Category: Kid Fashion

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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An apple a day keeps the cobbler away

It is just not fair that there are items as cute as these cranberry apple baby booties in the world, considering I am absolutely done with childbearing. On the other hand, it’s nice that I’ve got friends who are still churning out the puppies (ahem, Kristen) so that I have an excuse to buy them anyway. Handmade in Australia of Ecospun felt–recycled plastic bottles in another life–they make little toes this fall almost as cute as they’d be with nothing on them at all. Find them at Craftsbury Kids....

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About a girl

If my daughter wasn’t going through the phase where I am not allowed to put anything in her hair besides my fingers, I might be stocking up on some cute hair accessories just about now. And very likely, those hair accessories would include this super cute little girl’s headband from Warm & Fuzzy Baby, spotted at Blue Sky Rocket. And if that were the case, I would never tell you about the headband for fear that we might run into one other girl on the street with the exact same totally unique headband. But that’s not the case. And...

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Tis the Season for Very Cute Hats

With the weather changing even down here in the South (hooray!), I can finally rationalize shopping for fall-ish clothes for my kids, like sweaters, coats, and, of course, hats. Particularly if they include the handmade Flipside Hats found at the wonderful boutique Cat in an Apron–a reference you might recognize if you’re a Free to Be You and Me fan. My fave for fall is the blue denim which reverses to khaki and black plaid (shown). So if kids get tired of one side, they can flip them inside out for a totally new look. They’re lightweight enough to...

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The Beehive Co-op – If Cool Mom Picks had a shop, this might be it.

The instant I set foot in the Atlanta Beehive Co-op storefront, I knew it was my kind of place. Of course, it didn’t hurt that that I was surrounded with some of our favorite past picks from JacQueline Sanchez jewelry, Blabla Kids, and Lark and Loon, to name a few. However I was also introduced to a ton of fantastic local artisans that I had never met before, courtesy of the great taste of Beehive franchise owner and mom Viviana Campbell. My newest designer crush is on Mary Sweeney of Felted Heart. Her gorgeous recycled sweater ponchos are to...

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Grandpa sweaters from Georgie World. Why wait til you’re an actual grandpa?

I’m not so inclined to follow the trends when it comes to clothing my son, unless that trend happens to be self-washing clothes that withstand blueberry stains. But if the trend is cute and practical, say cardigans for fall, then I’m all over it. Which is why I’m totally into the Grandpa Sweater at Georgie World. What I love most (other than the name and the fact that it totally does look like a Grandpa sweater) is that it’s actually made out of fleece, so it’s machine washable. Add the diamond trim detail and the fancy buttons and you’ve...

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The perfect kids jeans jacket. At last! At last!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect children’s jeans jacket ever since my baby outgrew the one handed down from her sister. And by outgrew I mean I continued to stuff her into it until it simply became cruel and unusual punishment. Gimos Kidswear has totally saved the day with their delicious little mao-styled jeans jacket. The styling is modern, the cotton soft and light enough to serve as a fall jacket or a winter layering piece, and the denim wash is the perfect shade of indigo. Plus? No bling, no gratuitious hardware, no big logos across...

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A shirt as cute as you make it

I know there’s not really a shortage of big bro/sis shirts or birthday number shirts out there, so it shouldn’t be hard to track down at least one that I love. But alas, I’m picky. So when given the option of creating my very own thanks to the folks at Simply Colors, I couldn’t refuse. Along with a plethora of cool shirts, they’ve got hoodies, polos (pictured), even dresses, all made in a soft, sturdy 100% cotton that you can customize with the text and font of your choice. For an extra few bucks, you can get Glow-in-the-Dark printing,...

