Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Pirate or Princess: What's Your Little Girl's Fancy Dress Style?

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, fancy dress was limited to sheets turned into ghost costumes for Halloween and a dressing-up box full of dodgy home-made cast-offs from older family members. 

If you are a reader of my blog you will know that Lexie lives in dressing up clothes. It very rare we can get her in normal clothes. The dressing up clothes available are great, you can almost get every character from films and tv shows and every Disney princess.


But these days every day is a girls' fancy dress occasion. Whether it's World Book Day, a play date, a visit to a theme park, a party or just a rainy Saturday afternoon at home, you can guarantee one thing - the little girl in your life will see it as an excuse to indulge her love of dressing up. And experts all agree it's good for her - dressing up and pretending to be someone else for a little while is vital for her social and vocabulary skills as well as building confidence through role-play. 

To Make or to Buy? 

While it can be fun and rewarding to make our own girls' fancy dress costumes for the little princesses in our lives, the pressures of time (and let's face it, the fact that most of us are not exactly crafting queens) makes this easier said than done most of the time. So when you take into account that it costs less to buy a gorgeous girls' fancy dress outfit from a supermarket than it does to take your little girl to the cinema, then it's a no-brainer to feed your child's fantasies by adding a girls' fancy dress costume to the trolley along with the washing powder and milk as you do the weekly shop. 

Fairies and Princesses 

These days most big supermarkets have a dazzling array to choose from to transport your little girl into a fantastic, imaginative world of play. Fans of the Tinkerbell movies will adore the fairy outfits from George girls fancy dress at ASDA. If your daughter is more of an aspiring princess than a fledgling fairy, you can bring her wishes to life with beautiful Merida, Rapunzel, Belle, Tiana and Cinderella costumes. The attention to detail available is brilliant - George's Cinderella one is even reversible, giving your little girl the chance to go from rags to riches in an instant. If only it were that easy in real life! 


Girl Power 
Of course, as the recent Disney movie Frozen taught us, not every little girl sees her happy ending in the form of a princess dress and a kiss from a handsome prince. So if you're bringing up a future medic, a Doc McStuffins fancy dress costume will be just what she needs to make sure all her toys are fighting fit.  Budding superheroes can choose whether they want to save the world as Thor, Batman or Captain America, and pint-sized pirates will say 'aaarrrr' at the chance to be a fierce but fashionable pirate girl. 


Wherever your little girl's daydreams take her, the happy ending to our fairytale is that, these days, it's easier than a wave of a fairy godmother's wand to make them come true. 

*In collaboration with Asda George*

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