Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

Making mother smile – peace picks for 9/11

Smiling Planet is one of those little companies that just makes you happy. Or at least it made me happy when I discovered their melamine-free plastic plates earlier this year.  And I thought they’d be a nice shop to kick off today’s array of peace-themed picks in remembrance of 9/11. Recently this wonderful, environmentally-committed mom and pop team have taken the charming Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry-esque illustrations from the Smiling Planet book (and plates and placemats) and turned them into adorable, American-made 100% organic cotton tees for kids and adults. I love the not preachy at all the world is...

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Cool Mom Picks Loves Psychobaby – Back to School Edition

We just had so much fun picking our favorite summer clothes and accessories at Psychobaby last month that we decided to switch things up just in time for back to school shopping.  Which is now. Cue the “holy crap it’s September already?” shrieks. If you’re looking for kids clothes, shoes,and more that are a bit different than your run-of-the-mill, everyone in 3rd grade has the same darn thing thing, then head to Psychobaby and take a look at our personal favorites. I’m coveting the Appaman punker cord skirt (pictured) for both my girls, which would be adorable with funky tights or even over a pair of...

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Never lose a hair clip again

My daughter has an adorable hair clip holder that does a pretty great job of organizing her hair accessories, as long as they actually make it up the stairs and into her room. Most of the time they’re shoved in the bathroom drawers, or worse, left lying around for my youngest to stick in her mouth. So thank goodness for the new Ribbies Clippies hair clip cases that hold up to 14 barrettes and actually keep them organized. This simple, cotton hair clip “wallet” is perfect for your bathroom, your kitchen junk drawer, or wherever your daughter’s hair clips tend to congregate. You can even pop one...

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A mini-me for your mini-she

Rarely do I bemoan the fact that my daughter won’t tolerate anything in her hair, but when I first saw these mini me custom felt portraits from Emandsprout, I couldn’t stop thinking of how utterly adorable a portrait barrette would look in her blond hair. Send in a photo and the the artist will turn it into a custom felt portrait that can be made into a hair clip, headband, or brooch–any of which would be a super cute way to accessorize an outfit. Emandsprout’s creations are known for being impeccably made, and her whimsy extends to a huge...

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Back to school clothes that don’t wear out by October. Promise.

My kids wear uniforms to school. In general, I’m a big fan because it makes getting out the door that much easier (white polo! navy shorts! let’s go!). But I get a little wistful when I’m shopping for school clothes — after all, how excited can you get about white polo shirts? Not very, I’ll tell you what. This year, Sweden’s Polarn O. Pyret is totally cheering me up with their first foray into fall for the states. Their selection of cool, slightly quirky, high quality European pieces are the perfect antidote to boring basics with retro patterns and...

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Mr. Tolkien? Your toddler shoes are ready.

The new fall kids’ shoes from CMP fave Livie and Luca are starting to slowly appear on the website and I am absolutely loving the new mushroom-adorned Woodland Boot which is a fun, Hobbit-esque update to the London Boots we were digging last year. These are not your typical kids’ shoes for sure. First of all, they’re all handmade. The leather uppers are beyond soft, the flexible soles make them fabulous for playground conquering (or magic stream crossing?), and the velcro close makes your life inordinately easier. Plus Livie and Luca’s shoes hold up so well, that I’ve had...

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Holy awesome $10 pair of kids’ shoes, Batman

At the end of last summer, I scored my daughter a pair of Zutano canvas shoes on sale. They got her through early fall, through a couple of warm-weather winter vacations, and surprisingly, right through this summer. I guess it pays to buy a size up. I was excited to have found the shoes on sale again at CMP fave shop (and awesome sale central), Chittypulga so I can grab them again for next year. The red or pool blue shoes look adorable on boys or girls, have that great classic preppy look, and the flexible rubber soles great...

