Category: Kid Fashion

One more from the yes there are cool clothes for boys department

My boys wear uniforms to school, so they like their play clothes to be fun and funky. I like them to be clothes they can actually play in. Boy Peralta, Inc has cool stuff that we can both live with — and love. You’ll find brands like Appaman and Knuckleheads, as well as their own original pieces. I love that these designs — like the Knuckleheads Eagle tee pictured here — are kid-appropriate without being cutesy (no fire truck appliques here).  I also love that Boy Peralta isn’t just tees — they have great pants and cool accessories, too,...

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Child-safe makeup or play makeup? Reader Q&A

My 4 year old daughter is very into dressing up–including the make-up. Do you know if there are safer kids’ make-up products out there? Maybe I’m paranoid, but I worry about the $5 variety available at the toy store–do I need to worry about it irritating her eyes, or bothering her skin? -Kristen In a word, “yes”. Kristen, you are smart to worry about play makeup since it can be loaded with particles and ingredients that are anything but kid-friendly to little lungs, eyes and skin. After my kids received a big cheap kit of “play makeup” made of...

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Solid basics for kids? Reader Q&A

I am trying to locate solid lap tees, onesies, and pants comparable to American Apparel in lots of great colors. Any suggestions? – JasmineI’m a huge fan of plain, bright solid baby clothes myself, Jasmine, and luckily, we’ve featured a few companies who offer just that on our site. Plus, everything is going on sale this weekend, so it’s a great time to scour the web for some good discounts. Mom Erin Gutierrez started Cottonseed clothing because she was so tired of trying to find awesome quality solid shirts to match with hand-me-down patterned bottoms. Her shirts, onesies, even pants come in...

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Affordable girl’s tights – Reader Q&A

I’m looking for simple, solid color winter tights in 3T that won’t break the bank. -Kristina As the weather has officially turned here in Atlanta, I’ve also been on the lookout for winter tights for both my girls, Kristina. I dug around to find a few high quality options that will hopefully last the entire season. We’re huge fans of Baby Legs, and lucky for us they’ve just started making adorable toddler tights (above). While most of the tights are patterned, they’ve got solid pink, which can work well for most girls’ wardrobes, from what we hear. (Ha.) I’ve heard excellent...

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The kids’ pajamas to wake up to Christmas morning – and every morning after that.

I know friends who have a holiday tradition of giving the kids a new pair of pajamas every Christmas Eve. It makes for fantastic photo ops on Christmas morning — but then I visit in the spring and those poor kids are still walking around in candy cane stripes with elves on the chest. For alternative, I am looooving the Kung Fu style Pajamas from mom-run Douglas & Cocoa. These soft, slouchy, sophisticated Asian-inspired pajama sets come in patterns like a forest plaid or a red and green flower print that look festive for the holidays without feeling theme-y....

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Cool Mom Picks loves Psychobaby – Holiday shopping edition

For years we’ve been professing our love for Psychobaby, mostly because they make our job of finding edgier baby gifts ridiculously easy. And since they’re always updating their inventory with new, fabulous items, we decided to update our own category of Cool Mom Picks – Psychobaby picks at the shop with some of our favorite holiday gifts for all the cool babies and kids in your family. My personal fave has to be the Schylling metal firetruck speedster, for which my son would completely flip. I’m also eyeing the Green Toys cookware and dining set for my daughter. Seriously,...

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7 holiday hair clips to keep girls festive from head to toe. (But don’t wear them on your toes.)

We’re big fans of handmade hair clips, which make fun stocking stuffers and an inexpensive way to get in the holiday spirit. Whether you’re looking to coordinate with your daughter’s holiday best or just make a simple pair of jeans and red shirt look more festive, we’ve found a few holiday hair accessories that are sure to do the trick. Hold the big zany corker bows. 1. These retro holiday ponytail holders add vintage style to any outfit with sweet, subtle gold accents in the fabric. ($6 at CuckooBoo) 2. The Rudolph the red-nosed hair barrette from Giddy Giddy...

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…and warm woolen mittens.

