If you plan on having a flower girl in your bridal party, you are guaranteed to have fun helping them pick out a picture-perfect wedding day dress. And just as bridalwear trends change and evolve each season, so too do flower girl dress styles. We are currently seeing an increase in modern and very fashionable looks within the space, including pieces with ornate sleeves, three-dimensional floral embellishments, and voluminous, twirl-worthy skirts.
"Frothy layers are a huge trend,” says Lori Conley, general merchandising manager for BHLDN. “Tulle is still the most popular fabric when it comes to flower girl dress styles because it’s so airy and dreamy. Delicate floral blooms like those we are seeing on wedding dresses are also popular, as are statement sleeves. Though tank styles continue to be beloved for flower girl dresses, we’re seeing them in a fresh new way with the addition of sweet little ruffles and floaty feathers.”
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Conley also notes that color is trending with blush being a favorite shade at the moment. “There is nothing cuter than adding a blush-hued flower girl dress into the mix of your bridal party. I also love mixing and matching those dresses. I love to see a gaggle of girls in different frothy confections to make a bridal party feel interesting.”
For those looking for contemporary styles for the littlest member of your bridal crew, keep scrolling to see the best modern flower girl dresses available now.
Most Whimsical: Luna Luna Cloudine Flower Girl Dress
Size: 2T-8/9 | Material: Tulle | Length: Midi
This darling tulle dress ticks all the boxes: smocking, three-dimensional floral details, and a twirl-worthy skirt. We're also giving it bonus points for the amazing sheer butterfly wings in the back.
Best Cap Sleeves: Delfi Elsa Dress
Size: 2-10 | Material: Tulle | Length: Midi
This vintage-esque polka dot fabric is one of our favorite styles for wedding dresses, and is a chic choice for your mini bridal member. The cap sleeves and smocked bodice make this design a standout, to boot.
Best Mini Ballgown: David's Bridal Ball Gown Flower Girl Dress with Heart Cutout
Size: 12M-16 | Material: Tulle and lace | Length: Floor
Your girls are guaranteed to have an unforgettable Cinderella moment in this frothy tulle and lace ballgown that features a sweetheart cutout in the back. It's available in white, soft white, and whisper pink (our fave!).
Cutest Jumpsuit: David's Bridal Flutter Sleeve Stretch Crepe Flower Girl Jumpsuit
Size: 2T to 14 | Material: Crepe | Length: Floor
This is an ultra-modern flower girl look that we absolutely adore! Jumpsuits are a perfect choice for littles—they're comfortable, lightweight, and easy to move in. They're also an excellent second outfit choice for young ones to change into when they hit the dancefloor.
Best Floral Details: Narces Zoe Dress
Size: 1-7 | Material: Tulle | Length: Midi
The handcrafted, three-dimensional beaded floral bodice on this dress is incredible and infuses the design with a feeling of old-world romance. Also, the tiers of tulle skirting make it feel like a dream.
Best Tea Length: Azazie Liya Flower Girl Dress
Size: 4-8 | Material: Lace | Length: Knee
We love the short and sweet length of this lace dress, a smart hemline for little ones to easily navigate their trip down the aisle. The delicate floral lace illusion bodice is another detail that’s totally on trend.
Best A-Line: Azazie Haizea Flower Girl Dress
Size: 4-8 | Material: Satin and lace | Length: Midi
If you are looking for a modern spin on a traditional flower girl dress silhouette, this is the perfect pick. This classic A-line midi dress has been modernized with a statement lace patterned bodice and illusion sleeves.
Best Pearl Details: Lila’s Closet UK Pink Pearl Dress
Size: 12MUK - 5-6UK | Material: Tulle, stain |. Length: Midi
Pearls are on trend when it comes to children’s occasionwear in 2022, just as we are seeing them as the detail of choice in bridalwear. This adorable rose-pink dress features a pearl-dotted tulle skirt that is super stylish.
Best Minimalist: Pink Princess White V-Neck Poly Dupioni Dress w/ Bow
Size: S-12 | Material: Dupioni | Length: Knee
If you are looking for sweet simplicity for your flower girl dresses, this is the one. It’s the A-line silhouette and statement bow at the waistline that make it a standout for us.
Best Floral Pattern: Hill House Home The Tiny Ellie Nap Dress
Size: 6M-12Y | Material: Cotton | Length: Midi
Hill House Home's Tiny Ellie pink floral dress has the trendiest details of the moment: bodice smoking, ruffles, and flutter sleeves. This mini nap dress also comes in adult sizes, and would look charming paired with a matching bridesmaid dress.
