Gone is D.C.’s reputation as a suit-and-tie, buttoned-up city. Fashion is forward here, even for kids—no, especially for kids. Earn an A from yours by getting them a new school wardrobe at some of the area’s best boutiques. Waiting for their sales? Well, that’s just extra credit.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
During Virginia’s tax-free weekend (Aug. 7-9), Fit Right Kids’ Shoes, a family-owned store, will have top brands such as Asics, New Balance, Saucony, Sperry, Stride Rite, Pediped, and Tsukihoshi shoes on sale for 10 percent to 40 percent off. Find other brand-name sneakers, boots, sandals and dress shoes for boys and girls, too – plus fit specialists to keep your kid(s) comfy.
25050 Riding Plaza, #145 (Chantilly, Va)
The Pink and Brown boutique in Alexandria is stocking up on trendy-but-functional coats after it had a run on them last year. Save 10 percent on those and all fall merchandise between Aug. 22 and 23. Sizing runs from newborn to 12, with all baby clothes and half the bigger kids stock being organic.
1212 King St. (Alexandria, Va)
Calling All Budding Fashionistas
If you (or your kids) are into cute, stop by Little Birdies Boutique’s new location at the end of August. You’ll find upscale clothing, shoes and accessories (of course accessories!) for sizes newborn to size 8 from brands such as Young Versace, Fendi and Moschino Kids. From Sept. 7-13, save 40 percent to 60 percent off end-of-season pieces. Save on new fall merchandise, too, with discounts increasing along with your credit card bill. Take 15 percent off purchases of $100 to $199 all the way up to 30 percent off $400 or more.
1526 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., (Georgetown)
Stock Up for Next Summer
Kinderhaus Toys is discounting summer styles at 30 percent off starting in early August. But you can find more than clothes, school supplies, books and toys here. Stop by on Aug. 9 between 1 pm and 2:30 pm for the My Kissing Hand Event, where kids can imprint their hands or feet in clay that the artist then fires and paints. Or visit on Aug. 30 between 12 pm and 2 pm for the Homeward Trails Adoption Event, which will feature dogs and cats looking for good homes.
1220 N. Fillmore St., (Arlington, Va)
Photo: Pied Piper Kids via Facebook
Pay it Forward and Pay Less
The Pied Piper, selling children’s wear since 1965, will give 20 percent off a new fall or winter coat to anyone who brings in a gently worn one to be donated to the Junior League of Baltimore’s Wise Penny thrift shop throughout September. Find sizes ranging from infant to 12 for boys and 16 for girls and brands such as The North Face, Lacoste and Ella Moss. And dont forget about Marylands Tax Free Weekend (Aug. 9-150) when $100-and-under pieces of clothing are exempt from the state’s six percent tax.
32 Village Square (Baltimore, Md)
Bundle Up without Paying a Bundle
A place for the hip pre-teen and under set, Full of Beans will offer 15 percent off all outerwear and vests between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1. Find accessories, toys, jewelry, shoes, stuffed animals—get the idea?—as well here. Sizes go up to 14 for girls and 12 for boys.
3813 Livingston St., NW (Chevy Chase)
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