I love being a mom of boys, but I envy my mom-of-girls friends one wee thing: Barrettes. Especially when I see ones as cute as the felt barettes from Redhaven. Redhaven’s no-slip barrettes are handmade of 100% wool felt; each set of three includes two hearts and a mitten and is available in one of five shades. I love these barrettes because they’re super sweet but not overly frilly; the felt designs are funky and fun. They’re perfect for the holidays, but unlike Christmas tree or Santa designs, your little one can wear these all winter long.  –SusanYou can...

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Shoelace chic

Tween girls are often the hardest to shop for at the holidays – everything they covet seems to be a fortune (iPod Touch, I’m talking to you) and most of the inexpensive gifts are hopelessly disposable. But I think I just found a home run with the affordable Japanese fabric shoelaces at Spoon sisters. Okay, to get technical they’re actually Japanese fabric inspired, but so what. The cool kimono patterns will make any pair of shoes stand out, at a time when girls are looking to figure out their own personal style and make their mark. And they sure...

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Adoption t-shirts that say just the right thing

With the end of November just around the corner, we had to sneak in one more adoption gift in honor of National Adoption Month – this time the incredibly sweet I was born in my mama’s heart shirt from friend to Cool Mom Picks, mom-owned Baby Brewing. While Baby Brewing is generally known for shirts printed with clever, sometimes snarky sayings for moms and kids, we were instantly smitten with this particular shirt’s lovely sentiment. And it doesn’t hurt that 100% of the purchase from this shirt is donated to help feed hungry children in Haiti. That’s 100% awesome.  -Kristen Find this adorable...

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A t-shirt can be a WYSH your heart makes

My daughter spent the better part of her second summer in a Che Guevara onesie that bore the tagline: I don’t know who this is. The thing about those hipster tees, though is that they’re generally not, you know, heartwarming and inspirational. Which is not necessarily something that you want every day but come on, aren’t there times when you look at your child and you sort of wish that the words I am so freaking adorable that I make the world glow with my incandescent light were emblazoned all over them? It’s not just me. The lovely Lu...

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One more reason to stock up on Vincent shoes for winter – 35% off

I can’t even believe it’s time to start thinking about snow boots but yep, it is. Vincent Shoes has always impressed me with their children’s boots in particular, which have nice European styling at decent prices. Plus they always have amazing sales — great for the type B moms like me who never remember to get my kids boots until halfway into the season. The Jarl winter boots (above) have that Wellie thing going that’s so hot for kids now, only with a little woolen flap of fabric that folds down over the top of the boot to keep...

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Slippers for kids without the cartoon characters

With the weather getting cooler (yes, even here in Atlanta) my barefoot kiddos are sporting some pretty chilly tootsies. I perused a few stores for some kids’ slipper options, only to find gigantic square cars and other impractical licensed character footwear. I decided my kids’ feet deserved better. Lo and behold, the ridiculously cute kids’ slippers from mom-own Philadelphia Etsy shop, Wooly Baby, appeared. These are no ordinary slippers – crafted by hand from recycled lambswool sweaters, every pair is one of a kind. In fact they are completely made to order to fit kids up to about 4...

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Holiday plaid for Christmas and beyond

With my family spread out around the country, my husband, kids and I often spend the holidays alone, which means I don’t have the greatest excuse to buy my children fancy holiday-best clothes. So instead, I tend to look for festive clothes for the holidays that still work the other 364 days out of the year. Take the Holiday Plaid Shirt from one of our favorite special occasion boutiques, Velvet and Tweed. The bright red accents in the plaid pattern give a definite holiday-inspired look to this boys’ button-down, but the neutral brown and khaki undertones make this 100%...

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The hottest accessory for the coldest temperatures

I had my baby in February, which meant my son’s little toes needed to be kept warm. He was too young for shoes, and the baby socks I had for him spent more time on the floor than on his feet.  But the socks from Trumpette are known for staying on, and moms can’t get enough of the adorable designs. Their brand new set of six Nordic Baby Socks are sure to brighten up even the bleakest winter day. And they’re soft and cottony, with just enough spandex. They even make a set of tights in the same style for...

