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Local Color: Spring Fashion for Kids 

click to enlarge On Lienna: Tea Collection Malati Kantha embroidered dress, $49. Pink Poppy sparkle bow, $3.90. LeBig Sparkle bag, $23 at Bumblebell.
  • On Lienna: Tea Collection Malati Kantha embroidered dress, $49. Pink Poppy sparkle bow, $3.90. LeBig Sparkle bag, $23 at Bumblebell.

Visit a neighborhood like Brooklyn's Park Slope or Noe Valley in San Francisco, and you can't walk a block without hitting a children's clothing store. In Vermont, it's a different story. Shops that specialize in children's fashion are few and far between.

click to enlarge On Lincoln: New Duds anchor tee, $20. Mayoral red jeans, $35 at Little Citizen. On Lienna: Little Miss multicolored romper, $58 at Little Citizen.
  • On Lincoln: New Duds anchor tee, $20. Mayoral red jeans, $35 at Little Citizen. On Lienna: Little Miss multicolored romper, $58 at Little Citizen.

Maybe that's due, in part, to our long, harsh winters. Who cares about looking cute when braving below-zero temps and knee-high snow drifts. Or maybe the dearth of kiddie fashion is a reflection of Vermont's values. Stylish children's clothes, which often come with a hefty price tag, suggest a frivolity and materialism that's so not "Vermont."

But whatever your budget or beliefs, you have to admit that clothing for little people is pretty cute. As winter drags on, we thought you might enjoy a little eye candy to remind you that warmer weather is right around the corner. We asked the following Vermont-based children's clothing retailers to put together some fun, bright outfits that scream "Spring!"

Little Citizen, a 500-square-foot boutique on the top block of Burlington's Church Street Marketplace, opened in November. Owner Bridget Huffman worked in a kids' clothing boutique in Colorado before relocating to Vermont. She's filled her shop with clothing and accessories most adults would envy, including brightly colored jeans, broken-in hoodies, graphic tees, aviator sunglasses, and funky scarfs and hair bands for babies and kids up to size 16.

Bumblebell, on Mountain Road in Stowe, has been around since 2009. Owner Sheila Bronner says best-selling items include stylish dresses, leggings and tops from Tea Collection (up to size 8) and super-soft cotton separates from Splendid (up to size 14). The shop also sells books, jewelry, puzzles, games and toys.

click to enlarge On Jay: New Duds vegetable onesie, $20. Splendid pants (part of a two-piece set), $53 at Bumblebell.
  • On Jay: New Duds vegetable onesie, $20. Splendid pants (part of a two-piece set), $53 at Bumblebell.

Two Montréal-born moms raising their kids in Vermont are at the helm of online retailer Minou Kids. Marie-Michelle Gaudreau and Julie Harvey have stocked their online store, launched in 2014, with clothing in sizes 0 to 6 from up-and-coming designers from around the world, such as Australia-based Munster Kids and Denmark's Bangbang Copenhagen. Temporary tattoos, bedding, stuffed animals and wall decals are also available. Their philosophy for dressing kids, says Gaudreau, is "easy, cozy and playful."

Finally, we got some cute cotton onesies and tees with garden veggie and bicycle motifs from Winooski-based New Duds. Husband-and-wife screen printers Torrey and Tessa Valyou — parents to two young kids — started selling clothes in 2008. They designed these creations, which look like the sort of thing you might see the Park Slope set wearing.

Turn to page 22 for a list of stores where you can shop for secondhand clothing, based on our readers' Facebook recommendations. After all, this is Vermont.

Shopping Info

Bumblebell: 1056 Mountain Road, Stowe, 253-1955

Little Citizen: 20 Church Street, Burlington, 489-5993

click to enlarge On Parrish: Vintage Havana Good Vibes tank, $35. Headbands of Hope elastic bow, $12. Yellow tank and jeans model's own. On Jazzy: Junk Food Clothing Peace & Love tank, $34. Mayoral violet leggings, $45. Headbands of Hope Fiesta buff, $15 at LIttle Citizen.
  • On Parrish: Vintage Havana Good Vibes tank, $35. Headbands of Hope elastic bow, $12. Yellow tank and jeans model's own. On Jazzy: Junk Food Clothing Peace & Love tank, $34. Mayoral violet leggings, $45. Headbands of Hope Fiesta buff, $15 at LIttle Citizen.

