Category: Kid Fashion

5 cool no-tie sneakers for boys. Because, anything to make the mornings easier.

I am definitely a fan of no-tie sneakers. I mean, even though my 9-year old son knows how to lace up his sneakers perfectly fine, he much prefers being able to slip his shoes on in the morning right before he runs out the door. And I’m all for anything to make our mornings go a lot smoother, especially with four kids to get ready and out the door. Since my boy prefers athletic shoes over traditional slip-on sneakers (like my personal favorite, Vans), I’m glad that these days, they’ve got lots of cool no-tie sneakers for boys that are perfect for...

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Real Kids Sunglasses: Blending style with UVA/UVB protection

I’m like a lot of parents, in that I know my kids should be wearing sun protection for their eyes, but I’m not inclined to drop a lot on kids’ sunglasses. Then I started thinking, if I’m spending $15–20 on safe kids’ sunscreen that gives you maybe a week’s worth of protection before you need a new one, why wouldn’t I spend around that much on good, polarized kids’ sunglasses? So now I’ve got a new mindset. Related: 6 pairs of perfect sunglasses for kids We’ve recommended some terrific kids’ sunglasses over the years, including Baby Banz and Babiators. And now I’m happy to add Real Kids Shades...

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The awesome feminist onesie for our girls…and boys

We’re so glad we’re raising girls in an era where feminism is front and center, and the number of strong, visible female role models is growing across every profession at the highest levels. So I was thrilled when I saw this adorable feminist baby onesie at Etsy shop Eythink. Because raising girls to be smart and empowered is everything. I love them so much, I’d go ahead and order that two-pack. You’ll score a nice discount, and have an extra baby gift on hand for the future. And, now that our male President has stated that he is “what a feminist looks like,” I’d say consider getting one for your baby boy, too....

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Out of Print tees: Now capturing even more of your favorite characters.

Serious bookworms out there are probably already familiar with the cool, literary-inspired gear from Out of Print. Maybe your kid proudly sports the Madeline cover art on her Out of Print tee, or your baby’s rocking a Very Hungry Caterpillar bodysuit. But if the collection happened to miss a classic that’s near and dear to your heart, fear not! They’ve just come out with several new additions that capture even more of the all-time most lovable characters in children’s lit. Clifford, Curious George, and even odd-ball favorites like The Phantom Tollbooth, among others, get a place in the new collection. If kids are new to these books, I think...

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Our favorite summer sandals for women and kids from the massive new Target sale: Most under $12!

This post presented in partnership with Target If you’re not a total Target addict like I am (seriously, my daughter and I spent a good two hours in their Brooklyn store yesterday and I have the biceps to show for it), you may not be aware that they just kicked off their Deal Days of Summer Sale. Let’s just say…huge. Discounted items are even more discounted. And if you happen to have the Cartwheel app, which saved me a sweet 20% off the sheets I was buying anyway, then even better. Each day from now through July 4, you’ll find a different deal on home goods,...

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The new Athleta Girl clothing line: Is it worth the price?

I am an unabashed Athleta fan after being introduced to their clothes by a friend a couple of years ago. I practically live in them, mostly because I can wear them to workout and then for the rest of the day without feeling like I’m wearing gym clothes. Yes, perhaps the epitome of lazy, but hey, it works for me. So when my girls were invited to test out a few pieces of their new Athleta Girl line, I was more than thrilled. And no surprise, so were they. Over the last couple of weeks, my girls and I (the laundress...

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5 creative American flag t-shirts for kids that look perfect all year long.

In honor of Flag Day today, which commemorates the adoption of the American Flag, I rounded up some of my favorite interpretations  of American flag t-shirts for kids. I know that when I was a kid, I absolutely adored my denim vest printed with the stars and stripes, which I proudly wore on every occasion with even a hint of national significance or appreciation. So I imagine plenty of kids today feel that way too. What I love most about these t-shirts is that rather than just celebrating the American flag itself, they’re reminding us that it’s a symbol of all the things that make America special: Peace, love, acceptance, diversity. And since this...

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The best modest two-piece swimsuits for sporty, modern, or girly girls. Because, well, they’re still kids.