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Brains = Cool

With my daughter starting kindergarten, I’ve been thinking a lot about kids thinking lately. And more specifically: how to make thinking cool to my kid. Part of the problem? Pop culture surrounds kids with celebrations of the body, not the mind. That’s why I love the new Thinkers Collection of kids’ tees at Peek … Aren’t You Curious? The innovative t-shirt designs turn ideas from Newton, Einstein, Descartes and Copernicus into teams to cheer on. But they’re not ordinary shirts–these fabulously constructed 2-in-1 thermal tees combine adult-clothing detailing and quality with kid-approved softness — lessons taken from co-founder Amy...

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Recessionista tip – 2009 summer clothes will look just as cute on your kids in 2010

Oh how I love the ability to stock up on next year’s summer clothes for my kids at insane discounts. Like a 70% off kind of discount. Especially when they’re as beautiful as the lovely selection of girls’ clothes from London children’s boutique, ilovegorgeous. The 3 year-old Notting Hill shop makes little halter dresses in sunny yellow, soft pink or an earthy brown that are just my speed, especially at  ?16 or about $26 US, slashed down from ?52 (!!). But all of their twirly, feminine girls’ dresses are worth a look right now. They’re romantic and simple, embellished...

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Putting the hip in hippie

So Woodstock and I both celebrated our 40th birthdays this year, the one big difference is that mine isn’t being commemorated with ridiculously cool apparel, like this Woodstock kids tee made by Rowdy Sprout. While the summer may be galloping towards the finish line the layered look, with the white thermal sleeves (I know, it’s hard to see in the photo) is perfect for Fall. My son loves the Hippie theme, but can’t quite bring himself to wear a t-shirt with flowers and hearts on it so instead he bugged me mercilessly for the Rolling Stones tee instead. Now,...

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Back to school dresses that go way beyond dresses

Yes, I know that the dresses from Pink Chicken are not the least expensive in all the land, but I’ll tell you why I love them beyond nearly anything else in my girls’ wardrobe: They’re well made, the styles are adorable and I can toss them in the wash along with the cheap stuff. But beyond that, I get so much use out of them because after they’re too small to wear as dresses, the flowy, flouncy shape continues to look fantastic over leggings or jeans as a tunic. My two-and-a-bit year-old is still wearing a 12-month size dress...

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Threadless + Childhood = BFFs

I have a giant soft spot in my heart for Threadless, already–my kids and I all wear the community-centered shop’s artist designed shirts–but now there’s one more reason to love them. Threadless Kids has recently teamed up with Babycenter to create the Threadless Loves Childhood design contest. Just create a tee inspired by the “fascinating journey of childhood” and it could win you a cool $2,500 in cash and prizes. And best of all? The winning design will be printed on both child- and adult-sized shirts, so the whole family can snag the latest and greatest design when it’s...

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Invisibelt goes girly

We totally dug the Invisibelt when it first came out (seriously – half of our writers bought one and they all rave about it) because it lies flat and gets rid of that lumpy bumpy crazy stuff that goes on under your untucked shirt. And now, behold! For there is a an Invisibelt Girl Collection made just for our daughters. There’s a chic pink or purple solid belt, or find cute patterns like peace signs and the ubiquitous and trendy skulls sporting hair bows. You basically adjust them the way you do goggles then snap the ends together (no...

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The post feminist princess crown

Despite the fact that we have managed to stay fairly clear of the princess movies, princess dress-up clothes, and princess storybooks around my place, my girls are still enamored of the whole princess thing. I give up! But if I do give up I want them to play Princess Who Saves a Cat From a Tree While Using Her Imagination and Maybe Winning a Nobel Prize Too, not Princess Who Can’t Be Bothered Because She Might Rip Her Dress. Clearly mom Jennifer Cooper of CMP fave Ellie Bellie Kids shares my desires, because their new storytelling dress-up crown is...

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An apple a day keeps the rat’s nest away

Oh happy day; it’s taken four whole years and my daughter is at last allowing me to stick hair clips in her crazy hair – and not pulling them out four seconds later. In fact she seems to like them. (And I say this hesitantly knowing I’m probably jinxing it.) So I hit up one of our favorite etsy hair clip shops, Maya Papaya, to see what lovely offerings they have these days and my eye went right to the adorable red apple barrette. Made of felt with the fun contrast stitching that exemplifies the artist’s work, I still...

