There is nothing more fun for my daughters than a closet full of cute dresses for girls. Over the years, we’ve tried dozens of dress shops and these are all my favorite places to buy dresses, whether you’re looking for twirl dresses or old-fashioned dresses or bell sleeve dresses.
There aren’t a lot of things I’m an expert at, but with four little daughters?
Dresses for girls is definitely an area of expertise for me.
We own a lot of little girl dresses and I’d say my three older girls (especially Ani and Star) wear dresses 75% of the time.
And if it’s a twirl dress? All the better.
Here are my favorite places to buy dresses for girls:
Best places to buy dresses for girls
I think Remie Girl is probably my number one favorite shop to buy dresses for girls. My first foray into Remie Girl was buying leotards for my girls for Christmas which they have loved and wear allllll the time, both for gymnastics class and also just with little skirts or shorts as regular outfits. They’re beautifully made and the fabric is incredible.
This spring after more than a year of eyeing her beautiful dresses for girls, I finally jumped on a sale and haven’t looked back. The twirl dresses are spectacular, the day dresses are so simple and sweet, and the designs and colors are so vibrant and rich (and don’t fade even with weekly washing).
Alice + Ames
This is probably one of the most popular small shops for cute dresses for girls – I see them all over the place on Instagram and in real life. They’re based out of Arizona and we actually used the same warehouse for London Littles that they do, so I saw their dresses all the time whenever I went in, and I’m super inspired by Stacie and her amazing hard work to grow her brand.
Alice + Ames is best known for their ballet-style twirl dresses, but in the last year or two, they’ve branched into woven dresses plus some skirt and top and short separates. My girls have loved their Alice + Ames dresses (we used black ones last year for witch dresses for Halloween) and they’ve gotten tons and tons of wear over the last couple of years.
Shop Plain Jane
I love Sarah who runs Shop Plain Jane for lots of reasons (like the fact that she is the nicest, warmest person on the planet), but I might have a special place in my heart for her because she is a mom to four girls like me. Her line of cute dresses for girls are called playgowns and they’re more a cross between a nightgown and a play dress. Ani is 100% obsessed with hers and she wears it to bed but has also worn it to school multiple times. Ella has a different style of Plain Jane dress that’s less nightgown and more just a cute dress – both styles are made out of the SOFTEST fabric.
Lorraine & Co
I think these dresses win for best twirl dresses. When we got our first one earlier this summer for Star, she wore it every day until I insisted on washing it and she kept telling me, “I LOVE this dress, Mama. Thank you for getting it for me.” The fabric is gorgeous and the fit is so good and when it comes to twirl dresses, the spin on these dresses can’t be beat. And . . . they have pockets. Mic drop.
She also makes matching dresses for women, but I haven’t bought one for myself, so I can’t speak to it.
This Little Street
I’ve long been obsessed with This Little Street (she’s the reason I painted my back door navy blue and I also used one of her wallpaper designs in Ella’s room), so it’s no surprise I was an instant fan when she launched her clothing line for children this year.
I’m actually especially in love with her tops, but the twirl dresses are fantastic too with really soft thick fabric and beautiful details like wooden buttons and bell sleeves. And of course, the patterns are just so delightful and whimsical.
The Dress Shop
Start has two of these cute dresses and I LOVE the simple design and the woven fabric. They’re just so darling and sweet. I do feel like they need an iron after a wash (but then, I’m a crazy ironer, so you might not think so) and they do run a bit small in my experience.
This shop makes beautiful little girls dresses and it’s easy to choose because they don’t have too many options. I love how soft and thick the fabric is and the beautiful bell sleeves. Ani wore it all last fall and winter and Star grew into it this summer and it still looks basically brand-new.
We just got our first Beet World dress and it’s so beautifully made. Their dresses are much more old-fashioned (they have a Victorian feel that reminds me of the dresses the American Girl doll Samantha wore).
