Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

East Meets West

I’m pretty sure that even if I weren’t Chinese, I’d still have a penchant towards Asian-inspired kids clothing. Given the chance, I could probably dress my daughter in gorgeous lotus fabrics and mandarin collar dresses all year long. But yet again, my poor son gets left out of the cool clothes club.  Thanks to mom Tiffany Cohen at TwoBOriginal, my son can proudly sport some Asian attire of his very own. Her Peace, Love, and Happiness summer set features three simple Kanji patches on a super comfy white and red cotton short set.  I’m not sure what I love about it...

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Secret Agent Ma’am

My daughter adores cartoon characters, as she is biologically programmed to, but I don’t necessarily like cartoon characters all over her clothes. (God love Diego for teaching my kid what an ocelot is but I don’t feel the need to reciprocate by advertising the show for him.) If you’re with me, instead grab your daughter one of the super cool baby onesies or kids tees from gohgirl and you’ve got your own characters to make up fascinating tales of adventure about. I’d start with one of the futuristic international secret agents like Zaria the artist from Nigeria or Beijing...

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Bippity Boppity Ribbit

If it wasn’t obvious enough from the piles of crowns and high heels in our toy box, my daughter is tiara deep into a fairy tale princess obsession. Why would I be surprised when she asked me for a wand for her birthday? Being the supportive and loving mother that I am, here’s my pick: The (almost too nice for a newly crowned 4-year-old) wand by mom Melissa Fischer of Fischtale Designs. Hand sculpted using paper clay and covered with a glitter glaze, these wands will surely satisfy your little one’s vivid imagination without succumbing to Disney characters. Choose...

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Habla Toddlerese

The excitement of hearing my son’s first few words was quickly dashed when no one but us could actually understand what the heck he was saying. But now that he’s sporting his Translation Tee from Temporary Language, everyone knows that his strategically spoken “oohs” and “ahs” are his way of saying “monkey.” Dad Bill Shore creates these bright and bold tees to your specifications using one of the hundreds of graphic images from his gallery and turning it into an iron-in with your kid’s own quote. And if he doesn’t have the image, make a special request and he’ll...

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Robeez Gets Air Conditioning

I’ll admit that I’m late to the Robeez party, but now that I’m here, I’m a devoted fan. And as far as I’m concerned, I’ve arrived just in time since their designs seem to be getting cuter by the season. This summer, I’m coveting their sandals for babies and toddlers. Along with their trademark soft sole, the baby sandals have cut-outs to keep those tootsies cool. And because not everyone wants giant fish or dragons on their kids feet, it’s nice that these come in classic colors like pink and navy along with some trendy metallics. If you prefer...

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Greeting Cards You Can Wear

In our digital age, receiving an actual real live handwritten greeting card goes a really long way. So imagine how it feels to get a handwritten greeting shirt instead.  Meet Greeteez, a new company which is apparently in the business of making moms (and grandparents and aunts and uncles) look super thoughtful. The 100% organic cotton t-shirt has a coated design it all ready for you to go to town on with the included Sharpie and handy stencil–particularly helpful if you failed handwriting class like me. Even cooler, have your kids scratch away on it. Pop your creation in the mail with the special envelope and you’ve...

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Sundresses That Aren’t So, Um, Sunny

It’s hard not to be smitten with sundresses for little girls – they’re so sweet, so springy, so totally age appropriate. I could, however, live without the Laura Ingalls fabrics. So when a friend bestowed my youngest daughter with a totally awesome sundress made from a concert tee I was like, yes! Awesome. The Wild Horses dress with a nicely crafted elasticized bodice is courtesy of Rockin’ Robin (tweet, tweet, tweet) comes with a matching pair of bloomers, and we found it online at West Village Kids. Sorry friend, I know how much you spent now. (And thank you!)...

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Happy Feet

We’ve had a heck of a time trying to find summer sandals for my daughter. Combine her in-between shoe size with fairly narrow feet and you basically eliminate most of the better shoe options out there. So when I slid a pair of Kuuru Shoes on her narrow tootsies without they flying off her feet, I was overjoyed. Designed by mom Helen Cheng, these shoes feature an inner sole modeled after real feet so they’re built to fit a variety of widths quite well. And I love that they’ve got a solid sole for active little lasses like mine. If you’re curious whether...

