Summertime in the UK doesn't just mean ice cream and paddling pools. It also means summer term at school. For girls in infant and junior school, that means ditching the school pinafores, skirts and trousers in favour of gingham dresses. Moozles, who is seven, loves gingham dresses, so I thought I would share our four favourite tried and tested dresses.
1. Best Non-Iron Dress, Marks & Spencer
This dress is utterly lovely. The frilled hem adds a sweet and feminine touch. And you can shake it out after it's been washed and dried, hang it up and it is ready to wear. How I loathe ironing.
Plus, this dress has a belt. Moozles loves tying and re-tying belts, as do many of her friends. Costs £10-£14, depending on the age of the child.
2. Best Dress to Put On/Take Off Easily, Asda
A zip makes a school dress so much easier when you have a little girl. As Moozles is seven, she doesn't have problems buttoning her clothes. But having a dress with a zip makes life easier when kids have to undress for PE and/or swimming. It also makes getting ready for school a bit easier/quicker in the mornings if your little girls isn't great at using buttons.
Also, the zip makes the dress look quite cute and sporty. And at £4, it is a bargain.
3. Best Value Dress, Sainsbury's
For £5, you cannot get a nicer gingham dress. It is pretty, has the much coveted belt, washes well and doesn't need an iron. And the heart-shaped buttons are a very nice touch. And if you buy it when Sainsbury's is running a 25% off discount, then you are getting a true bargain.
The only downside is that you cannot order clothes online or reserve them from Sainsburys so you will have to chance whether they have the dress in stock.
4. Best Ethical Dress, Eco Outfitters (top picture)
Most gingham dresses are made of a cotton-poly blend. But this dress is made from 100% organic cotton. This is the best dress if your child has sensitive skin. Wearing synthetic fabrics can aggravate skin conditions such as eczema.
Although this dress is the most expensive on my list (it is currently on sale for £15.95), it is the only one that is ethically made. Not only is it grown organically, but the spinning, dyeing and printing processes used are also to a high organic standard. But please note that these dresses looked quite creased after washing - the lack of polyester means that they will need to be ironed. Or you could do what I did and throw a jumper on the girl, and she looked fine. 😉
We were given a summer dress from Eco Outfitters for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.