Helping your daughter choose a dress for her birthday party – or choosing it for her – is exciting and fun, but it can be tricky to know where to start. If there’s no birthday party theme, it can be tricky to tie the outfit to the decor in a way that keeps things cohesive. One great way to do this is to match the dress to the invitations you sent out.
Invitations are often the aesthetic core of your birthday party planning, intentionally or unintentionally. They are the first piece guests see of the event, and they are often the first thing you choose.
Here’s how you can draw inspiration from your birthday party invitations to put together the perfect birthday party outfit.
Letterpress is all about texture, so think about incorporating similar textures into the outfit. This might mean engraved lettering or designs on the fabric, or even embroidery, but our favourite match is quilting. A quilted jacket or quilted top of a dress is the perfect complement to a letterpress birthday invitation.
Foil stamped or metallic birthday invitations can easily be incorporated into your daughter’s birthday party outfit with metallic fabric. Look for something with a little bit of sheen to it in a similar colour to the foil: gold, silver, rose gold, bronze, or whatever other colour was featured. For an older child, you might also choose to let her wear a couple of pieces of jewelry in the right metal: perhaps a bracelet, a necklace, a decorative hair clip or even a small tiara if she’s being a princess for the day.
Take your inspiration from the colour palette of your invitations and opt for a dress in one of the core colours from the invites. How much of this colour you incorporate is entirely up to you: pops of colour or head to toe. Alternatively, you could opt for a complementary colour or even a contrasting colour, so long as it fits within the broader context of your party colour scheme.
If you used a minimalist birthday invitation to let guests know about your party, it can be tricky to know how to match the outfit and still have your daughter look like a birthday girl! While you could have her wear a super minimalist dress, this doesn’t always appeal to kids or just isn’t celebratory enough for the occasion. Instead, consider having her wear all white (or whatever colour the invitation was) and make use of different textures to add something a little special.
A patterned birthday invitation can be a little trickier to match to an outfit than some of the other invitation types. Ideally, you should try to replicate the pattern that was used on the invites in the birthday outfit. Shopping around online is often the best way of finding an outfit that works best. You could also buy fabric and have a dress made. If you can match the pattern exactly, great! But alternatively, just try to match the kind of pattern: paisley with paisley, plaid with plaid, floral with floral, polka dots with polka dots. If all else fails, go back to colour matching to find something that works.
By matching your daughter’s birthday party dress to the invitations, her look will be perfectly matched to the rest of the aesthetic, without all the fuss and worry of what will go with what. Keeping it simple means you can focus on celebrating with your girl. Yay!
This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.