I still remember my eighth grade school dance.
It was held in our middle school gym, with a pizza break at one point in the cafeteria. Scott Argiro (who today is an accomplished singer/songwriter and Jenny Duncan acted as DJs and I still distinctly remember them playing “Open Arms” by Journey, “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant, and “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley.
Oddly enough, I don’t have a single photo of that night … although maybe it’s just as well, because I’m quite embarrassed by what my memory tells me I wore that night. Instead of wearing some sort of special dress, I think I wore a polo shirt with a grey, straight dress. No wonder almost no one asked me to dance with them that night!
Well okay, let’s be honest. There were probably other reasons, too.
Either which way, there are so many really pretty school dance dresses for tweens available these days — some that you can even have quickly shipped with a free returns option — that there’s no reason that anyone has to make the same embarrassing mistake that I did all those years ago.
Here are five pretty party dresses I found that are perfect not only for school dances, but also for weddings, confirmation, parties, or other special events. They all fall nicely into that “tween” area of being pretty and elegant, but still holding onto some of that little girl sweetness and innocence.
I think if I were to go back in time and be in middle school again, I would choose either the purple organza dress (I like purple, and I like the fanciness of that one) or the floral dress (which looks very comfortable and spring-like.)
Which one is your favorite?
This pretty tea-length dress comes in fourteen different colors, including royal blue, lime green, gold, and silver, but this purple is my personal favorite. It has double spaghetti straps and is decorated with rhinestones on the chest. It comes with a matching flower accent that can be used as a hairpin or as a scarf.
This knee=length, floral print dress is lined with an attached ruffle crinoline underskirt for added fullness. There is a hidden back zip closure and a black satin bow tie sash in back. It’s machine washable, which is always a plus.
I think this velvet dress would look particularly adorable on younger tweens. The photo shows the gold version of the bodice skirt, but there is also a fuschia version. This dress is hand wash only.
This elegant satin dress has a 3/4 sleeve lace top, a mesh skirt overlay, and a delicate satin bow at the waist. The dress is also available in navy, off-white, and red. It is made of 100% polyester, is made in the USA, and does need to be hand washed.
This is a fun 50’s-stye dress with a removable matching waist belt and a back zipper. I like how the belt is removable because, um, some of us don’t look good in belts. In this image the background is ivory, but you also choose a background in turquoise, midnight blue, or black.
I hope this post has been useful in helping you and your daughter find the perfect pretty dress for her upcoming school dance, party, or other special occasion. Now that your daughter has the dress figured out, she can watch this video tutorial below for tips on getting the perfect and hair and makeup to match.