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Trendy Tots: Where to Shop for Kids in New Orleans

Dirty Coast (Photo: Joshua Brasted)

Where do you shop for your little mischief makers in New Orleans? Take a look inside these boutiques for the fashion forward kid. With her new NOLA duds, your tiny fashionista won’t have to worry about someone else showing up in the same outfit on the playground.

Orient Expressed

Orient Expressed (Photo: Joshua Brasted)
Orient Expressed (Photo: Joshua Brasted)

This gorgeous shop is located inside a converted New Orleans home. Its rambling rooms are colorfully packed with the sweetest of outfits from casual to fancy. Looking for something distinctly Southern? Your little one will be delighted with a little hand-smocked dress. Check their website for Pop Up Shops around town.

Little Miss Muffin

Lose yourself in this large open and airy space with an eclectic upscale flea market feel—upscale being the key word. You’ll find racks upon racks of gorgeous clothing. While this shop offers far more choices in girls’ apparel, the boys’ section is adorable and underrated.

Pippen Lane

This place has cornered the market on cute! Don’t forget your wallet because you’re going to need every penny for the high-end children’s clothing and fabulous toys. This store offers nothing but the best. From hand-smocked clothing to the perfect playhouse to a Mardi Gras costume that’s as well made as it is charming, Pippen Lane has all that and much more.

Zuka Baby

New parents must stop by Zuka Baby. They specialize in cloth diapers, baby wearing gear, and beautiful natural toys. Erin, the owner, has created more than a store. Zuka Baby is a local brand that is synonymous with Natural Parenting. In addition to baby goods, they also host baby sign language classes and breastfeeding support group meetings.

Swap for Kids

Are you a bargain hunter? Your search is over. Swap for Kids is a consignment shop for upscale and locally designed children’s clothing. You’re likely to find last season’s adorable and still-pristine clothing at deep discounts. (Think Orient Expressed, Little Miss Muffin and Pippen Lane on a budget.) Pick up something for your little one, then pop in next door to find something fabulous for yourself!

Dirty Coast

Dirty Coast (Photo: Joshua Brasted)
Dirty Coast (Photo: Joshua Brasted)

Your little man will proudly show off his distinctly NOLA souvenir from this shop. With a more wallet-friendly appeal that doesn’t compromise on style, Dirty Coast does one thing and does it well: T-shirts. Their stock is beautifully designed by graphic artists, so it’s a step above what you’ll find in the touristy French Market. Plus, the concepts are even clever enough to be worn by locals.