Minou Kids: 999-5247

New Duds: 450 Weaver Street #2, Winooski, 310-6803

Thrifty Threads

Kids' clothing can be expensive, so we've compiled a list of places to find high-quality, gently used clothing for little ones.

Buttered Noodles (consignment section), 64 Harvest Lane, Williston, 764-1810

Dirt Chic, 67 Main Street, Burlington, 863-1461

Goodwill, 329 Harvest Lane, Williston, 879-0088 and 1080 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, 658-5359

The Green Closet, 40 Bridge Street, Waitsfield, 496-4333

Heather's Nearly New, 62 River Street, Montpelier, 229-4002

Junebug, 5 Park Street, Middlebury, 388-1055

Once Upon A Child, 38 Taft Corners, Williston, 878-5434

Scampers, 42 Merchants Row, Swanton, 868-4299

Shalom Shuk, 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, 238-4888

Lincoln Safran

click to enlarge On Lincoln: Appaman grey shirt, $48. Appaman plaid tie, $27. Mayoral red jeans, $35 at Little Citizen. Shoes, model's own.
  • On Lincoln: Appaman grey shirt, $48. Appaman plaid tie, $27. Mayoral red jeans, $35 at Little Citizen. Shoes, model's own.

Age: 8

Town: Burlington

Favorite color: Light red

Favorite animal: Penguin

Favorite book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Favorite item of clothing: His basketball jersey

Hobbies: Listening to music — especially Bruno Mars and Maroon 5

Fun fact: He was born on Valentine's Day during the snowstorm of 2007.

Lienna Hazel Monte

click to enlarge On Lienna: Munster kids Warrior top, $40. Mini & Maximus Mountain leggings, $35 at Minou Kids.
  • On Lienna: Munster kids Warrior top, $40. Mini & Maximus Mountain leggings, $35 at Minou Kids.

Age: 4

Town: Burlington

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite animal: Kitty

Favorite movies: Here Comes Peter Cottontail and Frozen

Favorite item of clothing: Her princess dress

Hobbies: Playing dress-up and doing puzzles

Fun fact: She has a baby brother.

Name: Jay Cline Lucey

click to enlarge On Jay: Munster Kids Say It long-sleeve tee, $40 Mini & Maximus No Falling Allowed pants, $55 at Minou Kids
  • On Jay: Munster Kids Say It long-sleeve tee, $40 Mini & Maximus No Falling Allowed pants, $55 at Minou Kids

Age: 15 months

Town: Burlington Favorite color: Blue (because of his glasses)

Favorite animal: Chickens (he has some at home)

Favorite book: Where's Spot by Eric Hill

Favorite item of clothing: Any pair of shoes

Hobbies: Wrestling and chewing on toothbrushes

Fun fact: His big brothers decided that, because of his strong will, persistent personality and penchant for destruction, Jay's spirit animal is a honey badger.

Name: Parrish Cormier

click to enlarge On Parrish: New Duds paisley women's sweatshirt, $32. Vintage Havana drawstring pants, $42 at Little Citizen.
  • On Parrish: New Duds paisley women's sweatshirt, $32. Vintage Havana drawstring pants, $42 at Little Citizen.

Age: 11

Town: Shelburne

Favorite color: Cyan

Favorite animal: Dolphin

Favorite book: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Favorite item of clothing: Her Barca soccer sweatshirt

Hobbies: Basketball, singing, softball, soccer and reading

Fun fact: She's been kissed — on the cheek — by international footballers Gareth Bale and Thierry Henry.

Name: JaZaher (Jazzy) Cormier

click to enlarge On Jazzy: Vintage Havana watermelon tank, $35. Mayoral printed leggings, $25 at Little Citizen.
  • On Jazzy: Vintage Havana watermelon tank, $35. Mayoral printed leggings, $25 at Little Citizen.

Age: 9

Town: Shelburne

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite animal: Horse

Favorite book: Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Favorite movie: Napoleon Dynamite

Favorite item of clothing: Pink sweatpants

Hobbies: Soccer, horseback riding and math homework

Fun fact: She can lift one eyebrow.

Plush toys provided by Winooski-based toy manufacturer Rich Frog, richfrog.com. Flowers provided by Creative Habitat, creativehabitatvt.com
The original print version of this article was headlined "Local Color"

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