Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

Cool kids’ tees that help support the endangered animals we love, and make kids feel more empowered too.

We’ve all been saddened by the story of Cecil the Lion this week, and we know a lot of you feel the same way. It’s an especially hard thing to explain to kids who may have heard the news too, since children always have such an an innate fondness for animals. But one thing you can do is to help them feel more empowered, by finding ways to support endangered animals. We’ve talked about many charities in the past that support wildlife around the world. And so many of them sell some really cool tees that support some great animal related causes. Take a...

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Underoos! They’re baa-aaack.

I guess I’ve got super heroes on the brain, because first it was the Wonder Woman Havaianas that I found this past week, and now it’s….wait for it…Underoos. Underoos! The same ones you may remember from your childhood.  I had no idea they even still existed, did you? Kids can choose from a limited number of retro-fabulous brief/tank sets featuring the likes of Batman and Robin, Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Super Girl, all to help them fly into bed each night, and perhaps use their super human strength to stay in bed a little longer on weekend mornings. The girls’ sets...

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Wonder Woman Havaianas: All the feet are waiting for you.

While searching around for a new pair of flip-flops for my kids, I came across shoes of supreme coolness: Wonder Woman Havaianas! Everyone’s favorite affordable Brazilian flip-flops are now a colorful homage to the great Princess Diana of Themyscira and they come in both women’s and kids’ sizes. However I may have to get them just for me. My younger daughter said, but I didn’t even see the movie yet! (Sigh. Kids today.)  Then all I’d need is a pair of those awesome Wonder Woman bracelets in our Indie Shop and my childhood fantasy would be complete. But I’d settle for Diana’s legs. And maybe that invisible jet....

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Zuzii shoes: Handmade baby shoes we’re swooning over, because they make them for us too.

I’ve been admiring the stylish oxfords, loafers, and sandals for kids from Zuzii shoes ever since I saw them on Joy Cho‘s Instagram feed, which is one of my favorites. Joy’s style is so bright and cheerful, and these shoes fit that vibe perfectly. So of course I couldn’t help but click over to take a closer look, and wow. Zuzii shoes are beautifully handmade to order by a mother-daughter team in LA, and they work really well for an easy but still stylish summer look. That is, for those fashion-conscious toddlers of the world. You’ll find oxfords, loafers, sandals, even those perforated...

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15 of our favorite mom-approved, totally adorable, non-hoochie two-piece swimsuits for girls this summer

It’s become a tradition for us now to track down our favorite two-piece swimsuits for girls that are, shall we say, age appropriate? As a mother of two girls, the eldest of which is pretty much hitting tweendom (eep) I’m really glad that they still gravitate to tankinis, halter tops, rash guards and other not-so-teeny bikinis, but I also know first hand that those swimsuits can be hard to find. Besides, I admit I get a little freaked out seeing ruching on the chest of a low cut size 2 bikini top. Are we trying to simulate cleavage on a toddler? Other things...

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Great anti-chafe swim trunks for boys that keep your beach bums happy

My beach bum son loves everything about the beach except for the one thing that actually gives him beach bum: That mesh insert in his bathing suit. (I know, we’re very clever.) So, I’m so very thankful to find NoNetz swim trunks for boys that are made to do away with that irritating and chafing mesh liner so that boys can get back to the important business of sandcastle building and wake boarding. Related: Terrific UV Swimwear to keep our boys and girls covered Manufactured in Brooklyn, NoNetz Anti-Chafe Swimwear is mainly made for men, so our grownup boys can chill out comfortably by the pool...

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From the coolest paper dresses to designing a line for J.Crew: Meet Mayhem

We were all totally blown away last year when we began to see the daily paper-dress creations of one amazing four-year-old affectionately known as Mayhem. With her mom as her assistant (well, maybe a little more), Mayhem’s wearable creations have always been colorful and creative, one-of-a-kind haute couture made of paper, tin foil, and tape. But beginning today, our kids can wear an actual Mayhem creation thanks to J. Crew’s brand-new collection Little Mayhem for J.Crew. Little Mayhem for J.Crew’s line of dresses, separates, and accessories replaces the paper and tape with cotton and stitching but still captures Mayhem’s delightful imagination in each piece. And, in...