It’s become somewhat of a summer tradition to share with you our favorite modest two-piece swimsuits for girls, because teensy triangle bikini tops just feel wrong to lots of parents of girls who haven’t even hit puberty yet. And maybe, if we can get them excited about how cute sportier suits can be, maybe it will make those teenage shopping years a little easier? (If we’re lucky.) We love the convenience of a two-piece for mixing and matching styles, quick bathroom trips, and the fact that those tankinis can grow with our girls into next summer. Plus, these kinds of swimsuits are not fussy at all, which...

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A patriotic T-shirt that reminds us of what makes America wonderful.

Though I’ve heard a lot of people joke that they’ll be shipping themselves over the Canadian border if this year’s presidential election doesn’t go the way they hope, I know that for the vast majority of us, there’s no place like home. Especially the home we’ve created for our kids; you know, the one that promotes the best qualities our country was built upon like freedom, acceptance, and diversity. So if you too want your kids and others to remember why we think America is already great, thankyouverymuch, here’s a wonderfully patriotic T-shirt from Seattle’s Free to be Kids. Their ethically...

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What’s black and white and cool all over? Hip new kids swimwear from Nununu

I pretty much love all the hip, modern kidswear from Nununu. Some of it pushes design boundaries though, so when I heard they introduced new swimwear for kids this season– well, I wasn’t sure if it would be a little too avant-garde for most parents, or as wearable as the few Nununu basics that my youngest daughter owns and never wants to take off. Turns out, the swimwear is not only wearable, it’s modern, fun, and even modest. Which is the trifecta for this mom. You’ll find Nununu swimsuits for kids and babies in every shade of black. And okay, a little gray or white thrown...

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The cutest new kids’ sneakers? Found them.

We’re dying of cuteness over here! Having just taken a look at the brand new collection of cute kids’ sneakers from EMU Australia — oh my goodness. Adorable. I think they’re sporty enough for a trip to the playground but stylish enough for Sunday brunch. Provided you’re not brunching at Buckingham Palace. They’re definitely on the spendy side, but how can you resist the designs and all that awesome detail — like the fin behind the shark, or the paw print on the sole? Just be warned: you’ll need to add a good 10 minutes to your walks down the block now, because people are...

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Kidbox: It’s like Stitch Fix, for kids.

Last fall, two of our editors tried Stitch Fix and gave their totally honest reviews about their experience (one liked it, one didn’t). This month a new twist on the popular shopping service trend launched, but this time it’s for kids. Intrigued? Yes. Sold? Well, maybe. There were some obvious pros (hello, massive time saver for busy parents!) but also some cons (which I’ll get to in a minute). I tried out Kidbox to see how it worked for a mom on a budget and an 8-year-old girl with, let’s just say, strong opinions about her clothes. Here’s what I found out.   Similar to...

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5 ridiculously cute little girls’ shoes for spring and summer

Though I haven’t been able to pack away the winter boots just yet (and really, spring, where are you?), I’m pretty sure the warm weather will be here soon. To help us all get ready for no-socks season, I’ve rounded up five of the most ridiculously cute spring and summer shoes for our little girls. Order now and you’ll have the perfect pair of jellies or sandals for your daughter for when the weather finally takes a turn for the better. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Known primarily for their warm and fluffy sheepskin boots, Emu Australia has also designed the cutest little Rabbit...

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Vans shoes, even customizable for your budding fashion designer

I just so happened to be in a Vans store without children last weekend (dreamy, right?) and whoa, just when I thought some of my favorite shoes couldn’t get any cooler, they did. If you’re like me and are shopping for spring and summer shoes for your kids, take a peek at what I found. So, while the Late Night line isn’t super new, it’s definitely new to me. I snatched up the Donut slip-ons for my daughter, who’s completely, 100% obsessed with them. But I have to say the Pizza slip-ons cracked me up. Related: Fayvel shoes let...

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One of the trendiest clothing brands for kids just got super affordable. Parents rejoice!

We have loved Pink Chicken‘s beautifully made, non-fussy dresses and tunics for so many years. I remember Liz once showing off one of her favorite dresses that had been passed from child to child and was still going strong many years later. (Editor’s Note: It’s a size 4 and my 8 year old still wears it as a tunic! -L) It definitely made that splurge a whole lot easier to justify. But now, there’s no need to find justification in splurging on their stylish dresses. Boho-chic Happy by Pink Chicken is a new line of more affordable girls and women’s clothes exclusively online at Target. Same bright colors, fun graphics, and...

