It’s a kid’s world and we’re just shopping in it! Mega-stores including Gap Kids, Old Navy, and Gymboree are abundant in Orange County but our readers prefer less mainstream and more tailored retailers. The following boutiques carry fashion labels that range from the finest in Parisian luxury to the most durable in eco-fabrics and share one common theme: allowing children to express themselves through back-to-school fashion. Take note, class is officially in session.
This Costa Mesa boutique can best be described as a “Barney’s for Babies.” Fashion forward children’s brands including Pink Chicken, Mini and Maximus, and Acoustic are wonderfully mixed with home accessories from Pop Ink and Momma Time. For those shoppers looking for the perfect baby shower gift, look no further then CC’s custom-made gift baskets that can be designed based on nursery color palettes.
CC Roo is located at 333 East 17th St., Costa Mesa, Calif., 949.650.5751
Bassinets & Blueberries
Shoppers won’t find graphic print onesies or children’s shirts plastered with ironic slang at this whimsical and shabby chic establishment. Known for their somewhat over-the-top European aesthetic, shopkeepers refer to strollers as “prams” and cloth diapers as “nappies,” but never need to explain the quality of their goods. The custom designed linens and nursery décor is the store’s focal point with idyllic handmade bassinets sitting beside custom French lace Christening gowns and communion dresses.
Bassinets & Blueberries is located at 369 East 17th St., Costa Mesa, Calif., 949.650.2244
Newport Kids comes to the rescue of nearly every expectant mother in South County. A well-informed staff discusses the numerous stroller options, (Maclaren and Bugaboo being the most popular), finds the perfect maternity jeans from Citizens of Humanity and Paige Premium Denim, and offers a plethora of newborn clothes. The only downside to Newport Kids? The staff doesn’t make house calls.
Newport Kids is located at 1775 Newport Blvd., Newport, Calif., 949.548.2849
This Little Piggy Wears Cotton
Don’t be fooled by the name as this store offers more than high-end luxury cotton wears. This Fashion Island staple has long been known for its unique mixture of classic children’s clothes mixed with contemporary pieces. Adorable linen garments from Sister For Sale are top sellers as are Appaman’s ramie tee shirts, which have been known to sell out in a single day.
This Little Piggy Wears Cotton is located at 1111 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, Calif., 949.718.0533
Bundles & Bumps
With Ugly Dolls hanging from the ceiling and wall-to-wall organic baby clothes, this eclectic boutique is more rocker mom than soccer mom. Hip parents can browse eco-friendly bibs from Kate Quinn and scope the hottest green duds from Funkoos and Hanna Anderson. An impressive selection of home decor including handmade children’s books and knit blankets are the perfect gift alternative to boring bibs and bottles.
Bundles & Bumps is located at 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, Calif., 714.243.6066