Category: Kid Fashion

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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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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