Crisp, white loose leaf and perfectly sharpened pencils are part of annual back-to-school staples, but so are cute duds to impress the new kids in. Don’t let your little scholars fail their first exam of the year; pick up fashionable fall outfits from these top Philadelphia-area children’s boutiques and they’ll be sure to cruise to the top of the class.
Bursting at the seams with simply adorable kid’s clothing, this Rittenhouse boutique is where parents go for well made staples and fun fashions. Pick up a cheeky onsie and a classic Beatles T, or opt for knit numbers for lines like Splendid Littles. Also a great spot for gifts, shower shoppers will drool over the pre-packaged sets of itty bitty hats, blankets, and loungers.
Born Yesterday is located at 1901 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215.568.6556
The Children’s Boutique
Center City shoppers looking for perfect baby shower and birthday gifts head directly to this Rittenhouse Row staple. The boutique itself has a playful feel with cushy stuffed animals and toy trunks tucked on shelves above the racks of designer clothes. Pick up everything from too-cute layette items to trendy girls dresses and boys khakis. The store also offers a variety of personalized items, include a design-your-own sweater station that will have your little man classic cool with collegiate style.
The Children’s Boutique is located at 1702 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215.732.2661, www.echildrensboutique.com
Gia Bella Children’s Boutique
Manayunk is home to trendy bars and boutiques, and now even the youngest hipsters can get in on Main Street with Gia Bella. Selling designer names for everyone from your newborn niece to your soon-to-be fifth grader, the clothes here are sassy and stylish. Girly girls will love the frills on display by Lilly Pulitzer, Flowers by Zoe and Kate Mack, while boys will love rocking Ts from Charlie Rocket and mini seersucker suits by Hartstrings. You can also find special occasion pieces for christenings and first communions.
Gia Bella Children’s Boutique is located at 4233 Main Street, Phildelphia, 215.509.BABY, www.giabellachildrensboutique.com
Peanut Butter & Jane
Main Line moms and dads have a little treasure in Peanut Butter & Jane. The store stocks something for every taste, including brightly hued Agatha Ruiz de la Prada frocks, organic sets from Misha Lulu and fashion forward designs from Flit & Flitter. Mini fashionistas can also find poofy tutus, sleek schoolbags and haute headbands, all perfect for making grade school glitter.
Peanut Butter & Jane is located at 200 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, 610.254.9300, www.peanutbutternjane.com
This is the 21st century, land of online shopping, so its no surprise that one of our area’s top shops doesn’t have a front door at all. Main Line moms Caroline Linz, Carrie Grau and Gaby Evers came up with the concept for CPC (named for their first-born children) during a playdate and have been creating preppy pieces ever since. Shortalls and jumpers are perfect for late summer BBQs, but the real draw is the Design-A-Dress: pick your fabric, ribbon and an embroidery pattern to create the perfect item for your little miss’s grand entrance.
CPC Designs can be contacted at 484.580.8408 or www.cpcdesignsinc.com