Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

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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I’m a little bit country

We first found Dame Star Baby back in 2007 (check out our gushing gusher of a review here) and fell instantly in love with their amazing Martin Guitar tee with an appliqué made of an intricately handstitched collage of fabrics. Well a quick poke around their shop today in 2009 and behold! For they have expanded! I’m loving the new banjo tee for kids which lets country fans (or Steve Martin fans?) in on the Dame Star goodness. But I also love the cabbage rose knit cap of creamy alpaca wool which looks ready made for Suri Cruise and...

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Into the wild blue yonder

Since my husband is a pilot, you can probably guess the amount of plane toys and clothes we’ve got strewn about our house. But we have yet to see anything like the Margalo Aviator Cap from Soil. Modeled after a classic pilot’s cap and even featuring a set of appliqued aviator goggles, this awesome hat is perfect for keeping your mini baby pilot or plane-obsessed kiddo’s head and ears warm. And if you’ve got an aspiring girl pilot in the house like us, stay tuned. The caps with purple goggles are on their way so she can fly the...

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Generation O, report for duty

It’s a big day, mamas. Really big day. So we appreciate you taking a sec out of your CNN-watching to join us here. Whichever way you swing politically, here’s to hoping that the next four years bring good things for all of us and our families. -Eds. I am among those who hope to proudly wear the simple message of Gen O tees for many years to come, starting now. But whatever your leanings, you can’t help but laugh that these Obama baby onesies and kids’ t-shirts demand “Change” on the backside. I can only imagine the enthusiasm designer...

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Baby Mukluks – Yeah, I had no idea what they were either

Maybe it’s because the last thing I need is a gigunda boot at the bottom of my already huge ankles, or because it’s currently 65 degrees outside in Atlanta in the middle of January, but either way, I’ve yet to embrace the Mukluks trend. When I saw these Giselle mukluks (read: big furry boots) from Aurelia and Annalise, I admit I jumped right on that bandwagon. At least when it comes to my infant daughter. Handcrafted from a combo of faux suede and faux fur, these booties are a stylish way to keep those wee toes warm even in...

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When a shirt is a shirt and a book for a needy kid

I realize you might be getting tired of kids’ message t-shirts just as much as I am. With a selection ranging from store logos (eh) or ridiculous sayings such as Looking for my prince charming (ugh) I’m glad to find waaaaaay better options, like the kids’ tees from Booda Brand. These decidedly different t-shirts for toddlers and pre-schoolers feature bold artwork and simple statements like peace, imagine, courage or love on soft, tagless tees, all of which are completely gender neutral (whoo!). The back of each cotton/lycra blend shirt reads I will make a difference, in subtle, small type....

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Baby leg warmers, for those who can stand covering those delicious chubby thighs

I have really come to appreciate the joys of baby leg warmers lately. In the winter they’re great over tights or to add another layer under the pjs. In the spring and fall they’re just fine on their own instead of tights – and way easier to deal with if you’ve got a potty training toddler. (Man, the stuff we have to think about when we become parents.) If you’re looking for a style that’s not too adult, not too cutesie, check out the baby leg warmers from Knotty Baby. The colorful argyles, stripes and dotty patterns remind me...

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The Mini Cooper – Now coming to a toddler tee near you.

“Hey! I wanna get dat!” is what my four-year-old son yelled when he saw the hip little Mini Cooper kids’ tee from charlieandsarah. He loves the stylin’ red Britmobile on the front of this comfy long-sleeved tee. I love that this shirt is part of a line that parents Charlie and Sarah created to teach their half-English son some proper British terms. Think wearable flashcards. Also check out the great illustrations for lolly, wellies and the Union Jack; you just may decide to teach your child English as a second language. –ChristinaFind a great selection of tees and onesies...

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You’ve gotta keep them excavated

When my second born, a boy, joined our brood, I entered the  fascinating world of Things That Move. I point out the backhoes on our drive to school, and we clamor to the window on Mondays to watch the garbage truck come by our house. You should hear the squeals when we pass a working bulldozer. So if you’ve got a little boy or girl who’s all about trucks, then you’ll want to make sure to check out the cool transportation kids’ shirts from Brooklyn’s Two Blue Cars. They create detailed drawings of real live excavators (pictured), diggers, even...

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