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Personal Shopper: Under-$100 college graduation dresses for Alana and Janelle

Alana wrote, "Hey Outblush! You guys are amazing and I was hoping you could help me find a dress for my graduation. So, my cousin and I are graduating from Northeastern University in May, yay! We would love it if you could suggest some dresses for us. I am 5'7" with a pear shape and a 12-14 dress size. I love vintage inspired dresses and would like to stay with a classic color. I would love to show off my curves, but nothing too revealing. I would also like to stay away from anything without straps or tiny straps. My cousin is 5'2" with an apple shape and the same dress size. She would like a red or black dress, something simple that she could dress up with accessories. (If you guys have any suggestions on that too, it would be awesome.) She has a fun, flirty style and would love reflected in the dress. We would both like to stay under $100. You guys rock!! Alana & Janelle Boston, MA"

Congrats on your graduation, ladies - what an awesome accomplishment! We tried to pick dresses that you could also wear to work or other events in the future, since right now, budget is of the essence for you. As far as accessories go, a cute pair of peep-toe pumps and some ladylike pearls or a statement necklace would look great with any of these frocks. Enjoy, and let us know how we did!

1. Bow-na Fide Beauty Dress ($48)
2. Tahari ASL Ruffle Trim V-Neck Belted Dress ($89)
3. Evan Picone Cap Sleeve Empire Waist Dress ($99)
4. Tahari ASL Stretch Pleated Neck Bow Detail Dress ($89)
5. Max & Cleo Stretch Jersey Tab Detail Dress ($76)
6. Jessica Simpson Butterfly Halter Dress ($98)
7. Taylor Black Polka Dot Jersey Ruffle Dress ($89)
8. The Limited Folded Shoulder Sheath Dress ($98)

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