Roundup: Hip Flower Girl Dresses Dresses for your little girl that aren't mini-bridal outfits. by Meg Keene When I was little, I used to be obsessed with the wedding section of the JC Penney Catalogue. (Who’s surprised?) I’d carefully sort through the phone book-sized tome till I got to the section with little girls dressed in taffeta, and then I’d while away my time dreaming of what sort of poufy pink dress I’d get to wear if I was a flower girl. While I think we can agree that wedding style has vastly improved on almost all fronts since my childhood in the eighties, the one area that hasn’t improved much is flower girl dresses, and I think I have a pretty good idea as to why. When getting hitched, you have two options for clothing your flower girls. One: you can ask their parents to pick out a dress (which almost always results in some sort of mini-bridal costume with a huge colored sash). Two: you can ask the flower girls what they want to wear. In my clumsy effort to not be a controlling bride, I tried the latter with David’s then-twelve-year-old cousin, which resulted in conversations like, “So, that’s a cute dress, but it’s actually a terry cloth beach cover-up, so I don’t think it’s going to work.” And, “Even if I was fine with you wearing a white mini-dress, I’m pretty sure your dad is not.” Today’s post hopes to give you a third way: hip flower girl dresses that you can pick on your own. I quite enjoyed whiling away my afternoon (grown-up style) picking these out. My rules were these: No mini-bride dresses. Dresses just as stylish as ones I’d pick for myself, but child appropriate. Nothing that cost $250. I’ve been known to try to convince myself that $250 is not the worst price ever for a party dress, but if you can avoid spending $250 on a dress that won’t fit next month, it’s probably for the best. And yes. We owe you a tomboy flower girl roundup. (Put together by…not me. I want “more fruffles!”) And, we’ll do another roundup in the spring. In the meantime, winter dresses for little girls happen to be one of my favorite things ever, so enjoy. 1. Girls Navy Tulle Smock Dress available at Mamas & Papas ($34.99) 2. Cap Sleeve Skater Dress by Soprano available at Nordstrom ($48) 3. Velvet Party Dress available at Boden USA ($60) 4. Floaty Dress available at Boden USA ($72) 5. Nina Dress by Turo Parc available at Nordstrom ($66) 1. Heart Print Dress available at Zara ($35.90) 2. Linen and Lace Sundress by Chasing Mini available on Etsy ($55) 3. Wow—Metallic Dream Dress by Ooh! La La Couture available at Nordstrom ($120) 4. Girls Rouge Pleated Dress available at Mamas & Papas ($37.09) 5. Pink and Cream Baby Dots Dress by Chasing Mini available on Etsy ($48) 1. Bubble Party Dress available at Tea Collection ($69) 2. Seeing Stars Party Dress available at Tea Collection ($45) 3. Printed Dress available at Zara ($35.90) 4. Girls Welcome to the World Vintage Dress available at Mamas & Papas ($34.99) 5. Velvet Bubble Dress available at Boden USA ($48) Top photo: Sequin Party Dress from Boden USA ($60) Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.