Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

My little kittens have lost their mittens

It is four days before the official start of winter and we are already down one scarf, 1 1/2 pairs of gloves, and two hats. Some of them mine. While I’m reluctant to shell out big bucks on replacing them, I’m sort of having trouble resisting the warm, wooly ruffle scarf and matching mittens from fancy kids clothes purveyors, Best & Co in a choice of two colors-none of them involving pink. It’s especially appealing at the super discounts they’re offering right now. Score another one for the procrastinators and mitten-losers among us. –Liz Best &Co is currently having...

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Return of the puffy coat

So of course we’re the idiots who leave our kids’ winter jackets on the plane just before returning to the coldest day of the season so far. Yippee! Unfortunately the terrifying selection of heinously ugly coats left at the nearest department store wasn’t working out for me. Do two year-olds really need rhinestones on their winter coats? Thank goodness I tracked down the fantastic Appaman puffy coat at a local boutique. It’s not too girlie, not too “this season,” but still nicely styled. And best of all, it is warm. And currently on my daughter instead of on the...

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KEEN Shoes: Less carbon footprint, more snowy footprints

More and more, I’m starting to care about how the clothes my family wears are made and by whom. I’m no crazy dogmatic eco-ista, but there’s something to be said for corporate responsibility and giving back and supporting people who ride hybrid corn-fed unicorns to work instead of Hummers. Or whatever. Which is why I’m happy to discover the shoes from KEEN. Not being the outdoorsy type myself I was actually first introduced to the brand through my local Brooklyn hipster shoe store, Soula, which stocks them next to the Orla Kiely bags believe it or not. I especially...

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Hanukkah clothes that are actually cool? Who knew?

Trust me, finding cute Hanukkah clothes is as difficult as finding the correct way to spell Hanukkah. (Or is it Hannukah? Chanukah? Channuukkah?) So check out the super cute infant and toddler tees with handcrafted Menorah appliqués from Littleuni.com, who we already love for their more secular tees. They’ve just added holiday themed designs, like trees, ornaments and stars to their collection which are worth a look, even if you tend to hate holiday themed designs. You can either have words like Happy and Joy embroidered over the appliqué or personalize it for your kids. And the t-shirts are...

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It’s time to dress up right

Being a novice knitter myself, I have a deep appreciation for the time and effort that goes into creating a pair of children’s mittens–a project I’ve yet to successfully complete.  Trouble is, even if I did manage to finish a pair, my daughter would complain of impending frostbite before she’d finished packing a single snowball.  Yarn by itself is no match for wet snow. But the M’uppet Mittens by Zooni found at My Princess Closet have solved that problem quite nicely.  These hand-knitted and crocheted deep purple mittens adorned with lavender posies are lined in cozy fleece.  I love...

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Caterpillar dresses for your ever changing daughter

Now that I have two girls, I look at every article of clothing I buy as a future hand-me-down. But self-professed “fabriholic” Devorah Miller, designer behind Canada’s Red Thread Design, is one step ahead of me – she created a Catepillar Dress that actually looks great on both my 3 year-old and my 8 month-old at the same time. My youngest can wear it as a dress with tights and little boots, and my oldest wears it like a tunic over jeans. Although  truth be told, she calls it a jumper. It helps her “jump really high” too. Poke...

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Magical Apparel makes pretend play a snap (and a zip and a button)

As a mom to a kid who had his share of sensory issues, I was intrigued when I found out about a line of dress-up clothes called Magical Apparel that don’t just expand a child’s imagination, but also his fine motor skills. Sold by Fun and Function, girls can chose from two different sparkly and fully adjustable princess costumes, and little boys (or girls, I’d hope) can imagine themselves as a firefighter, policeman or an emergency technician. For those needing sensory input, secret interior pockets can hold small beanbag-like weights. But I’d think any child would love all the...

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Livie & Luca shoes score again. And by score, I mean I’d like them all, please.

