The Princess division of pageantry is always a fun one to watch. Adorable and sweet, these little characters sure know how to light up a room when they hit the stage. Though pastels and white are always a popular choice, there are many colors that can work well on a Princess. Showing some spice and sass on stage is always a plus. When your contestant feels comfortable and confident, that sparkling personality will shine through. With all the colors of the rainbow out there, let’s look at what’s been trending as big hits in this season’s Princess pageants.
These shades were the most popular in the Princess division at this season's National American Miss (NAM) state pageants. You can’t go wrong with these hues. I think teals and turquoise blue look great on just about anyone! My daughter has competed in this color quite a few times, and she’s a difficult young lady to outfit. Her incredibly fair skin and mousy hair haven’t allowed us much room to play with lighter colors, especially with pinks and whites. We've been really happy with this go-to color over the years.
National American Miss Minnesota Princess Top 5 for 2017. Photo: nambreanne Instagram
"It is refreshing, uplifting, creative and cheerful, while at the same time being strong and independent," said Jacob Olesen of color-meanings.com in an article all about the color turquoise. Check out the pictures within this article of various 2017 National American Miss state pageants with winners donning these popular blue hues! Some other state Princess winners from NAM this season who wore blue hues included Louisana, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennesee and both Queen and Cover Girl titles at Texas!
National American Miss Wisconsin Princess Top 5 for 2017. Photo: nambreanne Instagram
White White is a cherished choice among the Princess contestants. It is also one of my favorites! White dresses equal innocence, beauty and elegance all at once. AB crystals on white look gorgeous and so sparkly under the lights. A white gown with AB stoning can really pack a whimsical punch for a little Princess. (Read: Pageant Dress Vocab 101) The only cause for concern with a white Princess dress: it’s white! However adorable they are, this age group might be a little more accident prone than others. Watch out for that glass of red wine, pageant moms, as your little sugar is changing into her white gown! Not to mention it is a very popular choice, so you may run into a repeat gown.
National American Miss California Princess 2017, Holland Hartpencs, in her winning white gown. Photo: nationalamericanmiss Instagram
Pink I see a lot of the deeper shades of pink on stage, such as hot pink, fuchsia and coral. However, I don’t necessarily feel it wins as much as some other colors, but it can still be a winning choice based on the contestant. (Read: How to Choose the Right Pink Pageant Dress) These shades are high-impact, bold colors that need to match the personality of the little one modeling. If she typically shows a lot of spunk on stage, I wouldn’t hesitate to go with these hues. If she’s shy and reserved, I would stick to a more traditional, lighter color that emulates that sweet personality.
National American Miss New York Princess 2017, in her winning coral dress. Photo: nationalamericanmiss Instagram
Pastels Shades of pastel bring that youthful exuberance to the stage, just like a white gown does. These colors really speak Princess language and remind me of the pages of a fairy tale. The caution I have with pastels is the pairing of the young lady. Lavenders look beautiful on girls with cool skin tones, while a light yellow can look very appealing on warm tones. I’ve avoided pastel pinks on my cool-toned, fair-skin child, but they look amazing on warm tones. I would also consider the lighting at the pageant; pastels can pop under stage lights, but in a more natural-lighting setting appear washed out. (Read: 10 Gowns That Will Make Your Easter Egg Jealous)
National American Miss Nevada Princess Top 5 for 2017. Photo: nambreanne Instagram
A fun pairing with a plain pastel top is a patterned skirt. Florals have been a recent hit in many age divisions. Some judges prefer a solid color. Judges at this year's Miss Royalty International pageant loved the fashion-forwardness of Audrey Proulx's gown (pictured below), where she took home the Jr. title.
Audrey Proulx, Jr. Miss Royalty International 2017, in her winning gown. Photo: DazzleShot Images.
Selecting the best color Jesse Ladoue, Pageant Planet’s Queen of Coaching, wrote a fabulous article about how to determine skin tones. She said, “Selecting the perfect color evening gown (or any wardrobe item for that matter) is rather scientific. It all comes down to one basic question – do you have a warm or cool skin undertones?” (Read: How Do You Find the Right Evening Gown for Your Skin Tone?) Once you determine her skin tone, go from there by utilizing the below color chart. As you can see, there are a plethora of colors. One fun tip is to go to the fabric store. Pick out shades of colors in her matching tone and hold them up to her. Take photos and review them with your Princess and her coach to determine the best options. Then shop for a dress based on that information!
Colors that look good on both warm and cool skin tones.
Colors to avoid For our newbies out there, colors out there to avoid for a Princess contestant are the bolder, dark colors. Black, navy, burgundy and dark green would be some shades to avoid. Remember, many backdrops on stage are dark, so you don't want her to blend into the background! Plus these colors are a bit too mature for a little one. When my daughter was a sweetheart we took a risk and tried an emerald green gown, and even at that age (she was nine), it just wasn’t a great fit. The judge's scores, unfortunately, agreed with that sentiment. Green is better suited for a more mature division. (Read: Do Green Pageant Dresses Hurt Your Chances of Winning?) Going forward For the Princesses, it’s all about having fun and showing personality on stage. While there are popular colors out there that do tend to win, a true queen will win it with her personality and charm. Even though she should be judged on what’s inside, a good presentation in her evening gown will really give her that confidence to shine! Here on Pageant Planet, you can shop for dresses in our retailer's section and so much more. Pageant Planet is a one-stop shop that helps competitors of all levels, so make sure to get out there and explore!
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