With two brothers to jostle with daily, my daughter is no shrinking violet. She does a mean zombie impersonation and can “stacks on” with the best of them. But underneath the brother-induced rough and tumble, she’s very much a girly-girl who dreams of being a “real ballerina” one day and firmly believes that life’s great truth is this – the pinker, the sparklier, the better! Of course, she’s a Flo kind of girl.
Flo have just released their new collection for this coming spring/ summer and my, oh my, what a pure delight. Think fairy floss, frills and a giant swathe of girly, gorgeous, giggly fun with party dresses, tutus, leotards, shorts, shrugs, leggings, and more. Jersey linings, fine tulle, georgette and lycra ensure comfort for little girls, whether dancing on a real stage or just whirling around the backyard, while sequins, diamantes and lurex give the requisite bling.
Apart from all the froth and prettiness, there’s one important thing to know about Flo. The tulle used in all their dresses and skirts is incredibly soft. Incredibly soft. Which becomes important if you’ve ever tried to dress a would-be ballerina or fairy in a tutu that’s not.
You wouldn’t expect anything less after learning that Flo is the creation of a real ballerina – or former ballerina, anyway. Who else would understand that you just can’t plié (or play, for that matter) when you’re itching and scratching in itchy, scratchy tulle?
Felicia Leoncelli, a one-time senior dancer with the Australian Ballet for a decade until motherhood called, has a firm rule about using only the finest quality fabrics in her designs. She wants the little wearers of her clothes to be able to move, run, leap, dance and even lounge without feeling uncomfortable or restricted. For me, that makes them the perfect clothes for any kind of play as well as ballet. To my daughter, well, they’re just perfect!
Apart from the obvious pink, Flo designs come variously in blue, black, purple, white and silver. Visit Flo for a complete list of stockists online or in your area. Then keep little ballerinas happy with more of our past posts about tutus.