After trying more shoes on my daughters than I’d care to admit, I keep coming back to Livie & Luca. These are the handmade, beautifully-styled kids shoes that pretty much make you hate all the other shoes in your kids’ wardrobe. They’re comfy enough for kids to wear every day with a flexible, durable sole, but the nice leather uppers means they look fantastic even with dressier clothes. This season, we’re just loving the two-toned Laksmhi mary-janes, and for boys, the Emilio loafers (at right) especially in black and taupe. As for my girls, you’ll see them sporting their...

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Giving your kids’ wardrobe a Kico in the pants

For every rule I think I have, there is always one pesky exception that crops up. Like when I say I don’t love ruffles on my girls, suddenly I find Kico Kids and their modern, preppy-meets-flouncy woven and knit girls clothes that are more Milan runway than scary pageant costume. The boys clothes are pretty styling themselves, with incredibly inspired sweaters and separates like denim cargo pants that will put to rest the old complaint that moms of boys can’t have fun buying clothes. Provided they have the cash, of course. Fashion-forward kidswear does have its price. By the...

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Fresh air fun

I am constantly looking for: 1) Winter clothes for kids 0-12 2) Clothes that are designed to stand up to the rigors of hard play  3) A way that kids won’t get suited up in and announce they need to use the bathroom. Item 3 may just be Murphy’s Law at work (sorry), but for items 1 and 2, check out Play Outdoors. Founders (and parents) Sarah Laufer and Justin Rae decided to raise their kids in Oregon just to maximize opportunities to get out into nature, so it makes sense that their new shop offers eco-conscious products that...

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Applique tees worth the double take

I know, I know, another appliqued t-shirt for kids. Or at least that’s what I was thinking until I got my hands on the adorable creations by sisters and moms Autumn Durbin and Erin Payne of Noodle and Meatball. There was something appealing about their classic hand sewn designs that made me want to see more, and I’m so glad I did. Each piece is carefully appliqued using a variety of fabrics on soft, bright cotton shirts. Of course, I’m partial to the Ready for Take-off shirt for my plane-obsessed son, but I’m loving the 25 Cents gumball machine...

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Organic kids clothes take over the world. Starting with the holidays.

With all the holiday invitations coming up, I’m trying to broaden the girls’ party wardrobe without succumbing to either scary appliquéd sweaters or velvets and tulles that will be a bitch to get the Christmas punch out of. Sparrow LA is answering my prayers with a beautiful range of organic kids’ clothes from the mom-designed LA label Sticks and Stones. They’re doing the most awesome organic dresses and separates for girls in sophisticated colors and natural fabrics that are easy to care for too. My girls could get a whole lot of use out of the black recycled jersey...

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Shearling booties! Ack, dying from the cuteness!

Feet certainly don’t get any cuter with age, so I figure I might as well leave my kids’ toes bare for as long as I can. But while bare toes are adorable, they look a little out of place paired with a velveteen dress or flannel trousers in holiday photos. The Little EDA shearling booties at Bean New York are a perfect choice for winter photo ops and other occasions where toasty toes are a necessity. Available in chocolate, pumpkin, or sage and lined in wonderfully soft shearling, they’re so warm and cozy and luxurious I wish they made...

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Dreaming of Verde Mela

Dear employer, I respectfully request that from now on you pay me in Euros. Or possibly Yen. Because then I’d be far more likely to be able to afford the black and grey collared dress from Verde Mela for my daughter at West Village Kids – you know, the one with the stunning details? The adorable collar? The leather trim at the hem? While you’re at it, I would like a boob lift and a self-walking puppy. Best, Liz Save 30% (!!) off all Verde Mela at West Village Kids with code CMPVerde through...

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You say tomato, I say Happy Tomato

I’ve learned in my humble five years as a parent that no matter how hard you try, kids are going to like what they like – and around here it’s trucks and mermaids. But what I have figured out is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be the exact one that they see on their favorite TV show or DVD. Thank goodness for loopholes – and mom and owner Stacia Linz of Happy Tomato who has helped satisfy my kid’s desires without me having to drop more cash on licensed characters. Her original sketches are hand carved from wood...

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Design your own booties. C’mon, you know you want to.

