Even if you forgot the Christmas Tea Party is Monday, and today is Sunday, you can still garb your little ones in sweet holiday outfits without having a nervous breakdown. Check out our list below for the sweetest shops in the DMV to get a last minute party dress, slick suit, or sparkly shoes. There’s even one with a concierge service! Score!
The Purple Goose
Fans of smocking, suiting, bows, plaid and silky styles will find holiday heaven at The Purple Goose. Little ones can float through the store dreaming of sugar plums (and perhaps picking out a few toys!) while their grownups try to decide which fluttering dress or smart monogrammed jumper to snag for pictures with Santa. Need help? One of the shop’s owners, Linda and Paula, are almost always on hand for objective opinions.
2005 Mount Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
Little Birdies Boutique
Sweet little birds will look darling in the traditional dresses and outfits on display at Little Birdies. For the fashion forward toddler, the latest styles in the newest (and softest) fabrics will keep them looking classy and child-like for those special holiday moments. For kiddos who take flight no matter where they are, there are plenty of holiday rompers, tutus and even some faux fur capes! We’re in love with the Il Gufo Plaid Dress. Do they make grown up versions?
3236 P St., NW (Georgetown)
Moms who love swirly twirly dresses should check out Darling Betty. With names like Emmaline, Skip to My Lou and Alice, these dresses will have little darlings everywhere wondering what the 1950’s were really like. For extra special holiday occasions, or fancy Christmas Eve dinners, check out Darling Betty’s Signature Dress, Audrey, which local proprietress Kelly Starr based off of her own 1940’s cocktail number. Bonus? Custom order bow ties are available for siblings who must be matching.
Are your kiddos obsessed with Frozen? Can’t take another Elsa, Anna or Kristoff outfit? Then hitch up the sled, and glide over to Wheat. Inspired by Scandinavian designs, little ones will be totally unique in their jumpers, drop waist dresses, vests, and tweed pants. Tell your Frozen fan this is what Anna and Elsa really wear when they visit Yule Nisse (Norway’s version of Santa). And since this is the only Wheat store in America, you can be sure the kiddos will be uniquely decked out this holiday season.
201 Main St. (Annapolis, Md)
Photo: Tabby Cat via Facebook
The Tabby Cat
Fear not if you just can’t decide what type of outfit your little one should wear. The concierge at Tabby Cat will listen to your ideas, and then pick out a few perfect pieces. Since all Washingtonians are super busy, you don’t even have to make the trip to Oakton. Just hop on Skype where your personal shopper will showcase the cutest reindeer onesies and matching Santa hat you’ve ever seen.
2946 F Chain Bridge Rd. (Oakton, Va)
Photo: Full of Beans via Facebook
Full of Beans
If your heart yearns for the streets of Paris, but little ones throw a wrench in your plans of hopping the Concorde (minus the fact that it doesn’t fly anymore), check out Full of Beans. Parisian style, unique holiday outfits and a toy or two for your kiddos stocking. Holiday outfits that say Ooh La La! Dresses and skirts, ties and vests—little ones can dress to the nines while you dream of Christmas in the city of light.
3813 Livingston St., NW (Chevy Chase)
Where do you go to pick up a last minute holiday ensemble or accessory for kiddo? Tell us in the Comments section below.