As the girls are getting older, I am enjoying more and more the opportunities to match their outfits. One way I can see occasions to do this is through matching dresses. Whether for church or a party, matching dresses are adorable and very cute, and if budget will ever permit, there are some fantastic styles in girls’ designer dresses. Ruffles, embroideries, opulent fabric and colourful prints — are all stunning for little girls!

All of this got me thinking: with such a beautiful and timeless investment of a kids designer dress, how could I be sure to make the best out of these beautiful girls’ dresses?

In this post I’d like to present you some tips and tricks on curating your girl’s wardrobe around a statement designer piece.

Keep Everything Else Minimal

More often than not in the world of fashion, what goes for adults also goes for children. And when it comes to curating the perfect wardrobe around a statement piece for your daughter, I am a firm believer that adopting the capsule wardrobe strategy is a great idea. If you are not familiar with the term, a capsule wardrobe is a minimal collection consisting of around 40 or fewer items that all match with one another. A capsule wardrobe is all about having fewer pieces but endless combinations (which in the long run saves time and money)! Most items should be neutral, with a few pops of colour, and at least one statement piece!. This gives the look some personality and joyfulness.

My top tip on curating a capsule wardrobe economically is to first and foremost use what is already there. This isn’t about throwing everything away and starting afresh – Quite the opposite, really! Take time to see what fits and will continue to do so for a while, ask your daughters what they love, and start from there. You’ll be surprised at how much de-cluttering and adding in a few new basics will give a breath of fresh air to any wardrobe. Clean things up and pick a few new items wisely! The sales are good time to start this. 

Designer Dresses: The Choice Is Yours

Now that you’ve set the foundation of your girl’s closet with a few basics, it’s time to pick a statement piece that pops and wows, and leaves them feeling like a princess each time they wear it! And this is where things really do get exciting for the girls. While it’s true that we’re always looking forward to special events and occasions to dazzle everyone in their beautiful girls’ designer dresses, what they love more than anything is to be able to continue wearing their favourite dresses any other day of the year too. For this, all you need are a few strategic pieces.

A chunky neutral knit, a pair of cotton tights and some Wellies can work wonders to transform a special occasion dress into a fun daytime outfit. The fashion trendsetters have said it all along: to tone down any glitzy special occasion wear and make it into a daytime classic, pair it with some casual, down-to-earth pieces. A woolly jumper; some chunky boots; a denim jacket — the contrast is fun and surprising. Don’t forget to let your kid be engaged in the creative process of getting dressed, too! That’s all part of the fun with styling kids. 

Picking a Colour Palette

Setting a colour palette around your girl’s party dress will make your life so much easier and ensure the dress can be worn time and time again. If the clothes follow a matching colour palette, combining the pieces will be a breeze. This also makes getting dressed in the morning easy and foolproof, especially when they’re left unsupervised.

Generally speaking, neutrals are your best friend for maximum compatibility, but, chances are, your party dress will have a dominant colour. When it comes to this, you may decide to follow the latest trends or you may let your daughter make her own choices. This is entirely up to you. Whatever the case, pick a second complementary colour that matches the dress closely and let everything else be fairly neutral.

If you worry your colour palette is too neutral or boring (or not you/them), jazz things up with a few accessories, such as a flower hair tie, a cute brooch, some textured fabric like velvet or wool, or some patterns and prints. Pick a few little extras that suit your daughter’s personality and that will bring life to her everyday outfit.

Dressing girls is so much fun and I would love one day for them to have some proper fancy dresses for parties, weddings and church!

*This is a collaborative post and I have been compensated for sharing it. 

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Living in Leeds with so many high street stores on our doorstep it is very easy to overlook online retailers like Boohoo.com! Personally I like their dresses for myself and overall find them reasonably priced for most clothing. Its no surprise then that when I heard recently that they have now launched a kids range I was eager to check it out!

I have been on the hunt for some lovely autumn/winter church shoes for the kids for a while now and all the ones I have liked in the usual stores were all quite pricey to only wear one day a week (and maybe the odd party). And then the supermarket ones, whilst cheaper just didn’t possess for me the smart yet a little stylish look I was after for both kids. Sundays are a big day in our family and I like them to be dressed in their best, but the dilemma is when being a thrifty wifey I don’t want to pay loads for the privilege. Boohoo had the solution with lovely styles in both boys and girls and a nice price tag to match! After a quick delivery we were not disappointed… gorgeous shoes that felt great quality and fit well for both kids for a total of £30 – a stomping deal!

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For Megan I chose her a smart pair of patent shoes. The T-bar style is so lovely and traditional and the chunky sole gives it a more trendy feel. The buckle was quick for her to master and they go with pretty much all of her dresses and skirts (perfection). They looked so lovely on her and she adores them!
They are posh but practical for her mad lifestyle and I think that they will even be perfect for school later in the school year when she has trashed her current ones and the weather calls for lighter shoes for church! £15 for all of that – bargain!

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Ethan specifically asked for some boots for church, but most of the ones I saw in shops had a hiker feel to them which to me were just too casual. His cousins always look fab in their desert boots at church so when I saw Boohoo had some lovely brown ones (also available in camel) again at just £15 I knew they would be perfect. He struggles with laces but with some adult assistance he was away and absolutely loves them. The suede feel and colour has a more grown up look for a 6 year old and are very seasonal and versatile. He found them comfortable and a good sizing.

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Whilst shoes were my main goal, I couldn’t not check out their clothing and during the whole ordering process the kids looked with me. They specifically loved all of their Halloween stuff and as it was reduced to 1 and 2 pounds I got them both a top. For Ethan a spider web T-shirt (£1) and Megs a Cat T-shirt (also £1).

 For Ethan I went for a 7-8 which I thought would be perfect for next year, but sadly it seems so small for him that his belly shows whenever her reaches for anything, so I can’t figure the sizes there. But for Megs the cat T-shirt I got in a 5-6 was perfect, despite being classed as “Halloween” I think it’s fab for any season with her leggings, skinnies or joggers.

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Overall I think that Boohoo kids have some lovely age appropriate things for my kids, and then a few other things I wouldn’t go for in their size, but would be a perfect street style for older kids that want to be on trend whilst being age appropriate. The price tag too is fantastic and the shoes are brilliant! I of course was a little disappointed with the boys range as I felt it was lacking with choice (and I need to figure out those sizes), but I have since been told that the new range does have a wider choice and I can’t wait to take a look!

They have both had lots of compliments on their new shoes and people couldn’t believe that Megsies top was only a quid!! I will definitely be checking them out in the future for the kids as I love a good bargain and its always convenient to be able to get things delivered quickly instead of traipsing round the city with kids in tow!

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Thank you to Boohoo.com for giving us store credit in return for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own! 

 

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