I’ve never been one to coordinate every aspect of my baby’s clothes, which is obvious based on the blue socks, pink pants, and yellow onesie my newborn is sporting right now. But I will say there have been times when I’ve bought some pretty groovy special occasion outfits and found myself without a baby shoe to match. Enter Cute Baby Shoes‘ brand new design your own leather booties service. Choose from array of solid colors, specify where you want them, and in a few weeks (or a little more), you’ll have a really nice quality soft-sole booties designed just...

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Put a lid on it

Considering we were just wearing shorts last week in Atlanta, the cold snap took me and my son’s poor little head by surprise. No wonder when I tried the hat from Eli’s Lids on him, he refused to take it off. Designed and handmade by mom Kara-Noel Lawson, these aren’t your average caps and beanies. Smartly constructed to fit kids 1-5, they’re a nice alternative to the mass marketed hats we end up having to resort to. My son’s fave, the surfer (pictured), is a thick beanie constructed from soft striped acrylic that reverses to a hip argyle. It keeps your kiddo’s head warm...

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Moccis reinforce my view that slippers are for old ladies

We’re a no-shoes-in-the-house kind of family, which is no problem in the summer. But when the cold weather arrives, I’m stuck with a couple of kids with darn chilly feet. If you’ve got a kid who thinks slippers are torture devices, then you’ll want to snag a pair of Moccis, a cool cross between a warm sock and a moccasin. Your kids can easily slip on these modern moc-socks that hail from the oft chilly UK, and better, keep them on without slipping or sliding on your floors thanks to the suede soles. For $26, it’s worth not having...

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Eleven Shoes get a perfect 10

When my girls hit shoe sizes in the double digits, I was dismayed at how grown up some of the styles were.  Heels for a preschooler? Eek. Thankfully, the new line of fall shoes by Eleven, the big brother/sister line of CMP fave See Kai Run, gives my growing five year old a slightly older look while still remembering that she may want to climb a tree or turn an impromptu cartwheel. My daughter loves her new funky orange Eleanor Mary Janes with their rubbery-gripping bottom and easy-on velcro strap. I also love the sparkly silver Sofia’s, and the...

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Halloween costumes that do some good

With just a week to go, it’s time to admit that your grand plans for making your kid’s Halloween costume are simply an overambitious fantasy. Really, points for good intentions and all, but it’s time to get back to reality. Fortunately, I’ve got some excellent news. Not only does Costume Studio offer a wide array of costumes (for kids, adults, and even pets) which typically ship the very next day, they donate 100% of the profits to Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids in war-torn Uganda. Every single product page shows you the exact...

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Cool big-boy bowling shirts for your little man

As my son marches out of toddlerhood, I find myself swooning over clothes that bridge the gap between baby and big boy. Take this pint-sized black and white bowler shirt by LilaFrances, just one of the adorable options at the shop. This one however is the real McCoy with incredible detailing (check out those back pleats!) and white stitching; I could see it on the playground or at the holiday dinner table. During the colder months, put a long-sleeved tee underneath, and he’s good to go. This RISD graduate and mama of her own little guy can even hand-embroider...

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C’mon, cooler weather! Mama needs a new pair of children’s dresses.

When I lived in the frozen north, my favorite part of warmer weather was definitely the bright colors and flounces of my daughter’s spring wardrobe. But that was before I discovered Kit + Lili and realized that all that vibrancy can be a winter staple too. These colorful, bold-print long-sleeved dresses come by way of two Brooklyn moms who’ve made a name for themselves designing the modern, adorable clothes that the trendy moms go nuts for. The always wonderful boutique Moxie Kids has a great assortment of Kit + Lili in sizes 2-8, but good luck choosing just one...

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Shop Nest, improve women’s lives

If only there was a way to get fabulous clothing, accessories, and other merchandise while helping others in need. Oh, wait–there is. Shopping at Nest is truly the best of both worlds — the money from your purchases of various artisan goodies are given out as micro-loans to artisan women in developing countries to buy supplies. They even sell some of their resulting work right on Nest in the Global Goods category. (We love those Turkish placemats.) So just by indulging in some pretty jewelry or a cute outfit for the kids, you’re getting a chance to take part...

