Children’s beauty pageants have a long and enduring history dating back almost one hundred years to the very first Little Miss America contest. The televised show ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ recently polarized attention on kids beauty pageants, leaving audiences divided into ‘love them’ or ‘hate them’ camps. Some children are natural performers and will always remain magically drawn to the allure of pageants. They will love to select a stunning gown from an enviable choice of pageant dresses. Bridal retailer Madame Bridal offers a rich choice of pageant dresses online, catering for both natural and glitzy pageants. Additionally if you are looking for a cheap pageant dress, you will find some on-sale bargains offered by Madame Bridal.
The two types of competitions are very distinct in style. Natural beauty pageants focus on the non-makeup beauty of the competitor with collections such as Tiffany Princess, Perfect Angels by Rachel Allan and Sherri Hill Littles showcasing girls’ pageant dresses that are sweet and adorable, designed to highlight the fresh image of the competitors. Girls dress up to the nines for shows in glitzy, embellished outfits, enhancing their natural beauty with the aid of artificial adornments such as flippers, hair extensions, fake tans and false eyelashes. Gown designers creating flamboyant collections for this sparkling look include Ritzee Girls and Mary’s Bridal.
Beauty show events cater to children of all ages, ranging from babies to teens under the age of sixteen. The Ritzee Girls line focuses on little girls pageant dresses and incorporates baby pageant dresses, while Rachel Allan designs for girls aged between four and fourteen. The dress collections by Sherri Hill, Tiffany Princess and Mary’s Bridal range from age two with their infant pageant dresses, and include pageant dresses for juniors, pageant dresses for tweens and teen pageant dresses. Madame Bridal also carries gowns for women with the inimitable Laine Berry by Mon Cheri pageant line, the ultimate in sophisticated pageant looks. The Laine Berry collection includes long sleeve pageant dresses, strapless gowns and mermaid pageant gowns, emphasizing the dramatic and sexy.
The majority of children’s pageant dresses collections focus on full-length gowns, but Ritzee Girls includes short ballgown dresses for little girls. Children will really stand out on the stage in this line of sparkling dresses. These short designs are ideal for performance competitors, allowing more freedom of movement and no worries about tripping over a full-length hemline. Some of the Ritzee Girls and Mary’s Bridal beauty pageant dresses are voluminous and elaborate, offering a perfect choice for quinceaneras. The more subtle and restrained designs of some of the dresses in the Tiffany Princess collection make them a versatile choice for a number of evening events.
Dresses for natural pageants tend to feature discreetly embellished bodices and unadorned skirts, while dresses for glitzy pageants are more vibrant, showcasing bejeweled bodices and elaborately coiffed skirts replete with ravishing ruffles, pick-ups, glitter and adorned tiers. Natural pageant dresses tend to higher necklines, though pageant gown designers do ensure that more daring necklines on sparkling gowns are age appropriate. Mary’s Bridal dress line complements the dresses with boleros, providing a discreet cover up for the shoulders.
Toddler pageant dresses have adorable features, making the youngest competitors look captivatingly cute. There are polka dot skirts and ruffled puff sleeves, short ruffled skirts with charmingly layered lettuce hemlines, and floral beaded appliques adding a three-dimensional element. Tweens will love their first chance to wear a lavish ball gown, with a full skirt cascading from a beaded basque waistline. Cutout backs top lace-up corset features and bejeweled off-the-shoulder straps are complemented with spaghetti straps for additional support.
Glitzy dresses feature intricate beading, latticework beading and scattered sequins, with beaded appliques lushly adorning impossibly full skirts. Every girl will feel like a princess for the day in a gloriously glitzy ball gown that takes ‘dress-up’ to a whole new level. These amazing gowns are created in the finest fabrics. Young girls can rustle in taffeta or sweep graciously in satin, accentuate their innocence in lace or billow beautifully in chiffon. The Rachel Allan collection lives up to its name as every girl that wears a dress from this line will look like a perfect angel, while the 1st Place honor is a rightful accolade for those modeling the Mary’s Bridal 1st Place collection. Ritzee Girls will bask in their ritzy glitzy moment while Tiffany Princess girls will live their princess dreams.
If you are hooked on pageants there are mesmerizing dresses for every age group in a wealth of styles to suit your preferred competition. Let Madame Bridal tempt you with the best pageant gowns so your child will radiate happiness and pride as she performs.