Category: Kid Fashion

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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Not your mama’s jeans jacket

Eek, is it October? Really? Good lord, how did that happen? I suppose it’s time to start curating the jacket closet and making sure we have some decent fall outerwear options for the girls. On the casual side — hoodie sweatshirts. On the snazzier side, I’m crushing on the cropped Ella Jacket from CMP fave Ses Petites Mains. The cord-velvet fabric makes it a great choice for brunch with the grandparents or dressier outings, and while the charcoal jacket is the most practical, I adore the showy pomegranate. The drawstring in the back is inspired and keeps it fitted...

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Custom cons! Custom cons!

What’s cooler than a pair of Chuck Taylor Converse high tops? How about a pair of canvas Chucks that your kid gets to customize from the outer pattern down to the color of the shoelaces? I know! I am swooning! The Converse website is really easy to navigate and you and your kids will have so much fun playing around with the “make it yourself” process. From gray skulls to pink polka dots, the 10-step process even allows you to print your kid’s own name up the back of each sneaker. The price is also incredibly reasonable — each...

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Keeping her pants up while getting down

My daughter’s going through a growth spurt, and any jeans without those little adjustable waist button-and-elastic dojobbies tend to sag to her rear’s danger zone without an actual belt. I’ve spent the past several weeks plying her with all the pleather monstrosities that came with her jeans. “But Mommy!” she cries. “I hate belts!” Well. She used to. Then I showed her the rock themed children’s leather belts and belt buckles that Cutie and Patootie sent my way that, like, totally rocked her world. The belt buckles are Joan Jett big, and see that record over there? It actually...

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A toddler shoe wardrobe on a budget? Reader Q&A

My daughter needs five pairs of shoes and my husband will take away the credit card if I spend $200+ a season on shoes for a 2 year old. If you know of any cute, wide shoes that are reasonable in price, please let me know! -Maisey Even for a mom like me with an awful shoe fetish, that’s a lot of shoes for a two-year-old. You might want to consider investing in fewer pairs of shoes, but ones that offer versatile styling, ample support, sturdy and flexible soles, and uppers that won’t wear out. You don’t need a...

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The cutest handmade baby booties – CMP does etsy

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve found for this week’s Etsy roundup. Baby shoes! Ok, you might not be as excited as I am, but when all your kids are big and sweaty and teens that smell like Axe, I’ll ask you again and then you’ll squee. This felt pair of shoes from La La! Shoes looks so comfortable and fun. Put little stars under their feet! Plus, the bright colors will catch your baby’s attention. These little brown and cream baby boots from Wooly Baby? They’re made from recycled lambswool sweaters and are no doubt able...

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Dapper is the word for fall

The television show Mad Men isn’t just influencing adult styles for Fall. We’ve seen some pretty awesome retro-inspired kid’s clothes and shoes this back to school season, like the adorable Elliott shoes from See Kai Run. Even though these super sharp kicks are definitely on the dressier side, they still pair well with jeans or khakis. And since my son has wider feet, it’s nice to find trendy kids’ shoes that actually fit him comfortably, other than the three pairs of sneakers that are in our current rotation. Like every other pair of See Kai Run shoes we own,...

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Faster than a speeding bagel…

Personally I believe that Seth Rogan is the Woody Allen of our generation. So when he sported this Superjew Tee in the movie Funny People my immediate thought was Love it! Not, Hm, why don’t they make those for kids? But, sometimes Hollywood knows what we want before we do. Case in point, the 100% cotton Superjew Tee which is now at the top of my must-have list in time for the High Holidays. Especially because a percentage of the proceeds goes towards charitable organizations. Oh, and be sure to order up a size as the shirts tend to...

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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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