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Does That Blazer Come in Dad Size?

Parent-pleasing kids’ clothes on both ends of the budget spectrum.

  • Infant

  • Cheaper
  • Daffy’s

    125 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-376-4477

    Extreme bargains (including the Clayeux dress, $20) are here for the digging; pieces are often marked down by 40 to 80 percent.

  • Spendier
  • Petit Bateau

    1094 Madison Ave., at 82nd St. 212-988-8884

    The French retailer’s supersoft onesies ($16) can withstand as many washings as a newborn can throw down.

  • Toddler

  • Cheaper
  • Old Navy

    610 Sixth Ave., at 18th St. 212-645-0663

    Funky basics like patchwork shorts ($19.50) look more expensive than they are. The 18th Street store is the easiest to shop.

  • Spendier
  • Zara Kids

    101 Fifth Ave., nr. 17th St. 212-741-0555

    Excels at basics with a little added flair, like purple jeans and gingham tops for boys and flowy dresses ($32.90) with chic cover-ups ($29.90) for girls.

  • Grade School

  • Cheaper
  • H&M

    150 E. 86th St., at Lexington Ave. 212-289-1724

    There’s no better spot for approximating the celebrity- scion look, starting with Hello Kitty tanks ($12.95) and party skirts ($4.95).

  • Spendier
  • CrewCuts

    1190 Madison Ave., at 87th St. 212-348-9803

    The J.Crew progeny’s separates fit the full range of kid life: play, school, and okay-I’ll-wear-a-blazer special occasions ($138).

  • Tween

  • Cheaper
  • Forever21

    5100 Kings Plz., at Flatbush Ave., Marine Park; 718-252-2188

    Their suitably funky preadolescent line, HTG81, just launched in January (zip-up jacket, $16.90) with pieces starting at $2.90.

  • Spendier
  • Yoyamart

    15 Gansevoort St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-242-5511

    Splurge on well-made imports like Australia’s Munster Kids and Belgium’s BelleRose (top, $85, skirt $98).

From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine