Consider the little cotton dress to be your daughter’s most versatile and effortless basic. It requires no styling (except maybe some sandals and sneakers or a cardigan), and it will serve her well in class, at the playground, on a playdate, at the beach, and even out to dinner.  The common misconception that dresses should be strictly reserved for formal affairs no longer rings true. Toss-on cotton styles, like kaftans, jumpers, and sundresses, are as casual as can be, and once they start looking a little tired, they can be re-purposed as beach cover-ups. These are our favorites of the moment.—CC

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Calypso St. Barth for Target, Infant Girls’ Sleeveless Print Dress, Pink, $14.99-$16.00

Splendid, Navy Stripe Dress, $66.00

Petit Bateau, Baby Girl Dress in Dotted Muslin, $44.80 (was $56.00)

Elephantito, Palm Beach Jumper Dress, $59.00

Bella Bliss, S/S Tiered Dress, $54.00

Ralph Lauren, Big Pony Stretch Polo Dress, $34.99 (was $45.00)

Gap, Embroidered Smock Dress, $19.99 (was $34.95)

Sailor Rose, Baker Island Dress, Blue Peacock, $135.00

Periwinkle, Finley Gingham Dress. $60.00

Shrimp & Grits Kids, Whale Bishop, $33.00 (was $49.00)

Papo D’Anjo, Cross Back Baby Dress, $64.00 (was $128.00)

Pink Chicken, Gabby Yellow Striped Dress, $42.00

Jacadi, Liberty Print Poplin Dress, $48.50 (was $97.00)

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