Category: Kid Fashion

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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Board shorts for girls? Like, totally.

From hour-long swim lessons to screaming leaps over our backyard sprinkler, my daughters will spend much of the summer in their bathing suits. That’s why we’re turning to the swimwear from Girls4Sport which boasts a line of swimsuits made for active, run-don’t-walk toddlers, girls and women. I’m loving the cool surfer-style board shorts for girls, which is such a cool look on older kids with a halter swim top. But there are plenty of traditional styles to choose from too, all made of soft, quick-dry fabrics which stay comfy when the girls hang out in them all afternoon. And...

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Girls’ bikinis that aren’t too itsy bitsy or teeny weeny

It took me a while to get past my weirdness about little girls in bikinis, until I realized that it’s actually way easier for diaper changes. But I still prefer bandeau style tops or halters, so I was glad to see that Mama Om has added a few to their collection of designer girls’ swimsuits this season. I really like the subtly ruffled Blooming Berry girls bikini (also in a beautiful blue) for sizes 2T-6, which has beautiful floral embroidery across the chest that seems more age-appropriate than say, two cherries? It’s nicely constructed, and I also like that...

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Chubby baby

This hand-appliqued butterfly girls tank dress is the kind of thing you spot in a boutique and immediately need to have. It comes courtesy of the mom-run emporium Chubby Delicious who I first encountered at a Baby Loves Disco party, so you know they’ve got to be cool. They run small so a 4 is probably good on a 2 year-old if you’re going to wear it as a dress or a jumper over a white tee. But it’s also a cute little tunic over leggings or cuffed jeans. And gosh it’s fun having my daughter in black when...

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Seven Smooches – I kiss you!

When we got word that there’s a company doing cool things with kidswear made of vintage feed sacks, I have to say that the terms romantic, delicate, soft and cozy didn’t exactly spring to mind. But that’s just how I would describe the beautiful handmade children’s clothes from Seven Smooches. The bloomers, of all things, are extraordinary – soft pastel patterns meticulously handcrafted and finished with six lovely mismatched buttons. This is like the ultimate indulgent baby accessory to go under your indulgent summer baby sundress. I’m also just loving the handmade girls twirly skirts and board shorts which...

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Let’s go surfin’ now

I may have mentioned once or forty times that our family spends a lot of time in the pool.  Which means that we buy bathing suits and board shorts as part of the new baby layette.  Problem is, it’s not that easy to find cool swimwear sized for surfer dudes under a year old. Haiden Surf has solved that problem for pool-going families like mine with their super-cool kids’ board shorts for little guys. These big kid styles come in infant sizes as small as three months, and unlike other adult fashions that look dorky on kids, boardies are...

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The return of flannel

Dust off your angst-filled Sub Pop vinyl and practice your disenchanted eye roll, because flannel is back big time and you don’t have to wait until fall to get your hands on it. Junior rock star outfitters Slick Sugar have a nifty little flannel-sleeved children’s shirt that I just love. The cool thunderbird (thunderbird? Eagle? Hawk?) motif looks awesome, and the construction made to stand up to all the drum solos your little guy has in him. Sizes start at just 3-6 months but run a wee bit small. Just hope he doesn’t end up with Courtney Love for...

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The best Father’s Day tees for kids. You know, the kind he’d want to see any day

While we’re not generally fans of the “my heart belongs to daddy” school of baby tees, I think we can safely agree that on Father’s Day, wrapping your daddy’s girl or boy in a soft comfy shirt that proclaims their love for the Big Guy will pretty much make morning. A few of our favorites: What dad wouldn’t want to see their child sporting a “My Dad Is My Hero” tee-shirt? We first found this one at Childish clothing last year, and it’s been so popular, the company introduced a bunch of new styles including this cool naval motif....

