Looking for really beautiful baby clothes
January 6, 2015 4:29 PM   Subscribe

There is a little girl baby arriving in my family soon, and I would like to buy a truly beautiful baby dress or onesie for her. The last place I bought something lovely from seems to have disappeared, so I'm looking for online shopping recommendations. Money is no object in the sense that I don't mind spending a silly amount for something that will be drooled upon.
posted by JanetLand to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (19 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
Feltman Brothers
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:33 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Janie and Jack.
posted by mynameisluka at 4:37 PM on January 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Came to say Feltman Brothers. Also orientexpressed.com
posted by artychoke at 4:40 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've always liked Janie & Jack (janieandjack.com); their stuff certainly isn't cheap, but it's all very nice: classic, classy, and well-made.
posted by easily confused at 4:55 PM on January 6, 2015


Jacadi.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:55 PM on January 6, 2015


May I suggest that you get something she'll wear when she's a bit older, maybe an opulent dress for size 1 year or so? Most parents get gifted lots of newborn clothing (and not much for 6 months+), most of which goes unworn because bebe is just in plain onesies and swaddled. Parents are generally reluctant to put bebe in something fancy just for sleeping. By the time she's 1ish, there will be much more activity and if she's being born soon, lots of holiday dress-up opportunities will be around by the time she's close to one.

Neimans also is having great post-holiday sales on fancy dresses for babies, so you can get a $200+ dress for more that 50% off.
posted by quince at 4:59 PM on January 6, 2015 [10 favorites]


Oh yeah: quince is absolutely right --- never buy 'newborn' sizes as a gift, because that's what they'll be most inundated in! 6-month sizes are much better; also consider things like silver picture frames or fancy baby hairbrushes.
posted by easily confused at 5:11 PM on January 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Bonpoint

Gap has some really cute girl clothes lately.

tea collection
posted by Swisstine at 5:13 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, we were given a 0-3 month cashmere sweater as a baby gift... and at first I was skeptical... but it was probably my favorite newborn/infant piece of clothing for my son. It was soft and warm without being bulky, spit up wiped up easily and it was so tiny that hand washing it was not a chore. He wore that sweater over everything, even nightgowns. I never would have bought that sweater myself, but it was seriously the best clothing gift!
posted by Swisstine at 5:17 PM on January 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


When my daughter was born, I loved receiving Lilly Pulitzer baby shift dresses. Bonus points that they are not so "dressy" that you'd have to wait for a special event to wear them.
posted by hush at 5:18 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


The clothes in Catimini are adorable. Plus they appear to be having some sort of sale right now (prices are still extravagant, just a little less so). Also, +1 for Admiral Haddock's recommendation of Jacadi. French children's clothes are exquisite.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:26 PM on January 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Polly Flinders for old-fashioned hand smocked dresses.

Zulily for great bargains on high-end baby and kids clothes.

OMG! Look how cute these sailor dresses are! (My mother ALWAYS sends a sailor dress for baby girls. A sailor suit for little boys.)


Saks Fifth Avenue always has traditional baby clothes, they have smocked dresses, and some hilariously priced Dolce and Gabbana. WHO is buying a $1000 baby dress?


Mazel-Tov, this is the BEST shopping!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:28 PM on January 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Chasing Fireflies Is a favorite online boutique of mine. Some of my favorite brands for truly amazing clothes are Luna Luna Copenhagen, Babymini par Catamini, Marc Jacobs,Jean Bourget, Bonpoint, Baby Lulu, Persnickity, Room Seven, Left Bank Babies, Jottum, Sourri Mini and FAO Schwartz. Most European brands run smaller than American brands, and I usually buy a size up in general.
posted by Rapunzel1111 at 5:30 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


FWIW all our friends and family took the "don't buy newborn sizes!" advice and as a result we have a shitload of 6-18 mo sizes and my 8 week old daughter who can still wear newborn sizes would still be cycling through the same 3 onesies if we hadn't gone out to buy more. And there have been opportunities for nicer outfits in these 8 weeks - we've been out and active with her a lot. YMMV, but wanted to throw that out there.
posted by olinerd at 5:48 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anything from My Little Sunshine.
posted by snickerdoodle at 5:56 PM on January 6, 2015


I'm partial to Petunia Picklebottom
posted by bq at 7:03 PM on January 6, 2015


FWIW all our friends and family took the "don't buy newborn sizes!" advice and as a result we have a shitload of 6-18 mo sizes and my 8 week old daughter who can still wear newborn sizes would still be cycling through the same 3 onesies if we hadn't gone out to buy more. And there have been opportunities for nicer outfits in these 8 weeks - we've been out and active with her a lot. YMMV, but wanted to throw that out there.

This was EXACTLY my experience as well. We had one freaking newborn outfit for the first two weeks (footed Carter pajamas, totally practical but not drool-worthy), and that corresponds to the time that I wanted to do nothing other than take a bajillion photos of my gorgeous baby, so I do wish we had been gifted one really nice newborn outfit.
posted by iminurmefi at 7:29 PM on January 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Baby Beau and Belle
When I was a kid I knew someone that sewed for them and I'd get to use scraps of lace and stuff to play/practice sew with. When my son was born I kind of wanted one super fancy outfit but just never had any occasion to justify it.
posted by HMSSM at 8:54 PM on January 6, 2015


Keep the season in mind, too. I bought some super cute dresses, and my baby will possibly never wear them because if she wears a dress at this point, she'll have to wear matching leggings, and an extra onesie so she's not cold when it rides up, and the leggings don't keep her feet warm enough, and the socks/booties don't always stay on, yada yada yada... so I just keep her in footie pjs all the time. (She's five months old.)

But an Easter dress, if your family does that, will probably be good.
posted by Madamina at 10:09 PM on January 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


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