Cool Kids’ Clothes

Love Bug

I used to chuckle when all my friends with little boys would complain about the clothes offerings. Little did I know, I’d be chiming in with my own disgruntlement with the lack of anything other than crossed hockey sticks and little toy trains.

Bling for Braniacs

I’ve got a nagging fear that today’s generation of girls, growing up in Swaraovski-studded shirts that say future model, are in for quite a shock when they get older and do not, in fact, turn out to be models.

Shades of Brilliance

I see the racks of kid’s sunglasses at the superstores and while the hot pink princess shades might seem terribly cute to my daughter, they do nothing to protect her from the sun–or make me keen on buying them.

Equal Opportunity Guitar Tee

If the kids’ tee motifs are any indication, rock n roll dreams are strictly for boys. They get shirts featuring drums, guitars, the upright bass–while girls are stuck with sparkly pink groupie shirts that say stuff like rock n roll princess.

Vamos A La Playa

I’m all for a cute halter bikini on me (when I’m in my best possible shape) but on my 3 year old? Call me a fuddy-duddy butI’d prefer something that covers her just a bit more. Besides, slathering suntan lotion all over a constantly moving little body every hour is too darn hard. I say, more fabric!

Clothes For Hanging Around

Year after year, my mother outfitted me in dresses that were fine for the classroom, but completely inappropriate for the playground. While all the other girls wore slacks and hung upside down from the monkey bars, I stood off to the side and silently cursed my mother’s sewing machine.

Will Clean Up Toys for Peanuts

It’s hard to beat little cotton dresses on little girls for summer. The problem is, not every girl is the gingham and bows type, and that’s a lot of what toddler dresses are. If we put my daughter in something frilly and flouncy…well let’s just say it wouldn’t happen.

Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?

In these past few years as a parent, I’ve picked up several pearls of wisdom. 1.) Never leave your kid alone in the bathroom. 2.) No matter how late you put them to bed, they’ll still wake up early. 3.) Clothes that can be worn several different ways are priceless.

Germs! All Over His Shirt!

I’ve always thought that that old nursery rhyme about little boys being made of snips and snails and puppydog tails was sort of weird. First of all: Snails? Really? When’s the last time your kid played with a snail? And what the heck is a snip, anyway?

Diapers Are So Last Year. Literally.

When my daughter started potty training, I was introduced to the world of toddler underpants that come smothered in the 2-D world of licensed characters. While I can sort of see the incentive of wearing your favorite talking animal on your bum, I’d like to think that there are other options.

Feeling Fruity

I’m not into the matchy-matchy look with clothes for my girls. They seem to like eclectic, creative fashion as well: The wildly patterned tights, the bright shirts, the multicolored shoes. I figure as long as we’re not blinding anyone, we’re good to go.

Retiring the Ponytail

I have to laugh when I hit my local mom group and almost every one is sporting some form ofa ponytail. Let’s face it, chasing around kids forces most of us to saveactual hair styling forextra special occasions.

Bonnets, Brooklyn Style

I may gravitate to the classic and the traditional, but I don’t dress my girls like we live on a little house on the prairie. Thoughts of calico dresses and frilly bonnets give me Nellie Olsen flashbacks. No thank you.

Sunday Driver

When I first had a baby I remember very distinctly getting the single word of advice: Zutano. My friend turned out to know what she was talking about. I loved the mix and match, durable styles for newborns, never having any idea that this mom-and-pop run company (turned fashion force to be reckoned with) also made cool stuff that older kids could get into. Now I know.