Category: Kid Fashion

Earth Day Pick – Eco barrettes that are way prettier than they might sound

I never really thought the words “eco” and “barrette” would be used in the same sentence, that is until I was introduced to the felt hair clips at Sophia Bella Mia. At first glance, you might think they look like any other cute girl’s floral barrettes, but actually, these hair clips are handcrafted from eco-fi felt, a fiber created from 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles. Cool, right? Of course, you’d never know it thanks to beautiful saturated colors and lovely beaded details. Add the little optional strip of velcro for your sparsely haired babe, and you’ll be sure...

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Off to the Hamptons, if only in my dreams

In our house, it’s not Easter that requires a fancy new spring dress, it’s Mother’s Day. I can’t think of a better excuse to get the girls dressed up in their finest than an excursion to some overpriced prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch (free carnation included!). One of the more lovely options that we recently discovered are the sweet US-made girls’ dresses from Kookie, which is actually a collaboration between the labels mini mommee and myKy. Or as my three year-old put it, “Look! All those pretty dresses!” The easy A-line shape of the Off to the Hamptons dress...

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Miami Ink for babies. Too cool.

As a bit of a tattoo fanatic, you can bet I religiously tune in for TLC’s Miami Ink. Okay, and the hot guys. Seriously, Ami. Hello. Now, five of the Miami Ink guys, including popular stars Darren Brass, Chris Garver, and former apprentice Yoji (YOJI!), have taken their artistic talent and channeled it into Ruthless & Toothless, an awesome line of baby and kids’ clothing. If you’ve been coveting a tattoo from one of these guys, then you’ll want to get your hands on one of their stunning pieces for your cool kid, like the geisha onesie (shown) or...

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Woodstock is back, and he’s shilling for Earth

Growing up in the Snoopy generation, I certainly had no idea that the Red Baron was some war reference, and no understanding of the whole Marcie-Peppermint Patty lesbian theory. But I did spent countless sleepover parties with my girlfriends, cooing over Woodstock and how cute he was and how we loved him and wished he was real and would come live with us. Junk Food has just brought my favorite cartoon bird back on a Woodstock kids’ tee — with an eco message no less, just in time for Earth Week next week. Heck, if I had only known...

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3-D t-shirts? Now we really have seen it all

It’s getting tougher and tougher to rock our worlds with kids tee shirts, but when we got a load of the kids tees from San Francisco based Invisible Stripes, we realized that nope, we haven’t seen it all. Not by a longshot. First of all, the new spring toddler tees designs are adorable — all funky original illustrations by artist Gem Matteo of Gem Vs Gem on nice beefy shirts. But when we looked closer…what’s that? A 3-D tee shirt? Totally. The “Party Animal” design even comes with its own 3-D glasses, but the truth is, the shirt is...

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Time to put away the snowman barettes and take out the florals

Now that I have added another daughter to my brood, I have an extra excuse to shop for hair accessories. If I could, I’d go with absolutely every handmade girls’ hair clip from the amazing mom-owned Tiny Sweets. I know, I know. That doesn’t really help you choose. Just hop over there and you’ll see what I mean.  At the top of my list is the Pretty Yellow Bloom felt hair clip (pictured), which is adorable even without a lick of pink. But if you still need a dose of the girly color palette, then the Pink Flower Bloom...

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The perfect shirt and tie for little boys who, really, shouldn’t be in perfect shirts and ties.

I hate to admit this but most of the time, my son’s dressier outfits are left as complete afterthoughts compared with my daughters’ pretty dresses. It’s not like he gets all excited to dress up in his tie each day and run around the house playing “office.” But sometimes, a formal outfit is just what you need. I realize that most moms aren’t racing to drop a bunch of cash these days on outfits that can’t be worn too often, which is why I like the versatility of the just gorgeous boys’ oxford shirt and detachable tie from babysusu. This stunningly...

