So, you’ve been invited to a special event – maybe a wedding, a special birthday party, a Bar or Batmitzvah – your daughters have been invited too. They’re 8 and 12. What should they wear? They want something special but trendy at the same time. You start searching the internet and are bombarded with images of hundreds of dresses that look like flower girl dresses – gorgeous if they were to be bridesmaids but not quite what you’re looking for. Or, the style is aimed at much older girls – just not right for your 8 and 12 year old. What style should you go for?? Here are a few suggestions followed by our top tips……Top Tips……
Dress Code If there is one, this will be on the invitation… Black Tie doesn’t always mean long any more but generally means a proper party dress. With Dress to Party a more pared down style works
Colour Unless the invitation specifies, any colour will do. Black is always a safe bet, (even for kids) and can be accessorised with colour to soften it. If you’re keen to steer away from black, make sure you take hair and skin colour into account. Nude tones tend to work better on darker skin tones and golden nudes generally look beautiful with blonde hair. Blue always looks great with Blue eyes and a deep royal blue looks amazing with dark hair. Green is great with red hair and if your daughter is that way inclined, in our view, girls always look gorgeous in pink!
StyleIt’s all about the shape. Skater style dresses work well for girls – this can be a full tulle skater skirt or a simpler jersey version. Bodycon styles for the younger girl should also not be overlooked and can look amazing. The bodice can be halter, sweetheart, shift or straight and the back detail is just as important – racer, v back, keyhole, corset backs – anything goes. The dress can be crystal embellished tulle or a simple jersey dress with maybe some mesh detail. Two Piece sets are also a huge hit. The style of dress should always reflect your daughter’s personality and should work with her shape but most importantly, your daughter should feel a million dollars when she wears the dress and should look forward to putting it on. It’s not about what “everyone else is wearing” – it’s what works for her that counts!!
Does it have to be a dress? Playsuits and Jumpsuits have found their way into the adult market over the last couple of years. They are filtering through to the kids market and are perfect for a less formal party particularly as kids will feel so comfortable in them.
Accessories Shoes at this age tend to be trainers or similar. Ribbon can replace the laces to soften the effect and bring in the colour of the dress. Organza or satin ribbon works well. Simple necklaces look great with a sweetheart neckline and a biker or denim jacket will make any outfit look funky. Crystal or Metallic belts can add interest to a simple dress making it that little bit more special.