Outfitting your kids for Edmonton’s winter weather

Here we go again: Winter brings the painstaking task of assembling the kids’ cold-weather wardrobe. But, they grow so quickly that shopping for winter gear becomes an annual tradition. Where to find the best outfits that combine fashion with function while still being affordable? Here are some of the top places in Edmonton to get your kids outfitted with the warmest duds and trendiest looks.

Stork Avenue Boutique

1
70-585 St Albert Trail, St. Albert, AB T8N 6G5

Venture into the northwest suburbs to browse this high-end furniture and clothing store offering children’s apparel up to size 7. Designer brands include Juicy Couture, Knuckleheads, Sweet Peanut and Blu. They also promise expert fitting of kids’ footwear, with names like Stride Rite, Keds and Sperry. New moms will pounce on the selection of designer diaper bags, posh cribs and rockers. Kids are welcome to explore the in-house play area while you shop.

Gymboree

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1 Kingsway Garden Mall NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 3A6

The worldwide chain has one store in Edmonton showcasing its multiple lines of contemporary and stylish winter and casual wear designed for toddlers and pre-teens. The seasonal selection includes colourful sweaters, hoodies and outerwear for boys and girls in contemporary and classic designs. Check their website for the latest sales and markdowns on shirts, pants and accessories. Their Gymbucks reward program offers credits redeemable at a Gymboree Play & Music centre.

Alligator Pie Kidswear

3
10180 101 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3W8

Alligator Pie has the latest fashions and hottest brands for children of all ages, from infant to teen. You’ll find the latest trend-setting winter styles from Burberry, Hugo Boss, Armani and Lacoste among the premium quality collections. This is the destination for kids’ designer duds for special occasions or a complete wardrobe to last the entire season. The downtown location in Manulife Place is staffed with knowledgeable sales-people trained to properly size and fit clothes for growing children.

Sport Chek

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124-10205 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 2Y9

This major Canadian sporting goods retailer stocks all the leading brands at competitive prices with frequent specials. Garment lines include Columbia, Firefly, and Reebok, among others, in casual everyday styles and hardy winter wear including kids’ ski jackets and rugged insulated coats fit for any outdoor pursuit. There are four big box locations in Edmonton for personal shopping or a digital storefront where you can order for home delivery.

The Children's Place

5
9739 19 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1N5

The American specialty chain has three Edmonton locations but some of the best deals can be found at the outlet shop in South Edmonton Common. The store is conveniently organized into four sections by age and gender to help you find items quickly. They sell their own line of clothing that’s designed to mix and match with other brands in stock. The complementary colours allow you to assemble outfits and easily accessorize.

Princess & The Pea Inc

6
9654 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 4B2

The store has something for everyone from newborns to eight-year-olds. You’ll find games, educational toys and an upscale line of clothing and winter gear, including the trendy Canada Goose brand of outerwear. A selection of mitts and gloves includes something for both your snowball-tossing winter warrior and the tiny hands of your toddler.

Head Shoulders Knees And Toes

7
12418 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M1

The three co-owners of this store in the High Street area are also moms, so they bring that informed eye to their entire product line. Beautiful high-quality hats, mittens and outerwear line the shelves along with footwear for all occasions or conditions. There are high-end designer fashions from Stanz, Decibel and Little Raggio, and the inventory changes every season. It’s a fun shop to just browse or find that perfect outfit for your little one.

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