Get Dressed Up — Special Occasion Kids’ Clothes

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Whether it’s a cousin’s wedding, a family celebration, or a fancy holiday gathering, when you need to get your toddler all dolled up, consider these tips for buying dress clothes for kids.

Chances are your toddler’s social calendar isn’t too heavy on events that require her to get dressed up. But when those special occasions do arise, you’ll want to make sure that what she wears is both comfy for her and practical for you. Some things to keep in mind:

Synthetic fabrics, itchy lace, and any other trimmings that might rub against your darling’s delicate skin won’t be worth her discomfort, even if she just needs to get dressed up for a couple of hours. Plenty of kids’ clothing brands offer lovely dress clothes for kids in comfy cotton, with embellishments that won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Dress clothes for kids run the same risk of being tight and uncomfortable as do dress clothes for grown-ups ever sit through an event in a dress that nearly cut off your circulation? Have your child try on potential outfits before you commit to one and then have her move around a bit while she’s wearing them. Even if she can’t tell you she’s uncomfortable, you’ll know if the fit is not right. Look for sleeves that dig into chubby arms, shirts that pinch little necks, and belts that dig into tiny tummies and can’t be adjusted. After your child takes off the clothing, look for red marks on her skin, a telltale sign of too-tight clothes.

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A zillion tiny buttons, a real necktie, complicated layers — who has time to deal with those when dressing toddlers? Not you or your little one, who isn’t going to stay still long enough for you to get her dressed up in these tricky accoutrements no matter how impressive her dressing skills have become. Besides, won’t you need time to make sure your own outfit and hair and makeup is just right?

Seriously, don’t buy white anything — dress shirts, dresses, sweaters — unless it can be bleached or your cousin, the bride, is insisting on a white flower girl dress for your princess. If there’s any opportunity for getting an irreversible stain on a pristine white fabric, your tot will find it.

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Take advantage of consignment stores when shopping for dress clothes for kids. Your small fry’s growing fast, and special occasion outfits will fit well for only one or two wears. So consider forgoing pricey pieces in favor of pre-worn wear for a fraction of what you’d fork over for a brand-new outfit. And if you’re in the market for toddler dress shoes, this is one time that buying secondhand is probably okay, since most fancy footwear will have been worn only a few times.

Thanks for reading!

Sam from Babeeni team.