Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

A whole new kind of personalized gift from the kids from Hiho Batik

I’ve been a longtime fan of the fun, spirited kids clothing by Hiho Batik since back when we started Cool Mom Picks. (Yes, even before the Obama girls were photographed wearing their tees.)  But I think I might love them even more now that I discovered their Personalize It! custom feature.   Now you can get their amazing handmade Batik products using your own kid’s artwork. What a brilliant gift idea! Just follow the directions carefully on their site, choose a t-shirt, a tote bag (awesome teacher gift!), or throw pillow, and then they’ll take your child’s precious creation...

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Punk rock shorts for stylin’ skater boys

In order to perfect the punk rock, skater-boi look, a Ramones shirt will no longer cut it. My kids have been jonesing for trendy chain wallets like their friends at the skate park. The problem? Teachers don’t exactly dig the boys playing around with their wallets during class. An unattached chain spells trouble, there’s no way around it. So what if I told you that you could get the perfect chain look without all of the baggage?   These new Punk Shorts by Chasing Fireflies are just the look my boys dig. I call this the faux-chain look (no wallet!), and man, will...

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Peace never goes out of style

Peace is something I believe we need to promote all the time. I want my children to wear it on their sleeves and on their chests.   So of course I am digging this Peace Warrior t-shirt by Be Love, which puts our affinity for non-violence on our casual wear. Is there anything cooler than a “Peace Warrior?” I’m going to say no…but then again, there’s a whole category of cool kids’ tees featuring the likes of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Be Love is a rad organization that inspires children and adults by communicating lessons of love and strength...

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UV swimwear to keep our girls (and boys) covered

Every year, I look out for appropriately modest swimsuits for girls. Not to keep them bundled in tents, but to keep them cute and water-ready without having to succumb to ruching and triangle teeny-bikini tops for the nonexistent boobs. Well here’s a cool New Zealand brand that knows a little something about cool swimwear for boys and girls that has nothing to do with premature sex appeal and everything to do with actual swimming. (Weird, right?) Snapper Rock makes UV 50+ swimwear for boys and girls that’s meant to be run in, waded in, and wave-jumped in. Hold the hooch. And...

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Super cool boys’ accessories, because why should girls have all the fun?

Clothes might make the (little) man, but there’s something about cool hats, sunglasses and other accessories that can dial up the wardrobe a notch. Who says girls get to have all the fun? Browsing around at one of my favorite cool-kid indie clothing labels, Appaman, I was so happy to see another great brand that hasn’t forgotten the stylish little dudes in our lives. The future’s so bright…yeah, you know the rest.  Appaman’s sunglasses for kids are better made and longer lasting than thost $5 drugstore ones they’ll break in two seconds. There are some smart black glasses (at...

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The coolest summer clothes for boys come from the land down under

As a mom of a boy, I know how tough it can be to find cool clothes that not only look great, but are made for comfort and play. And I’d like them to last an entire season, please. Looks like Janet Reid (fellow mom of a boy) was reading my mind. Her Australia–based boys-only label MIDA was created from her own frustration of wanting quality clothes for her son that are young and whimsical without being overly saccharine. I’m pretty sure my son would live in the cotton twill shorts, which are quite sturdy but still comfortable and...

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Keeping it real, Viewmaster style

Because ironic baby tees featuring all sorts of devices that they will never entirely understand are all the rage these days (you know, rotary phones, Polaroid cameras, I like this one that plays off the retro Viewmaster in a fun new way. Not that you can’t still get a Viewmaster, it’s just the 21st century version is a little lacking, if you ask me. At Little Trendstar, these fun “Keep it Reel” kids’ clothes come as ViewMaster baby onesies, and ViewMaster kids’ tees up in sizes 2T-6T. And hey, maybe it will inspire your kiddo’s obsession with super basic...

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April showers bring 7 of the cutest kids’ rain boots

Playing in the rain isn’t as much fun with wet feet, so along with a styling raincoat, grab your kids some keep-dry boots for their fast-growing feet. Then, when they go to walk through the biggest puddle on the block, you can relax and let them go. –Christina Bogs for Kids’ rain boots have pull-on handles built into the boot to make it easier for kids to get up on their own. My favorite, the Daisy style, comes in a bunch of color combinations and adds a bit of pretty “May flowers” to the April rain. (toddler/youth sizes, $50 at Zappos) Ahoy!...

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BonLook: seriously stylish sunglasses for kids

As someone who hates going out without sunglasses on, I’m sure I’m not the only one whose kids have inherited my sensitive eyes. I’m also sure I’m not the only parent to have had that experience where we broke down and bought the cheapie (though not really so cheap) emergency kids’ sunglasses at a vacation spot or at an airport, and oops…broken after 4 wearings. Enter BonLook, which is doing a fabulous job with kids’ and baby sunglasses, and nary a Daffy Duck to be found. BonLook is a store for trendy prescription eyewear for adults, but they’ve just...

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9 of the most fabulous raincoats for kids those April (and May and June) showers

With snow hopefully behind us, we’re happy to pack away our heavy coats and mittens. But when these days of spring turn rainy, a bright cheery raincoat can help keep our kids dry…and maybe even coax them outside to sing (and play) in the rain. –Christina We all know that April showers bring May flowers; I hope they are as pretty as those on Marimekko’s Hili 1 raincoat with its iconic pattern. (Yes, we’re on a Marimekko kick lately with their new dishes for kids and fun baby clothes.) And for those extra-stormy days, I appreciate the reflective safety...

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