Just because your little girl wants to be in dresses 24/7 doesn’t mean she can’t indulge her love of diving into nature at the same time. Or maybe you have a daughter who despises anything girly, but has some upcoming events that require her to wear something a little fancier than her favorite jeans. That’s why we’re crushing on noni bee: the dresses, tunics, culottes, leggings, and smocks feature feminine details while still honoring the active, energetic life of young toddlers and kids. Designed by mom/artist and former midwife Peri Degrazia, noni bee clothes go beyond basic in style but still epitomize wearable, comfy, versatile, kid-friendly fashion.

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Dresses have a drop waist that are made for twirling, and the comfy culottes are a great compromise in the “Are shorts dressy enough?” debate. Each of the styles comes with the option of four prints: feather, koi, moth, or culotte. The prints themselves are made from Degrazia’s own drawings and linoleum prints. Noni bee also sells the fabric itself, so if you’re handy at the sewing machine, you can create whatever outfit your little one wants (or perhaps incorporate the designs into your child’s room).

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Beyond the nature-inspired prints is a thoughtful, ethical manufacturing process. The clothes and the fabric are made in small batches with every garment crafted from organic cotton (either 100% cotton french terry or a 92% cotton jersey blend with spandex) that has been milled in California. The fabric is dyed with azo and heavy metal-free dyes and printed with water-based inks, and the clothing is then assembled in Brooklyn. The clothes are generously sized to fit kids for more than a year, but without sacrificing style. The forgiving cuts and cuffs look cute yet not oversized when your child is on the smaller side and then become a perfect fit as your child grows. Noni bee clothes are sized for kids 12 months to seven years old.

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