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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I am not by any means a Disney fanatic, but do find joy in the majority of their films and (really love) their music. My 2nd child however is…anything princess, character, dress up and cheese fest, and she’s all over it. I tried when she was little to steer her away from all of this, but you can’t change who someone is, and she is most definitely a princess at heart. She has attitude, strong will and oozes with girly twirls, sparkles and dress up! She asks weekly if she can visit the princess castle, has several more costumes on her birthday wish list and understandably went absolutely nuts this last weekend when she had the opportunity to be a princess for the night for Disney on Ice!

After a tough week, I welcomed the opportunity to hang out with Megan one on one because she is funny, kind and her attitude always makes me laugh. She lives in a little bit of a fantasy world most of the times and it is just beautiful childhood innocence which means when spending time with her you easily get pulled along into the role plays and imagination and it is guaranteed fun and smiles!

We received the tickets from the hospice, that were gifted to them. It meant that we also had a “VIP Box”, and really felt extra special. Megan was on cloud 9 kitted out as a princess for the night and lapping up the wonderful atmospheres for Disney and their magic on the ice! We shared a special moment that couldn’t have come at a better time as we missed out little Poppy on mother’s day, and it was just lovely to connect and bond over something she loves so much…the evening was spectacular from start to finish. We loved the music, the incredible talents, costumes and props. It felt so special and exciting and we mostly couldn’t hold back from singing along!

As well as a beautiful moment with my little girl right before mothers day, she taught me a great lesson when she told me “there are no best Princesses…you know…I like them all the same because they’re all Princesses the same together”! What a great lesson for life, whether mothers, daughters, sisters or women in general… there are no best Princesses amongst us, for we are all the same in our kingdoms!

I love this special little girl bursting with independence and attitude, her outlook on things and being wrapped up in our ordinary moments together of princessy, girly fun… I hope this phase lasts a long time, its so joyful.

The Ordinary Moments
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