One of my favorite of Elizabeth’s phases was her Dresses Phase. She liked to wear dresses almost every single day, and I loved to buy dresses almost every single day, so it was a happy partnership. Now she is in her Skirts Phase, which is nice too.
The best times of year to buy inexpensive dresses were: (1) Easter clearance, (2) summer clearance, and (3) Christmas clearance. The Easter/Christmas dresses were fanciest; I sometimes thought I should send a note in to Elizabeth’s teacher saying, “Don’t worry, it looks like $40 and dry-clean-only and parents-will-pitch-fit-if-paint-gets-on-it, but it was $8 and at home we’re letting her wear it in the mud.”
Tutu dress (photo from ChildrensPlace.com). Sleeveless dresses seem impractical, but they’re easy to wear over tights and a long-sleeved shirt.
Tiered gingham dress (photo from OldNavy.com). This could be a sundress, or a cute school outfit with white tights and shirt.
Tie-belt pocket dress (photo from OldNavy.com). Sweet for Easter/spring, but also nice and sunny for summer.
Long-sleeved dot dress (photo from Gap.com). After a long (and still ongoing) pink stage, Elizabeth has developed an unexpected interest in navy.
Bow daffodil dress (photo from Gymboree.com). She had a dress similar to this when she was three or four. So sweet. (And I love the matching daffodil headband enough to maybe place a whole order just for that.)
Bow stripe seersucker dress (photo from Crazy8.com).
Sleeveless polka-dot dress (photo from Sears.com). I associate Sears so strongly with tools and appliances, it’s hard to remember they have TONS of fancy dresses.
Pinky polka-dot tier dress (photo from JCPenney.com).
Lilly Pulitzer little classic dress (photo from Amazon.com). Oh, man, that’s pretty.