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BEST Children's Clothing

2012 BEST Children's Clothing, West

Pollywogs

Needham

An adorable selection of threads from Petit Bateau, Kissy Kissy, and Pink Chicken is displayed here among hanging paper lanterns and decorative flags. The icing on this charming confection of a children’s boutique is the sweet-as-pie staffers, who are more… read more»

2011 BEST Children's Clothing

The Red Wagon

Boston

This shop provides a variety of styles to fit a variety of budgets: Leather motorcycle jackets are perfect for the itsy-bitsy easy rider, while turquoise tutus will brighten a wannabe ballerina’s day. Fantasy ensembles at down-to-earth prices—now that’s a win-win. read more»

2011 BEST Children's Clothing, North

Lively Kids

Newburyport

This Newburyport kids’ shop is sporting a new look after a winter renovation—the better to showcase its excellent stock of cheery Tea Collection dresses, comfy Native shoes, and cooler-than-cool Appaman suits. And for lads and lasses so stylish they need… read more»

2011 BEST Children's Clothing, West

Abigail’s Children’s Boutique

Wellesley

Can’t stomach another trip to Gymboree? This sibling-owned store will outfit your little ones in classic style from the time they’re born through their preteens. You’ll find an excellent array of formalwear, along with well-priced everyday gear and adorable accessories…. read more»

2011 BEST Children's Clothing, South

Bundle of Hope

Scituate

Be prepared to drop a bundle here: As soon as you spy the Zutano casualwear and fancy attire from European lines Petit Bateau and Deux Par Deux, you won’t be able to resist stocking your kids’ closets. read more»

2010 BEST Children's Clothing

Twinkle Star

Cambridge

Hey, we have no quibbles with Winnie the Pooh’s red belly shirt or Corduroy’s hobo-chic overalls. Our storybook buds have long proven they can work the one-piece look. Kids need more head-to-toe options, though. To outfit your own little character,… read more»

2009 BEST Children's Clothing

Lester Harry’s

Boston

Instead of being bigger versions of Cabbage Patch dolls, kids here are littler versions of our best-dressed selves. That means ruffled frocks by Splendid and Twelfth Street, snappy orange cargos from Jean Bourget, and Eberjey Indian-motif swimwear. (Excuse us, but… read more»

2009 BEST Children's Clothing, Shoes

Bird by Bird

Cambridge

Sorry, but your child’s first steps must…not…be…in Crocs. Especially not when Inman Square gem Bird by Bird has the kind of footwear that’s ideally suited for all the firsts in a pre-hip-kid’s lif—tiny slip-on sneaks, rainboots, polished Mary Janes—by brands… read more»

2009 BEST Children's Clothing, Affordable

H&M

Boston

It’s the brave parent who tags along on a teen’s H&M spree. It’s the smart parent who shops there for kids under 10. A sizableand tidy, believe it or notcorner of the Downtown Crossing store is devoted to hip $10… read more»

2008 BEST Children's Clothing, South

Bundle of Hope

Scituate

Leighanne Henkenmeier likes to say her Scituate Harbor shop is for “the grandmothers,” and indeed, a doting and sufficiently deep-pocketed nana could happily spend an afternoon in Bundle of Hope. Sunlight glows off the white-painted cupboards and armoires, which are… read more»