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A bib of a different stripe

As we mentioned in our back to school shopping guide (you have been to our back to school shopping guide, right?) stripes are huge for this fall. But they’re not only for the school aged among us. At Australia’s trendy Moppit clothing, I spotted the awesome striped bib in the shop’s sale section, featuring the word homemade in a sweet blue cloud and I absolutely love it. And yes, i think homemade is referring to the child under it, not the bib itself. And probably not the food all over it either. That is, if you’re me. If your...

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Baptism Dresses – Reader Q&A

My husband and I are going to be finalizing the adoptions of our two daughters at the end of August. I would love to get them some beautiful dresses or outfits for this special day but I want them to be equally appropriate for when we have our daughters baptised and when we take our first official family picture. -Kait [answer after the jump] What an exciting way to end the summer, Kait. Huge congratulations!  Now when it comes to more classic special occasion dresses for girls , you’ll find a lovely selection at Bean New York, plenty of which are...

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The back to school sneakers for climbing a tree or cutting a rug

While all of the trend forecasting is pointing to the 80s for fall, I’m loving the 80s-meets-50s footwear mashup of the new Keds saddle shoe sneaker, right in time for back to school shopping. It’s that rare hybrid that’s got all the comfort and support you want in a sneaker, but can still look adorable with a twirly skirt or little belted dress. The only drawback is that my own dainty-footed preschoolers can’t fit in them since they start at a 8.5. But on the good side – they go up to a 6. So I’m wondering if I...

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The timeless summer dress of 2009

The first thing I thought when I saw the little audrey in the city dress was that I really really want one in my size. This black and white micro-polkadot dress is classic and cute in all the right ways. Blue Sky Rocket has a new selection of gorgeous handmade mod dresses and skirts that are the perfect antidote to the excessive use of pink and purple found in most girl’s clothing. Check out the adorable noir sundress and cherry reversible wrap skirt, both of which would be welcome additions to my daughter’s pants-filled wardrobe. Especially appealing is that...

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Children’s aprons as pretty as the clothes underneath

As of late, my daughter the artist has been causing me quite a headache with her adamant desire to wear dresses even while engaging in messy crafts.You’d think a smock would do the trick but in her mind, all that does is cover up her beautiful dress. Oh the horror! Well, thanks to the gorgeous new reversible children’s aprons from Amuse Me, our little problem is solved. Beautifully constructed from bright, stylish fabrics and featuring a couple of strategically placed pockets and tie straps, these aprons are just as pretty as my daughter’s dresses. In fact, they’re so pretty,...

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Cool Mom Picks loves Psychobaby!

If we just so happened to win the lottery, one of the first places we’d hit on a spending spree would probably be Psychobaby, a Chicago-based boutique that sports some of the hippest clothes, shoes, and gifts for the alternative set. We found them way back when we first started CMP, and now we’re really excited to announce a whole new partnership with them. Right now, the online shop will have an entire section featuring Cool Mom Picks’ favorite Psychobaby picks. It’s like being the Rachel Zoe of rockin’ kids stuff. How fun! We had a tough time narrowing it...

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It’s a tie

While I appreciate the joys of velcro as much as the next mom, I’m worried that if I don’t start introducing actual shoe laces to my 4 year-old soon she’ll be learning to tie her sneakers in college. (Right about when she starts eating protein and sleeping all night in her own bed, I’d guess.) The classic Italian Superga sneakers in kids and toddler sizes–with actual old skool shoelaces–are calling my name. Those canvas tops over the thick white rubber soles feel like Vans, only more Mediterranean Coast than Zuma Beach. I’m reallllly digging navy shoes these days which look snazzy...

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Tons of our favorite designers in one store, oh rapture!