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Holiday best just for boys

When it comes to holiday outfits, I tend to spend most of my shopping energy and yes, I’ll be honest, my cash on my girls. But this year, they’re going to have a run for my money thanks to the boys’ clothes in the new Fall/Winter children’s collection at babysusu.  I’m completely smitten with the simple, classic styles crafted in gorgeous fabrics and textiles, in particular the navy Liberty of London boys’ oxford shirt from the legendary UK label. The subtle navy print is a welcome change from the typical red and green treatment that most kids’ holiday clothing collections...

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Forecast: Dressy yet cool

I generally prescribe to the “small boys are suitably dressed up for the holidays when wearing a cute sweater” school of thought, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes even little boys must wear a tie to be suitably (get it?) attired. Okay, so a tie may not scream “free spirit” to your wild child, but if he’s going to wear a tie, he should get the coolest tie around — say, a kid-sized version from one of Dad’s favorite shops? When we recommended Cyberoptix Tie Lab in last year’s holiday gift guide they only made ties for the big...

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The Mini Social and Shoe 4 Africa. The perfect combination.

Thanks to a bit of a shoe obsession, I really don’t need any excuse to buy new shoes for my kids. But when I heard that the The Mini Social, a cool members-only shopping site and past CMP fave will be offering amazing deals on some of our favorite kid’s shoes, I got myself some extra rationale for my purchases. For the entire week starting today, you can stock up on styles from See Kai Run, Livie and Luca (pictured), Robeez and more all for up to 60% off. But the kicker (ha!), is that a portion of the sales from these...

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Kicky pants – they aren’t just pants

With a couple of super skinny girls, I’m often relegated to more structured, streamlined dresses just so they don’t look like they’re wearing a parachute. But with the gorgeous long print dress for girls from Kicky Pants, my girls can enjoy prance and twirl to their heart’s content. Created by a mom and dad team, Kicky Pants offers what, at first glance, might appear like simple play outfits. But the amazingly soft stretch bamboo / cotton fabric is one of the nicest we’ve seen, and the lovely details make them way more than your average kids’ clothes. The long print dress can...

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Shoes for big kids? Reader Q&A

I am a mama of three little ones, my oldest is five and we are running into a dilemma. There seems to be a lack of cute kids’ shoes after size 12. Please would you help? You guys always have the best recommendations! -Gabrielle I’ve actually got the opposite problem over at my house, Gabrielle, with my teeny-footed kiddos. But luckily, a few of our favorite children’s shoe purveyors offer great picks up through size 12. Ever since I was introduced to Umi shoes (pictured), it’s the only shoe I’ll buy for my son. Luckily, their girl styles are...

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Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby – we admit it, we’re fans

As it turns out, Target and H+M no longer have a lock on the lower priced clothing from high-end designers thing. We recently got a look at the brand new Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby line, and the verdict is, many enthusiastic thumbs up. Don’t expect any super bargains here, or at least not until the end of the season – a gorgeous cashmere baby blanket will run you $98, and a lovely gray cotton-cashmere blend children’s cardigan with asymmetrical button detailing is $54. Although that’s still less than the $500 you might pay for the Stella...

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Hey foodies, your baby’s wardrobe is ready

Believe it or not, there are kids out there who eat more than spaghetti with butter sauce. Some eat spaghetti and tomato sauce. Some even eat things like (gasp) sushi – and one day I hope to count my kids among them. So I love the onesies from WonderToast found at eco boutique Greeno Bambino which allow you to proclaim your adventurous food allegiances on your baby’s chest. In illustrator and mom Anna Woltz’s clever alphabet (which come from the WonderToast coloring book), D stands for Dim Sum, G is for Guacamole, N is for Nigiri, and T is...

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Sesame Street Couture

I admit that my daughter had one licensed Sesame Street shirt she got as a gift. I cringed every time she asked to wear it, not because I don’t like Sesame Street (who doesn’t like Sesame Street?) but because this one looked like it was designed by a blind monkey who had gotten a hold of Photoshop and some muppet clip art.  In any case, I’m way more partial to the handmade Cookie Monster shirt by Morfs. Made by designer and mom Julie Barger, the handmade shirt takes a more artistic approach to the classic blue guy, with a...

