Although they’re not walking the red carpet, students usually like to look their best and wear the latest trends as they head back to school. Several local, independent kids’ clothing shops recently offered advice on what’s in this year as students and their parents gear up to go shopping.
Tiny Hanger, 314 Harvard St., Brookline and 200 Linden Square, Wellesley
Owner: Lucia Berman-Rossi
What are some staples you always keep in stock for the fall for going-back-to-school season?
Every back-to-school, kids want a tutu dress, like a comfortable, easy-to-wear dress with a tutu that could be dressy or play for school.
Things with dinosaurs and interactive things for the kids is very popular, for the boys especially. We have one shirt with a dino where the teeth will zipper open and shut. We have a lot of pink dinos for the girls this year.
Are there any popular, new trends that you’re seeing in back-to-school fashion?
One trend that has been around for a while is reversible sequins. This year, we have a lot of boy [clothing with] reversible sequins, because boys want sequins too. We have a robot reversible sequin sweater.
Anything the makes your child smile and have a great first day is the right outfit. It doesn’t have to be Instagram-perfect, it just has to be perfect for your child to feel happy and comfortable!
Are there any hearty brands you’d recommend that stand up to wear and tear from play, dirt and multiple washings?
Our Egg brand, Joules, Mayoral. Customers constantly come back and say, “Three kids have worn this outfit.” So I would say overall, most of our brands get passed down many times.
What are some of the strangest or most unusual clothing styles or accessories you’ve carried in the past – or now?
I can’t really think of anything strange or unusual that people have liked. They just like bright, colorful clothing for the kids.
One other good back-to-school thing is getting a new lovey for school helps with the transition.
When do parents/caregivers usually look for school items?
I’d say starting this week through the next month. One thing we do hear is that people like to shop early for things. They want to get the snow pants, even if it’s 80 degrees out. Beginning of September, people will start buying the coats, because if we have this amazing, sparkly pink coat, they don’t want it to sell out.
Everyday we hear parents gushing over our Native shoes exclaiming how cute they are. They are soft, easy to put on and totally cute! They are made from a rubber that is odor resistant, shock absorbent and hand washable. They are made to fit a child's foot more like a regular shoe would fit, not like some other competing shoes that just seem to be floppy and big. You can even run in Native sneaker. Kids and parents love the cuteness too! I even have a pair for myself!
The biggest concern I hear about Native kids' shoes is how to keep them clean. Native says to run warm water over the shoe, use a soft cloth or brush to wash them with mild soap and rinse, let dry out of the sun as not to warp them. Well the other day it was time for me to wash my Natives and a basic wash got the dirt off but it didn't clean the white top part. So Mr. Tiny Hanger suggested the perfect dad hack! He suggested using a magic eraser to clean the white part and it totally worked! Brand new Natives! I would suggest a VERY light rub with the eraser as if you press hard I am sure you will damage the plastic and it will be rough. Check out this before and after picture and enjoy your clean Natives!
Please note Native has a new shoe recycling program called the Remix Project and we are a proud partner, collecting old Native shoes and submitting them to Native for recycling. They will turn them into new things like seating, playground flooring, insulation and more! So bring them in and help create a less wasteful world. We can accept them in our Coolidge Corner, Brookline and Linden Square, Wellesley shops!
We've got lots of styles and colors to choose from in sizes 4-13 youth! Come in and let us help you find the perfect size. Don't live local? Just $1 shipping to get those Natives delivered to your door!
While there may be snow still on the ground, here at Tiny Hanger we are gearing up for a gorgeous spring season with more curated cuteness! There are so many things to choose from, but not to worry, our staff has gone through and picked a few items that really ‘spring’ out at us. Lots of new brands this season so come see whats new.
Items we love
This dress is perfect for layering during these transitional months. A light jean jacket over it or perhaps some leggings underneath. We also love this unconventional print, made in the USA out of organic cotton.
This metallic sneaker is perfect for your girly girl and is easy to dress up or dress down (we love multi-functional!). This is a great way to brighten up an otherwise rather basic pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
We love the convenience of the snaps all the way down and the matching booties. Bonus- This adorable onesie is made of soft terry cloth to keep your little one all bundled up during this changing weather.
This set is great for those little ones who are ‘sprouting’ this season. The dress and leggings can be worn together or you can get creative and mix and match some of your favorite pieces with these new additions. It's made from a soft cotton that parents say last and last!
Every kid needs a statement piece! This jacket is great for those chilly mornings at the bus stop and love the sleeve detail. We think the olive green is a great unisex piece and it comes in pink too!
This sneaker is great for those active kids who need a pair of shoes to go from the playground, to home, to a family night out. The hard soles and wider fit of See Kai Run are great for those kiddos who are growing fast and the velcro keeps things snug and secure. Lots of styles for boy and girls up to size 13y, including water shoes, sandals and sneakers.
This classic style from EGG is here in a fun little sea creature print! We love the zipper that goes from top to bottom of your little one making changing super easy. There are also little fold over sleeves that double as mittens to keep your baby’s face scratch free!
This stylish knit is both cozy and cute. We love the retro vibe it creates and the striped detailing on the sleeves. Pro tip: This is great over a button down with the cuffs rolled, so preppy and fun!
These sunglasses are fashionable AND functional for both boys and girls! These sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection, shatterproof lenses, and flexible frames. If you decide to test the durability, not to worry, there is a warranty!
