Communion Dress Styles
There is no doubt about it - simple elegance is the focus for Communion dresses for the majority today.
While the vast majority of First Communion dresses will be white, the shape and style will vary greatly from one child to the next. Her First Communion dress is definitely an expression of who she is and who she is connected with as well as personal taste and style.
While sleeveless dresses are becoming more and more popular, they are not encouraged and are not considered to be modest enough in some locations, so be sure to check with your parish early before you begin shopping to know what they expect to see. If you absolutely fall in love with a sleeveless dress you can add a jacket or sweater for her to wear during the ceremony that can later be removed for the family celebration.
These days most Communion dresses will be tea-length (mid-calf). The styles will vary considerably from a full, gathered skirted (ballgown style) to A-line style or fit-n-flare styles with an overall look of simplicity. Fabrics typically include satin, silk, organza and tulle. Modern dresses with simple lines require embellishments to make them special; embroidery and delicate beading is definitely in fashion.
Definitely avoid very short skirts which are not considered to be modest enough for spiritual occasions.
Floor-length dresses are certainly available and will be the chosen look in many locations. Cultural connections mean a lot and many will choose the "little bride" look (we call these the "Traditional" styles and have some wonderful choices available), so it's very important to be aware of what is the norm in your location before you begin to look for your daughter's (or granddaughter's) Communion dress.