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These children’s shoes go to Eleven

If you need another reason to be happy it’s spring, just check out Eleven’s new Spring line of kids’ shoes. A sort of “big sister/big brother” to our fave See Kai Run, Eleven offers children’s shoes in bigger-kid sizes 9 to 3. I’ve gushed about Eleven’s footwear before — I love the combination of cool kid-appropriate fashion with run-and-jump rubber bottoms. Take the boys’ Caper shoe, in olive-and-gray suede nubuck colors that will look great on my son when he’s dressed up for Easter but will also be at home on the dusty playground. Plus — bonus! — the...

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Some girls have all the luck, as the new Ses Petites Mains line will hereby demonstrate

Are you sick of us oohing and ahhing over our favorite girls’ clothing for spring yet? No? Good. (Yes? Tough.) Because once again, Beth Miles of Ses Petites Mains is wowing us with her new spring/summer collection of spectacularly gorgeous dresses and separates for girls, which now go all the way up to a size 10. In fact, it just may be our favorite collection of hers yet. The plaid slip dress caught my eye first — the breezy style is casually elegant on princess wannabees and their tomboy sisters alike. I’m also loving the 50s inspired rose dress...

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Lola et Moi shakes up an otherwise dreary start to spring

The girls’ collection from Lola et Moi is vibrant, it’s candy colored, and it’s definitely not for wallflowers, people afraid of color, or those who live by the adage that less is more. Which is why it’s so exciting for spring. (Also, you might want to turn down the volume on your computer. Their music is vibrant too.) I’m especially loving designer Rania Tohme’s line of baby clothes which include a collection of baby onesies that you hope your best friend gets you for your shower, and I like a bunch of the girls’ dresses which totally brighten a...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in children’s rainboots

You all know we’re kind of shoe nutty around here (our children’s shoes archives are ridiculous) and sometimes we feel like we’ve seen it all. But direct-from-Sweden CMP fave Vincent has come out with new children’s rainboots called Klas and surprised us with their ingenuity. The idea is that most rainboots sized for earlier walkers are smaller size, but not lower in height. So basically you’ve got an awkward, off-balance kid trying to stumble through the rain with boots over his knees. But these – they’re lower. So with any luck, you’ll spend more time jumping in puddles with...

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Dutch treat

I admit to having a bit of euro envy these days, especially after seeing how many cute things are happening with children’s clothes across the Atlantic. Our Dutch friend Kellie Smits at Buisjes en Beugels, or BB+++,  isn’t helping matters much with her new spring/summer kids’ line that features easy, wearable, but still striking pieces for girls and boys. If I had a little dude around I’d have him in this funky “earthquake” shirt (shown below) in two seconds. But since I’ve got two girls to clothe, I have to go with the cotton jersey Conny dress or the...

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Mad Men style hits the preschool

It was only a matter of time before Mad Men fashion trickled down to the youngsters and we started seeing tailored mid-century styles on the kiddos. I just didn’t think it was going to come from Europe. I just got a look at the 50’s inspired girls’ dresses from Blond & Blond at Zazou and am swooning. (Hear that sound? Yes! That’s it – me swooning.) Yeah so they’re like 65 bucks each plus overseas shipping. But I’m kind of thinking we could skip dinners for a few nights and grab a couple. That’s just how much I like...

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You show ’em, girls

Through most of elementary school, my mother dressed me in dresses. When I complained that I couldn’t hang upside down on the playground for fear of showing my underwear, she was unsympathetic. That was before Francie Pants, of course. These soft, comfortable “privacy shorts” are perfect for concealing underwear, freeing girls to climb trees and turn cartwheels, even in dresses.  The prints are snazzy and even a little edgy–I especially like the fun plaid and the Paris prints. Come to think of it, there’s a punky London print too. Which, if you remember the old rhyme, is awesome. -Julie...

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I scream, you scream

It may be a while before the babies I know can slurp down a triple scoop, but that wouldn’t stop me from parading them around town in this adorable Ice Cream Cheerleading Stunt onesie. Designed by Ava-Marie Guerrero and available at the always wonderful Threadless, I appreciate that this soft 100% cotton top comes in the mess-concealing color of asphalt. The facial expressions on the stacked scoops is bound to get a smile out of everyone. Well, everyone except for those select few who remember being in the same position as the poor, sweating bottom scoop. –Christina Find the...

