First up - retirement party dress. This was a backyard luncheon type deal. I have this dress from Athleta that I bought last summer and had only worn once. It is purple, which just happens to be the guest of honor's favorite color, so I had the perfect opportunity to wear it. It is knit and pretty form fitting but has very flattering ruching on the sides and a built in bra. (I actually also wear a strapless bra with it.) It also has a two layer wrap front which is really cute. This exact dress seems to be no longer available but I will link some similar styles...here and here. (Edited to say - the dress is called the Seeker Dress and it IS available and it's on sale - however in a different color and very few sizes left!)
The tassle necklace I am wearing with the dress is from LOFT and have been wearing on repeat with just about everything lately! Currently on sale online they are having an accessory sale buy one get one 50% off!
For my husbands graduation party I wore this navy lace dress that I had worn only one other time (Christmas eve). It was semi-formal event and looked great with his navy suit. Both the dress and necklace are from LOFT. It is quite form fitting as well but has a little bit of stretch to it so pretty forgiving. (I am wearing a regular size 4 so the length is more midi on me.) It is no longer available but will link something similar here and here and here.
Final dress shown here is what I wore to my husbands graduation ceremony. It was an outdoor event under a large tent. I love the brand Mudpie and have about 3 dresses and a few swim cover-ups in this brand.