Cotillion is often a rite of passage, especially in the South, spanning generations. It’s a coming-of-age of sorts — typically consisting of cotillion classes where children ages 10-14 learn social skills as well as traditional dances like waltzes. As cotillion season approaches, we wanted to round up party and cotillion dresses and shoes for girls because we know hard it is to find appropriate attire. These sweet party and cotillion dresses are from some of our favorite retailers (many offering free shipping or curbside pickup) and come in various price points. Many are great for fall weddings and special events, too! Click on the collage above to shop or scroll down for more details!
Tip: Before you shop, be sure check the dress code of your daughter’s cotillion class, too. Many may require certain things (tights, gloves, etc.) and a specific dress length.
And if you don’t have a cotillion class near you, then be sure to take a look at our online course Etiquette Essentials for Teen & Tween Girls! We cover much of the traditional etiquette you’d find at cotillion, as well as more modern topics that are relevant and important to girls today — like the etiquette of friendship, how to gracefully navigate social media, and much more.
Learn more about Etiquette Essentials for Teen & Tween Girls here!
Bloomingdale’s has a large selection of tween clothing, especially dresses. If you have an American Express card take advantage of the Shoprunner program (at checkout), which gives you free expedited shipping and returns on most purchases!
Dillard’s often flies under the radar but they have a huge selection of tween and junior clothing brands in great price points. Both casual and dressy!
For higher end party and cotillion dresses that can be handed down to siblings and cousins, Neiman Marcus is a a great destination. So many of our hand-me downs from friends are from Neiman Marcus. Free shipping and returns makes it easy to shop!
Don’t forget about places like Kohl’s for budget-friendly dresses and Macy’s for great sales. And we love Lilly Pulitzer for preppy dresses. Their adult sizing starts at 00 in some styles which can be be great for growing tweens!
Whether she is ready for a little heel or sticking with traditional flats we’ve got some great options for you! Tip: order now because popular dress shoes can be low in stock this time of year.
And some for girls in adult shoe sizes- all so cute!
We hope this post is helpful! Be sure to check out our list of favorite tween girl brands here!