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Our favorite Tea Collection spring/summer clothing for kids: Exploring the colors and patterns of India without a passport

From Eat, Pray, Love to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, we’ve been enamored with the colors and textures of India for a while now. And now Tea Collection (we just can’t quit you, Tea!)  has us obsessing once again with their spring/summer collection of brightly-colored, durable, intricately-patterned boys and girls clothing inspired by Jaipur, India. So we are so so happy to welcome them as  sponsor, especially since we can safely say that everyone on the Cool Mom Picks team has had our kids in head-to-toe Tea from their very early days.   – Don’t miss an outrageously amazing family travel giveaway...

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Babiators grows up with new sunglasses for bigger kids

Search this site for kids’ sunglasses, and you will find several posts about Babiators cool-looking, high-protection sunglasses for babies and toddlers. With good reason: Cute styles and comfy frames coupled with 100% UVA and UVB protection, and an incredibly forgiving one-year replacement guarantee, make for a great way to keep little eyes from squinting their way through the sunnier months. So we’re thrilled to learn about Aces sunglasses for bigger kids ages 7-14, now featuring bigger-kid frames but with the same same qualities we’ve love about this brand. Including shatterproof lenses and durable rubber frames, because kids never seem to grow out of needing those at any age.   I...

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A tropical trend: pineapple clothes for kids are fashion’s fruit du jour

If my preschooler had his druthers, all of his shirts would be emblazoned with construction vehicles or superheroes. Luckily, he doesn’t have 100% control over his wardrobe, which means I can introduce fun prints and patterns. And this season, I’m all about pineapples. Yes, the tropical fruit is trending in kids’ fashion, giving everything from socks to dresses to denim shorts a relaxed beachy vibe. Since summer break is still weeks away, what kid couldn’t use a little vacation inspiration right now? Here are a few fun pieces that I’m really liking for kids. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   The...

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11 cool kids watches for when they can actually tell time the old-fashioned way. (Remember that?)

Warmer temps mean my kids are outside running around the neighborhood with their friends more–yippee! And with my oldest now a (gulp) tween, I’m feeling more comfortable letting him run between houses after school. But I would love him to wear a watch, so I can tell him a specific time to be home, rather than yelling for him from the back porch. Because that’s not real classy. Should you have the rare child who does not yet own his or her own expensive iDevice, These cool kids’ watches are a fun way to celebrate your kid learning to tell time and gaining that...

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Freshly Picked Moccasins for kids and babies get funky for spring

When we I first met Susan Petersen four years ago and discovered her start-up Freshly Picked Moccasins — well, wow. We knew her totally handmade in the US moccasins were truly special. What we didn’t know is that her brand would grow into a major empire with oh, like a hundred zillion Instagram fans and a whole catalog of styles and accessories, thanks in part to a successful appearance on Shark Tank. We also didn’t know that we would end up with so many pitches from brands completely knocking off Susan’s designs so closely, they get an instant delete from me. (You know who you are, ahem.)...

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7 fun, fashionable, rain boots for kids all under $50. Watch out, puddles.

What is it about kids and rain boots? Given the choice, my preschooler would wear his bright red firefighter boots every day of the week — rain or shine. Whether he’s puddle jumping, playing with his classmates, or trudging through the supermarket, you can tell how proud he feels with them on. If a pair of rubber boots is all it takes to give his self-esteem a quick boost, I’m happy to supplement his shoe wardrobe with some cool rain boots. However, my son’s at the age where his feet might grow three sizes in his sleep, so I don’t want to spend...

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11 cool career t-shirts for girls who don’t need reminders that they can do anything

Shopping for t-shirts for my 7-year-old daughter this week, I can’t believe I’m still seeing so many with slogans like I’m so fancy!, Me, my selfie, and I, and—worst of all—Boy magnet. Oof. Why? The last thing I want is for my smart-as-a-whip girl to think she better stay pretty if she’s going to get anywhere in life So, in honor of Take Our Daughters or Sons to Work Day, and especially, our girls who are ready to change the world as soon as we give them the keys, I’ve put together some favorite cool career t-shirts for girls. (And of course there are zillions more, but consider this...

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Because girls like dinosaurs. And well, boys like purple.

I just love when parents get fired up about not being able to find the kinds of off-the-beaten-path things their girls are interested in. Because really, that just inspires entrepreneurs to come up with such things and now we all get to reap the benefits. Such is the case with everything at mom-run shop Nawi Kids. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount below –  Moms Nas and Whitney started their company years ago when Whitney’s daughter was potty training and into dinosaurs. Surprise, there was no dinosaur underwear for girls anywhere to be found. So, smart mom that she is, Whitney decided she...

