"It's like a ball gown!": David Charles Childrenswear review

Now, who wouldn't love a luxurious party dress?

David Charles Childrenswear is an iconic British brand specialising in high-end designer dresses for 2-16 year old girls. They are the dresses you see little princesses and young actresses wear at parties and film premieres. And now also my six year old daughter, who was lucky enough to be asked to choose her own party dress from the David Charles spring/summer 2019 selection to review.

girl in pink heart sunglasses, David Charles Childrenswear gold and cream shift dress, in front of pink flowers

"Ooh, it's like a ball gown!" my daughter exclaimed as she examined the dress. In her words, it was "amazing".

She had chosen the Cream and Gold Shift Dress and it really was a dress fit for a little princess.

The dress is a comfortable shift dress, more of an A-line than a straight, and has three layers - cotton bottom layer, a sheer polyester tulle layer with white dots in the middle, and a sheer polyester tulle layer with golden embroidery on top. The bottom layer has a bit of tulle to puff up the dress and the on the top layer, on the shoulder there is a layered flower corsage from the embroidered tulle and small costume pearls. Overall the quality of the materials and the workmanship is top notch, and I can't spot any mistakes anywhere.

I liked that the bottom layer was cotton, making it comfortable on the skin. The white dots in the middle layer and the golden embroidery on the top layer made for an interesting combination, playful and whimsical. The embroidery, golden leafs and branches, is incredibly detailed and well executed. Corsage just adds to the special event vibes of the dress.

girl with pink heart sunglasses and corsage on David Charles Childrenswear dress

corsage David Charles Childrenswear

girl in a cream and gold thread David Charles Childrenswear luxury dress

golden embroidery David Charles Childrenswear

see-through tulle David Charles Childrenswear

The dress came presented with its own special padded silky hanger, adding to the feeling of luxury. Overall, the dress is a very luxurious and beautiful creation for a little girl. 

The sizing was accurate, perhaps a bit on the smaller side. I chose the size 7, as my daughter is six  years old and I wanted her to be able to wear it through the year. She is of average height and build for her age. The length of the dress was good and is slightly loose still, which works well in a shift dress. 

The retail price of this dress is £295 (in the current sales it is £189). I could see myself buying a dress like this for a very special occasion, such as if we were getting married and she was our flower girl or for another once in a lifetime event. Normally however, it would be out of our price range for regular party wear.

David Charles Childrenswear cream and gold shift dress

girl in cream and gold dress by David Charles Childrenswear

girl in cream and gold dress

If this is in your price range for kids party wear, or you are looking for that very special dress for a special occasion David Charles do stunning high end designer dresses fit for little princesses.

My personal favourite from the spring/summer collection was the Yellow Floral Swing Dress, which has a gorgeous and intricate embroidered floral pattern. The delicate pale pastel floral pattern makes the dress quite special, and has a very couture feel to it. It is unlike any other child dress I've seen before and really quite special. My daughter was more keen on the golden embroidery though, so that's the one we got. 

All in all, I found David Charles Childrenswear dresses to be truly one of a kind pieces. Gorgeous and intricate "ball gowns" suited for a very special occasion for a very special little girl. They are well worth a look if you are looking for something luxurious and different for a special occasion. 

And  as some of the special offers start from £59 for a dress, you might find incredible bargains for your little star for the special occasion, whether it is a wedding, or a family event or an important party.

girl in David Charles Childrenswear dress pretending to be a ballet dancer


  1. Oh wow! What a beautiful dress. It really is like ball gown. Your girl looks very happy with it! x

    1. She absolutely loved it! It looks so pretty and so intricate.


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