Did you know that in the month of March we celebrate “National Read Across America Day” AND “International Women's Day” ? Encourage these special days by purchasing this mini book set! Includes stories of Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Hillary Clinton.
Fall is officially upon us and while we miss summer,
In our line up this season are smart items, chosen for comfort, wearability, durability and some little wow factor along with, of course, cuteness!
Our waterproof mittens we have each season are designed not to fall off and to keep those little wrists warm!
We've got lot of lined pants for girls & boys to give an extra layer of warmth in the cold.
Each year we get the "Widgeon" coat for your little ones. Customers are obsessed with this made in the USA fleece. We can even monogram it!
Slippers are in and are so cute they won't stay long, especially the unicorn ones of course!
Our 2-8 year old Imoga coats are beyond amazing and are selling fast. Not only are they so cute, they are warm and functional for the city- some styles are longer than the average to make the city walks toasty, the hoods come off, as does the fur!
We are gearing up for Back To School Shopping! The end of summer is always bitter sweet but we've got some super great kids fashion to get you excited for Fall. Each season we bring in new kids brands and this season we have expanded some of the size ranges for our big kids clothing. We've got Winter Water Factory up to age 8 and Mayoral girl up to age 8 too. Many of our other girls brands still go all the way up to age 8- Pink Chicken, Egg, Imoga, Joules and many more.
We have easy $1 USPS priority shipping so if you need it fast, we can get it to you in 1-2 days generally. Check back often- we are getting things in every day! Also, don't see a size? Call us as we may have it in or be able to get it for you. 781-235-0005
Do you live by us? Boston, Cambridge? Newton, Needham? We are close by to all!
Our Coolidge Corner shop is easy to find right in the center of Coolidge Corner surrounded by lots of other local business to shop at and eat in. It's a fun historic area and even home of JFK's birthplace just a few blocks from us! We are not far at all from Cambridge, where the owner lives! It takes her just 10 minutes to get to the shop from Cambridge so don't be scared to cross that BU Bridge!
Our Wellesley location is in Linden Square, right near lots of other great stores. Find the Roche Brothers and we are on the right hand side of the square. Lots of parking right in the lot.
Either store you come to, we will help find the perfect outfits for your little one! We can dress them from head to toe, including shoes! There are so few shoe stores around that people come to us from near and far for us for the best children's shoe fitting in town! We have lots of brands of baby and kids shoes, we know our products very well and can help find the best shoe for your little ones foot, whether they are a first walker or big kid. We have kids shoes up to size 13y.
Spring is in the air and we are loving what we have in store.
Unicorns are still trending! How rock star is this little outfit?
For boys, color is in! We love the brights!
We can help you find the cutest baby gift and will wrap it up for you for free!
Still digging out!
Everyone enjoys a good snow day where you can stay home from work, spend quality time with your family and enjoy a tasty cup of hot chocolate. But when the snow holds an entire city back from the morning commute and daily life, local businesses are forced to close for the day. Luckily today the snow did not keep our shop closed.
The Boston Business Journal, reported that the past three Nor’easters alone will have an $850 million to $950 million impact on Massachusetts businesses. I could not believe this statistic until I thought about all of our neighbors who were forced to close and stay home for the day. Restaurants, retailers, etc. - almost everyone closed. Just one storm dramatically affects us and all of our small business friends.
We hear every day how important shopping small is to our customers so we know you know how vital small businesses are to the local economy and local vibrancy! When the streets clear up, step outside and visit your favorite local spots in the area. No matter what you’re shopping for, by just getting out there, you are helping the local economy and we will all be happy to see you!
Here is a list of some of our favorite spots we will be dropping by this week. If you have not met them yet, this is your chance to go say hi and check out what they have to offer:
So many cute things in store now.
Dying over pom pom socks! They rattle when the babies move their feet!
Of course the new unicorn Mini Melissa shoes are the bomb!
Fun new items from Sunny Life are seriously designed to make you smile!
It's getting cold out there, officially! We've tested these items, dressed our daughter in them & get asked for them year after year!
Take a peek at these store and customer favorites!
Protect the hands with the mittens that come up high on the wrist so there is no cold gap between the wrist and the mitten. We've got them for baby up to 10 years old. More online and in store from zutano and others!
We are loving the See Kai Run waterproof boot this year. It fits like their shoes so they can run like a sneaker. It is temperature rated to -35 degrees! Super cue and functional! We still carry the best bogs too!
Kyte is a new brand for us this year. We felt fabric and felt in love! Sleep sacks up to age 3 made of bamboo are must have this winter!
Goodbye rainy spring, hello sunny summer! We’ve got everything you need for summer fun: Glitter Tots sunscreen that smells & sparkles where you apply, Babiators sunglasses that don’t have to worry about breaking or losing with a one-year warranty, SPF hats by Kaya’s Kloset + iPlay, and Bling2o goggles that stay on in style!
Without a doubt, your little one will be the most stylish one this summer with these great accessories!
We were so excited to welcome Kate True back to our Wellesley and Brookline locations for her to paint adorable images with locally-sourced walnut ink. If you missed her this time around, she’ll be back in September. Stay tuned! Sign up for our newsletter so you won't miss out!
We started Tiny Hanger Brookline in 2011. I was a social worker before this and it was time to go back to work so I thought why not open a kids store! It seemed easier than a full-time job and more fun…little did I know! My daughter was a few years old and I could not find fun, unique items for her around. I was finding the same brands at every store. Read More>>