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formal dresses for girls

I’m not sure how Lil Sis ended up being so photogenic.

She definitely doesn’t get it from me or OH, as I have to take about 40 photos to get one that looks halfway decent, and OH… let’s just say his face translates better in real life (seriously, some of the photos of him over the years have almost made me split an internal organ I laughed so hard).

But this girl always manages to look completely angelic – despite the fact she doesn’t particularly love her photo being taken anymore (a shoot these days usually requires ‘incentivising’ with pizza afterwards).

When ROCO CLOTHING got in touch to ask if we wanted to try something from their lovely range of shoes, accessories and formal dresses for girls, I could already envisage how lovely Lil Sis would look.

She has a proper ‘English Rose’ look, with pale skin, pink cheeks and rosebud lips I’d cheerfully kill for, so I knew the pretty, feminine styles would suit her so perfectly. Together, we chose the Natalia dress, these Lily shoes, and this gorgeous pink and ivory flower crown, which I absolutely adore.

We headed to Cliveden House, the stately home with the scandalous past, to take our photos, as they have the most magnificent Grade 1 Listed formal gardens. After wandering alongside the Long Garden and admiring the bluebells, we found this amazing tree (I’m not going to pretend to know what it is, but the leaves were the most beautiful dark-green, and the boughs were deliciously twisted, and the fallen petals looked like confetti on the ground).

formal dresses for girls tree full length

formal dresses for girls under tree close up

girls formal dresses N in tree bough

We were so lucky with the weather – thunderstorms had originally been forecast, but it was sunny and warm, with cloudless blue skies. I actually took this shot of Lil Sis right at the start, when I was checking the photo set up, and love how you can see all the gorgeous lace detail on the dress. And how pretty is the floral garland headband? Not just ideal for weddings, but also the perfect boho accessory for the kids’ festival season.

Spot the lovely bluebells in the background too!

formal dresses for girls hair up solemn

formal dresses for girls daffodils close up

formal dresses for girls daffodils close up hair up

We found a carpet of the loveliest pale daffodils, and while I took some more photos to show off the garland, Big Sis was just out of shot, doing roly-polies down the hill.

I managed to convince her to take just a few more shots by the Japanese Water Garden, this time sans shoes for a real ‘flower child’ feel. We finished our day with some fun in the Storybook Play Den, and an ice cream from the Doll’s House Café (which actually used to be the life-sized doll’s house of one of the former residents).

formal dresses for girls N water garden balance

formal dresses for girls N water garden standing

Just as we were driving out of the carpark, the rain started to fall…

A huge thank you to the mercurial English weather for cooperating with us, and to Roco Clothing for Lil Sis’s gorgeous outfit – I’d love to hear what you guys think of it! 






  1. Elizabeth Seal - May 3, 2018 reply

    Aw this is so beautiful!! Such gorgeous, romantic photos, she looks like a mini Pre Raphaelite 😀 I love the location too, I 100% want to steal this outfit haha! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (PS I’m hoping I might be able to entice you to follow each other on bloglovin haha xD)

  2. So beautiful and so grown up. I’d love to have dressed Clio in something like this, however impractical on the farm, but getting her out of jeans has always been an issue. Your daughter looks so feminine and the dress is beautiful #TriedTested

    • Haha! I’d have the exact same issue with Big Sis – she never wears skirts or dresses, they’re far too hard to climb trees in! 😉 x

  3. These are absolutely gorgeous pictures! I’ve not heard of Roco clothing before but will definitely check them out for a summer wedding outfit for my daughter.


    • Hi Catherine, the site is perfect for wedding outfits – reasonably priced too! x

  4. What beautiful photos. Your girl really is angelic.
    That dress is really stunning too….I think if my youngest wore a dress like that I would struggle to get it off her. hehehe

    • Haha! Lil Sis didn’t want to take it off either – she just wanted to keep swirling around! x

  5. Wow such a beautiful dress and stunning photos too – like something out of a fairytale! #triedtested

    • Thank you Su, it’s a proper ‘Disney-princess-style’ dress, isn’t it? x

  6. What beautiful photos, I love the ones by the water. Very pretty dress, shoes and crown, very English Rose. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    • Aw, thanks Kate! I love the ones by the water too – although Lil Sis was getting really fed up of posing by then, haha! x

  7. What a beautiful dress!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week

  8. Oh what a gorgeous dress and these are such wonderful photos! I am glad that the weather decided to cooperate with you too!

  9. Get the best fitted suits you can for your formal occasions. Alter your old suit to fit you again. And maybe jazz up the style for better look.

  10. To dress an apple body shape the best, look for pieces that create a defined waist around your midriff. A plunging neckline such as a sweetheart shape or deep v will look gorgeous on you. As will an off-the-shoulder style.

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