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The prettiest floral rain coats for spring that our girls will think are really cool

Everything’s coming up roses… and daisies and poppies and all the other flowers of springtime. And, lucky for our girls, we’re seeing these fashionable florals all over the most stylish rain coats of the season. Enjoy a burst of color on even the dreariest of days. Related: Modern floral Easter dresses for girls: 8 picks our girls love as much as we do From soft, lightweight jackets our girls can put on whenever a drizzle looks imminent, to hardcore performance coats that will keep them dry in a downpour, we found eight stylish options in all sizes to cover our toddlers and our tweens. Rain, rain go away? Maybe not, with...

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Announcing Rosie Pope Baby: Designer baby clothes made more affordable

Before you buy your next baby shower gift, you’re going to want to check out this new collection from one of our very favorite maternity designers (and amazing friend to CMP), Rosie Pope. Now she’s turned her attention to launching Rosie Pope Baby, and we cannot stop oohing and aahing this collection of cute little clothes and shoes. Related: Rosie Pope shares hilarious tips for sex after pregnancy The entire line is fun, quirky, modern and remarkably more affordable than what I might have expected. A five-pack of baby onesies in wonderful, trendy prints? Just $32. Sweet baby gift. As for my own favorites, a pair of silver bunny shoes, complete...

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These brilliant light-up rain boots for kids will brighten even the dreariest of days.

My criteria for selecting rain boots for my kids is pretty simple: The boots need to keep their feet dry. But, now that I’ve found Western Chief Kids’ lighted boots, and I know my kids are going to be begging for their boots to do more than just keep them warm, I am certain I’ll be adding one more box to that checklist: Light up. With a bright neon light in the heel that is activated with every step, Western Chief’s lighted boots will make jumping in puddles a bit more dazzling. I also like that their blinking steps will make our kids a bit more visible while...

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The coolest pop culture bow ties for boys. No preppy plaids.

Despite living in the land of spring seersucker and smocking — also known as The South — my boys aren’t exactly preppy. And getting them to wear a bow tie on Easter seemed like an impossibility, until I found RougeBox. This little gem of an Etsy shop has amazing pop culture bow ties my boys and I can’t help but love. Owner Joanne Kim creates these handmade ties in Los Angeles, and that big-city cool comes through in every piece. Whether your boy is more a fan of Thor, Star Wars, Wimpy Kid, or Dr. Seuss, I can’t imagine you won’t find one...

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Ooh la la! These ballet flats from Paris are my girls’ jam

My girls are ready to put away their furry boots and welcome in spring with prettier shoes in bright, sunshine-y colors. And I’ve found the cutest little fashion statements in Faux Pas Paris’ Opera ballet flats — new to the U.S. just in time for changing out the winter wardrobes. What I love most about Faux Pas Paris ballet flats is the bright “JAM” that affixes to the top of the shoe. These interchangeable adornments will make it so easy for girls to change up their look without changing their shoes — hooray for savings. All shoes come with the heart; additional JAMS include candy-colored lollis,...

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Modern floral Easter dresses for girls: 8 picks our girls love as much as we do

Easter is coming, and for my daughter, that means Easter dresses. She can’t wait to pick out a new dress that she’ll feel beautiful — and comfortable — in. For her, that means a more modern Easter dress, without smocking or seersucker or itchy crinoline. No lace, no frills, no rows of buttons or baubles — she wants something simple that she can run around in. Related: 8 flattering fit and flare dresses that curvy women can wear this spring And hey, I’d like an Easter dress that she can wear the rest of the spring too. So I’ve put together 8 bright, cheery, floral, modern Easter...

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Adaptive clothing for special kids gets more stylish. Thanks, Tommy Hilfiger.

It’s hard enough to get the kids up and ready for school most days, but when your morning routine also includes a lengthy struggle with buttons and zippers, it’s extra frustrating. This week, some of my friends and their fashionable tots who happen to have special needs got some very exciting news: The nonprofit group Runway of Dreams launched a cool collection of adaptive clothing from Tommy Hilfiger. In this collection, magnets replace zippers and buckles, and hidden magnetic closures are literally a snap to get on, with faux buttons on the outside that won’t give it away. This way, kids with disabilities can dress...

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Unicorns pooping rainbows: The perfect accessory.

