While girls dresses can lean toward formal for special occasions, it is possible to clothe girls in casual dresses for everyday wear. The practicality of it depends on the activities the girl involves herself in, her age and her own personal style. However, it is possible to find casual styles that suit any young lady’s style and add accessories, such as leggings, so active girls can still be appropriate while wearing casual dresses.
The most important thing about casual girls dresses is comfort. The first thing to consider when it comes to comfort is fabric. Cotton and cotton blend girls dresses tend to be more comfortable and casually wearable. Of course, fabrics like silk and satin are very comfortable and pleasing to the touch. However, they are delicate, so the dresses made from these fabrics are not likely to last.
Another aspect to kept in mind is ornamentation. Formal dresses may have a good deal of extra fabric as decoration, delicate beading, lace pieces, etc. Casual dresses can have decorations as well, but not delicate ones. Any ornamentation on should fit closely to the dress, so it does not snag on things. It should also be sturdy and sewn well.
The shape of casual girl dresses is very important. The bodice of the dress should be high enough so young ladies do not have to worry about their movement. Puffy sleeves can get caught on things and can also be uncomfortable. You want to be sure that the sleeves and bodice do not restrict movement, as girls are just as likely as boys to want to run around and play. The area where the bodice of the dress meets the skirt should also allow for some movement, but not so much that the dress is not secure on the girl’s body.
Skirts should be the right shape as well. Skirts with extra layers beneath may flow out to far from the girl’s body to be considered casual. Not only are skirts like that more suited to formal affairs, but also they are potentially annoying. Skirts that are too tight to the body can make casual girl dresses uncomfortable for everyday wear as well. The best skirt portions of dress move comfortably about the body without restricting the legs and are not “poofy.”
Another concern with casual girls dresses is length. Like women’s dresses, girl dresses that reach near the floor are considered formal. Too short is considered inappropriate. Something just below, at or just above the knee is suitable for casual wear. Comfortable and appropriate are the keys to casual dresses for girls.