Small Wonders: East Bay Children’s Fashion

Find special-occasion dresses for tiny trendsetters at Myara. Photo by Myara.

Fit for a Princess

Former luxury wedding-gown designer Sunny Moraveji fills her Lafayette boutique, Myara, with fancy frocks designed for girls ages 3 months to 14 years. Adorned in understated beadwork and cascades of tulle, Myara’s dresses seem like something out of a fairy tale. Many feature mesh-tie backs for adjusting the size as youngsters grow. From $75, myara.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Wonders: East Bay Children’s Fashion

What's black and white and fresh all over? Cool threads (and decor) from World of Monokrome. Photo by Lacey Michelle Photography.

Going to Extremes

Northern California–based designers Elias and Janell Motran created World of Monokrome around the idea that high-contrast patterns, particularly in black and white, stimulate young brains. You can find their edgy black-and-white statement pieces—from mini leather biker pants, to acid-wash distressed denim, to "AB/CD" rocker sweaters—at the brand’s online store. From $29, worldofmonokrome.com.

 

 

 

 

On Cloud Nine

Based in Union City, the baby and toddler fashion brand Angel Dear has retailers across the country—including local Nordstrom stores—clamoring to sell its swaddles, onesies, and two-piece sets. The coordinating, classic pieces are designed in sophisticated soft hues and made from organic fibers, such as bamboo, whenever possible. For extra warmth, pick up a look lined with cozy Sherpa fleece. From $25, angeldear.net.

 

Small Wonders: East Bay Children’s Fashion

Bird and Bean's Garden Party tutu tank dress. Photo by Tenley Clark.

Comfort Zone

At her Berkeley baby and little-kid boutique, Bird and Bean, Janel Andersen prizes softness and comfort above all else—but with an eye for durability. A highlight are the infant rompers, coveralls, and puffy "bubble" styles, each printed in bright, cheerful patterns featuring woodland creatures, flowers, rainbows, and more. Rompers $36, birdandbeanshop.com.

 

Flights of Fancy

With locations in Lafayette and Danville, Whimsy and Whimsy Kidz stock imaginative dresses and acces-sories, some designed by owner Nicole Jarotzky for her Fairies and Feathers label. These playful ensembles can be customized in your desired color and style. Consider a feathery hair extension, available in 200 shades and lengths, to complete the ethereal look. Dresses from $25, whimsykidz.com.