Category: Kid Fashion

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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Dinosaurs Are Our Friends

I’m more than happy to oblige my daughter’s new dinosaur obsession, that is if I could find a cool shirt that doesn’t display a mean, scary T-Rex. I’m prefering Hildegard, my new favorite bike-riding dinosaur from parent-run label Playground Partisans, and quite easily one you’d be more than happy to meet at your local playground. Or, um Jurassic Park. And make sure to check out the baby line with characters like Friedrich, one darn cute hedgehog. Nice change from the slew of puppies, and kitty cats that flock to baby clothes these days. But every bit as friendly. -Kristen...

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I Like Zutano in the Springtime

One of the perks of editing Cool Mom Picks is that I get to run around trade shows with a press pass acting all important (ha) while checking out the cute designer kids clothes that won’t be out for another six months. One of the frustrating things about it: The cute designer kids clothes won’t be out for another six months! Dagnabbit. One of the collections that stuck in my head last year was the new toddler Spring collection from Zutano, a lot of which looks more like high-end boutique brand clothes but without the high-end prices. I really...

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Clips That Stay In. Without Corn Syrup. or KY Jelly.

I remember the time someone suggested using corn syrup to stick a bow on my then bald daughter’s head. After picking my jaw up from the ground, I vowed that I would steer clear of clips until I could find one that stayed in my daughter’s thin, soft hair without the help of kitchen staples. Well, thanks to a strategically placed piece of felt, the clips by mom Bryn Stamets of Kenzie Klips do stay in my daughter’s hair (granted she actually does have some now). Bryn handcrafts each one (love the monograms too!) out of 100% wool felt resulting in hair...

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Bangs Be Gone

My daughter informed me that she wants to "lose her bangs." I’m not sure if it’s because she has somehow gone from 3 to 14 overnight, or if she just wants another few Seabands to wear. These bright, adorable cotton headbands from designer/mom Susan O’Neill are great for keeping growing bangs at bay in the forthcoming Spring breezes, but still work as a fun seasonal hair accessory as well. While I thought the classic style was a bit wide on my preschooler’s head, it certainly hasn’t stopped her from wearing them. All day. Every day. You get the picture....

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I Wish They All Could Be California Boys

The number one question we get in the CMP inboxes (besides Dear friend would you please helep me I am Nigerian prince I inheret $60 million dollars US) is easily Where can I find some cool boys clothes? Fear not dear parents of boys, we have you covered. And right now, one of our new fave finds is the wonderfully named West Coast shop, Peek…Aren’t You Curious. This oh-so-California brand has got some super cute girls clothes, but we’re particularly impressed with their SoCal inspired boys line. Or rather, lines. Because they’ve essentially created four mini labels within their...

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Sweet Shoes! No, They Really Are Sweet Shoes.

It is never too early to start a child on the righteous path towards ultimate footwear coolness. You may be tempted just to keep the teeniest tootsies clad only in socks, but resist you must – for early shoe choices may impact their preferences for life. One option to consider: The skate and surf-inspired soft-soled shoes from Sweet Shoes. Contrasting x-bones, angular stripes, and groovy waves provide authentic Pacific Coast detail to the Turkish suede leather uppers. And the slip-on styles, from Keds-like skull shoes to embroidered mary janes, just put me in that Venice Beach state of mind....

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The Alphabet According to Pop Culture Junkies

Yeah yeah yeah, A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Whatever. I’m far more interested in Brooklyn dad/designer Adam Scherr’s retro cultural take on the alphabet via his label, Infinitee. A is for Audrey, B is for Brando, F is for Frank – You know which one. As if there’s more than one Frank. I’m sincerely hoping Adam makes it through the whole alphabet, because there really is a dearth of toddler tees featuring Xavier Cugat, Yo Yo Ma, and Frank Zappa. Find a dandy selection for sale online at PsychoBaby. Let us know which one you get....

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Rock On, Little Girls

I’ve got a 2.5 year-old girl who can identify Bob Dylan by sight, jumps up and down when she hears They Might Be Giants on the radio, and tells everyone she knows that she wants to be a drummer. Needless to say I find it wee bit annoying when kids boutiques have all the rock-themed tees categorized under "boys." Not Slick Sugar. They’ve got an entire line of Spring duds just for little rockettes, as they call it – although I’m not entirely sure that the female version of rocker is rockette. I’m particularly digging the cap-sleeve black tee...