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Cage sandals, now for the littlest trend setters

If you look for a balance between stylish shoes for your girls, but also want something practical and durable, because you know, running and climbing and playing something I hear is called “chase the boys” that I don’t want to know much more about — I’m really happy to see the impressively fashion-forward cage sandals for girls now at Umi. (You may know how Kristen and I like our cage sandals.) – Don’t miss a huge limited time discount below – One look at the Rozelle sandal (for toddlers, the Rozelle Junior) and my girls oohing and ahhing, trying to choose between a pretty blue, pink, and silver, each with a...

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Getting back to basics. Affordable, lovely basics.

While I’m all for buying a few special items for my kids, like a crazy pair of polka-dot Doc Martens or some fun fuzzy vest they’re coveting, mostly their wardrobes consist of affordable basics that can mix or match with the rest. Like, 20 different pairs of black leggings. Which is why the new kids label, Primary, is the kind that will make parents ask, “where have you been all my life?!” Or at least all your kids’ lives. If they’re about ten and under. – Don’t miss a fantastic offer exclusively for CMP readers below –  The goal of...

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9 adorably modern Easter dresses for girls, all under 50.

When I look around for girls’ Easter dresses, there’s a whole lot of smocking and seersucker and box pleats and classic peter pan collars. Which can be utterly adorable, of course. (Is any little girl not super cute when she’s all dressed up? Exactly.) Even so, not everyone is quite so traditional or dressy on Easter. So I thought I’d put together a few more modern options for Easter dresses for girls that are all pretty without being fussy. I love all nine of these dresses — the shapes, the colors, the patterns,  the styling. The best part: They’re all under $50. So maybe...

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Irish rock band t-shirts: Cool on kids every day of the year

While a ton of kids and babies are going to end up with “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirts today, we thought we’d take a slightly different tack and track down some cool kids’ t-shirts featuring some of our favorite Irish rock bands. Because St. Patrick’s Day or any other day, it’s never too young to introduce your kid to Bob Geldoff — and the fact that Irish music doesn’t necessarily mean jigs and drinking songs. But hey, should the Boomtown Rats not be your thing, at Red Molotov you can also find nice, heavyweight cotton tribute tees to The Pogues and of...

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Etnies Spring 2015: Cool skater shoes for kids, even if they’re not skaters. Yet.

My son hasn’t pulled out his skateboard in a couple of years but that hasn’t stopped him from wearing his new etnies from their Spring 2015 collection. And considering how picky he tends to be about footwear, I’d say that’s nothing short of amazing. If you’re looking for something a little cooler than your average sneaker for your kids, I’m really digging the new etnies spring collection, particularly the Lo-Cut SC Kids that don’t even look like your typical skater kicks. They’re ridiculously light, though still supportive and comfortable thanks to a foam mid-sole. And my son, who is still not super keen on...

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Time for Easter outfits for the kids! Luckily, it’s also time for the mid-season Jacadi sale.

For those of us still digging our way out of winter, it’s hard to believe that spring is nearly here — and that Easter is less than a month away. Which means it’s time to start thinking about swapping our kids’ Sunday sweats for their Easter best. Thankfully, the big mid-season sale from our partner, Jacadi Paris, happens to be timed perfectly with our kids Easter outfit and other special occasion needs. Considering the Jacadi 30% off sale going on right now, if you were planning on putting together a little something fancy for the kids, this is the time to do it at a...

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Courtney Courtney: Now one more way to get your hands on our favorite girls’ dresses. If you’re quick.

At a time we’re seeing some of our favorite small artists abandon Etsy for their own storefronts, we’re thrilled to see one of our all-time favorite makers, Courtney Courtney, back there again, giving us one more place to shop in addition to the Courtney Courtney shop on Big Cartel. Kristen and I may each own more of her amazing handmade dresses for our kids than anyone else in the world, and every day our kids put them on it gives us joy. While other artists have tried the whole upcycled t-shirts turned into dresses thing, no one we’ve ever seen does it quite...

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Bucketfeet shoes bring real artwork to kids’ feet. Eh, walls have been done.

