Category: Kid Fashion

Death to Scrunchies!

I find it hard to believe that there are still scrunchie wearers in the world, unless they have all arrived here via time machine direct from 1991. Better option–wayyyy better option–is Knotheads. I will admit it took me some time to come around on these no-pull, pipecleaner-esque hair accesories, but that may be more a matter of my utter spazziness than any sort of product flaw. The long ones are a most excellent solution for getting long hair off your neck without resorting to ponytails, and the 4-inch ones can stand in for barrettes or elastics. Check the site...

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Ethical Underwear? Sure, Why Not.

We’re going to go out on a limb and say if you’ve got money tied up in petrochemical pesticide stocks, this might be a good time to get out. The entire world is going greener, right down to their fair trade organic cotton underwear. Yes, underwear. We’ve recently been turned onto Peau-Ethique, a family-run French company very committed to the environment and fair trade practices. Their collection of super high-quality undies and sleepwear for kids is available on our side of the pond at Green Edge Kids. While it might sound a little frivolous to shell out $15 for...

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Very Wearable Art From Lark and Loon

I see a whole lot of items presented as wearable art that, well, I would say wearable yes. Art, not so much. But in the case of Lark and Loon, the descriptor really fits. This two mom-run shop commissions original pieces from artists across the country and turns them into wonderfully soft, stretchy, very wearable clothing for kids 2-12. By artists I mean real artists including CMP fave Alena Hennessy. Not people with fuzzy paint pens who draw happy faces. In fact the shop is so committed to art, they even give 5% of their profits to Americans for...

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Kids Shoes So Cute You Just Know They’re European

So here we are, well into summer when just now I realize my toddler’s shoe wardrobe is not really cutting it. What I need is something more like a sneaker-sandal hybrid; something that looks cute with a skirt but can still handle impromptu jaunts to the playground. (And don’t suggest those ubiquitous plastic gardening shoes because one day a kid is going to kill themselves wearing those things and then I’ll say I told you so. But I digress.) I’ve found the perfect solution at Love You Baby via the the so-French-you-want-to-eat-a-crepe kids shoes from Bensimon. The wearable, washable,...

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An Apron Dress That Makes Me Want to Be a 3T Again

Sometimes you touch an article of children’s clothing and it is so buttery soft, so absolutely luxurious, it makes you want to toss everything else your kid has been wearing pronto. That’s how I felt when I first caressed the exquisitely soft and stretchy modal cotton of the childrens apron dress from Baby Eggi. The shop is run by LA film exec and mom Jennifer Ahn-Newman and her fashion industry sister Julie Anh-Kim, and let’s just say we expect big things from them. The totally adorable dress is a throwback to a classic kids style but with an updated...

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The Tutu That’s Not Too-Too

I have resisted featuring tutus here for like a million years – or at least two – because frankly, 99.9% of them are too frilly, foofy, poofy and mega-princessy for even our little princesses. Rule of thumb: A tutu shouldn’t look as if it has eaten your child whole. But I have happily come around now that I’ve seen the delicious little creations from designer Nathalie Beardon of Kennedy & Friends. As a fan of hers put it, the kids wear the tutus and not the other way around. I love the simple contrasting color palates and the amazing...

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Giddy Giddy: Starting the Bag Addiction Early

While searching for hair clips that weren’t drenched in lace and ribbon, I happened upon the impossibility that is Giddy Giddy, and their totally cool felt creations that launched my daughter’s infatuation with barrettes. So leave it to them to fuel her handbag addiction now too. Mom and designer Teri Dimalanta has added ridiculously sweet pouches to her slew of irresistible wool felt clips. Each pouch is individually handcrafted from a variety of textiles and patterns, all of which include just a smidgen of pre-loved fabrics. I’m completely in love with the little red elephant bag (pictured), but would happily indulge my daughter with the owl.  You...

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Number of the Day

Edited to add: Fliggity is no longer in existence. My daughter, like most kids, is more than willing to share how old she’s going to be at her next birthday. But now instead of trying to hold up four fingers, she can just use one and point to her cool number 4 shirt from Fliggity. You’ll find a plethora of bright cotton t-shirts and fun fabrics that are as close as it gets to getting your kid’s age in lights. Each one is embroidered with love by owner and mom Lisa Leake, and unlike the customary birthday crown (which we realize is still essential...

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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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