Double Duty Dress For Wedding and Graduation

Q. My fiance and I are having a civil ceremony this June in Philadelphia before he goes back to Iraq, on the same day as my college graduation. I want to wear a short white dress, but have not been able to find one that doesn’t seem too beachy. I want it to be special, but I will also be having a larger ceremony next year, so it doesn’t need to be too elaborate. What sort of dress will work for the two most important events in my life?

-Dress Duty

A. It will be a BIG day-wedding, civil ceremony or not, it’s your wedding, the day you exchange vows and then your college graduation as well. So choose a dress you’ll adore. You want your soon to be husband to gush when he sees you. You want him to remember the day and you in a beautiful white dress until he returns home safely to you.

Shift embossed beach dressWhite Cotton Sleeveless Dresses by Jill StuartSwiss-dot Sylvan dressLilly Pulitzer<br />
Billie Eyelet Dress

Shift embossed beach dress, $125 at jcrew.com; White Cotton Sleeveless Dresses by Jill Stuart, $398 at edressme.com; Swiss-dot Sylvan dress, $148 at jcrew.com; Lilly Pulitzer Billie Eyelet Dress, $298 at saks.com

  • Elizabeth

    i got married in the j.crew short sophia dress in white at a civil ceremony, and i think that’d be a good option for her as well — i’ve worn the dress again, it’s a really easy dress to wear, and it’s silk. really nice.

  • Megan Hanna

    The last one on the right is really lovely. It looks like you could dress it up with the right jewelry to make it really fancy for the wedding, and then wear it again with different accessories for regular parties. What a rare treasure of a wedding dress you get to wear again and again! I must have looked through every store on http://www.gatheringguide.com/ec/bridal_shops_dresses.html before I found one I liked enough to keep for multiple parties too.

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