With a three-year-old who just finished his first year of pre-school, I’m starting to learn the peaks and valleys of summertime with kids. Peaks? Sprinkler play in Central Park, picnics, and outdoor exploring. Valleys? No school! Bugs, constant sunscreen application, and the battle over hats. But it’s also, in my humble opinion, the most fun time of year to shop for your little ones at one of what are, in my book, the best kids’ clothing stores online. Whether it’s an adorable Minnow paisley print swimsuit with grosgrain ribbon tie or more practical camp essentials like Primary’s rainbow of rash guards. Just in time for this most important stock-up time of year, beloved kids’ online retail utopia Maisonette launched Maisonette Outlet, for a steal on all their favorite brands–think of it as the Outnet to their Net-a-Porter. I’ve been searching for jeans for my 14-month-old, who just started walking (and found a great mid-rise pair at Gap) and some cute but tumble-ready cargo pants for my three-year-old. Herewith, a list of some of my best kids’ clothing stores online for summer and beyond.
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Everything you want from stroller to roller skates, not to mention the cutest clothing brands, and now the recently launched Outlet is like an end-of-season sale all year round! I love the fun prints and practical silhouettes from Pink Chicken, as well as Babiator sunglasses for girls and boys with their brushed rib sweatshirts.
I try not to buy a ton of fast fashion, but the kids’ clothes at Zara truly can’t be beaten, especially the girls’ section. The designs manage to be simple but stylish, a combo that seems straightforward but, with kids’ clothes, is surprisingly hard to nail down; it can often go saccharine or overly designed or too straightforward, and Zara walks the line between the two with aplomb. Below are a few favorites I have my eye on for Alice and Arthur. Though they sell out like hotcakes, but I love the reversible jacket and buckle loafers.
Nordstrom has everything from socks to hats and everything in between. I live nearby and their kids’ department geniusly gives out free balloons for tiny visitors, so it’s become a neighborhood must-stop for my crew which always results in us picking up things we need, like fuzzy Ugg boots, and some things we don’t need but definitely want like this carry-on they can ride on through the airport.
The cool kid of online shopping has a secret stash of extremely covetable kids’ clothes. From the more traditional fare, like Burberry, to a bevy of cool kid-beloved brands like Bobo Choses and Sporty & Rich. I love this Sporty & Rich pullover and ERL multicolor mitts.
Some of my favorite sweaters, pants, and shoes for toddlers—and there’s usually a discount brewing! I always go to them for socks and hats. They have prints that are charming without being hideous, which can happen quickly with kids’ clothes.
I buy so many things on Etsy! It’s a great place to shop for used kids’ clothes and handmade kids’ clothes and accessories. I have gotten great smocked Liberty print dresses and vintage kids’ Levis and overalls. I favorite the shops I love as well as different items and then go directly to them when I’m looking for new items. It’s also my one-stop shop for kids’ gifts, from bath bombs with farm animal figurines inside to personalized straw baskets for a little lady on the go.
An online emporium for all kinds of brands, from French hipster basics from Pom d’Api to classic French elegance with Petit Bateau. I love this jacket from Scotch & Soda and wish this terry polo robe came in my size.