A flower girl dress she can wear again? Reader Q+A

My four year-old daughter is going to be a flower girl in my sister-in-law’s wedding. It’s somewhat informal and they told us to buy whatever we want. I don’t mind spending some money, but I would love to find something that’s not so poofy and over the top that she can wear it again. Just something light and pretty and summery. Any ideas?

If you want to get more use out of a flower girl dress, I’d suggest not searching for “flower girl dress” or you’ll end up with lots of tulle crinolines and bows the size of your daughter’s head. But there are sooo many beautiful little girls’ dresses that could work. Plus, so much on sale right now! Here are just a few that I love. –Liz

Dagmar Daley girls' dress

Arte Bebe always has lots of great boutique brand dresses for girls. I adore the very simple styling of this Dagmar Daley dress that has just a little sparkle in it. I’m sure your daughter will want to wear this dress every day, and not just for special occasions.

Japanese-inspired girls' dresses at Noko Baby

Noko Baby
offers a gorgeous selection of Japanese inspired dresses for girls. Some are more structured and formal, but also take a look at the Yuko kimono style dress for something you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of.


Special occasion dresses from Ses Petites Mains

I’m always recommending Ses Petites Mains to moms who are okay with a little splurge. There’s a whole line of Occasion Dresses to take a look at–this white shift was a Martha Stewart Weddings pick. But also browse the sale section where some beautiful older styles like the Annalissa dress, shown here, are discounted.

Gap lace maxi dress for girls

If you want her in white, this lace maxi dress for girls from Gap is a great deal, now on sale for under $30. A quick click over to Janie and Jack and I also found this hand-smocked Camelia dress with little red floral accents, or a pretty white halter dress that’s on sale.

Girls' dress-up dresses by Tutu Du Monde

Another idea–go in a totally different direction with the spectacular dresses from Australia’s Tutu Du Monde (also shown at top). When the wedding is over, a tutu dress will be well-loved staple of the dress-up trunk, guaranteed. Tutu Du Monde’s dresses are on sale right now, and in June only, designer Andrea Rembeck is offering free shipping worldwide. (Though if you can wait until July and August, the new style coming out are gorgeous!)

My own daughter wore a Tutu Du Monde dress to her birthday party and I’ve never had so many people ask me about something my kids were wearing. It’s a beautiful and unexpected choice if you’re not worried about her upstaging the bride. But then, isn’t that part of the job of the flower girl?

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  • Reply June 5, 2011


    For my sister’s wedding and my own, we got the flower girls dresses at Easter time. Lots of pretty dresses, perfect for a wedding, and any other summery parties they will be going to that year.

  • Reply June 7, 2011


    I really like the idea of getting dresses they can wear again. There are some really cute ones int he pics and from places I wouldn’t have even known about. Thank you!

  • Reply March 13, 2014

    jennifer l.

    My daughter was a flower girl in her aunts wedding when she was 12 along with her 10 year old cousin.There were no little girls so they both took on the role.the aunt bought them identical,white,poofy,knee length dresses with matching veils,gloves,lace anklets and white ‘mary jane’ shoes.to make both of them cuter and more little girlish,we did a cloth diaper and rubberpants on both of them under their dresses.they both looked very cute! Two years later when the daughter was 14 and in 8th grade,she went thru her catholic confirmation and per the parish dress code had to wear a white dress,veil,tights and white shoes.I had her try on her flower girl dress and veil and they still fit her! So she wore the flower girl dress and veil as her required outfit with the white tights and the mary jane shoes.i put her flower girl cloth diaper and rubber pants on her and she wore them under the tights for the day.So she got double use out of her flower girl outfit which saved me a lot of money!

  • Reply August 10, 2014


    My daughter is 13 and was the flower girl in our cousins wedding back in june.she made her first communion 5 years ago when she was 8,and i took her communion rubberpants out of the box and had her wear them under her flower girl dress.since she is older and larger in size,the rubberpants fit her tighter,but wern’t uncomfortable on her.for her confirmation at 14,she will wear the rubberpants again under her required white dress.

  • Reply November 2, 2015


    To jennifer and sheila-I am glad to see that there are other moms her who did diapers and rubberpants on their older daughters for weddings,confirmation,etc.my daughter,Lexi,is 15 and wears a cloth diaper and rubberpants for holidays and special occasions.She is a very girly girl and likes to dress up.I really feel that the cloth diapers and rubberpants worn under dresses really do make girls feel cute and more pure and innocent and also keeps their minds from thinking about boys!

    • Reply February 3, 2016

      Linda M.

      I agree with jennifer,sheila and anamarie that flowergirls should be diaperd under their dresses! I have twin daughters who are 13 and they were both flowergirls in our neices wedding last august and i did a cloth diaper and loose fitting rubberpants on them under their cute poofy dresses.I got two packages of the gerber flat cloth diapers,10 to a package,in the 24×27 inch size and sewed the diapers together around the edges to make one ten ply thick diaper for each of them.I then got a card of pink head diaper pins to pin the diaper on them with.I got their rubberpants from a website in plain white,adult size medium.After their baths,they both laid side by side on a bed and i baby powered them,then pinned their diaper on them,then put the rubberpants on next,then their white tops then their poofy flowergirl dresses with the lace socks and white shoes and last their veils.Since their rubberpants fit them blousy,they crinkled under their dresses and it was so cute! both daughters looked cute and little girlish in their outfits and were perfectly ok with their cloth diaper and rubberpants under their dresses!

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