Best Children's Clothing in Boston

2014 Best Children's Clothing

Bringing Up Baby

Boston

Whether your brood’s in tow out of necessity or to ensure accurate sizing, Bringing Up Baby makes the experience both convenient (the nursing and changing room) and fun (a toys…Read More

2013 Best Children's Clothing

Mulberry Road

Boston

This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2013 Best Children's Clothing

Lester Harry’s

Boston

Spending time in the serene and lovely Lester Harry’s is like entering a magical portal to a land where babies don’t ever cry or spit up, and there are no…Read More

2013 Best Children's Clothing, West

Kenzie Kids and K Girl

Wellesley

This is where all the best-dressed kids in school shop. One side of the store caters to wee ones with Little Giraffe onesies, Deux Par Deux dresses and jeans, Splendid…Read More

2013 Best Children's Clothing, North

Lively Kids

Newburyport

We’re big fans of this hip little tots spot, which owner and New York transplant Kim Lively opened back in 2006. Mini fashion plates will love brands like Tea, Livie…Read More

2013 Best Children's Clothing, South

Bundle of Hope

Scituate

Clothing, accessories, furniture, and more: Bundle of Hope offers it all, with a delightful variety and a warm personal touch. Leave your kids in the play area while you peruse…Read More

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…Read More

2012 Best Children's Clothing, North

Lively Kids

Newburyport

Ditch the frilly frocks and sailor suits for onesies with attitude at this two-story Newburyport boutique, where newborn getups come adorned with sayings like “iPood” and “Miso Cute.” The eco-friendly…Read More

2012 Best Children's Clothing, Kids and Baby Accessories

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

The atmosphere at this Newbury Street store is more gallery than Gymboree. The precious collection of baby- and kidswear is set against a backdrop of chandeliers and hardwood floors. The…Read More

2012 Best Children's Clothing, South

Bundle of Hope

Scituate

With charming clothing and accessories from lines like Zutano, Aden + Anais, and Petit Bateau; a dressing room with a handpainted toile motif; and a French armoire that doubles as…Read More

2012 Best Children's Clothing

Lester Harry’s

Boston

The atmosphere at this Newbury Street store is more gallery than Gymboree. The precious collection of baby- and kidswear is set against a backdrop of chandeliers and hardwood floors. The…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…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…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…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…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…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…Read More

2009 Best Children's Clothing, North

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

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…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…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…Read More

2008 Best Children's Clothing

Wild Child

Arlington

Tons of children’s boutiques overflow with precious, sit-and-look-pretty outfits, missing the salient fact that sitting still (let alone pretty) is not in the average tyke’s skill set. For clothes that…Read More

2008 Best Children's Clothing, West

Milalilu

Newton Highlands

The economy’s in need of a good spanking these days, which means baby clothes are eliciting more than just ‘ooh’ and ‘aah.’ There’s also ‘ugh,’ when shoppers do the math…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….Read More

2007 Best Children's Clothing, South

Olivia Rose Children’s Boutique

Marshfield

Scientists theorize that cute babies have had an evolutional leg up, as our Stone Age ancestors were less likely to abandon them. Modern-day parents are obviously far more civilized—but all…Read More

2007 Best Children's Clothing

Bump

Boston

The clothes found at this Beacon Hill retailer are a neatly balanced mix of sweet (Imps and Elfs overalls and Izod button-ups), cool (Chip and Pepper jeans, distressed Kingsley skeleton…Read More

2007 Best Children's Clothing, West

Brussels Sprouts Kids

Newton

Relax, kids: This store doesn’t have any of those icky vegetables you like to dispose of in your napkin. What it does have is loads of great clothes you can’t…Read More

2007 Best Children's Clothing, North

Pure

Newburyport

Suiting up kids in eco-friendly, smart-looking fashions is a cinch at Pure. Nearly all its clothes—Claesen’s onesies, Zutano tops and pants, Katybird dresses—are made from organic cotton and other natural…Read More

2005 Best Children's Clothing, South

Olivia Rose Children’s Boutique

Marshfield

There are kids so adorable they make clothes look cute, and then there are clothes so cute they make kids look adorable. This shop has plenty of the latter, with…Read More

2005 Best Children's Clothing, Cape Cod

The Children’s Shop

Chatham

As at most coastline kids’ stores, preppy paraphernalia is the mainstay at this sweet clothing emporium. Pink and green pants fill the racks, along with embroidered overalls, bright beachwear, and…Read More

2005 Best Children's Clothing, Nantucket

Pinwheels

Nantucket

We might roll our eyes at precious, overpriced kids’ clothes, but it’s near impossible to resist the teeny, hand-knit pale pink sweaters and soft cotton bonnets and caps at Pinwheels….Read More

2005 Best Children's Clothing

Pixie Stix

Boston

These days, kids’ fashion sense is outpacking their growth spurts. So when Pixie Stix opened this year, it gave budding shopaholics and tagalong moms something to cheer about. The chic…Read More

