. A lot of graduations are held outside, so you want to make sure you're comfortable and don't get too hot. We have an exception below, but we also love dresses that are either strapless or one shoulder, because they usually won't peek through the top of your Continue reading

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