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All It Takes is One Warm Snap to Send Us All Sandal Shopping

I’m willing to dive into my sandal stash the second the mercury creeps above 50. But since this is my son’s first Spring as a walker, I’ve got no such stash for him to speak of. So for the random warm early spring day in preparation for hot summer afternoons, try the boy sandal styles from UMI. They’re most definitely solid, hearty sandals designed with the hard-to-fit kid’s foot in mind. But the sleek European styles appeal to my picky, shoe-obsessed side too. There aren’t a huge variety of styles to choose from, but as moms of boys, we’re used to that. I’d...

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Dressed to the Nines With Nary a Dorky Bow Tie to Be Found

I love clothes. Have I mentioned this before? If not, you should know, I’m a lover of the clothes. However, when it comes to clothing my favorite little punk, 99% of the time the clothing is just not fun or comfortable, and most of the options are as dorky as they are itchy. However, I have recently found one more addition to the 1% club. And this exception is exceptionally fantastic, totally well made, and kickin’ cool. In fact, designer Denise Love’s Dandy Social Club children’s clothing collection is rocking our world, right along with my assumptions about boys...

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The Kids Shoe Adoration Continues

Let’s continue what is fast becoming Kids Shoes Month at CMP. We have been bowled over lately by the number of far too cute footwear options for people far too little to appreciate such deliciousness. Way up on our list: The new sandals from CMP fave Livie and Luca. Forget for a moment (if possible) that this mom-run company’s handmade styles are beyond adorable and colorful and funky and original. What’s really appealing to me is that my daughter has been wearing–i.e. beating on–her Livie and Luca elephant shoes for about a year now, and they still look terrific,...

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Sock it To Me

How do you get a skirt-obsessed preschooler who hates tights out the door without a battle in the morning? All hail the adorable knee socks – like these cuties picked by my daughter herself – from Tote and Tee. Owner and mom Amy Trusler’s girls are known for their eye-catching socks, so it was only natural that she’d stock them at her shop. And it’s no surprise they’re not only great-looking, but they’re true to their name. No "droopy ankle socks" here. Make sure to check out her handmade letter and number tees that can, upon your request, be designed to match...

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The Jacket Worthy of the Easter Dress

I always torn about spending the cash on a fancy Easter dress for my daughter which I then hope that we can use again in July as a birthday dress. But when I saw this timeless Neige Signature Audrey Jacket at Aggie Hill, I came up with a better plan: Buy a modestly priced dress, and splurge on a jacket that she’ll actually use way more. Fashioned out of washable cotton and linen, and fully lined in cotton lawn, the tan or navy cover-up will make quite a showing over an Easter dress or dressy summer outfit. Granted you...

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The Perfect Shoes for Laps Around the Coffee Table

My little 10 month-old track star can do about a 6 minute mile on hands and knees, if only she’s got the right traction. So who am I to hold her back? Time to transition from the cute crib shoes to something with a little more stick-to-the-floor action.  The casual collection from Jinwood shoes is fitting the bill perfectly. We spotted these cute, totally handmade shoes at Simple Me Boutique and they’re even better in person. The soles are suede but the uppers are real, soft-as-buttah leather. I love that they’re more structured than your average soft-soled slip-ons, but...

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A Pirate’s Life for Me

While my husband is definitely on the conservative side, I tend to push the envelope when it comes to what our kids wear. He’s been willing to concede on a few of my more interesting choices, but he has yet to give in to the now nearly over skull and crossbones fad. I did find a rad happy medium in the awesome pirate ship tees found exclusively at two-mom owned boutique Cattiwampus. Hand drawn and screened on funky burnout tees by artist Rebecca Foster, this eery pirate ship will certainly satisfy a mom’s (or kid’s) hankering for some alternative duds....

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Easter Shoes That Will Take You Right Through Summer

It pains me to purchase a pair of fancy Easter shoes for my daughter only to see them used once or twice. But thanks to Bugaboo Shoe Co (no relation) I’ve found ones that will take her from Easter dress to summer shorts –  without people thinking she dressed herself. While adopting her daughter in China, mom Robin Wise fell in love with her new daughter’s shoes as well. So much so that she and her husband returned to China, found a factory, and began making some themselves for parents everywhere. Lucky us! The unique styles combined with really impressive craftsmanship make them...

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