Florence Big Girl Set available for purchase online from Dondolo. Photography courtesy of Dondolo.
One of a parent’s greatest joys is dressing their children, that is until opinions form and it becomes a struggle. To bring merriment back into shopping for children’s wear, we asked our editors around the country to identify their top picks for local boutiques dedicated to dressing the younger set. Whether you’re shopping for a newborn, looking for an occasion-worthy ensemble, or simply on search for on-trend, un-cringeworthy tween gear, these independently owned shops will please even the most particular shopper.
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Dondolo is a luxury children’s clothing company that provides children with beautiful, heirloom-quality clothing crafted from European and Colombian fabrics. When purchasing with Dondolo, customers are part of employing mothers in Colombia through ethical manufacturing, hand-stitched embroidery and hand-smocked clothing.
WHAT OUT EDITOR SAYS: “Founder Catalina Gonzalez and her wonderful team design the most beautiful, highly sought-after collections of children’s clothing, accessories and most recently coordinating outfits for adults,” says Ginna Wilbanks, editor of The Scout Guide Dallas. “The gorgeous product, as well as Dondolo’s focus on community and giving back, truly sets them apart.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Florence Big Girl Set, shown above.
SHOP: B Kids
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Fun and funky styles for kids ages 0-teen, focusing on the latest trends in clothing, accessories, shoes and one-of-a-kind gifts.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “B Kids is a happy little shop nestled along the bricks of Camp Bowie–a must-visit for all the kiddos in your life,” shares Leigh Brown, editor of The Scout Guide Fort Worth.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Gingham Kimono Wrap, shown above.
SHOP: May May’s–A Children’s Clothier
LOCATION: Huntsville, Alabama
WHAT THEY STOCK: From traditional to modern, May May’s features children’s clothing, toys, accessories and books from newborn to size 12 for boys and girls, located in the heart of downtown Huntsville.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Megan Powe, the owner of May May’s, is the mother of four young children and a second generation children’s boutique. From the first day of opening last February, Megan has married her excitement of a new place to shop with her years of experience and it shows in the selection and variety that fills her racks,” Dawn Pumpelly, editor of the The Scout Guide Huntsville shares. “From an exclusive line of funky local tees to party dresses and the new local chalk gift Hopscotch, she has her pulse on what moms want for their kids and gift-givers want to purchase.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Pant Set Celestial Slate, shown above.
LOCATION: Augusta, Georgia
WHAT THEY STOCK: This is a one stop shop for girls in that in be“tween” age, carrying on-trend ensembles, accessories, and more.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The entire boutique is a young girls dream store,” shares Ann Knox, editor of The Scout Guide Augusta Georgia.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Louise Misha Jumper, shown above.
SHOP: Ashby Mae Boutique
LOCATION: Leesburg, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: This lovely boutique carries children’s and baby clothing, shoes, and gifts from 0ver 80 brands, including The Beaufort Bonnet Company, James and Lottie, and Pink Chicken. They specialize in holiday wear and coordinating sibling outfits for all occasions.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Ashby Mae is a darling shop filled with the cutest clothing and unique gifts for our little ones,” says Nelina Loiselle, editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country. “Owner Debbie Thomas only selects the best and with four grandchildren of her own she knows! She truly loves what she does and it brings her joy to be part of all her customers’ special memories and family traditions.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Tartan Shirt, shown above.
SHOP: Puddle Baby
LOCATION: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: This is the place for all things baby and adorable children’s clothes, in classic southern preppy and hipster cutie brands. Plus, they carry the requisite big hair bows for girls and fun little faux-fur vests for the littles.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Puddle Baby (and Purple Puddle) are Chapel Hill institutions. This mother-daughter run business is a destination for floral design and deliveries, gifts, and the cutest kids clothes,” says Hopie Avery, owner of The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. “They are big time Tarheel fans, so you can get adorable game day ready duds for your little ones.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Navy Velvet Dress, shown above.
SHOP: Little Birdies Boutique
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
WHAT THEY STOCK: Little Birdies Boutique is an online upscale children’s boutique that takes a southern approach to children’s wear, offering nostalgic traditional clothing mixed in with fun playful styles.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Little Birdies always has the most beautiful children’s clothes,” says Loey Newman, assistant editor of The Scout Guide Washington D.C. “Whether you’re looking for simple cotton pajamas or a special holiday outfit for your little one, they have you covered.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Cognac Leather Lace-Up Boots, shown above.
SHOP: Pippen Lane
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
WHAT THEY STOCK: Located on Magazine Street in the Garden District of New Orleans for over 22 years, Pippen Lane showcases timeless classic clothing from both European and domestic designers as well as hand-sewn pieces from their iconic Lylian Heirloom Collection. The diverse variety of toys, books, shoes, gifts, and accessories (or flair!) for children of all ages (newborn-tween), makes this the destination every child wants to visit when they’re looking for a certain something to make them feel their best.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “If you’re looking for fun, no matter your age, make a visit to Pippen Lane,” says Taylor Morgan, editor of The Scout Guide New Orleans. “Owner Shane Guidry, or a member of the Pippen Lane team, will greet you with arms wide open (today’s version of a proper air hug). When you cross the threshold, you’ll soon wonder whether you’re in a happy place aimed at dressing Bianca Jagger’s children, or Jackie O’s. But that’s what makes Pippen Lane so special, there is something for everyone!”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Gold Zip-Up Shearling Boots, shown above.