What Can a Little Girl Wear That's Upscale Casual?

by Tiffany Ross

Upscale fashion for little girls combines classic pieces with vibrant colors. The styles of these classic pieces change with each season and trend. For example, a bright summer dress with sandals is appropriate for an upscale garden party, but a dress with ribbons and bows may be just the thing for the holiday season.

Dresses

A simple A-line dress with cap sleeves and a lace collar is a classic example of upscale casual style for a little girl. Colors change for each season; for example, yellows and oranges for summer and dark greens or purples for winter. Take the girl's age and personal preference into consideration when choosing the dress. For example, a girl between the ages of 3 and 5 years old may enjoy wearing a puff skirt dress with pastel colors, such as pink or baby blue, in the springtime.

Skirts

A skirt for a little girl should be no more than 2 inches above the knee; this length is comfortable enough to let the girl play. Corduroy or wool skirts, paired with a pair of thick tights, are good for autumn and winter. But a lightweight fabric, such as cotton or linen, is best for summer. Skirts are available in a wide range of colors, but choose colors that suit the season and the little girl's tastes.

Pants

Velvet or corduroy are fabrics suitable for upscale occasions. Dark colors, such as black or red, give a chic look but are best worn in winter. Linen pants in light colors will be more comfortable in the spring and summer. Couple the pants with a blouse instead of a t-shirt to keep the outfit upscale.

Shoes

A classic black patent leather shoe will partner with almost any upscale outfit. Glittery sandals will accent a summer dress and leather boots will match with a pair of velvet pants in the winter. Avoid sneakers and flip-flops for upscale casual dressing; these types of shoes are too casual.

Accessories

Accessories are the final touch for a little girl's upscale ensemble. But overaccessorizing will overwhelm a girl's small build and get in the way during playtime. Hair accessories are a good option for an active little girl -- a hair bow, for example, or a shiny barrette. Choose something the girl can show off at a special occasion, such as a small purse or belt decorated with flowers and glitter.

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About the Author

Tiffany Ross is a writer and actress who has been working in Chicago since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and is completing her Master of Science in Oriental medicine. Ross is a world traveler with experience working overseas.