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Designer dresses designed by daughters

Sadly, shopping with my daughter is already filled with bargaining (if not actual bargains), and she isn’t even a surly tween yet. So I’ve got Style for Grace to thank for a remarkably relaxed and enjoyable mother-daughter shopping experience–that took place right here at my kitchen table. The site’s creator, Aimee LaLiberte, was inspired by her daughter Grace (natch) to design unique clothing that wouldn’t be seen on every other little girl. Pick a dress style, pick from six collections of fabrics, preview your design, and place your order. I could have spent hours swapping out fabrics and admiring...

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I saw the shine

I grew up wearing a pair of bright, patent leather red mary janes over white tights and darn if I don’t still carry a torch for shiny shoes for girls. You too? Well Umi Shoes has plenty in the shiny but practical department this fall for little and big girls alike. My own 16 month old will be strutting her stuff in their embroidery and button-embelished bluebell shoe in ruby, which is actually a rich cranberry color in person. Very pretty. Bigger girls can choose from the more classic Queenie in black, red or chocolate, and still bigger girls...

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The Mini Social – An invite-only party of the very best kind

If you want to know a little secret, we covet the amazing designer kid’s clothes that we often feature here at Cool Mom Picks just as much as you do. Our pockets aren’t as deep as we wish they were either. So that’s why we’re loving these new invite-only online sales that are cropping up, like our newest pick, The Mini Social. You’ll have access to exclusive sales on some of our favorite brands including Nest,  babysusu and Nurseryworks decor, and the best part is that there’s no hobnobbing involved to score an invite. Just sign up with your...

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Cake + Milk + adorable aprons. What’s not to love?

Designer Angeline Tsao’s background is actually in fashion design which helps to explain her excellent taste. It also explains why, while poking around her shop cake + milk paperie and drooling over her handmade invitations and cards, I happened to stumble on some gorgeous little handmade smocks. Handmade of cotton in sweet, irony-free calicos, polka dots or lemons, I can’t think of a more adorable cover-up for helping mom (or in our case, dad) whip up something caloric. While you’re at the shop, don’t miss the beautiful personalized note cards for kids. Maybe even buy both. That way your...

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See Kai Run – Smaller Can Be Better

Seeing as how much I (and my kids) love See Kai Run, it was only natural that we’d jump on the chance to check out Smaller, their totally new line for the 18-month and younger set. And surprise! I love them too. It’s not hard to be smitten with super cute designs modeled after big kid shoes as opposed to baby booties. Along with the soft leather uppers, smart soles combine suede and just a bit of rubber so you don’t get the slick bootie bottoms; maybe not a worry for your newborn, but of particular note when your kids...

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You can put a price on style. 52,50 Euros for a tee, to be exact.

Not all parents are fortunate enough to have style-obsessed children like I do. Already they shun those mainstream clothing outlets in favor of browsing boutiques with me, while pooh-poohing classmates we encounter in lesser, less expensive preschool duds. You know I’m kidding, right? Mostly we stick with the affordable stuff, but it’s always nice to add a few high-fashion la-di-da pieces I really love. For that very thing, take a look at the UK’s Little Fashion Gallery and their high-end selection for infants and kids. You’ll find brands like Little Marc Jacobs, Wowo and Bonpoint with designer prices to...

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Kicking Butt and Taking Names

Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by way too many pretty princess shirts (thanks, in-laws) or that my daughter has threatened to start liking “Hantana.” But when I see a shirt like the Kickin’ Girl from Appaman, it’s hard for me not to take notice. Especially because even the girl superheroes these days are dressed in those darn short skirts and lace-up boots. Whether you’ve got a daughter who loves tutus, or one who’s working on her green belt, this shirt featuring a fully uniformed karate kid in action is an awesome statement that I’m betting every mom and girl...

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Hipster Babies: Your Clothes Are Ready

Wish as I may that I could dress my kids in retro hipster clothing, the combination of my southern locale and my preppy husband make it a look that I just don’t think we can pull off. But if you’ve got a kid that can sport a derby to the park, then he’s definitely got to have a gorgeous handmade blazer from Haute Bebe by House of Lux. These practically made to order jackets, like the Olive Roy (pictured), are few-of-a-kind, each made of remnants and discontinued fabrics. Every detail, from the crazy golden brocade lining and funky buttons...