The other sources for dresses for girls list have been all small shops, but I’m an Old Navy lover through and through and I especially think they kill it when it comes to cute dresses for girls. We’ve owned many Old Navy toddler and baby dresses and they’ve held up beautifully – Tally is currently wearing several that I bought when Ella or Ani were babies and they still look brand-new. I feel like their dresses hit the perfect mark between trendy and classic, and they tend to be impressively well-made (although I always stick to the woven dresses, rather than the stretchy cotton ones).
I’ve loved Carter’s since before Ella was born and they have so many darling dress options. I especially love their shirt-dresses and their other classic cute dresses for girls. The prices are hard to beat and they hold up beautifully. I got a hand-me-down Carter’s dress for Ella in 2010 and now Tally is wearing it.
Any great places to buy dresses for girls that I’ve left off? I’m always willing to try out a new dress and I have some very eager testers who are more than happy to try out a new dress.
We love Primary! Super soft material, simple, and a great price point!
My girls are too old for this any more- but I loved Boden. I like their adult clothes, too, but I first fell in love with their kids clothes.
Paige Cassandra Flamm says
I always think your girls look so darling! I need to check these shops out and get some for Em!
Tea Collection dresses are my favorite- they run good sales and their dresses hold up like no other. Hanna Anderson is running a huge sale today and I just stocked up on a ton of play dresses for school- I hope they’re as awesome as everyone says!
Do you have your girls wear anything under thier dresses? My daughter wants to wear skirts or dresses everyday, but I feel like we (and everyone else) are constantly seeing panties. She is very active and playing on the playground, reading on the couch … anything panties all the time. I teach her to sit nice and such, but I want her to play! I have her wear little shorts, but they don’t always look good. They are either too long or to thick of a waist band under the dress. Any suggestions? 🙂
Janssen Bradshaw says
They wear leggings sometimes, and sometimes they wear shorts under their dresses, but I admit that I just don’t worry about it too much!
My daughter wears jersey stretch shorts from old navy under all skirts/dresses, they often go on sale for around $4. They’re short so don’t show and have lasted a long time for us.
so do mine! They don’t ever go with undies only and all the schools they’ve attended required shorts or leggings under dresses. The old navy ones are great, carters are also good!
I didn’t worry about it until around age 5…then I figured they should stop showing their underwear. ? I buy the little shorts from Carter’s; I think they’re called playground shorts. They are basically leggings but super short. An alternative is to just cut up some leggings you already have that have holes in the knees. I do that all the time!
I love Tea collection. Cute prints and interesting designs!
I love Tea dresses. They often have sales on their sale prices and I stock up. I never spend more then $15 or so cuz I’m cheap (and since I have a daughter and son so only one kid is wearing them). I second old navy, I’ve found their quality to be just as good as Gap and crewcuts (J.crew) at a fraction of the cost. Mini Boden is gorgeous but out of my price range.
Primary and mini Boden are two of my favorites.
Great post! I’ve bookmarked a lot of these sites. 🙂
I really like the Jumping Bean brand at Kohls. Their dresses are cute, fit well, and last a while. (And that brand has great tops and leggings, too.)
I love Eleanor Rose dresses for special occasions or events. They release collections about once a month. It’s all in themes. I have my girls wear the dresses as often as they want though but they’re definitely on the pricier side.
Sally from Little Hiccups says
My three girls are in dresses most of the time too. We love Tea Collection, Hanna Andersson, Mitz Kids and Swedish brand Duns.
Virginia Hislop says
Hannah Andersson, great dresses and imaginative leggings – watch for the 40% off sale. In buying for the triplets I can avoid matchy but get the outfits in coordinating colors.
i have an almost 8 month old girl and I can’t love this post enough! Thanks for all of the recommendations! I love Old Navy but am so excited about these cute boutique options.
Aurora Royal says
Great post! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve bookmarked a lot of these sites.
We love ShelleyBee Originals! They are amazingly soft and perfect twirl dresses.
Love this post! Thank you for sharing! I bet your girls would love sweet honey dresses!