We're amazed at how well-dressed NYC kids can be, toddling along next to Mom and Dad, flaunting their very own sense of style. These amazing kids clothing stores have just what your youngsters need to stay on-trend, from casualwear and school uniforms to kids' shoes. Here, you'll find plenty of items for toddlers, tweens and all ages in between, but remember that many of the best baby stores in NYC also carry clothes for big kids! Going back-to-school shopping? Don't forget to check out NYC's best book stores for kids and kids' shoe stores.
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Kids clothing stores in NYC
Located down the street from the original TaROO on the Upper East Side, this chic children's boutique carries clothing and gifts for boys through age 14 and girls through age 16. Kids can amass a cool wardrobe by combining trendy brands like Mudpie, Lemon and Charlie Rocket with store-brand prices that start at $8.
Husband-and-wife team Aslan and Jenn Cattaui fill their cozy 450-square-foot store with the stuff kids dig—Junk Food concert tees, Uglydolls, Eazy Bean chairs and vintage wear that’ll make parents envious. The shop mainly focuses on the under-six set, but the Cattauis have recently begun stocking pieces for older children from popular lines such as Chaos Recycled. You'll wish this stuff came in your size.
Offering a variety of kids' clothing, toys, shoes, baby accessories (not to mention spectacular kids' birthday gifts), Two Kids and a Dog is a great place for parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents catering to the eight and under set. There's also a lot of Brooklyn-repping gear for the little ones (onesies, T-shirts)—after all, its owners (Natalia and Kip) are longtime residents of the area, and proud of it!
Children's fashion editor turned entrepreneur Bronagh Staley handpicks this boutique's clothing, accessories playthings for kids ages newborn to eight. She's a fan of labels like April Showers and Wovenplay. Both locations use birch and reclaimed wood in their design to create a fantasy feel.
The pint-size members of Brooklyn's style set have an eye for unique duds. Brigitte Prat's third kid-oriented LuLu store in Park Slope fits the bill, making an eco-friendly foray into the world of consignment. Gently used clothing (newborn to size 8) shares space with secondhand baby gear, toys, books and even furniture. After shopping, bring the little ones to romp around in the store's Play Space, complete with a library and fun toys, open for drop-in playtimes daily (10am–1pm, 2–5pm; $12 per session).
Owner Carol Adams transformed her successful store Babylicious into Torly Kid—a one-stop shop for both tots and tweens. Best-selling lines like Tooby Doo, Lunchbox and Appaman are now stocked in bigger sizes as well as small. The store also has an extensive collection of party favors.
The seriously hip wares in this Park Slope boutique are so appealing, you’d never know they’re technically intended for the under-15 set. Stylish kids can find patterned dresses from Miss Behave, bright tees from Stella Blu and distressed denim items from Tractr. Don't forget to check out accessories like leather wallets and funky sunglasses.