graduation valedictory dinner year 12

Year 12 Valedictory Dinners are the final chance you get to celebrate the incredible milestone that you are about to achieve: 13-years of schooling is no small feat! With this in mind, of course everyone wants to look their best (parents and teachers included).

Whether your school valedictory dinner is just a casual affair or an all-out black tie function, we’ve picked out our top 5 dresses for the occasion. From floor length formal, to sophisticated cocktail dresses (and everything in between), take a look at our Year 12 Valedictory Dinner Style Guide, then head over to GlamCorner and rent your favourite dress for next to nothing!

All the more reason to convince your wonderful Mum to rent one too!

Jumping Up and Down

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Go loud and proud to the first, big celebration of your young life in this incredibly sophisticated MISHA COLLECTION Aphrodite Pantsuit. The straight cut pants will make your legs look they go on for days, while the fitted bodice and across-the-shoulder flounce turn the simple shape into a Year 12 Valedictory appropriate outfit.

Pair it with simple strap stilettos, (with a perfect pedicure peeking out below) and elegant drop earrings. Our top tip? Pull your hair up in to a low bun or mid-height pony, showcasing your décolletage and neck. Pick a brighter toned lipstick (reds, deep purples or darker pinks) for an extra ‘pop’ of colour

Midi-length Madness

Not all Year 12 Valedictory dinners are black tie formal, so be sure to suss out the dress code before choosing your dress. If your night tends to fall in-between black tie and cocktail dress codes, then why not opt for a midi-length dress like the CAMILLA AND MARC Golden Myna Dress. The soft lilac mimics the wonderfully flowing silk skirt, while the wrap around halter neck top adds a touch of modern magic to the stylish design.

For those who are bigger busted, or have an incredible hour-glass figure, this shape will work perfectly; highlighting and accentuating all the right places.

Stylish from the Start

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For those who enjoy wearing floor length gowns but are worried about being too overdressed in a ball gown, look no further than ankle-length the SELF PORTRAIT White Oblique Lace Column Dress. It’s the perfect combination of modern class and classic formal function style. The semi-sheer, open weave lace creates three distinct panels down the dress, with two little ruffles adding an extra flare.

Pair it with a simple pump in a lighter tone, minimal accessories and a stylish hairdo of softly swept curls. Valedictory ready!

Black Tie Babe

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If your Valedictory dinner is an all-out-there formal black tie affair, make sure your go the extra mile. Our favourite pick? This ELLE ZEITOUNE Lori Red Gown. The glamorous figure hugging dress features a halter neck with scalloped lace edging and an flattering backless design.

Look for elegant accessories (think small drop earrings and a few fine rings) to pull the entire look together. Keep your hair easy-to-manage as we’re sure you’ll be having a few dance floor boogies throughout the night.

Classy Cocktail

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For those whose school Valedictory dinner is a more casual affair (or cocktail dresses are deemed appropriate) then opt for a cute little number like this LOVER Harmony Pleat Mini Dress. The mid-thigh length keeps it school-appropriate, while the modern laser cut design allows you to showcase your fashionable side.

Pair it with a pair of statement heels and big accessories to really stand out from the crowd. Poker straight hair swept back into a pony will keep you dancing all night long without any bobby-pin worries.

The key to finding the perfect Valedictory dress is finding one that allows you to leave school for the last time with a bang! Know what suits you and run with it. Enjoy the night, you deserve it.


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