If I were walking down the street in Chicago and came across Lollie, owned by sisters Mimi and Alyssa Fron, it would be impossible not to go in. Unfortunately 1000 miles stand between me and this adorable boutique which carries practically a who’s who of Cool Mom Picks featured designers. Fortunately Lollie’s gone online so now we can all enjoy their huge selection of designer duds for newborns to 8 year olds without booking a delay-riddled flight to the windy city. It’s also a good time to check in because so much is on sale at every price point,...

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Licensed character kids clothes we can get behind

I think the thing that bothers me the most about my kids begging for TV character clothes is that in a way, it makes them look like they watch a ton of television. Or really, like I let them watch a lot of television. Bring on the mommy guilt. But book characters? Well that just makes it look like my two year-old can read. Okay, maybe not. But you have to admit, the beloved characters from fave kid books like the Little Miss and Mr. Men series (pictured), Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and even author Roald Dahl...

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My little babushka

We have been fans of Bella Tunno baby products since the early days, before little retailers like Target discovered how cool they were. It’s been a while since I visited their site (they don’t need us any more, sniff) and was intrigued by the new kids headscarves they’re offering. I’ve always liked headscarves as an alternative to hats on kids, but usually these kinds of things fall flat in execution with lightweight fabrics and elastic that’s an afterthought both in style and function. But in this case, the big fat swath of high-quality elastic means the scarves totally stay...

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Easy peace-y

I think somewhere in my heart I’m a damn dirty hippie with all this suppressed nostalgia for the Woodstock era. Of course that would be the Pepsi commercial version of Woodstock, where all the guys are hot and shirtless, the tie-dyes are cute and clean, and the port-o-johns are yet unused. In any case, it’s probably why I got a kick out of the new children’s peace belt from CMP fave Myself Belts. The khaki ribbon is a nice neutral (way less pink than it looks in the photo) alternating with little pink peace signs, the word “peace,” and...

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The dress that makes me want a third baby. (This time a girl.)

I have two boys, and while I adore them, I’ve always felt like I missed out a little when it comes to shopping, because boys really get the short end of the stick for play clothes. I’m especially feeling that way now that I’ve seen the beautiful dresses from kid a collective. Each little smock dress is hand-made of all-natural materials; the colors are bright and fun and the patterns are a perfect mix of retro cool and kid-appropriate. The fabrics are all prewashed to minimize shrinking and fading. And the construction and attention to detail is amazing; honestly,...

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Let’s go to the clip

Just when I think I’ve seen every hair clip known to man (or diva-in-training), I discover the adorable children’s barrettes from artist Hayley Hackler of Flying Frog Apparel.  She takes fabric scraps and buttons, layers them, and refashions them into teeny little handmade hair accessories of beauty. The colors are refreshingly subtle for girls’ barrettes (seriously crafters – easy on the neon fuschia tulle) and the size is just right. Because each one is one of a kind, a pair never matches exactly, which I really think is cool. Also good when you have to replace one after your...

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The skull’s the limit

Just when we think we’re over the skull trend, something cute comes along and makes us go aw okay — just one more. And right in time, because skulls are coming back to kidswear with a vengeance this fall from what we’ve seen. In this case it’s the skull barrettes from Natty Bratty, which pair little felt heads of dead people (right?) with, of all things, tartan plaid. The brown one is so cute I wouldn’t be surprised if Burberry themselves end up doing something similar. The felt blossom hair clips are sweet but definitely on the larger side...

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Bloomers are back, baby

I’ve already espoused a bunch of fabulous bloomers this season, mostly due to their versatility and all-around cute factor, and our latest find, the adorable one-of-a-kind “Fortune Cookie” Shorties from Handmade Charlotte, make a pretty awesome style statement. Mom of five and designer Rachel Faucett has an incredible eye for contrasting fabrics, meaning bloomers aren’t just great for covering up diapers and underwear beneath dresses, but great as a shorts alternative for babies. Simply pair them with a cute little top or t-shirt instead and you’ve got a fantastic summer play outfit. Don’t forget to leave those cute toes...

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