I happened to get lucky when I graduated college, as I randomly found the most perfect, light and comfortable white linen dress that I knew I could wear again and again (and wouldn't clash with my Miami red!) a few weeks before the ceremony at a little boutique uptown. I ended up repeatedly wearing it for all of the various ceremonies, dinners and parties that occurred in those busy few weeks before, during, and after with no shame.
My high school had incredibly strict rules of floor-length long white gowns that had to be approved beforehand, so my experience in that arena is hardly helpful, but I think overall college and high school graduation attire expectations are the same!
I personally think it's best to stick along the lines of simple, classic, and something you can wear again and again (like my little white linen dress). That being said, it's a celebration and a great excuse to get something fun and memorable if that's more your style!
Simple black and simple white both look great whether your gown is fully zipped up or not. Personally, I tend to have more fun in the shoes department, since that's what you can see the entire time whether you have your gown on or not! Just be sure to select something comfortable!
Whether you're indoors or outdoors, I strongly recommend something light and airy. Those gowns get hot, and weather can totally make or break the day as it is!
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