If you’re in need of formal wear for the kids but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place! With party dresses, evening wear (for earlyish night-time dos), prom dresses, tuxedo rentals in Hong Kong and occasion wear delivery to your door – it’s time to get your party on!
Birthday parties, weddings, daddy and daughter balls, Christmas, Chinese New Year…there is always something to celebrate in Hong Kong. And let’s face it, which little one doesn’t love to don a touch of tulle? Plus, parents don’t really need an excuse to suit up their little person on a given Tuesday! We’re here to cover party wear for girls and boys, for all those special dates you’ve got coming up in the diary. Keep in mind that as you’re shopping for a special occasion, not just regular kids clothes, a special price tag is likely. However, we’ve tried to find an assortment that is tailored to both, budget and occasion. Happy shopping!
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Tachéri – Hong Kong-based handmade party dresses and flower girl dresses
Designed for mamas and daughters (up to 6 years old), the award-winning Tachéri is based right here in the city. The “third child” of Hong Kong Mama Roomila, she takes great pride in producing comfortable party wear for girls and jewelled headbands for mums and daughters who love twinning. Keep a lookout on Tachéri’s Instagram page for new styles, updates and launches.
China Doll – Formal occasion wear dresses in Hong Kong with a traditional qipao twist
China Doll Kids puts a modern take on the traditional qipao for girls aged 2 to 10 years old. The dresses are tailored out of leftover fabrics from various designer houses – brocade silks and hand-sewn, hand-beaded mandarin collars complete the look. The result is a whimsical mix of East and West. Retailing from $1,480, China Doll Kids is available via Facebook and also takes custom orders.
China Doll Kids, Facebook: @chinadollkidshk
Velveteen – Luxurious yet durable party dresses
It’s all about the ruffles, bows and lace at Velveteen, and all clothes are made from high-quality, durable material that’s guaranteed to last. We love its colour-blocking evening wear outfits that are sure to primp your little princes for a night out with mum and dad. Keep a lookout for its warehouse sales usually held at its showroom in Wong Chuk Hang.
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Gusella – Formal wear for kids, children’s tuxedos and suits, evening dresses, including classic children’s formal shoes
Taking inspiration from storytime classics, Gusella retells fairy tales through its beautiful designs. Think gorgeous party dresses worthy of any princess and sophisticated jackets and trousers for little prince charming. Also known for its stunning shoes, Gusella complements any of its elegant occasionwear with ballet shoes and comfy, formal boys shoes.
MulGlee – Hong Kong-based kids formal fashion label with small batches and natural fabrics
Founded by a Hong Kong mama, these beautiful girls’ dresses are handmade using natural fabrics (mainly cotton, but also linen and poplin) from Hong Kong, Australia and India (where Praveena is from). Several Sassy Mamas love these gorgeous dresses with classic cut (not revealing at all). You can even have an item custom made if you so wish. Items are never mass-produced in the fight to reduce waste. The Waves and Tara dresses are just a couple that would make elegant party wear, or the perfect evening dress for a slightly later soirée.
Retykle – Preloved formal wear and special occasion outfits for girls, boys, baby and mama
Retykle is one of our go-to places to get designer threads for less. The preloved online store stocks hundreds of designer kid’s brands from Bonpoint, Burberry, Dior, Jacadi, Nicholas & Bears, Petit Bateau, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and many more. Ranging from new with tags to gently used condition, you can snag a bargain as clothes can be up to 90% off the original price. What’s more, you can offload and make money from your own child’s outgrown wardrobe, catering for ages 0 to 10 years.
Bonpoint – Luxury French formal wear for girls and boys in Hong Kong
Every girl needs a little black dress in their wardrobe, or a sophisticated shirt and formal jacket for the perfect occasion, and what better than a Bonpoint number? Rich in the savoir-faire of a couture house, thanks to its artisan studio in Paris, Bonpoint has created exquisite collections which exude timeless sophistication (from newborns to teens, girls and boys). Though it’s on the pricy side, we like to think of this as an “investment” piece worth passing on to younger siblings or friends with growing little ones. You can even get bow ties should your little fashionista need one.
Seed Heritage – On-trend occasion wear for kids in Hong Kong
This beloved brand really needs no introduction. We’re constantly falling in love with the exciting new products Seed Heritage has in store – from beautifully designed apparel for children of all ages to comfy and chic shoes and accessories. The kids’ Party and Occasion range is perfect for this time of year, with so many special occasions right around the corner. Expect lots of tulle and sequins, braces for trousers, bow ties and more.
Next Direct – High street formal wear, evening dresses, boys suits, flower girl dresses and more
Suit up your littles with the help of Next Direct. The price point is extremely attractive while designs are perfect for all occasions – think flower girl dresses, boys suits, party wear and more. The best bit? Next ship to Hong Kong in no time at all and the online store has suit options for both babe and teenager.
Next, available online at www.nextdirect.com
Other Stores For Kids and Teens Formal Wear In Hong Kong
Moiselle – While it doesn’t have a huge selection, you’ll find some cute stylish dresses for kids, www.moiselle.com.hk.
Mariée Bridal Couture – A great range of gowns, prom and cocktail dresses to teens and Mamas to purchase or rent, www.mariee.com.hk.
Nicholas And Bears – Elegant children’s and baby clothes in Hong Kong. www.nicholas-bears-international.myshopify.com.
Zara Kids – A High Street fashion staple, check out the Party range for on-trend lower-cost formal wear options, www.zara.com/hk/en/kids.
Bloomingdales, online kids clothing store with kids formal wear, www.bloomingdales.com.
Nordstrom, online kids clothing store with kids formal wear, www.nordstrom.com.
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Formal Wear For Sassy Parents – Tuxedo Rental In Hong Kong And Evening Gowns
Not to be outdone, how about glad rags for you Sassy parents? Checkout our sister site, Sassy Hong Kong, for advice on men’s suits or tuxedos and occasion wear for women. For Sassy Mamas, and teens looking for prom dresses, how about a rental site like Wardrobista. You can get wedding gear (including bridesmaid dresses) and special occasion wear, including ball gowns, cocktail dresses, evening dresses and more.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and updated in November 2021 by Alex Purcell Garcia.