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Bright ideas for babies from Bright Shop

Considering the last craft I attempted ended squarely in the trash can, it’s pretty clear that you don’t need to be crafty to write for Cool Mom Picks. But, it just so happens that one of our esteemed writers has an eye for design that she translates into super cute baby and toddler t-shirts, and we’re more than happy to pimp her out. Thus is the case with our new contributor and Etsian, Carrie Damen, and her adorable custom alphabet tees. When she’s not chasing after her two kids and waxing poetic for us, Carrie and her friend Sara...

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Robot shirts you’ll go nuts and bolts over

Kids’ clothes, almost by definition, are adorable, but every now and again something comes along that’s so incredibly off the hook like Robotcha shirts. These t-shrits with fun, quirky, robot-y designs are the brainchild of Shawn Hazen — and his son Finn, who has a deep love of the mechanical guys. As you might have guessed. Robotcha t-shirts combine robots with all the other stuff kids love like dogs, ice cream and rockets. The results? Designs like RoverBot, Ice Cream Scoop and AstroBots. Each shirt is made-to-order and the designs are made of a special rubbery material which is...

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Sandal season is here – are you ready? I’m not.

So it’s officially June (how did that happen?) and of course my kids do not yet have sandals. Poking around the web this weekend, I saw these Siaomimi children’s sandals online at Popodona and I think I’m in love. They remind me of the kinds of sandals we all wore as kids – no nonsense, sturdy, childlike, and ready for an impromptu day at the beach. There’s also a silver pair if you’re ultra fabulous, but I kind of like the aqua. After all, it’s a limited window you’ve got to wear aqua sandals without looking like a Palm...

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Kids dress clothes that make you hope for a special occasion on the calendar

We probably get more reader requests for cute wedding clothes for kids “that aren’t, you know…wedding-y” than nearly any other. And now that San Francisco-based Velvet and Tweed has opened their online shop, far more parents can breath a sigh of relief when outfitting their little flower girl or ring bearer or first birthday party guest of honor. These kids’ dress clothes come courtesy of Designer Tina Schreiber who helped launch Janie & Jack (one of our favorite mall store chains) and knows a little something about chic styling for kids. For girls I love the children’s garden party...

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Flipflops for kids of the non-sucky variety

My daughter has a thing for flip flops these days, probably because she sees me wearing them all the time. So I did a dumb thing and bought a cheap pair of kids’ flip flops from a big mall store. I think these mall flip flops are made of sandpaper and barbed wire. My kid is miserable every time she puts them on. So my mom, of all people, found a pair of flip flops for kids from Pediped who, frankly, I didn’t even know made flip flops. (Thanks for showing me up, mom.) The shoes are soft and...

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Sweet Tea, Elvis, and Southern Brand

When I moved to the Deep South almost 10 years ago, I admit it was a bit of a culture shock. Okay, I lied. It was a whole heckuva shock. Clearly I wasn’t the only person that saw the humor in aspects of the culture, as you can tell from the hilarious Southern Brand tees for babies and kids. This guide to good Southern living has branched out to offer these super-soft, weathered tees sporting sayings with a whole lot of Southern pride, like This ain’t my first rodeo or my personal fave, I’m the only heck my mama...

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The thigh’s the limit

Maybe I’m just a German tourist at heart or something, but I do like that look of knee socks on my kids. Okay, so not with khaki shorts and sandals–but it can totally kick a pair of Mary Janes and a short skirt into gear. Pork Chop Kids has taken it a step further and created thigh-high socks for children that are not only adorable, they make a lot of sense when you think about it. Kind of like a cross between a knee-high and a leg warmer, these socks make diaper changes easier than leggings. Thigh-highs are also...

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London Calling

I’m on a British kick for absolutely no reason these days, which is why I’ve had the British flag t-shirt from Childish Clothing bookmarked for ages. I love the distressed look and how the word RAD is spelled out in Scrabble tiles. This weekend when I clicked over to check it out again – on sale. Half off. Awesome. Presumably this shirt is crazy soft, like all the kids’ clothes from Childish that I’ve seen, and in a nice cool weather weight thermal it will serve your child well on cool spring and summer nights right into fall. Or...

