Sailor suit-free zone

Kids love clothes, too, even if it’s for a jaunt to the playground. But this season’s looks are less about fussy frills and more about comfort and fun. Look for grown-up fabrics (seersucker and linen) paired with whimsical patterns. Asheville’s independent childrenswear shops also offer plenty of locally made wardrobe must-haves.

Kids on the edge of a summer vacation

Everything you need for warm-weather outings — including seersucker in small sizes. On her: Pink linen floral print top with ruffles and matching embroidered skirt by Sarah Louise. On him (left): Blue polo with boat motif and blue plaid board shorts by Kitestrings. On him (right): Yellow polo with golf motif and olive-striped seersucker pants by Kitestrings. All at Bon Bebe. Models: Alyssa Wadham, McKillop Fisher and Sam Hopper Fisher

Early girl

In full blossom and spring’s just started. Floral-patterned dress with matching hat and leggings by Baby Lulu at Heaven Rains Boys & Girls.

Model: Nevaeh Kirschbaum

Judy Garland-approved

The perfect ensemble for following the yellow-brick road. 1940s-style ruffled halter top in apple-blossom print and jeans with matching details by Baby Gassy Gooma (the creation of local designer Gretchen Baker) at Heaven Rains Boys & Girls.

Land lubbers

Beachy clothes meet city streets. On her: Bright-pink linen sundress by Just Ducky with matching hair bow from Casual Attraction by Jan. On him: Hawaiian print shirt by Just Ducky and pinstriped khakis by Tea at Just Ducky Originals.

Models: Alyssa Wadham and McKillop Fisher

Sweet dreams

Comfy couture brings new life to an antique bedspread. White halter dress fashioned from vintage chenille by Gypsy Babies (the creation of local designer Andy Morrell) and Sky Princess pink retro tricycle at Heaven Rains Boys & Girls.

Get your daily greens

A healthy dose of citrus-inspired color and fruity flowers. Green ruffle-edged top and matching floral-print skirt from Just Ducky with hair bow from Casual Attraction by Jan at Just Ducky.

Model: Alyssa Wadham

Recipe for May flowers

Look forward to raindrops in Just Ducky rainwear, manufactured locally. A variety of colors and styles with matching jackets available at Just Ducky Originals.

Flower children, revisited

Free-spirited patchwork meets coordinated style. Pink-and-orange pieces top and matching skirt by local designer Annie M. at Heaven Rains Boys & Girls.

Where to shop

Bon Bebe, 1950 Hendersonville Road #4, 687-7200.

Heaven Rains Boys & Girls, 1 Page Ave. (in the Grove Arcade), 252-1484.

Just Ducky Originals, 100 Charlotte St., 254-4247.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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