How To Make The Best Princess Costumes For Kids

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Girls LOVE to dress up as princesses.  How do you make the best and prettiest princess costumes for kids? What does she all need? Let’s look into what different items are needed to make the “perfect princess outfit” for dress up play, Halloween, a pageant, or a Princess theme party!

THE PRINCESS GOWN – THE OBVIOUS: First off, while it’s fun to dress up in Mom’s old bridesmaid gowns and feel like you’re a grown up Princess, having a few princess costumes for kids that actually FIT properly (or close to it) is seriously awesome.  There’s nothing quite like that look on your little girl’s face, is there, when she’s decked out in her favorite princess gown that’s HER size, a tiara, and princess shoes, ready to take on the world as the prettiest Princess there ever was.

So the gown is the first and most important element of the perfect princess costume, but there are other pieces that you need to have as well. What are they?

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Princess Costumes For Kids: What’s Needed For the Full Princess Get-Up?


To make a perfect princess costume, you’ll need several things, but not necessarily all. In order of importance, consider the following:

  1. A Gown
  2. A Tiara or Crown
  3. Shoes
  4. Jewelry
  5. Other Accessories: Sceptres, Scarves, etc.


1. Princess Gowns

Princess Costumes For Kids

Gowns aren’t exactly super cheap. So, what do you do if your girl loves princesses? Spend the big bucks for a big collection of new gowns? Hunt around the second hand stores for a few? (You might get lucky! I found a perfect condition gown for $6.50 the other day. SCORE!!  I’ve also picked up some sweet girls dress up shoes a few times at thrift stores for great prices too!)

However, when buying second hand, while shoes can be in top shape, more often than not the gowns are frayed or have holes in the mesh arms, have food stains on them, or just don’t look so lovely anymore. And to properly play “princess”, your daughter needs to feel like she’s as beautiful as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle, and the others.

My advice would be to splurge on one or two gorgeous new gowns (they aren’t all that pricey, thankfully). I’d also advise that if the situation warrants it (not a birthday gift, for example), have your daughter help with the selection process. That way you’ll know she’ll love it… and you’ll get your money’s worth. (Or, if you KNOW she adores a certain Disney princess, or has a favorite color, get that one for her birthday).

Here are some adorable and best selling princess gowns for little girls that you can’t go wrong with purchasing, if the dress is a surprise.


2. Princess Headpieces:  Tiaras and Crowns

Nothing says “I’m a princess” like wearing a crown or jewelled tiara. It’s the ultimate princess accessory. Here are a few best-selling (aka longest lasting, best quality, most kid-approved) princess tiaras and crowns available on Amazon. (Also check out your local dollar store… although, I’ve found personally those don’t last all that long. Depends on your child.)


3. Princess Shoes

Frozen Dress Up ShoesI did a post all about princess dress up shoes – check it out for lots of pretty shoe options and discussions on the many different styles  (Heels, staps, flats, ballet slippers, etc.)

If your little girl loves Disney’s Frozen, check out my page completely dedicated to Frozen Dress Up Shoes – there are over 30 options!!



4. Princess Jewelry

Princess Jewelry makes for great gifts or party favors, especially sets of matching clip-on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets (and tiaras often). Girls love to pop on their pretty “jewels” as well as just finger them and enjoy their beauty. There are many popular gift sets for Princess Jewelry for little girls – popular because of their great reviews, good value for the money, and well liked by girls who receive them for gifts, etc. 

5. Other Princess Accessories:

Princess Accessories

Although not necessary for princess costumes for kids, other princess accessories do go a long way towards achieving that perfect princess feel.
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Wings (think Fairy Princess)
  • Scepters or Wands
  • Capes
  • Purses
  • Princess Pets (think purse-sized stuffed animals like puppies, kittens, etc.)
  • Mirrors and Comb Sets
  • Dress Up Wigs


If you are looking to add some princess costumes for kids to the dress up box of a girl you know, you’ll be making her day! I’d love to hear from you and see pics of your pretty princesses – please comment below! What part of the princess costume get-up is YOUR girl’s must-have?

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6 thoughts on “How To Make The Best Princess Costumes For Kids

  1. Nehpets January 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    What a great article. My daughter is huge in to dress-up, but I’ve never really fully comprehended what accessories she required. Maybe because I didn’t play dress-up as a kid?

    Tiaras and Jewelry are two things she doesn’t rally have yet. I thin I’ll take your advice to look a little more in to these.

    And pets?! She would love some sort of pet. What would you recommend I look in to?


    – Nehpets

    • Marlaine January 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Nehpets,

      Your Princess Pets question: My daughter has a little stuffed dog that came in a soft pink purse, both with “jewels” on the collar/straps. She loves it and carries it around on her arm. Click HERE to see a Princess Kitten in a Purse as an example. They are pretty cute. 🙂

      Don’t worry too much if you don’t have all of the “recommended” items for your daughter all at once. I’m sure your daughter’s Princess Play will be just as fun and cute without the tiaras and jewelry for now. But yes, she’ll look adorable in some “jewels”, no doubt!

      Thanks for taking the time to write in!


  2. Michel January 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I used to love dressing like a princess when I was small. I used to use my Mums evening dresses and high heels and prance around the house.

    My gran also donated some of her old dresses, so I eventually had a whole suitcase full of clothes that we didn’t spend a penny on.

    Nowadays, of course, there is just so much available that we never had. I would have loved to own one of those beautiful ones you show in this post.

    • Marlaine January 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      That’s how I played dress up too… clothes that were cast-offs but interesting in and of themselves. I have to say though, it seems like more fun to wear clothes that don’t fall off because they are so big. The princess dress up gear my daughter has certain is well-loved – especially her jewelry! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, and have a lovely day!

  3. James Harvey January 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This is just what I needed. I have four little girls and they are coming around the age where they are wanting to dress up and be characters they see on things they watch. Thanks to this post I now can go to my man cave and make some decent princess costumes.

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