Category: Kid Fashion

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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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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