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Halloween hair clips that do all the talking, if not the candy collecting

I love Halloween, but prefer it when all the decor falls into to the realm of tasteful instead of “ohmigosh, did you see that crazy thing?” That’s one reason I want Details soft felt Halloween hair clips at The Silly Wagon which are full of Halloween cheekiness but won’t squirt blood, emit smoke or make a screaming sound when touched.  In fact, these bright orange and spooky black clips do absolutely nothing but hold back my daughter’s hair which is exactly why I think they are perfect.  She likes that she could tease her friends and neighbors by pointing...

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Time to start thinking holiday photo outfits, mamas

Does a baby girl need a faux fur vest like the one from France’s Jean Bourget? Of course not. But would it totally make your day every time you dressed her in it? Absolutely. Especially when holiday card photo time rolls around and you want  her in something festive and fun, hold the red and green. I would totally get one if I had $53 lying around that demanded to be spent on something a little outrageous in sizes 12mo-4T. Yes, my money often demands how to be spent–doesn’t yours? –Liz Find lovely things for kids at Arte...

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Big Brands Doing Cool Things: Stride-Rite prewalkers go greener

Eco-friendly shoes may conjure up images of Birkenstocks or novelty moccasins from a gift stop in Maine, but more and more, the big brands are embracing small steps towards general environmental do-gooding. Now it’s Stride-Rite, that children’s shoe behemoth, who’s added an eco-responsibility component to their much loved prewalkers for babies. Styling wise, I think they hit it more with the boys designs than the girls this season, although all the styles have the excellent support and comfort that matter most in a baby’s first pair of shoes. But what’s really special is that the outsoles are actually made...

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Hellooooooooo Brooklyn!

Yes, I’m biased as a (718) resident myself, but truly, who wouldn’t want one of the adorable Je T’aime Brooklyn kids tees from Atsuyo + Akiko? People who hate Coney Island? People who hate They Might Be Giants? People who hate sitting in Brooklyn Bridge traffic at 5PM on a Friday? Impossible – no such people exist. If you want to get your hands one, find it online at Bean New York along with other covetable kidswear. I hear it looks good on kids who live in other cities too. –Liz Get free shipping on orders $30+ with code...

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With Ses Petites Mains, I’m not mourning the end of summer quite so much

If you’re in love with the truly inspired handmade clothes from Ses Petites Mains like I am, you’ll be happy to know you can now find the entire collection in one place: Their very own online shop. San Francisco designer Beth Miles scores again with her incredible fabrics and beautiful handiwork in the new fall collection. I’m particularly adoring the grunge-meets-grandpa sweater feeling of the Thora Jacket (shown) and the pleated denim Aggie Skirt which my preschooler could wear with pretty much anything in her wardobe Then there’s that Edith Wrap Dress for special ocassions which make me truly...

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Giddy Giddy hair clip holders – how hair clips were meant to be held

Considering I had to wait a loooong time before my daughter could actually wear hair clips, there’s no way I’d stuff those carefully picked pretties in some old box. Instead I’m all about Giddy Giddy’s new hair clip holders, which to me look more like wall art than storage. It’s only natural that the genius mamas behind the beloved Giddy Giddy hair clips would finally come out with a holder handcrafted in their signature felt and dripping in cuteness. I seriously can’t decide between the balloon or the cuckoo clock, but luckily, I’ll have two girls in the matter...

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Distress signals

I know I am not alone in saying that boys belts tend to fall into two camps: Ridiculously dorky or super ridiculously dorky. The selection out there is enough to make mamas wish for a return to suspenders. And then I saw the distressed leather belt for kids from Wonderboy at CMP fave Arte Bebe and I thought yeah! Totally! At $36 it’s not completely exorbitant, and you’re getting a real leather belt with a substantial buckle that will look cool over any pair of jeans. Or really, make any pair of jeans look cool. Psst…I bet it would...

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