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Trendy Tots: Where to Find Designer Duds for Kids in Chicago

The Red Balloon (Photo: Ten Photos)

Let’s be honest. Once you have kids, everyone stops paying attention to your designer bag and killer shoes and instead focuses on your adorable spawn. So get over the fact that your closet may be looking a little bleak and start finding ways to make your finest creation stand out. These boutiques will set you on the right track — and may even cause a little wardrobe envy from other moms.


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This teeny kids shop has revolutionized on-demand custom clothing that celebs dig. Here, any hip phrase that has ever commanded pop culture can be printed on a good quality piece of clothing, with phrases like “pink is the new black” or “playas gonna play.” (Face it, they look way cuter on a tot than your 20-year-old single brother.)

Flip flops, dog tags and other accessories are on hand to complement the perfect outfit. A smattering of non-custom rocker clothing and plenty of gifts are also available. Once you’re hooked, check Psychobaby out online where you can have orders on your doorstep in a week or less.

The Red Balloon

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These whimsical stores, each neighborhood location with a different flair, will have you “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” over designer selections from brands like Appaman, Bit’z Kids and Egg. Fun and funky style elements like multicolor tiered tights, sparkly stretch birthday headbands and initial tees will guarantee your little one rocks that school runway.

Monica + Andy

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Not only are the clothes here so adorable you’ll wish they came in your size, the material is soft to touch, free of chemicals like phthalates and playground durable. The brand started by Monica Royer, sister of Bonobos founder, Andy Dunn (the Andy of Monica +Andy), is mom tested and approved, and any other accessories found in the shop — think itty bitty bows, come from other mom entrepreneurs. The front of the shop itself is like an enviably well-organized closet of pint-sized clothes while the back serves as a gathering place for moms and tots with classes like music, yoga and art always in rotation.

Twinkle Twinkle Little One

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Although nursery design may be at the forefront of this posh shop, peek around the furniture and you’ll be able to snag some unique clothing finds. Scour each rack because like any good boutique they only carry a coveted few in each size. Personalized hand-knit motorcycle flap hats that snuggle little ears are a favorite and little threenagers will go crazy for racerback tunics and fluffy bright-colored tutus.