Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

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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Wait, So Girls Like Robots Too?

It’s amazing how quick some boutiques are to put the robot tees under "boyswear." Man, aren’t we like 3 decades past the notion of girls only wearing pink ruffle shirts with ballerina spelled out in glitter? So we’re very impressed with hip San Franciso label Bunny and Bee’s fresh graphics on their new Spring/Summer line of girls’ tees.. Starting with that funky robot. I mean, we love their new Little Thieves designs for boys too – but I’ve got to give props to any designer who can dream up fresh ways to serve up flowers, bunnies, and birds for...

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A Little Swing for Spring

You know I’ve got a severe case of winter-itis when I’m caressing the lightweight cotton dresses in my daughter’s dresser, fantasizing about the first moment I can get her dressed in a single article of clothing and call it a day. Top on my list: the lovely, flowy, wearable, yummy, unfussy a-line dresses from Kice Kice. The label is a collaboration between the sister team of artists Lesley Nishigawara and Karen Kice. (I guess Nishigawara Nishigawara didn’t roll off the tongue as well, huh.) There’s a superb selection available at Nonchalant Mom like the cotton jersey O Dress shown...

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See Kai Run. Maybe Strut a Little.

The new Kais are here! Yippee! Mamas who know the brand (as in, pretty much my entire Brooklyn neighborhood, judging from their children’s feet) love See Kai Run shoes for any number of reasons. The handmade shoes are comfy and flexible but sturdy, the styles are hipper than your average mass brand offerings, and they actually hold up for more than a season, even with months of serious playground terrorizing to their name. Check out the entire Spring/Summer collection at Dandelion Baby. While I do like the new ballet slipper-meets-Mary-Jane Lolas, I think my pick for versatility sake has...

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Pediped Goes Big

Pedipeds are a dream come true for those of us in need of a stylish yet baby-foot friendly alternative to leather booties for our crawlers and cruisers. But now our big kids can enjoy Pedipeds too, thanks to their brand spanking new Flex line. The styles are eye-catching and the soles are sturdier but still amazingly flexible, making them perfect for my active preschooler (and her footwear snob mama). If your kids’ feet tend to be hard to fit, the shoes come with with an additional insole that can be taken out as your kid’s feet grow, so you get more...

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Tees That Inspire Imagination

I always get happy every time another talented graphic designer decides to spawn, because it means the talent gets redirected from gig posters or shampoo packaging to cool duds for kids. Case in point: The utterly fabulous new design (and parenting) team of Julio and Anissa Dwiggins at Pickle Papaya, who are about to delight hipster parents from coast-to-coast with their imaginative but totally wearable kids tees. Nothing is exactly what it seems on first glance – bicycle streamers evolve into a flock of birds. A pair of chopsticks dangle a child’s swing like a soba noodle. And a...

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Socks To Be You

Socks don’t tend to be something moms get excited over. In fact, aren’t they the butt of jokes about bad gifts, along with fruitcakes and Dustbusters? But then mama-run Nix Baby came along with their awesome All-Star collection of socks, and now I’m giddy about the poor, underappreciated footwear. These awesomely soft, cotton knee-high kids socks are a throwback to the White Shadow era, when the socks were worn high and so were the satin gym shorts. But don’t pair them with satin gym shorts. Please. What you can do is choose from 16 yummy color combos, from bold...

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Banz Bonanza

Last month, a family trip to Mexico found my daughter, hilariously, in the same Gap swimsuit as half the kids on the playa. I guess there aren’t a whole lot of shops selling swimwear these days, huh. Baby Banz, makers of the much beloved kiddie sunglasses, is just relaunching their site today (today!) and we’re excited to be the ones to make the announcement. They have logically extended their line to include smart SPF50 swimwear and beachy accessories for the junior set. We particularly love the swim socks, which are a great shoreline alternative to the ubiquitous (ahem) rubber...

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Letter of the Day

I was warned that toddlerhood would bring with it a series of bizarre preferences – I want the pink sippy cup. I want to wear my green socks with my purple shoes. I want to eat alphabet soup but only the letter Ts. Yes it’s true, your child will, one day, have a favorite letter. And when that day comes, you might consider turning to ABCD Tees, which makes heavyweight oatmeal-colored cotton tees, printed with crisp, flashcard-inspired animal images for most letters of the alphabet. (Aw, poor Q. Always left out.) You’ll be particularly lucky if you’ve got a...

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Rainy Day Barrettes

I’m the type of mom who, when barricaded in the house by a torrential downpour, needs to get out of the rut of  the paints- crayons -dvd routine. For something extra special for my daughter on those kinds of days, I’m loving the Kid Craft Kit at Happy House Quilts, created by mom and art therapist Jodi Doody. You will indeed be the coolest mom ever when you whip out one of these kits, which includes everything you need to make three adorable felt barrettes. Stick with the basics, or make use of the sequins and beads if you–or...

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Not-So-Basic Basics

We’ve had the awesome Netherlands kids label Buisjes En Beugels, or BB+++, on our radar for some time now, just waiting (and hoping) for it to arrive on North American shores. Or at minimum, in North American websites. Damn that exchange rate. At last we’re happy to have spotted it online at the very cool Love You Baby. This stretchy, heavyweight cotton dress is such an awesome transition pieces for kids right now, when it’s not quite Spring and not quite winter. Simple but with fantastic details, it would look superb over jeans, or in a few months, accessorized...

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When Mini-Adult is Perfectly Acceptable

I probably sound like an old fuddy-duddy everytime I go shopping for my kids, but when I see "Chick-magnet" shirts and too-short mini skirts that look like something right off an adult rack, I can’t help but cringe a little. Except when I saw Rileyroos, these fantastic parent-designed kid’s shoes that I’d actually wear if they came in my size. While these stylish kicks still definitely imitate barefoot walking, they’ve got a padded rubber sole, sort of like a driving shoe, that provides comfort and traction on your carpet and at the playground. And their signature curled toe actually provides your walkers with leverage between...

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Robeez Hits the Pavement

My kids spent most of their crawling and early walking days in Robeez leather booties. But when it was time for them to go outside, I was always bummed that the company didn’t offer something that was still like a bootie but had a little more to offer in the sole department. The powers that be at Robeez must have heard my pleas, since their new Tredz line, launching today, is perfect for those little walkers and runners who are ready to venture outside, needing a non-slip, water-resistant and extremely flexible sole.  All twenty stylish designs, from ultra conservative to rockin’ flames, are available in...

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Canine Love

I swear, we don’t have a house filled with junk food (so back off, Sanctimommies). Yet for some reason, my toddler already equates each holiday with what crap she will get to eat that day, and candy hearts are on the horizon. Maybe I need to temper Valentine’s Day treats by packaging them with this adorable tooth shirt from Pinecone + Chickadee. In sizes 2-6T, it’s never too early to get your kids to understand the essential co-dependent relationship between tooth and toothbrush. Especially as those chocolate-filled holidays roll around....

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Lady in Waiting

We’ve seen a whole lot of handmade felt hair clips, but none that made us grin quite like The Little Lady Clip at Lily-Pie designs. Let’s just say Kristen and I had a grand old time coming up with other names for it – although granted The Bathroom Door Clip really doesn’t have the same sales potential. Besides being totally cute, think of the additional benefits. You’ll not only keep your daughter’s hair pristine, you’ll insure she never stumbles into that other bathroom by accident. You know, the one with the weird fountains on the wall. –Liz  Congrats to...

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