Kate Spade New York Kids Shirt Dress
Not just pretty pastels, this sweet style is a versatile wardrobe addition. Add a lightweight long-sleeve tee and leggings or tights underneath if there’s still a chill in the air. When it warms up she can wear it alone with sandals.
To buy: Kate Spade New York Kids Shirt Dress, $98; zappos.com.
Boden Vintage Dress
Made from linen and cotton (so it’s super lightweight and breathable), this party-worthy dress has a retro-feeling print and loads of extras, like a detachable ribbon to sash the waist and a tutu petticoat that adds a full-skirted effect for really special occasions. Available in two colors.
To buy: Boden Vintage Dress, $69; bodenusa.com.
Uniqlo Girls Frill Short-Sleeve Dress
You’ll love the cute stripes and charming ruffle details, but she’ll love the comfortable elastic waistband that doesn’t get in the way of play. Also available in navy.
To buy: Uniqlo Girls Frill Short-Sleeve Dress, $15; uniqlo.com.
Cat & Jack Floral Print Dress
Made for the mini fashionista, this frock’s nearly-neon bright colors and stylish details (like a sateen sash and button-down back) will make it a party favorite.
To buy: Cat & Jack Floral Print Dress, $25; target.com.
H&M Glittery Tulle Dress
What makes a ballerina-skirted party dress even better? If the tulle skirt is also glittery, of course. But don’t worry—as princess-perfect as this dress looks, it’s also entirely machine washable. Available in two colors. To buy: H&M Glittery Tulle Dress, $18; hm.com.
Stella McCartney Blue Bell Dress
Designer details (A drop waist! Metallic flowers! Tulle!) are balanced with practical points, like a comfortable detachable cotton slip.
To buy: Stella McCartney Blue Bell Dress, $97; stellamccartney.com.
Zara Printed Cut Work Dress
Sweet but not saccharine, the floral print on this dress is loaded with vintage charm, played up even further by the eyelet fabric.
To buy: Zara Printed Cut Work Dress, $40; zara.com.