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The Annual Cool Mom Picks Dad Tattoo Tee Reco

Every year we fall in love with the idea of the kids surprising dad in a cool daddy tattoo tee on Father’s Day. The most hard-core, manly man, I-only-watch-Steven-Segal-movies papa will melt at the sight of his beloved progeny avowing their love for him in 100% cotton on the 15th. Or any other day of the year. This year the honors go to the hand screened daddy tattoo tee from City Threads, also available in a layette set for wee daddy’s girls. If you’ve got a daddy’s boy however, we’ve got you covered too. Flying Peas offers a fierce dad tattoo tee and onesie in basic black. Just teach that baby to thump his right hand to his heart next Sunday morning and you’ve got your gift covered right there.  –Liz Save 10% at City Threads with code CMPSave 10% at Flying Peas through 6/30 with code...

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The Perfect Child’s Cardigan (The Cardigan is Perfect; Maybe Not the Child)

Just as I realize my girls have outgrown all their Spring jackets, I got my hands on the most perfect, awesome, totally gorgeous cardigans from the new 100% organic collection of Nest Children. The entire collection (lots of it online at Arte Bebe) is exquisite – my faves are the ruffle dress and tank along with the swingy sweatshirt dress. But it’s truly the girls cardigan, in the most delicious shades of lilac or pool that we are getting a ton of use out of this season. (Psst, that’s my daughter modeling at left. And you can see that...

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Organic, Fair Trade, and Cute Beyond Belief. Score.

One of the best fashion trends to hit children’s wear – no, not custom bling shirts – is the use of fair trade organic cotton. The more demand there is for it, the more companies are working hard to come up with really appealing fabrics and the designs to incorporate them. One of those companies is Scandinavian Serendipity, which we discovered at one of our favorite online hot spots, Hazel Wood Children. Their prints are all originals, which we really admire, and they keep the lines really classic and lovely. I’m digging the empire waist dress (shown) and the...

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The Lazy Hazy Dress of Summer

If you’re to catch a glimpse of Quinlan and Thalia (the CMP co-founders’ oldest daughters) at the pool or beach this summer, chances are they’ll be wearing a Made U Look dress found at CMP retail hot spot The Silly Wagon. Aside from the fact that they are completely adorable, these dresses are super soft and comfortable. In fact, my daughter has begged me on more than one occasion if she can wear it to bed. My personal fave of the new summer line is the Hopskotch Champion (pictured), but the Gumball dress comes in at a pretty close second. They definitely...

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Surfing Safari

Today officially marks the beginning of swimwear season. And if there’s one complaint that I have about boy’s swim suits (okay, make that one of maaaaaaany), it’s that it’s nearly impossible to find regular length shorts and swim trunks. Everything I’ve seen could be categorized as board shorts, or as I call them, boy capris. So when I saw the Blue Island Swim Trunks at Bean New York, I immediately added them to my son’s summer wish list. Not only am I smitten with the vintage style Hawaii motif, but I love that these trunks fit snugly at the...

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Green is the New…Well, Yeah. You Know.

Some of the kids eco-tees we’re seeing are a bit heavy-handed for my taste. There’s a fine line between a clever slogan and some creepy preachy statement on a preschooler. Junkfood’s ultrasoft Live Free/Live Green tee spotted at hip kidswear purveyor Stinkypants strikes the balance and finds the cool. Not that I entirely know what the line means – unless it’s some sort of Zen reference to the existential freedom one experiences by cutting back on needless consumerism. But that wouldn’t fit nearly as nicely on a size 4 tee. If you really want to practice what you preach,...

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A Cherry of a Kids’ Tee

I am beyond tired of kids clothes that don’t hold up after oh, say three washes. The bargain tees I picked up turned out to not be such a bargain when I threw them out before the season was halfway over, reminding me that often times, you really do get what you pay for. Along those lines, Cherry Tees (who already does great tops for women) has just come out with a line of amazing quality kids tees in 2T-6 that are meant to be worn – and washed – over and over. They’re priced a bit higher than...

