What better time than Christmas to pull out all the stops with a fabulous frock to dance around the tree, and twirl 'til you're giddy in?
This year we have more stunning dresses than ever, with designers paying extra special attention to full, voluminous skirts, darling puffed sleeves and those all important finishing touches - like jewelled buttons and statement bows - for the littlest ladies in the family.
To help you choose their perfect party dress, we've hand picked some of our favourite designs from occasionwear experts Junona, Patachou and our own in-house collection, Childrensalon Occasions, who all know the secret to creating gasp-out-loud gowns and accessories. Taking the spotlight, however, is exciting new brand Maison Ava, which has landed just in time for Christmas.
Merry & Bright In Maison Ava
Maison Ava - perfect for a flashbulb moment
The label known for its spectacular frocks has outdone itself this season with acres of ruffled tulle and exquisite embroidery. Maison Ava was founded by creative director Viranica Manchu, who launched her beautifully crafted children's couture line to meet her own growing family's need for high impact outfits to wear to her actor and producer husband's black tie events. Needless to say, these dresses are a little girl's dream and will draw admiring glances at even the fanciest seasonal soirees.
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Time Honoured & Traditional In Patachou
Patachou - for timeless style with a flourish
Adorable is the word for Patachou's latest collection of occasionwear. This Portuguese label's design aesthetic is firmly rooted in heritage values and the quality and cut are unsurpassed. We love the clean lines of these dresses which are made from luxurious fabrics and feature subtle tartan trims, scallops and generous bows that nod to decadent gifts under the tree. With everything covered from the chicest coats and fur-trimmed capes to wear over your party dress, to elegant hair accessories and more, this brand has everything that chic little party guests could desire.
Image by Childrensalon
Deck The Halls In Junona
Junona - dresses that make a statement
Stunning chiffon dresses shot through with stars, devoré detailing and brocade blooms are just some of the stand out pieces in Junona's fabulous party collection. These are the dresses that dance floors are filled with and memories are made of but this brand isn't just about the frou-frou. For anyone who prefers to make a statement with something more pared back and bold, Junona's fabulous plaid separates will fit the bill. Layer up for a show stopping look or wear just one piece for a hit of festive charm.
Image by Junona
Celebrate In Childrensalon Occasions
Childrensalon Occasions - for serious twirl appeal
Our own beautfilly designed in-house collection is the perfect option for children who love to dress up. With oversize bows, gorgeous layers of tulle and playful silhouettes, these are dresses that will be worn time and time again before they're reluctantly handed down. We're completely smitten with this year's mix of jewel tones and metallics and with the option of chic structured satin or cascading ruffles, there really is something to suit every party mood.
Image by Childrensalon