The color of the dress can be light or pastel. Pink is a common color for young girls, but there are a lot of other colors out there that can help express the personality of your young pageant contestant.
A different color dress will also help her stand out. Happy earth colors can also be worn, as well as jewel tones, if in season (usually during the fall). Or, use earth colors and jewel tones as accessories to a light-colored dress. Black is usually too severe and looks weird for a young girl.
The dress can also be embroidered or embellished, but keep embellishments tiny and tasteful to be suited to a young girl. You can also Shop Cute Dresses For Little Girls and Women in Canada & Makers Of Little And Lively at The Kindred.
Shoes should be pretty, but comfortable. Young girls can wear Mary Janes or flat pumps with formal embellishments. High-heeled shoes are bad for the back and legs.
Girls have beautiful hair. Show it off in its natural state. Let it loose and clip with a pretty bling barrette, or sweep away from the face with a pretty bling headband. Mom can also tie it up in pigtails or braids. Young girls do use pigtails and braids.
Any hairstyle that requires a gallon of hairspray is most likely too severe-looking. It is also not healthy for a young girl for her hair to be teased, tugged and pulled, and laden with chemicals.