Girls' holiday dresses for every personality

My beautiful girls are so many amazing things: strong, intelligent, fearless, independent, brave, athletic, inspiring, graceful, creative, loyal, kind, driven... One thing they are not? One size fits all. There’s no “cookie cutter” when it comes to their style choices. I may be loving them all the same as I raise them, but these little ladies of mine are turning out as different as night and day. However, our family does have a few events and gatherings related to the holidays that will call for each of my little jewels to look polished. That means it is time for us to do a bit of girls' holiday dress shopping.

Wild as the Wind: She wants a dress that she can show off, and I want something that will hold up to her all-day-play approach to life. A velveteen holiday dress covers all the bases. It is so plush and soft that she will be in love with it at first touch, and it is extremely comfortable to wear. It can be paired with tights, but my daughter and I both agreed that girls' leggings would look best.

Twirly Girly: For my little ballerina, a festive Christmas twirl dress is the truly the only dress that will do. She feels loveliest in a dress designed with a gathered waist and skirt that dances right along with her. I’m sure I’ll snap a few extra photos of her looking so tiny as she twirls gleefully by the Christmas tree. These are the sort of memories my sentimental heart will recall years from now when she and I shop for the dress that she’ll wear only once.

Diamond in the Rough: Although she spends most of her life in athletic leggings and tees heading to the mat, the field, the gym, or the weight room, my sporty girl loves a pretty dress. When the occasion calls for something a bit more formal, she’s all in. No surprise there. This girl gives 110% at all times. Did it surprise me that she chose a Christmas dress with tulle and a velvet ribbon? Nope, but I think she’ll be surprising quite a few of her coaches and teammates with this dress. They may not even recognize her at first.

Casual Cutie: My daughters have tons of leggings and tees. I like to have a few go-to casual knit dresses on hand for last minute “maybe she needs a dress for that” occasion. That’s why I have knit dresses in practically every color and size in my girls closets. They can be worn with tights or leggings, ballet flats, ankle boots and tennis shoes. Anytime you can find a dress that pairs well with comfortable shoes, you need to take a moment to pat yourself on the back. Plus, I can throw them in the laundry with everything else and not worry. My girls love the way this style allows them to look dressed up while feeling pretty casual.

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