Back to School Dresses for Non-Stereotypical Girls

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Girls are interested in so much more than what traditional stores display on their racks. Why not let all the extraordinary girls who love space, sharks, dinosaurs, science and more express themselves on their first days back to school!! These super unique back to school dresses are great for play and some even feature pockets too!

These dresses skip the floral, princess, and Disney character designs and show that girls like reading, science, and math too. Your little girl can showcase her love of STEM, her kind feminist side or leave out the logos and statements completely with this fun selection of dresses. She can even show her love for heading back to school with school-themed dresses! Or her wild side with dragon or wild animal dresses.

This list of back to school dresses is perfect if you are just tired of seeing the same girls’ clothes over and over and want to find something to stand out in the crowd!!

For more great clothes check out Back to School Clothes for Girls, 20 Brands of Gender Neutral Clothing Kids Will Look Terrific Wearing, and 10 Non Stereotypical Girls Clothing Lines!

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Back to School Dresses by Annie the Brave $35.00

These play dresses are consciously made to encourage girls to explore their interests in STEM. They are super soft, comfortable, and made of 100% cotton. Annie the Brave believes a girl’s closet should reflect all of her interests so that she knows she can be anything she wants.

Back to School Dresses by Princess Awesome $39.95

Princess Awesome thinks girls get to decide what it means to them to be girly. So they shouldn’t have to decide between wearing a dress or wearing dinosaurs & spaceships! These sleeveless play dresses have deep pockets in them too!

Back to School Dresses by Svaha $29.99 – $34.99

Svaha apparel features bright, bold designs with STEAM-themes, sports-themes, and non-traditional colors. All of their products are made from 100% organic, super-soft cotton that feels as good as it looks! Their dresses have pockets for girls as well!

Back to School Dresses by Free to be Kids $19.95

These lightweight dresses for toddlers and little girls have a relaxed fit. They are designed in Seattle, ethically cut and sewn abroad and hand screen-printed with love in the US. Their dresses display positive messages with stylish, on-trend designs that battle negativity and gender stereotypes in children’s clothing.

Back to School Dresses by Primary $15.00 – $24.00

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Primary guarantees you will love their timeless styles. Their dresses are responsibly made of long-lasting premium fabrics. All of their clothing is logo and stereotype free with bold colors in solids, stripes or polka dots!

Back to School Dresses by Mitz Kids $24.95 – $26.99

These dresses are designed to be soft, comfortable and easy to play in. They are available in babies through child sizes. Mitz Kids is made in the USA of imported soft, high-quality jersey-knit cotton with accents made of recycled plastic soda bottles!

Back to School Dresses from Urban Smalls $29.00 – $35.00

Urban Smalls produces a trendy, proud-to-be-me kidswear collection for infants through tweens. They are designed to liberate kids from the confines of ” cutesy .” Their made to be played in dresses are kid-tested and made from only the softest fabrics.

Back to School Dresses from Tea Collection $24.95

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Tea Collection donates 10% of its profits to organizations that ensure a better world for kids everywhere. Most recently they have partnered with Little Sisters Fund, an organization in Nepal dedicated to empowering girls. Click on each dress below to find them on their website

Other Places to Look for Unique Dresses

Etsy & Zulily are also great places to find unconventional play dresses for school. The selection is ever-changing so check back often to see what they have available!! I like DinoRawrclothing, STEMStitchery, and proofhandmade on Etsy. Sunshine Swing on Zulily sometimes has great options, other times it is all butterflies and unicorns!! These are some of what I’ve found from them before.

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Check out all the cool unique dresses in the Girls Love Blue Too Shop!

Where have you found unconventional dresses for you girls? LJ loves wearing dresses, always paired with pants or shorts and sneakers!! Play dresses are so much fun! What do your girls love to wear for back to school!! Let me know in the comments below!

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