Party dress for 12 year old dd

(21 Posts)
Dancergirl Thu 29-Aug-13 22:16:14

We are going to a fairly smart wedding soon and dd has nothing suitable to wear.

Where should I look? Is Monsoon still ok for this age?

Jbck Thu 29-Aug-13 22:21:05

BHS Occassion wear very popular at DD1s recent leavers dance.

Monsoon was a bit bridesmaidy when we looked there. Debenhams similar, Ted Baker did have some nice stuff but DD didnt think they were cool enough.

CointreauVersial Thu 29-Aug-13 22:24:21

We found something online from New Look for DDs 12 and 10..

Debenhams usually have nice party stuff.

NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:26:51

Very difficult, DD had a monsoon dress at 10, which I just got away with. Fortunately she was a bridesmaid at the next.

DD13/14 is easy she's a standard ladies 12 and has a nice, pricy Coast dress, but 12 is very hard.

Miss Selfridge go down to adult 6 which fits DD2 if not cut too womanly a shape. Dotty P's do some small stuff.

Red or Dead have teen prom dresses sometimes.

crumpet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:28:20

Johnnie b?

littlemisswise Thu 29-Aug-13 22:29:10

Next have some nice dresses. River Island have a children's and teen range too.

MortifiedAdams Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:19

What about River Island?

Blue skater dress
peach and gold dress

Dancergirl Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:22

Thanks all.

I haven't bought her any adult clothes yet, she seems to fit an age 12-13 in most places. She's starting to get a figure though so I suppose she might fit an 8..?

Will try Debenhams and BHS first.

MortifiedAdams Thu 29-Aug-13 22:36:02
NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:36:14
Dancergirl Thu 29-Aug-13 22:38:29

Yes forgot about Zara! We usually do well there for everyday clothes.

OldBeanbagz Thu 29-Aug-13 22:41:39

Have you tried the likes of Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins & River Island? They all have dresses that go down to sixe 6, some even to size 4.

Or how about this one from New Look's teen selection?

NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:42:41

The perfect dress for DD2(now12) No point as we've married everyone off and she won't, normally wear a dress. Her party outfit is a black play suit.

MortifiedAdams Thu 29-Aug-13 22:50:58
NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:57:53

Sorry should have checked stock, but our little DP has an ever changing selection of dresses. Not many 6's, but if your DD can wear an 8 you may get lucky.

DD2 has a couple of Newlook size 8 tops and she's pretty small.

member Thu 29-Aug-13 23:24:19

I'd consider : Johnnie B
Zara
Next
Also the Free Spirit range at Littlewoods/Very/Woolworths

Kylie range at M & Co

Matalan

And you can never totally discount M & S

pippop1 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:28:42

T K Max if you have one near you OP?

Dancergirl Fri 30-Aug-13 17:57:02

Well that was hard work this morning and we came home sans dress!

Started in Debenhams which looked promising. Dd quite liked this:
www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_232020165545_-1

but the top bit was plain and it was a bit gappy round the arm holes showing her bra a bit.

This was nice on her, better than the photo:

www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_240020185920_-1

But she wasn't sure about all those sequins.

Nicest one was this:

www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_240020161360_-1

Lovely shape on her but again a bit gappy under the arms and she wasn't sure about the bird print.

So then tried Next - had nothing in her size. BHS - nothing she liked. Monsoon - all too bridesmaid-y and didn't have the purple one she'd seen online.

By then we were knackered and couldn't face any more so came home!

The hunt continues!

withaspongeandarustyspanner Fri 30-Aug-13 18:04:58

Johnnie B has some lovely dresses. Pretty and a little more grown up without being 'slutty'. I find that my 8 year old has to have to wear aged 10 sometimes and it's hard to find something suitable - but this range is great. And they're things that she wants to wear.

MortifiedAdams Fri 30-Aug-13 22:53:39

What about ordering from a catalogue?

green dress

lace shoulder dress

peter pan collar

dip hem dress

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