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Rick rack is back

Even with the adjustable waistband pants, my skinny-minnie still needs some help to prevent the little plumber’s bottom, and Holly Stewart of Jane Edward makes belts that do just that. I admit that the sight of rick rack reminds me of the little pinafore dresses of my youth – in a not so great way- but Holly’s ribbon belts changed my mind. The small or large rick rack adorns an adjustable ribbon ring belt, and makes the perfect functional accessory for any little girl in your life. And if you’re coveting them in your size, you’re in luck. Her...

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Thank your lucky stars

With my mother-in-law the faithful member of her local Irish Club who makes Irish Potatoes from scratch every year, you can bet we’re pretty big on the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. But while I might slug the green beer and and chow down on corn beef and cabbage, I still refuse to give in to the one-off holiday wear for my kids. I’d much rather snag something fun and green that they can easily wear the other 364 days a year, like this cool green star children’s hoodie from Boden. Still fairly festive with bright green cotton, this sweatshirt...

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Whereby hard-living rock god meets furry woodland creature

It’s hard to resist a designer whose bio proclaims that she draws inspiration from “the intersection between geeks and guitars.” Hey – that’s us, too! Except for the designer part. So yeah, we fell instantly in love with San Francisco artist/designer Willo O’Brien and her fun, quirky shop, WilloToons. There are all sorts of goodies on board (check out the bacon card) but I’ve got to give it up for my favorite of all: The rock squirrel kids and baby tee. It’s everything you want in a kids’ t-shirt: Cute, funky, and made in the USA. There’s some joke...

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Kids slippers with values parents love too

Oh how I love the adorable children’s slippers from Satch and Sol. But more importantly, my daughters love them. They don’t know that these soft slippers are handmade from felted wool and suede soles by a fair trade artisan cooperative. They don’t know that the company is super eco-friendly from the natural berry and wood dyes right down to the recycled packaging. They certainly don’t know that owner and mom Susan Bell goes so far as to pay for carbon offsets to cover overseas shipping and energy use. What my daughters do know is that every night, the earth...

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Get your kicks, Graffeeti-style

I used to draw on my sneakers as a child. It drove my mother crazy. Guess what my kids do with their sneakers? (I think my mom put them up to it.) With Graffeeti shoes, though, kids can color away. The special markers work together with the shoe’s surface like a white board– write on, wipe off, again and again. Each pair of customizable kids’ sneakers comes with six colored pens, so your kids can change their shoes with their mood. Plus, I love that the Graffeeti founders are committed to donating a portion of each shoe purchase price...

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Oh, so that’s what little girls and boys are really made of

There are so many tees out there attributing characteristics to a kid– rock star, diva, chick magnet– that probably better reflect the parents’ aspirations than any actual aptitude on the part of the pint-sized t-shirt wearer. I have no doubt that we’re raising a whole generation of tech geeks who are going to have those “rock star” onesie photographs in their baby books. As an alternative, check out what dad-run Sandbox Threads is doing with their Build-a-Kid onesies and tees. Pick up to five words that describe your child from a list of nearly fifty, and they’ll put it...

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The hightops for high waters

It may still be the beginning of March (and the beginning of Daylight Savings Time – whoopeeee!) but April showers are on the horizon. I love the idea of getting my kids rainboot ready with a pair of these fantastic new Converse-style hightop rainboots from Trumpette. Oh sure they come in bright red and navy blue. But with black in the running, really, do you even have a choice? –Liz Find the Johnny Sneaker Rainboots online at...

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Sun protection clothing? Almost that time again.

I’ll do whatever it takes to help my kids avoid the pain of a sunburn– and avoid me having to listen to them whine about it– but even so, sometimes I forget to reapply sunscreen or miss a spot. My bad. UV Skinz sun protection swimwear is a great insurance policy against those burns that happen in spite of parental vigilance.  No chemicals, no lotions, just tightly woven material that blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays. Plus some of the designs are really cute and comfortable, with their children’s swimwear making use of that layered look that’s so...

