Stylish Kids’ Clothing You’ll Want in Your Own Closet

These designer kids' collections are so chic, you won't be able to resist snapping up a few pieces for yourself.

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Gap Kids
Shopping for kids is becoming an increasingly chic affair, from luxury collections at Marni and Phillip Lim to affordable up-and-comers like Zef and Mini Rodini. As such, it's no surprise that some of the goods feel good enough for grown-ups. Diane von Furstenberg was the latest talent to tapped to design kids wear at Gap, and her petite printed dresses (available up to size XXL) in bright candy colors are smack on trend for spring. Aurora yellow T-shirt dress, $45 at Gap Kids.
Punchy patterns and colorful spring dresses are in abundant supply at J.Crew kids this season. Best of all: this sweet polka-dot number is just $45.
Launched in1975, Bonpoint was really the first luxury brand devoted exclusively to kids wear. This season, dainty Liberty-print sundresses and bow-closure cardigans looked especially "borrow-able." $100 to $300 at
Finger in the Nose
Even if your munchkin isn't wild about the bold prints and chic, comfy styling at Paris-based kids retailer, Finger in the Nose, you're certain to be eyeing the breezy tanks and funky zip-up parkas with your own wardrobe in mind. Parrot-print jumpsuit (available up to size 16) $110 at Finger in the Nose
Kate Quinn Organics
Kate Quinn's sustainably-crafted kids clothing comes in simple, minimalistic shapes and is often finished with quirky prints or details. We were especially fond of a sweet "sparrow print" pocket tee, $29 at Kate Quinn Organics.
Kico Kids
Bright splashy colors and high-fashion details make Kico Kids one of our favorite fashion finds of 2012. The "Lego Patchwork" summer coat -- complete with contrasting blue closures and peek-a-boo yellow pocket lining -- hits all the right notes for spring. Summer coat, $130 at
Designer Evelyn de Brock's quirky Belgium-based label, Maan, features quirky "bohemian" separates often styled with vintage baubles and cool, utilitarian separates. We found ourselves pining for this playful, geometric-print dress and sienna-colored cardigan. Collection available online at Elias and Grace.
Mini Rodini
Loud patterns and rock n' roll attitude give illustrator Cassandra Rhodin's kids collection, Mini Rodini, an edge in the childrenswear market. The cheeky spring/summer collection included a number of ruffle-hem sundresses (perfect for mom or big sis to borrow). Available at Baby Bubble NYC.
Designed by sisters Angelique and Domatille Brion (a child's psychologist and former Bonpoint designer, respectively), French label, Soeur, features soft, simple separates that evoke a pint-sized Chloe. And with teen sizes available, there's plenty of gear for adults to shop. Check out Soeur-Online for more info.
Designer Mariu de Andreis' hip "bobo" looks (a unique combination of "boheme" and "bourgeois") are plenty chic for a New York sidewalk, particularly this vintage-inspired Varsity jacket. Available at Little Fashion Gallery.
Paul and Joe
Plenty of designer labels have jumped aboard the kids wear bandwagon, but few do it with as much confidence and swagger as Paul & Joe, whose companion label, "Little Paul & Joe," boasts everything from tux dresses to sequin crop tops. Available at Little Fashion Gallery.
Of course, if it's all-out luxury you want, look no further than Lanvin, whose couture-level kidswear offer mini-sized chic at seriously adult price-points. Silk magenta trench coat, $1648 at Barneys New York.
Saks Fifth Avenue
In part inspired by CEO Wen Zhou's stylish kindergartener, Phillip Lim introduced comfy kids separates in 2007 to great acclaim. Here, a cozy striped look that mom might easily borrow some lazy Sunday. On sale for $124 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Barneys New York
Launched this past fall, Marni's cool new kids' line features the same high-end, artsy aesthetic, but unlike competitors like Lanvin, manages to keep the price-point reasonable. Red dot dress, $312 at Barneys New York.
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney skyrocketed to kid's fashion fame after designing her super-successful Gap collection. Happily, the designer launched her own in-house line last fall, packed with plenty of outerwear options and cozy knits for mom and daughter alike to go nuts over. Blood orange raincoat, $176 at Neiman Marcus
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