Flipping through some of the new projects on Kickstarter, the one that grabbed me right away was this hysterical concept for a unicorn pooping rainbows plush doll and scarf. Because unicorns poop rainbows, of course. I mean, duh. What’s more, the plush doll turns into a soft, plush scarf, simply by pulling out the rainbow, magician style. Come on — who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves up in a scarf made of unicorn rainbow poop? I know I would. Or at least my tween girls would. With the caveat that I get to borrow it on demand. And hey, if this is all...

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Super fun, mismatched socks for kids that also teach a good lesson. (Yes, really.)

My kids come downstairs with mismatched socks all the time, but I learned to let it go long ago. Who needs to match, when wearing stripes and polka dots together is so much more fun? (Also, it makes putting away the laundry way, way easier.) Recently we found an awesome new company that takes mismatched socks to a new level. Each set of bright, bold, colorful PALS socks pairs two different creatures, like cats and dogs or birds and worms. The aim is to teach kids that it’s cool to be friends with someone who is different than you. My kids tried...

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Rockin’ Baby goes from slings to a cool kids’ line that gives back in a big way

Our editor Liz, who once touted herself as “sling-incompetent,” fell in love with Rockin’ Baby slings years ago both for their style and their charitable do-gooding that supports mothers in need. I count myself among their fans too. So we both couldn’t be any more excited about their new baby and kids clothing collection. Related: Gender neutral clothes for cool kids that leave the stereotypes behind. Their super cute clothes will outfit kids newborn to age 10, and plenty of it is on sale right now. Up to 40% off in fact. The prices are fantastic, and yet every single item is still made beautifully right...

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Snoots: Sneaker-boots for kids who want to stay comfy, and the parents who want them to stay warm.

When I first got wind of Snoots sneaker-boots (get it? Snoots?) from Stride Rite, I first thought I didn’t really need them. After all, I live down south and we don’t tend to think of daily walks to school in the snow as a kids’ wardrobe issue that needs addressing. Then this year’s snowpocalypse hit.  All my kids wanted to do is get outside and play in the snow. So now I’m happy to have a smart winter boot options for kids that will be useful to us whether or not we get a lot of snow again. Related: 12 adorable winter jackets to keep...

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Small Apparel: Cool little tees that give back in a big way

Supporting amazing artists and designers we find at cool, yet undiscovered indie shops we find is so important to us — in fact, it’s why Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks in the first place. So when we find a shop like Small Apparel, we can’t wait to share them with you all. This tiny, family-run business currently makes very cool tees and onesies for kids with positive, inspiring designs and messages. However, their profit margins are super slim. So going forward, if their Kickstarter campaign is successful, their goal is to start donating 25% of all their sales to support kid-related non-profits related to the designs, without raising...

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Putting your heart where your head is

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, cold weather, and rebellion streaks, I spotted this adorable girls mohawk snowboard hat on Etsy, beautifully handmade at the Washington State shop, Tory Makes. It can be sized for punk rock babies through preschoolers, teens and even adults, though it’s my hat-addicted 8-year-old who really wants one. (Seriously, she’s like Jay of Jay and Silent Bob fame with the hat…always the hat!) Related: 16 of the sweetest first Valentine’s gifts for babies. There are some other colors and styles that might be more appropriate for little dudes or pink-averse girls, in shades of gray, turquoise,...

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Winter hats for babies and toddlers that are so cute, you’ll want to go outside more often

The weather outside may finally have us shaking in our boots, but I’m feeling kind of warm inside just looking at the cutest handmade winter fleece hats for babies and toddlers from Mrs PTB on Etsy. They’ll almost make you want to leave the warmth of your house just to hear the ooohs and ahhhs of the passersby when they see your child all bundled up. Made of soft fleece by Philadelphia crafter Angelique Buckley, there’s nothing scratchy to bother sensitive kids who normally rip a hat off in five seconds flat. And the under-the-chin snap closure–which can be replaced by velcro on request–helps...

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Mittyz totally reinvents mittens for kids. Starting with the fact that kids will actually want to wear them.

Wintery white snowy days are coming whether we are ready for them or not. This year I am going to try to be prepared with updated snow gear for the kids that fits and is comfortable, encouraging longer outdoor playtime. So lucky us, we just discovered Mittyz mittens, a really different new kind of mittens for kids with some smart features designed to keep them on. Not that your kids will want to take them off. Mittyz (also available at Amazon right now at a good discount) are made to slip on hands easily — even over those bulky Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man coat sleeves — and to stay...

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