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I Enjoy Being a Girl

I might not be a huge fan of the lacy froo-froo get-ups for my daughter, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get sucked in by some of our awesome girlie picks – like these custom wool felt crowns from Cakies. Granted, they’re not really that girlie, except for those of us more likely to dress our daughters in pants and a baseball cap than a tutu. Mom Rubyellen Bratcher creates each simple and sweet crown (love the flower one too!) by hand, adding a comfy fabric covered elastic to the back of each, so the crowns actually fit and...

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Somewhere on the children’s swimwear continuum between innapropriate and modesty suits.

It’s bathing suit season and I’m not ready. Not for me (although really, I’m not ready) but for my three year old daughter who, if this year’s crop of children’s suits are any indication, is supposed to be wearing a string bikini, a flirty tankini that says “hula honey” across the chest, or something with cherries on the nipples. I’m not kidding. It’s freaking me out. Thank goodness for Cabana Life, a fantastic company dedicated to making protective SPF clothing for kids. Turns out they’re doing a dandy job with their burgeoning new swimwear line, as we recently had...

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Hats Off to Plastisock Hats

After last weekend rednecking it up at my mom’s house with a toddler pool on the front lawn and my cute naked girls, I realized it was probably time to start thinking sun protection. The sunhats from Swedish label Plastisock are totally rocking my world. If you want a break from the twill Gilligan hats and flowery bonnets, you’ll love their bold, vibrant fabrics like the red peace and green applefield prints shown here.   For $16 each I’d probably grab a couple. But if you’re loving the vibe of the hats but not in the market for a...

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What Is a Pajama Squid? No Clue, But I Think I Need One.

New Yorkers definitely think we have it made with kids boutiques, but I must say my sisters, these days I think the DC area is giving us a run for our money. The latest entrant: The Pajama Squid in Takoma Park, which just opened a very spiffy online shop for the rest of us.  Owner Tiffany King does an amazing job curating super cute baby gifts and gear, the likes of which often grace the pages of CMP. She’s got great accessories and shoes, a bit of mom gear, and the kinds of back-to-basics toys we love including some...

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When You Think Pink Chicken, Don’t Think Salmonella

People are always asking me whether I dress my girls in the clothes we feature here. Well, some of it, sure. But hey, I’m not made of money. I splurge on a few key items and mix it up with the sales rack jeans and the 2 for $10 cotton tees. One of my recent higher end finds: The Carmen dress from boho-chic kids label Pink Chicken. Oh how I love this thing. It’s sweet and flowy and adorable with little white sandals, but also looks amazing over little cropped jeans. I would totally wear it myself with a...

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One of These Kids is Just Like the Other

Having been on the search for unique twin gifts, I admit to succumbing to the totally uncreative "two of the same thing." So before you moms of twins boo me off your screen, wait until you see my sweet redemption: the Copy and Paste twin set from Baby’s Language. Perfect for computer geek parents or just ones with a contemporary sense of humor, this adorable set is sure to be the stand out gift amongst the sea of Thing 1 and Thing 2 onesies. Besides, the shirts are definitely handy for keeping track of who’s who. Just make sure...

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International Man-Child of Mystery

My daughter regularly has twice as much in her closet as her brother does. But shopping for a boy doesn’t have to be boring anymore, as CMP is constantly assuring you. One more example: mom-run Ochanga, which features boys-only hip international fashions that can hold their own against the latest boutique duds. You can search by country of designer, if you like, to maximize your global experience. Or you can do what I do and head directly for the stuff that’s just plain the cutest. For casual days I’m partial to this chromosome t-shirt, and for any upcoming soirees...