Best Embroidery: Tulleen Ravine Floral Dress in White
Size: 1-12Y | Material: Tulle | Length: Midi
This one is for the teeniest members of your flower girl squad. Style the look with a pair of classic Mary Janes and a white floral crown for a scene-stealing moment.
Cutest Collar: Dessy Peter Pan Collar Satin and Tulle Flower Girl Dress
Size: 2-16 | Material: Satin and tulle | Length: Floor
The Peter Pan collar is a fashion classic and is the star detail of this tulle ballgown style. It's an adorable choice for an elegant Sunday brunch wedding.
Best Sparkle: Dessy Puff Sleeve Sequin and Tulle Flower Girl Dress
Size: 2-16 | Material: Sequin and tulle | Length: Floor
Your little ladies will fall for this sequin and tulle dress which comes in six bodice colorways—we’re currently crushing on rose gold. The delicate puff sleeves make this feel modern and fresh as well.
Best Hi-Lo Hemline: Tulleen Auzerais Bow Dress in Gold
Size: 2-6Y | Material: Soft satin | Length: Floor
This dress combines two favorite trends: bows and an asymmetrical hemline. The sleeveless design is an amazing choice for an outdoor garden wedding, or a tropical destination celebration.
Best Belle Skirt: Tip Top Kids Lace Tulle Dress
Size: 2-16 | Material: Lace | Length: Midi
If you are thinking pink, this beautiful blush dress is a pretty pick. We love the scalloped lace hemline and the pouf of tulle underskirt that peaks out just beneath it.
Boldest Statement Floral: Monnalisa Tulle Dress with Belt and Roses
Size: 2-L | Material: Tulle | Length: Midi
This dress was absolutely made for twirling down the aisle! The watercolor floral pattern and ribbon sash, decked with two appliqué rosettes, are absolute perfection.
Best Pastel: Stella McCartney Winged Georgette Silk Dress
Size: 2-12 | Material: Georgette | Length: Midi
If your wedding vibe is boho, a breezy caftan-inspired dress is an on-point style selection. Made from 90 percent organic materials, you can feel great about outfitting your flower girls in sustainable fashion.
For a Destination Wedding: Dolce & Gabbana Long Vegetable-Print Poplin Dress
Size: 2-12 | Material: Cotton | Length: Midi
The fact this is not a typical choice for a flower girl dress is exactly why we love it. This has destination wedding in the Italian countryside written all over it.
Best Lace: Princess Daliana Lindi Dress
Size: 2-10 | Material: Lace | Length: Midi
Inspired by the illusion overlay trend that is so popular in bridalwear, this midi dress has the most beautiful and intricate lace patterns. Also, the tiny embroidered cap sleeves are beyond adorable.
Most Surprising Detail: David's Bridal Satin Tulle Flower Girl Dress with Colored Petals
Size: 12M-14 | Fabric: Satin and tulle | Length: Midi
The bubble hemline of this tulle confection is filled with silk flower petals—what a genius design idea. Petals are available in 45 shades, so you can perfectly match them to your bridesmaid, or floral décor story.
Best Mini Ballgown: La Petite by Hayley Paige Northie Dress
Size: Contact retailer | Material: Tulle | Length: Midi
The fitted lace bodice and voluminous skirt give this flower girl dress a fanciful, ballerina-inspired vibe. For a modern cool-kid twist, have your little ladies wear this with a pair of super-sparkly sneakers.
What to Look for in a Modern Flower Girl Dress
When considering flower girl dresses, make comfort a key consideration. Conley advises steering clear of high necklines which are an instant irritant for most kids. Alternatively, she loves smocking details as the added element of stretch in a flower girl dress means your special little can move easily throughout the day and dance the night away.
Should I avoid long hemlines for my flower girl dresses?
Flower girls shouldn't need to worry about wrangling their dresses as they walk down the aisle. Just above the knee length, or midi length looks are best.
My flower girls are a range of ages, how do I synergize their styles?
As noted, mixing and matching is a huge trend for flower girls just as it is for bridesmaids. Older children will be able to handle a little more detailing with their dresses, so you can choose designs with more embellishments. For the young ones, keep the styles simple so they don’t fuss with them.
What are the best flower girl accessories?
Conley notes that you should keep the age of your flower girl in mind when determining accessories, as some might get overwhelmed by wearing too many things. Some of her current favorites include an oversize bow hairband or delicate crown.
About the Author
Alison McGill is an award-winning editor, writer, creative producer, media personality, and brand strategist. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbells for two decades, a role which also included being the Editorial Director of Weddingbells' sister publication Mariage Quebec. Her work has appeared in The Kit, Fashion, Hello! Canada, The Toronto Star, and more.