Pink and sky-blue baby clothes are perfect for some little ones — but gender-neutral pieces showcasing fun, modern prints and bright color schemes are increasingly popular. Not to mention: They make “passing down” a much more inclusive process. Here are three surefire shops for finding kids’ clothes with universal appeal.
Leave it to a mother of five to develop a line of kids’ clothes this well suited to transition from one child to the next. Working mostly with organic cotton, Minnesota mom Jessica Pedersen has perfected the art of the gender-neutral outfit, leaning heavily on geometric designs and stripes for her modern, graphic rompers, hoodies, and take-home outfits. Each piece is sewn by hand at night — after Jessica puts her brood to bed.
Maine-based Swedish designer Jenny McGillicuddy personally handles every part of the design process for her vaguely retro, primary-colored line of kids’ clothes — from sketching prints by hand for her original custom fabrics to cutting and sewing every individual garment. The line’s adventure theme (Äventyr means adventure in Swedish) is evident in many of her signature motifs: bugs and butterflies, hot air balloons and ice-skating rinks, dachshunds sporting stripes and polka-dotted elephants.
Lysette Riley’s shop, EmandAna, is chock-full of charming, gender-neutral baby basics, which Lysette sews exclusively from organic cotton fabrics. Her shop’s name reveals the source of her drive to seek out materials free of pesticides and toxins: Em is Emrey, her son, and Ana, her daughter. Bonus: Ten percent of every sale goes to the kid-focused international non-profit Feed My Starving Children.