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Best places for classic children's clothing

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If you're looking for traditional children's clothes with beautiful detailing and high quality fabric, look no further! Here are the best U.S. stores for classic children's clothing.

Each of these has a slightly different angle on their traditional style, so no matter what type of classic look you're seeking, you're covered.

Janie and Jack

For a traditional look that is distinctively on-trend, Janie and Jack is my number one recommendation. This classic children's clothing brand features amazing fabrics, stunning designs and all of the high quality you expect. Just by look or touch, you can tell this is a top-notch brand. Although most of their brick-and-mortar stores are located in malls, you can shop their site online from the comfort of your own home.

Janie and Jack have recently expanded their focus to include tween and teen kids clothes in addition to their traditional baby and toddler wear. If you're seeking an outfit for a boy or girl of any age for a special occasion or just as an expression of classic everyday style, you can't go wrong with Janie and Jack. I love that they make a point of being up-to-date with today's fashions while still incorporating the traditional details you love.

Pleats and Stitches

If on the other hand you're looking for hand-smocked traditional outfits reminiscent of yesteryear such as shortalls, heirloom dresses, and more, then Pleats and Stitches is the place for you. It's a family-owned brand located in South Carolina. You can shop at the Pleats and Stitches Etsy store, or if you prefer you can buy direct from the main Pleats and Stitches site. The same people run both, so it doesn't matter which one you go for.

This is the place for beautifully crafted clothes for your child. Most items are sized from newborn to size 12, which covers babies, toddlers and young elementary school kids. These pieces are made to be treasured. Although you would think the handmade embroidery and smocking would make these items expensive, they're not. Prices are pleasantly low - cheaper than Janie and Jack.

Little English

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Another great place for smocked and embroidered traditional kids clothes is Little English. They have bubble outfits, shortalls, dresses, and so much more - all of the classic children's clothing you have in mind. Size ranges vary depending on style (you wouldn't put an 8 year old in shortalls or a baby bubble outfit, for example), but most baby styles start at 3 months and up, and most children's styles start at 12 months and up. Some styles go all the way up to size 14. Pricing is higher than Pleats and Stitches, comparable to Janie and Jack.

Gymboree

If what you're seeking is a preppy yet playful look that works equally well at the playground and on picture day, then you'll want Gymboree. This children's clothing brand has the added bonus of being affordable. Sizing goes all the way from baby and toddler to size 12.

Be aware that not all of their items are traditionally styled, but many are. In general, there's a range of looks from traditional to everyday at Gymboree - more so than at the other stores I mentioned above. This means that on the one hand, you might need to hunt around on Gymboree site a little more depending on if you're looking for classic children's clothing versus everyday playwear. On the other hand, with their large collections you can build an entire wardrobe for your child for the season from Gymboree without breaking the bank or running out of styles to pick from. Many of their pieces are designed to coordinate with other pieces, so you can be assured of a cohesive look. This works beautifully if you wish to put together a preppy classic wardrobe that works for many different occasions.

The bottom line for traditional kids clothes

The U.S. stores I recommend for classic children's clothing are Janie and Jack, the Pleats and Stitches Etsy store, Gymboree, and Little English. Each of these has a strong reputation for reliability and quality. Select the look that you prefer based on the different angle each brand takes on traditional styling.

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