Graduation Party Dresses

May 12, 2009 10:10:03 AM PDT
Eighth-Grade Graduation is a time of high emotions: a right of passage between childhood and adolescence. It's a time of excitement and high expectations. But for so many girls, who don't fit the fashion magazine definition of thin or wear the small sizes featured in the Junior sections of most stores, some of that excitement can be dampened by the frustration of not being able to find the perfect dress.

Today, we've worked with teen-favorite stores at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg (www.shopwoodfield.com) to show that being thin is not a prerequisite for looking beautiful at those special Graduation events! Teens can find flattering reasonably-priced dresses for graduation ceremonies, dances, brunches and other parties.

Katharine in Black Halter Dress from Torrid; $ 64 www.torrid.com
Torrid specializes in fashion-forward apparel for the curvy fashionista: sizes 12+

  • Simple, but flattering dress
  • Halter dresses work for most body types.
  • Silver and gold embroidery with copper sequins add sparkle
  • Faux stretch belt at empire waist
  • Jordan in Silver Dress from XXI Forever; $25 www.Forever21.com

    Beautiful sleeveless, silky dress

  • Pleated skirt flares away from the hips.
  • Crossover v-neckline with black attached-waist tie
  • Empire waist dress elongates the figure and creates an elegant silhouette.
  • Tiana in Royal Blue Dress from XXI Forever; $23

    Very exciting, XXI Forever just launched their line Faith 21 for full-figured girls (junior plus sizes as well as XL, 1X and 2X).

  • Bright blue cotton dress with pin-tuck detailing along the flattering, v-neck line
  • Pair it with a gray tank underneath so it's age appropriate; not too low cut; $4
  • Silver jewelry dresses it up: Bracelet $6; Necklace $8
  • Meredith in Cranberry Strapless Dress from New York & Company; $55 www.NYandCompany.com

  • Great color!
  • Matching open-weave knit shrug, over strapless dress, for added modesty and a little extra warmth on a cool Chicago spring night; Shrug $35.
  • Bit of spandex in cotton dress adds a special occasion sheen
  • High belt placement and center pleat make the dress super-flattering
  • Michelle in Purple V-neck Dress from Torrid; $54

  • V-neck tank dress with "diamond shape" skirt
  • The vertical visual interest this neckline creates draws the eyes up and down, making the wearer appear taller and slimmer
  • Black, stretch belt to accentuate the waistline; Belt $20
  • Experiment with colors rather than black, the time honored slenderizing color that's now passé.
  • Sophie in Teal Dress from New York & Company; $43

  • More casual look, for those less formal graduation celebrations
  • Teal and yellow, color block v-neck dress with sight cap sleeves
  • Easy, fun style with the tiered design of the dress
  • A-line silhouette is flattering
  • Empire waist, tiered stitching below

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