My son has doodled on the wall, the table, and an ottoman — by accident, of course — so we continue to remind him that markers are for paper. But what happens when he enters the inevitable drawing-on-shoes phase of childhood? If your child is looking to make a statement, I’d say BucketFeet artist-designed shoes are a more fashion-forward alternative to a black marker. And relatively affordable for such an international street-art style statement. Related: My Little Pony sneakers are here, and like friendship, they are magic It’s kind of like a Minted for footwear; artists around the world from Brooklyn to Bogota, who include illustrators, graffiti artists, and tattoo...

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My Little Pony shoes for kids are here. And like friendship, they are magic

With a seven-year-old who has yet to outgrow the My Little Pony obsession, I’ve conceded. All things being equal, I realize I’d rather her hide in her room with her friends role-playing stories about friendship and teamwork than whatever it is other cartoons are teaching–or not teaching. (Ahem, Sponge Bob.). So of course she flipped out, in a shriek-til-your-eardrums-bleed kind of way, when she first saw these My Little Pony Rainbow Dash slip-on shoes. (Update: This style shown no longer available, but visit the website for a full selection of My Little Pony sneakers for kids.) The design is pretty great,...

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Cute, cozy, durable pajamas for kids: Our tried and true favorites. Let the snuggle party begin.

According to that rascal of a groundhog last week, it looks like winter will be sticking around the Northeast for six more weeks. I’m pulling out my Silver Linings Playbook, and choosing to see it as an extension on snuggle parties with my youngster. And everyone knows that warm, comfy PJs are an absolute must for proper snuggling.  So here are 6 cute and cozy — and above all, durable — pajamas for kids I love, from baby up to school age. We love that they are built to last (no holes in the knees after two wearings, yay!) and because...

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A first look at the cutest new kids clothes from Appaman for spring

If you’re the type who follows kid fashion well, join the club. We’re excited to offer you an exclusive first look at the Appaman spring 2015 collection that just launched this very second. We’ve loved Appaman since way way back when all of our kids were wee ones, but the truth is, they now do cool for tweens so well so you don’t have to be bummed when your kids hit six and suddenly they’re out of the label. There are some new things in the new collection that I can’t wait to let my kids try on. So, I thought I’d pick out a few of my favorite warmer-weather...

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Cute knee socks that may put other cute knee socks to shame

You don’t see many little girls sporting knee socks these days unless they’re paired with a pleated skirt and collared shirt as part of a school uniform. But when younger girls catch a glimpse of these adorable fox and raccoon socks from Little Circus, I imagine they’ll be begging to wear their cute knee socks every day, creating a sort of unofficial daily uniform of their own. With tiny ears peeking out from the cuffs and cute little animal faces, these knee socks are perfect for dress-up time or just regular getting dressed. Of course they’d be sofun with classic Mary Janes, but I’d like to see...

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Princess Awesome: Where trains, dinos, and science symbols help you dress #likeagirl

It’s been pretty well established by now that girls are capable of loving both science and pink. They might even like dinosaurs and pirates and trucks and purple princesses…all together. I know, it’s like a world gone crazy for most mainstream toy marketers who can’t seem to reconcile this wacky “girls like science and trucks” stuff. But hey, there’s hope. Maybe they’ll take some cues from Princess Awesome, a new clothing label for our times. Related: Quirkie kids: Pink tees for boys. And girls. Washington, D.C. moms Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair had so much success with their handmade dresses for babies...

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American Museum of Natural History and J. Crew make history with cool science t-shirts

When I took my son to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC last summer, I realized that I’d forgotten how full of fun and wonder museums can be. The fab collection of museum-inspired science t-shirts for kids from J. Crew for AMNH is bringing it all back–for him and for me. The six designs are largely gender neutral and integrate fun science facts. How long are a T. Rex’s teeth? What will you find in the Hall of Gems? I’m not going to tell you. But the shirts can lead you to the answers.   Related: Rock star science shirts for rock...

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Glerups: The perfect slippers for around the house. Or the chalet.

My kids have a slipper thing. I have no idea when or how it started, but they are obsessed, and very, very picky. This one is too slippery…that one is warm but scratchy... You can’t imagine how many we try and never bother to buy–or recommend here. But now, remarkably, they’ve found another pair that meets their high standards: Glerups. Made from 100% pure felted sheeps wool with calfskin soles, these traditional Danish kids slippers look as unfussy and cozy as they feel. Plus, it’s fun to say. Glerups. Glerups. Glerups.  They have that kind of Scandinavian styling that I’ve always liked — structured but not...

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