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LA Humor: Beyond Plastic Surgery Jokes

If you have spent any time on the West Side of LA, you will get a chuckle out of the new kids clothing line Rabbit Kinney. (For the rest of you, there’s a hot drag near Venice Beach called Abbot Kinney Boulevard named for the area’s founder. See? Now we’re all in this together.) The organic onesies and tees feature the colorful namesake character LA-ing it up on roller skates, surfboard, or a skateboard – and then there’s one design in which he seems to be carrying a briefcase and cane. Presumably to panhandle on Hollywood Boulevard? It’s a...

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Rainboots for the 2s, 3s and 70s

We’ve still got another week of those proverbial April showers, but considering the April we’ve had so far, I’m banking on those downpours well into May. And this year (for a change), my older daughter is prepared, armed with a pair of the funkiest rainboots in the history of children’s rainboots . They just so happen to be the 70s swinger pad wallpaper-looking Graffe boots from CMP mainstay Vincent. While we finally settled on the red, I admit the choice took way longer than it should have. I could have easily gotten one in every color combo and been...

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For Families Really Really REALLY Into Tattoos

My daughter has reached that very important milestone in a child’s life: Adoration of temporary tattoos. And spare me the anti-hipster parent eyeroll please–I remember liking them in Cracker Jack boxes back in the day myself. But they’ve definitely hit a new level in terms of authenticity and sheer size. Seriously, some of these tattoos are the size of my daughter’s entire arm. Brooklyn label Andy & Bella are taking the tot temp tat trend to a new level with kids tees inspired by actual tattoo parlor designs – no cutesie flying mom hearts here. More like Asian dragons,...

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I’m This Many Years Old

With my kids’ birthdays now close enough on the horizon that I can smell the beer bill (what can I say, we have fun parties) I’ve definitely got their birthday attire on the brain. I’m partial to the cute photo-ready outfits that may or may not make it through the chocolate ice cream cake. But after the actual birthday, I know kids really love the number shirts. One of the more original ones we’ve found – the "this many" shirt for threes and fours proclaiming your child’s age in language he can understand. They come courtesy the snarky tee...

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Hey There, Georgie World

If bowling shirts for little boys ever went out of style I’d be sad. No, scratch that – I wouldn’t be sad, because I’d continue buying them for all my friends’ kids regardless. And hopefully, even then, I could continue to count on Georgie World to hook me up.  We loved the surfer dude/sk8ter boi label when we first found it last year, and now we’re happy to know they’ve opened their very own online shop shop. This way, we can always find their South Bay-inspired tops, rad patch pants, and breezy board shorts all in one convenient place....

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Your Mama Wears Last Year’s Combat Boots

If I woke up Mother’s Day morning to two smiling children bearing breakfast I would be delighted. If I woke up to two smiling children bearing breakfast and roses I would be extra-delighted. But if I woke up to two smiling children wearing the super cute screenprinted My Mom Is Cooler than Your Mom tee I think I would just collapse from the joy. Provided those children were my own. Of course. Find it at Childish, along with tons of awesome gear from bona fide rock mama (and all around amazing gal) Skye Hoppus. Hope you’re reading, cool dads....

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Like Steven Sprouse for the Toddler Set

I have a wee bit of high-fashion envy, knowing very well that a size (mumblemumble) mom can’t walk into the fancy designer stores and actually expect to find something that fits. And so I do what every style-conscious woman trapped in a postpartum body does: I project it onto my kids. The Steven Sprouse-esque Tokyo Skirt at Spunky Sprout is so ridiculously pretentious that it’s awesome. On the right kid. As in not the kid of a former Spice Girl, but possibly on yours. Slip it on over a pair of colorful Con high-tops and she’ll rule the preschool....

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Tax Day Splurge: The Summer Dress Love-Fest Continues With Room Seven

We have to be careful that Cool Mom Picks doesn’t turn into Cool Dresses For Little Girls Picks. But man, it’s hard to avoid when there are so many sweet offerings this season, particularly as this year’s hot floral print trend suits the preschool set just perfectly. If you’re not familiar with Room Seven, well it’s time to nip that in the bud. This chic kids label is helmed by Dutch designer Brechtje Olsthoorn who grew up watching her mom and dad create the Oilily empire (mmm….Oilily). So retro florals mixed with checks and prints is definitely in her...

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