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Went to a garden party

With the world kind of in flux these days, I’m definitely finding myself gravitating towards soft, simple, children’s clothing that harkens back to a simpler time– whether or not that simpler time is more legend than fact. In any case, a few clicks around Baby Bean Vintage Daywear and my heart is finding what it needs. Designer and mom Christine Visneau (also the talent behind Small Magazine, one of our favorite online reads) has an eye for spotting just lovely vintage fabrics, then blends them with modern organic cottons, beautiful trims and accessories. The result is strikingly simple clothing...

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There’s a fine line between flower girl dresses and pageant dresses

Recently a reader and friend asked us about finding a flower girl dress for a little girl, hold the poofy, froofy, pageant-y thing. We referred her to favorite labels like Ses Petites Mains, Tea Collection, and the selection at Bean NY. And now there’s another option – hipster boutique label Alice + Olivia has just launched Alice + Olivia Kids. Now that designer Stacey Bendet has her own little rugrat (congrats on little Eloise, Stacey!) she totally went to town creating slightly edgy but adorably wearable frocks for girls. This ballerina pink tank dress would look smashing on any...

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Crowning glory

In an effort to spend less on disposable birthday party supplies, I’m loving so many of the beautiful crowns and princess hats I keep discovering. The latest: this handmade kids’ wool felt crown from Asheville designer Liz Stiglets of Cozy Blue. I love the felt applique. I love the elasticized back to help keep it on heads small and not so small. I love that the little matyroshka doll ribbon trim makes it feminine but it’s not pink– because hello, not every girl has to have a pink crown at her party. And I especially love that my kids...

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Buckle Beanie Hats are perfect right now, because winter isn’t going anywhere

Woe to us parents whose kids start to outgrow their winter clothing in February, when stores are stocking their racks with sandals and sun dresses. Thank goodness the mama at Two Seaside Babes in Indiana is still crocheting her très cool Buckle Beanie Hats. I was struck by how her use of thick wool yarn shows off the hat’s pattern, while the visor offers some eye protection and the silver buckle on the side adds a modern, urban touch. But what really made me feel warm inside was learning that this military mama donates one hat to charity for...

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Is spring in the air? Darn it, no. Not yet.

Because we’ve been hibernating from the snow in New York every other day lately, I’ve taken to peeking at the spring clothes for children that are starting to appear in our favorite shops. And after seeing the yummy handmade girls dresses at CMP fave Louise Hedley’s new etsy shop, Sohokids, I’m doubly excited to see my little girls’ bare knees outside again. Because every handmade piece at Sohokids is one of a kind, grab something now if you love it. The beautiful Vera dress made from vintage cotton makes me wish we were in 6T these days, and the...

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Batik is back. More than back, it’s hotter than hot.

Move over Suri and Pax. It would seem that the world’s most important celebrity children in the design world are now Sasha and Malia Obama, at least if the press releases flooding our inboxes are any indication. If the First Children are photographed in some label or another, we’re hearing about it. A lot. A whole lot. Fortunately, the First Family has nice taste, so we’re finding some new picks ourselves. Like the fun handmade kids’ tees from Hiho Batik. Mom/designer Julia Silver-Gordon creates exclusive lines for the likes of Kitson and Barney’s, but also some very cute off-the-rack...

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Flower hair clips that don’t look swiped from a Carmen Miranda memorabila auction

I’m not crazy about barrettes with so much going on that it’s like the hair clip enters the room before your kid does. You can keep your big crazy “corker” bows and humongo fake gardenias with rhinestone centers. Just leave me the simple little flower barrettes I just discovered from Berkley’s Clippies. Handmade by mom Amanda Roser out of buttons and layers of felt, they make a statement but without trying too hard. The clips are conveniently sorted by color at the shop, so you can stock up on pink barrettes for Valentines Day, or yellow and green barrettes...

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