Teen pageants are a wonderful opportunity for girls to make memories and new friends, as well as enhance their confidence and embrace the glamour and elegance of this special time in your growing girl’s life. Not only that, but teen pageants can help your not-so-little girl earn some extra cash for college or university — and it looks great on her CV.
Far from simply a dazzling display of beauty, pageants can help teen girls develop key life skills that can be applied in all areas of her adult life. From improving her public speaking and interview skills and learning to balance competing commitments to refining her poise and grace when under pressure, a beauty pageant can have long-lasting positive effects on your teen.
But with so much pressure on looking her finest, choosing and styling the perfect pageant dress can be overwhelming. In this post, we break down some of our top styling tips for teens preparing for their first beauty pageant.
Select the Right Colour
Colour is one of the easiest ways to stand out from the crowd. Yet, unlike little princesses, teenage girls are often drawn to darker hues — such as chic black, regal navy and rich plum. These colours may be effortlessly stylish and sophisticated, but they’re not always the best choice. To stand out in a pageant, your girl needs something that makes her outfit pop. Don’t be afraid of going bold with the colour choice.
The key to getting the right hue is to consider your teen’s hair and skin colour and match accordingly. A pageant is all about showcasing your growing girl’s natural beauty. For fair-skinned and fair-haired girls, take inspiration from the warm hues of the season. Ruby red, emerald green, and regal purple are all good choices that won’t wash out fairer complexions. Our vibrant wine-red velvet festive gowns are the epitome of luxe style and wintry elegance. Finished with a delicate and decorative floral embellishment, and a sumptuous stretch velvet bodice, your teen will look every inch the starlet.
For darker-skinned and dark-haired girls, take inspiration from the cool hues of the season. Frosty blue, shimmering silver and elegant ivory all wonderfully complement darker complexions. Our pearl-blue and silver opera gowns are designed with love and luxury in mind. The frosted flair not only pays homage to wintry landscapes but also guarantees a show-stopping air of glamour.
Find the Perfect Fit
Children’s pageants are often a wonderful parade of big puffy princess dresses — the more frills and ruffles, the better! But when it comes to teen girls, a more streamlined look is often preferred. Out are the high waistbands that fall just below the chest and long gone are the full balloon skirts. Our feminine A-line and skater silhouettes and pencil pleated skirts are the perfect choices for growing girls. Finishing just above the knee, they make a flattering and elegant look for teen girls.
Dresses that cinch in at the waist are always a great way of highlighting your daughter’s natural beauty. That’s why skater girl designs are often the favoured cut — with a cinched in waist and an elegantly cascading skirt, they’re a great option.
Above all, keep comfort in mind. Pageants are often a full-day affair, and your little girl will spend much time on her feet running here, there and everywhere. Be sure to choose a dress that fits well — anything too tight or restrictive will make it difficult for your daughter to enjoy the thrill of the events. If her dress is too big and bulky, she’ll struggle to stay clear-headed and fluster free.
Teen pageants are a wonderful opportunity to develop life skills, make new friends and embrace high glamour and elegance. Browse our selection of expertly made luxury dresses and help your teen stand out from the crowd.
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