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Bring prosciutto to your next baby shower

Since bacon is the new black, it’s only logical that Wooster Street Meats, whose meat shirts we fell in love with last year, is now making prosciutto onesies for babies. There’s one in kids’ sizes too. Even if your babies are too young to be eating the stuff themselves, I love the idea of pairing it with the grown-up size prosciutto tee for an adorable daddy-son/daughter gift for your favorite carnivore. Especially since the shirts come in adorable deli packaging wrapped up with that red and white deli string.. Prefer sweets to meats? Check out the new canolli shirt...

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How to make a jacket girlie without any pink

My daughter’s favorite word these days seems to be “layers.” She loves the idea of dressing herself in shirts and sweaters and jackets that she can peel off and put back on to her heart’s content, especially with the cool mornings and warmer afternoons that we’re experiencing right now. So I love items like the new girls bell-sleeve jacket from past CMP pick, Baby Eggi. The soft (soooo soft) cotton-spandex fabric makes the jacket casual enough to throw on over jeans and a tee, but the styling with the flouncy sleeves and big faux-glass buttons make it adorably girlie....

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Rock the socx

With the cold weather here, my little barefoot-loving toddler is now being forced into socks and shoes. And boy is she ticked off about it. But I’d imagine the Beba Bean sweater socx will make kids like her a much happier camper.  These mom-designed hybrid legwarmer and baby bootie are easily worn on bare legs, even in the warmer months, or over your little one’s pants or leggings now. The tight cotton knit and drawstring up top make sure that they actually stay up–I was worried about that until I tried them out myself. Plus the suede bottoms give some traction for walkers. Look around...

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Tokidoki goes bambino, yippee!

When I first saw the new line of tokidoki apparel for babies earlier this year, I gasped — Must. Have. Now. But alas, it wasn’t available in the US “now,” then. Well, now it’s starting to be. These colorful characters are like the best of Hello Kitty without the worst of Hello Kitty — colorful, quirky, Japanese anime-inspired characters with a whole lot of edge, all from the mind of Italian illustrator Simone Legno. I’m a fan of the tokidoki lil’ devil kids’ tee spotted at Plum Denim, and the priceless little rocker onesie found right on the Tokidoki...

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Avast ye scurvy neckwear!

Right in time for Halloween, I stumbled upon this most adorable skull and crossbones scarf at Admiral Road, made out of the same soft, cozy fleece as their personalized fleece blankets. I can imagine that even the most difficult, scarf-eschewing kids wouldn’t mind wrapping their necks in this little guy and heading out for a day of apple picking or pillaging small seaside villages. It’s loooong – like 60″ long, so it’s probably best for bigger kids. Or maybe you? At just 12 bucks, get one for both of you. (Just don’t wear them at the same time.) While...

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Tea to keep the kids warm at night

The nights have become downright frosty which means I’m scrambling to see if any of the kids’ pajamas from last winter still fit them; given that they seem to grow a foot a year, it’s likely that they’ll need new threads. Some of the nicest new cold-weather sleepwear I’ve been eying for them comes from CMP fave Tea Collection. Their Suite Sleeper pajama sets are made of super-soft, brushed-on-the-inside pima cotton; with its natural fibers, the kids won’t feel like they are sweltering under petro-chemicals. And with this kind of thickness, they won’t wear out at the knees before...

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I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay

Because my own brood is rather estrogen heavy, whenever I see the cool stuff from Knuckleheads I think, hm . . .any boys I need to shop for these days? Their new plaid flannel boys’ jacket is right on trend this year what with the Nirvana-Lumberjack redux that’s hitting the shelves. And actually, girls could get away with it too. If they live in Vermont. (Kidding Vermont! Love your maple syrup.) The grandpa cardigan is pretty adorable too, if pricey, but I’d imagine you’ll get a whole lot of use out of it. Also I just caught a whole...

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