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Over the Rabbit Moon

As I was perusing the selection of fall boys clothes at my regular haunts I noticed one overwhelming commonality: Unless you’re into super duper trendy duds or have a taste for the alternative, artsy stuff, the regular boy clothes are pretty darn cheesy. Just give me a nice sturdy shirt with a single airplane or whatever, and no goofy slogans! That’s what you’ll find in the fall collection from Rabbit Moon. If it feels familiar it’s probably because Rabbit Moon is a division of Le Top. Their boy’s line is a fantastic combination of stylish and simple, with basic...

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Time to get that Olympics theme song stuck in your head for the rest of the year

The Beijing Summer Olympics kicks off today, and I wholeheartedly cop to the fact that I’m the type who gets all caught up in the competition. I can’t wait to sit down and watch with my older daughter, then explain why mommy’s crying over pole vaulting. If you’ve got Olympic fever, skip the scary “collectors items” on ebay. Instead, check out Altru makes some super-cool kids Olympic tees from vintage designs. A great selection is at Babesta, including  Tokyo 1940 and LA 1932, both of which are oddly lacking in corporate sponsor branding and banal logos designed by committee....

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The Monkey Drummer

Matthew Porter is the artist behind my baby’s favorite ABC Book, so how can I not jump all over it when I hear he’s turning his talents towards adorable clothing that she can wear too? At the One Red Panda shop, a collaboration between Matthew and his wife Andrea, his quirky monkeys, a staple of the artwork in his Seattle art gallery, become pirates, drummers and scooter-riding monkey chicks. They’re then silkscreened onto sweatshop-free duds for trendy tots. The clothes are especially great for those who call their kid “Monkey.” There has to be one or two of you...

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All the Erudition That’s Fit to Print

Okay so I just want my girls wearing this New York Times tee from Altru. Like, every day. They’ll look smart, and more importantly, they’ll make me look smart. Even if these days, I’m lucky if I even make it through the Styles section. Plus, I’m sort of hoping my kids will have a run-in with a kid wearing a New York Post tee in the playground at the time. Just to see what happens....

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Keep On Rockin’ the Summer Shoes

I realize that back-to-school is knocking on my door, but considering it stays warm and sunny in our neck of the woods until early October, I’m not sure my daughter will be sporting the brown eather Mary Janes on August 11. So I can blame the weather for my interest in these adorable canvas shoes found at Mama Om boutique, right? Imported from Spain and made with kids in mind (machine washable), these durable shoes are perfect for play or party time. They come in a variety of styles, including versatile solids and my favorites, the cherry ballerina flats....

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A Pocket Full of Posies

When your daughter is begging to stick 6,000 glittery clips in her hair, sometimes the plain old barrette doesn’t cut it. So I’ve come up with this motto: “All bling in moderation unless you are Carmen Electra.” And even then I can’t say it’s the greatest choice. But the wool felt clips from Little Pink Posies? They most definitely are. Created by stay-at-home-mom Leigh Houston, these pretty posies feature felt, silk flowers, and rhinestone crystals, without getting too sparkly for my liking. The alligator clips sport just enough gripper to ensure that it stays on, and they come packaged...

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The Blue Bird of Barrette Organization Happiness

Being that my daughter was a little baldie for a very long time, imagine my excitement when she became obsessed with hair clips. Especially because I am not the type to stick barrettes on a bald scalp with Karo syrup. My enthusiasm was quickly dashed when I realized that keeping track of her hair clips so that we didn’t lose them (or worse, her brother didn’t eat them) was a nightmare. That’s why I’m seriously considering one of the adorable hair clip holders by Details spotted at The Silly Wagon. I’m completely smitten with the sweet felt blue bird that holds a simple...

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