I love tulle, just not pink


I’m not yet fully up to speed with girls’ dress-ups, however I’m fairly certain that they follow the same theme as mainstream girl’s fashion – lots of pink, frills and frippery.

So what to do if you have a little girl who wants to be a fairy or a ballerina, but just not a pink one?

Butterbean has a wonderful collection of costumes. There is the requisite range of pink but it’s the bee and ladybird tutus that caught my eye. The detail is stunning – ribbon edging, puff sleeves and a soft velour bodice, so there are no scratchy bits (a common complaint about the usual polyester costume pieces!). Each comes with wings and antennae headband. Similarly, the strawberry fairy (pictured above left) and the white daisy fairy (below) are a sweet and a refreshing change to the garden pink variety.

If you feel like splurging (and let’s face it, some kids get a lot of wear out of dress-ups), there is the haute couture of dress-ups, the Duchess Ballgown, complete with faux fur and silver trims, supplied on its own special hanger in an organza garment bag.

Alternatively, little girls can channel their inner princess in a sequin ballgown. I like the red and blue versions, but there is also pink, lilac, gold and white. Faux fur shrugs, sparkly slippers and sequin bags complete the outfits (see below).

Costumes come in a range of sizes, from 18 months to 10 years, depending on the style. The ladybird, bee and strawberry tutus are £20-22, the sequin ballgowns are £49.50 and the Duchess Ballgown is £99. Butterbean ships to Australia by arrangement.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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