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Recession chic tip: Shop Australian

One of our secret tips that we now share with tens of thousands of you all is that if you’re looking for great discounts, check out the Australian labels that we feature here time to time. Because their seasons are backwards (although they could say the same thing about us), their spring/summer clothes go on sale just in time for our own warm-weather shopping sprees. One of the Aussie shops to bookmark is Baobab, helmed by designer and “mum” Belinda Blooman. She’s got a knack for making beautiful cotton play clothes from 0-6 with more flair than your average...

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Moms of boys, this one’s for you

Before I had a boy in the house I used to hear all about how hard it is to find cool clothes for boys — unless you are into tees that say “tough guy.”  Now that I’m experiencing this firsthand, I was delighted to find Winter Water Factory doesn’t just make girls dresses, but they have a whole graphic tee collection great for my son. I’m loving the fire truck tee and ferris wheel tee, but the one that really grabbed me is the fireflies t-shirt (shown). In an instant this shirt brought me back to catching fireflies in...

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Socks with soul

I used to play this game with my son when he was a baby, it was called I put on the sock, you wiggle out of it and lose it. Oh the fun we had. If only Bical Grippers existed back then. Half sock, half shoe, all cool. The lightweight neoprene sock fits snugly and securely, and when your child’s ready to take their first (or five millionth) step the non-slip, rubber sole gives just the right amount of support and traction. And unlike other moccasin-type socks, they can be used outdoors and even underwater at your local too-rocky...

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A christening dress that’s a thing of beauty

We haven’t spent too much time on christening dresses here, since most of them are just a little foofy for us. However we kindly invite you to have a proper drool over the gorgeousness we’ve recently discovered from Petits Fournier Children’s Design. The Francine christening dress is made of hand-knit pima cotton sitting atop a silk skirt, and like all of the clothing from Petits Fournier it was made in Bolivia with Fair Trade practices. Find a nice little selection of it at Chasing Fireflies. The materials are  grown locally and sustainably, and the women who create them are...

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This is what happens when Star Wars geeks grow up and become parents

Last week my daughter had a playdate with a four-year-old friend and it blew my mind that he was drawing Darth Vader and Princess Leia figures on the sidewalk with chalk. (Actually, I was less blown away by the Princess Leia which was pretty easy with those big ovals where her ears might be.) It seems the next generation has discovered my generation’s sci-fi classic, and if you need any proof, check out the awesome child’s Star Wars cape at Little Dudes Only. Also check out the number of boys in your kid’s school named Luke. I totally love...

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Springing for a Kit + Lili dress

Last fall, we couldn’t wait for the weather to cool off so that we could dress our girls in the gorgeous Kit + Lili winter line. Now it’s May and we’re itching to save our pennies so we can get our mitts on their new girls’ dresses for spring. With trademark bright colors and bold prints, plus styles ranging from shoulder-tie sundresses to puff sleeve A-lines, these are the dresses that little girls can live in all summer long. Splurge on one dress and you’ll get a whole ton of use out of it depending on whether you pair...

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Brittain Road: The road to cute tees

There’s no shortage of cute children’s tees out there; we ought to know, considering how many of them we’ve featured. But we’re still always on the lookout for cool new kids’ t-shirt designs that make us sit up and take notice, like the super-cute felt and fabric appliqued tees from Brittain Road. These creative, hand-stitched designs incorporate details that elevate them far beyond the typical tee — like the little buttons on the Mary Janes tee and the propeller on the Orange Submarine tee.  You can get them as tees or onesies as an extra-special gift for a new...

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Earth Day Pick – Barley & Birch. They mean green

I’m a sucker for cute kids’ tees. You can tell by taking one look at my kids’ drawers…er floor. And one of my new favorite eco designers, Barley & Birch, is doing amazing things with photography to create beautiful t-shirts for kids, right along with a corporate responsibility program that should make light green brands blush. Organic cotton children’s tees, onesies, pants and hats feature beautiful bright designs, like Wave (pictured) or my other stand out favorite, Flowers. But I really I love that the company is seriously committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, even sourcing production...

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