Category: Kid Fashion

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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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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