Inspired Imaginative Play with Great Pretenders Dress Up

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Like most little girls growing up in the early 90s, I was enchanted by the magic of Beauty and the Beast. And thanks to the new live action version that’s set to hit theaters in the next year, our daughters get the chance to experience the wonder of Belle, Beast, Gaston, and the rest of the castle crew.

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I remember wanting the iconic yellow ball gown that Belle wears during the dinner and dancing scene of the film SO badly – and when I saw it was one of the dress up options offered by Great Pretenders, I was instantly in love.

The Belle of the Backyard Ball

Inspired Imaginative Play with Great Pretenders Dress Up

The Belle Tea Party Dress is shorter in length than most of the princess gowns my daughter has from other competitors, which keeps it from dragging on the floor or tripping her when she’s running around in the backyard in one royal adventure after another. But, Hayla was very happy to see that the dress still has a full skirt that is perfect for twirling in both bare feet and in her castle’s ballroom.

Inspired Imaginative Play with Great Pretenders Dress Up

I was impressed by the quality of the Belle Tea Party Dress. The fabric is sturdy and stitched well, unlike some of the flimsier play dresses you can pick up in most retail stores. The elastic shoulder straps and waist are flexible and forgiving for lots of active play (Hayla tested this theory out by jumping and rolling on the trampoline in it) and I like that there’s room to layer underneath the dress for modesty and cooler weather (which makes Halloween costume planning a breeze this year). Speaking of modesty, the only concern I do have with the dress is that, if it fits loose on your child, the top sits very low on the chest, so it definitely requires an undershirt of some sort.

About Great Pretenders

Great Pretenders is a company started by a mom who was looking for toys that sparked her children’s imaginations. It has grown into a dress-up and costume business that is leading the market of pretend-play that has won a variety of prestigious awards in the industry.

In addition to a vast line of princess gowns, the company also has magical (faeries, witches, etc.), occupational outfits (doctors, firefighters, train conductors), and some super cool super hero gear!

Buy Belle Tea Party Dress

The Belle Tea Party Dress retails for $30 and is available on the Great Pretenders website. Don’t forget to check out the matching Belle Doll Outfit too!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post. However, I did receive a product from the company above and the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

38 Comments


  1. Very cute dress and little girl my daughter loves this dress..

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  2. I love that their is something like this for girl to dress up,i would have loved to have this when I was younger

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  3. I like all of the great hair accessories from Great Pretenders like the Rainbow Riot headband.

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  4. Very cute dress and little girl my daughter loves this dress..

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  5. My niece LOVES to play dress up! She would adore the lady bug dress, I think.

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  6. That is a very cute princess dress. I think it’s great for kids to dress up and pretend. We always had a load of costumes to play with.

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  7. I love the Bumblebee Dress .

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  8. The Belle dress is so adorable, my daughter would love to have one of them.

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  9. I like the faery costumes the best

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  10. I like the Forest Fairy Tunic,my nieces would love to have this dress. Also the Butterfly dress, wings and wand set is adorable!

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  11. I used to love playing dress up as a kid. Now, I save my old clothes so my niece can dress up. She would love the Belle dress.

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  12. I like the Renaissance Queen dress.

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  13. I like the Renaissance queen dress.

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  14. My oldest daughter is 7 and she loves all of the princesses, especially their dresses! 🙂 She has a Anna from Frozen dress that she wears almost daily!

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  15. I have a niece who would love to be a belle of the backyard in this beautiful dress!

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  16. I love the Belle Dress. Belle has always been my daughter’s favorite. This would be great for her.

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  17. I like the Renaissance Queen dress.

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  18. I’m loving this site! Imagination is so important for children…it helps us grown into creative and inspired adults! I really like that this site is actively creating products that will help children explore their own creativity. I especially like the fairy wings on their site! If only I had had these as a little girl! 🙂

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  19. Cute dress. I know that my niece would love this.

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  20. At the campus market, I loved the travel posters…my daughter starts college this fall and her comforter is a passport set..with pics of London, Rome, Paris, etc. She needs some of these posters for her wall.

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  21. My niece would love to dress as Belle. Both of my kids loved to dress up when they were smaller.

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  22. What a great great dress. This something my granddaughter would love wearing. I also love their Bat Cape with Hood for boys. That is one my grandson would love having….

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  23. My 2 youngest girls still play dress up all the time. They have several costumes and will play for hours doing this

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  24. This is so cute! I’d love a dress like this for my daughter! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Is this where I leave the comment for the truMedic giveaway? I like the belle tea party dress. My daughter would love it.

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  26. My teen would have loved this Belle dress when she was younger! She loved twirly dresses and looking like a princess. so cute!

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  27. I like the company was started and grew into what it is today! Thanks for sharing

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  28. What a lovely Belle dress! I also like the Renaissance Queen dress on their site.

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  29. I love the Petticoat Skirt Blue/Pink!

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  30. this little dress is so cute. My little granddaughter would love it.

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  31. This is such a pretty dress and perfect for pretend as well as parties.

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