2005 Best Children's Clothing, West

Kussin’s: The Children’s Shop

Concord

Kids need clothes for myriad occasions, from mud-puddle play dates to indoor, seen-but-not-heard affairs. Kussin’s sells outfits for them all. With rugged Timberland jeans, Joan Calabrese tulle confections, Lilly Pulitzer…Read More

2005 Best Children's Clothing, North

The Pumpkin Patch

Newburyport

Froggy rain boots, grass luau outfits, and pink flowery sundresses are staples at this beloved Newburyport boutique. Also procurable are newborn and toddler basics, stylish school clothes, and smart little…Read More

2004 Best Children's Clothing, West

Petit Patapon

Wellesley

Petit Patapon clothes look great, feel even better, and are built to last. From summery batik sundresses for toddlers to cool, sporty beachwear for five-year-olds, Petit Patapon’s collections are just…Read More

2004 Best Children's Clothing, North

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

Admit it: Even the inevitable grass, food, and spit-up stains won’t discourage you from dressing your tot to the nines. And who can blame you? A trip to Lester Harry’s…Read More

2003 Best Children's Clothing

Lester Harry’s

Boston

The European skin-care products are almost too posh for the too-young-to-toddle set, but Lester Harry’s boutique stocks plenty of functional elegance, too. If cozy robes won’t keep the cold out…Read More

2003 Best Children's Clothing, West

Petit Patapon

Wellesley

Darling details make the difference at Petit Patapon. Whatever best becomes your little one—frilly ruffles, rugged stitching, whimsical embroidery—this organized shop has a stylish stock of it. The daisy-flecked T-shirts…Read More

2002 Best Children's Clothing, Affordable

Fish Kids

Brookline

Unless your child has a contract with Kix, you probably don’t dress him in expensive outfits destined to wear more cereal than he digests. Miniature linen suits and raw-silk dresses…Read More

2002 Best Children's Clothing, Upscale

Bonpoint

Boston

When the nanny complains that little Madison has outgrown her pinafores, get yourself (or send your personal assistant) to Bonpoint. The French clothier’s exclusive pastel sweaters, jumpers, pants, and dresses…Read More

2002 Best Children's Clothing, North

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

This colorful shop has everything a baby needs to live in style from birth forward. From Kate Spade diaper bags and tiny Petit Bateau hooded sweaters to underwear basics and…Read More

2002 Best Children's Clothing, West

Petit Patapon

Wellesley

Why should children get the short end of the fashion stick? For playtime and dress-up alike, Petit Patapon outfits youngsters—toddlers to grade school—in only the duds. Here you’ll find rosy…Read More

2001 Best Children's Clothing

The Red Wagon

Boston

The majority of this store’s lines are stylish and durable, designed for kids who like to stand out from the crowd without standing still. The sales staff is always willing…Read More

2001 Best Children's Clothing, North

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

For children’s clothing that is high style, head north. Lester Harry’s is all about subtlety, from cargo shorts to hand-knit baby sweaters, custom baby linens, and Italian shoes. Accessories include…Read More

2000 Best Children's Clothing, Kids and Baby Accessories

Lester Harry’s

Marblehead

If the chain-store route to furnishing a child’s bedroom simply isn’t thrilling you, branch out and take a trip to Marblehead. More Takashimaya than Toys-“R”-Us, Lester Harry’s features exclusive children’s…Read More

2000 Best Children's Clothing

Kenzie Kids

Chestnut Hill

Parents of junior fashionistas (high-maintenance babies, temperamental toddlers and jaded juniors who simply must have the latest in designer togs) can find relief here. In addition to everyday wear, Kenzie…Read More

1999 Best Children's Clothing

Oilily

Boston

It’s bright and in-your-face, and it has a sense of humor. Kids love the funky designs and parents appreciate the wash and wear…Read More

1998 Best Children's Clothing, Casual Wear

The Red Wagon

Charlestown

A fun and funky kids clothing store is long overdue, and The Red Wagon fills the bill, whether you’ve got a newborn or a kid wearing up to size seven….Read More

1998 Best Children's Clothing, Special Occasion

Kenzie Kids

Chestnut Hill

Psst, admit it. Half the pleasure of having kids is dressing them up. The recently expanded Kenzie Kids (grown from one storefront to two) has a party dress section guaranteed…Read More

1997 Best Children's Clothing

Petit Patapon

Wellesley

This is the place to find classic kids’ clothing that’s long on style, short on gimmicks, and sans European price tags. The store caters to infants right on through preteens,…Read More

1995 Best Children's Clothing

Saturday’s Child

Cambridge

Not for the faint-hearted when it comes to price, but if you’re looking for something more original than Gap Kids, this is the place. Also, in the Zephyr annex, interesting…Read More

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