Category: Kid Fashion

The ultimate source for hip, hand-knit hats and accessories. Whether you are the one hand-knitting them or no freaking way.

First, you have to laugh at a shop called Wool and the Gang. (Take a sec…okay, there you go.) But when you look at their amazing selection of hand-knit accessories, and the knitting patterns you can buy, it turns out it’s a massive resource for hip, cheeky accessories that can update your wardrobe for winter. While they have all kinds of scarves, sweaters, and other goodies for men, women, and kids, I’ve mainly got my eye on the funky hand-knit hats to help me beat the winter chill with a smile. The thing that’s exceptionally cool about this company is that...

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Book cover tees that promote smarts over sass

RJ Palacio’s Wonder is one of those rare books that simply stays with you for a long time. At least for me and for my daughters, who often bring up this phenomenal YA novel in the course of everyday conversation, and refer back to it  when we have those hard talks about injustice or social dynamics or the politics of friendship. So when I saw our friends at Litographs had added a new Wonder tee to their collection of graphic tees all designed from the words of novels, I knew I had a new favorite. Big news all around for Litographs t-shirt...

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12 adorable winter jackets to keep your kids warm and dry: Reader Q & A

Hey, Cool Mom Picks: Any good recommendations for a waterproof winter jacket for my preschooler? I’m starting to realize it’s probably going to get cold on the East Coast fast! Thanks! – Leah, via the Cool Mom Picks Facebook page   Hi Leah! I totally feel your pain. I have been searching for the most-awesome winter jacket for my son and engaged in the online equivalent of window shopping for several hours. Some days, my job is really hard. To help me narrow down my options, I considered three things: Style, warmth, and quality. I love coats that look awesome, but they also have to keep kids warm enough to...

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Olivia comes to Gymboree, and now dressing like a pig is the best compliment ever.

I’m looking at the brand new Olivia for Gymboree collection of girls clothes (6mo-12y) that just launched today, and I must say, it’s all pretty darn cute. While I’m not always a fan of kids’ cartoon characters all over my children’s clothes, when it’s a beloved character from a great book — and I mean an actual book, not the book that came from the TV show that came from the movie — I can justify it a little better. In other words, Oliva > Dora. (It’s my own weird thing, I know.) Since my own tween girls grew up on...

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Crazy fun socks for women: Hot trend alert

I was so in love with Kristen’s photo of her super stylish daughter on Instagram sporting some cool knee socks, and she admitted to me that her daughter stole them from her own sock drawer! That’s when I realized, this is one of those few times that a fashion trend started with kids then jumped to the adults. It’s a fact — fun socks for women are everywhere you look, peeking out of pumps, booties, knee-boots, layered over fishnets…you name it. And I’m loving it. Especially because it’s such an affordable way to punch up your wardrobe ,and even show off your...

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CHARM IT and Tattly team up, and our girls go wild

If you aren’t familiar with CHARM IT, the wildly popular charm bracelet brand for girls, then you haven’t ever browsed at the black hole of impulse purchase crack by the register at your favorite kids’ boutique. Well now there’s a fun, albeit temporary way to get your kids in on the action with Tattly’s CHARM IT Temporary Tattoo Party Set. My own girls first discovered it when they were lured over to the booth at the NY NOW gift fair last month for a sample. Instant hit. Are you surprised? Related: Metallic temporary tattoo jewelry, new from Tattly The premise is the...

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Cool handmade Halloween costumes for kids that can be worn long after Halloween. Like everyday if you’re our kids.

We’ve been huge fans of designer Courtney Chu of Courtney Courtney since she launched her fabulous dresses maaaaany years ago, but these handmade Halloween costumes for kids might just take the cake.   Courtney brilliantly upcycles t-shirts into dresses our own girls have loved and worn for a very long time. They’re stylish, comfortable, and wow, do they last. And now just in time for Halloween, she’s got these fantastic Halloween-inspired dresses, along with ideas on how to make them actual costumes. So smart! It’s hard to pick a favorite but I’m partial to Animal from The Muppets, which ironically is exactly what...

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Smart tees for kids that will make teachers happy in more ways than one

We imagine that nothing makes a teacher happier than seeing their students light up about a subject, ready to learn more. Whether you’ve got a number lover, a big reader, a mini scientist, or an artist-in-residence — or maybe a mix of all of the above — you need to check out these adorable, brand new smart tees for kids from CMP favorite Brooklyn Makers. Not only do they feature messages we can get behind, but a significant portion of the sales will help disadvantaged school districts so that all kids get the chance to discover their favorite subjects. Related:  11 cool career t-shirts for...

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Tips for styling cool back to school looks, and how to save while doing it

We’ve spoken here — a lot — about never shopping online without first searching for a discount code, and one of the first places we always turn for that is RetailMeNot.com. You too? Perfect! Because they’re our newest sponsor and we love that.  Hey, any site that saves us money pretty much all the time, is a cool pick as far as we’re concerned. You can shop by store, by the best deals, by exclusives, or even search by category on the site (a feature that was new to us) to see hot items you might be looking for — like Converse...

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13 outrageously cool sneakers for kids not satisfied with the same old same old.

If your kids are like mine, and want to express their personality through cool kids’ sneakers, you’re in luck. That’s pretty much what’s on the shelves these days, and they’re not just the so-called fashion brands. Even the big athletic sneaker brands are getting loose with design, which means we don’t have to compromise between sturdy fit for our kids and the fun styles they want. Here are just some of my picks for some of the more fun sneaker designs for boys and girls, toddlers to big kids, that can take them back to school in style this fall. All affordable too,...

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Fayvel shoes let kids play their own shoe designer

It’s probably no surprise that when a pair of Fayvel shoes for kids arrived at my house, my brood went nuts. There may have been some fighting, actually. Designer Erin Slater was inspired by her own nostalgia for sticker collecting to create shoes that allow today’s kids to do just that, only on their feet. The final concept is brilliant: Shoes with velcro on the sides that allows kids to customize their pair with special patches known as Frieze tags. Think Jibbitz on Crocs, but way cooler. Way way cooler.  At least to me, anyway. As it turns out, it’s not just a gimmick. The sneakers are comfortable,...

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The hottest fall fashion trends for kids. Warning: You may want them for yourself.

If you ever want to get one totally cool, fun, on-trend outfit for your kid’s fall wardrobe, I always turn to Appaman to see what’s in for the season. And lucky us, we get to give you a first look at all the fun new fall fashion for kids that are available for sale starting today! The mom-and-pop run label has grown from making those cute tees with a bulldog illustration that my daughter owned as a toddler (before Angelina and Brad’s kids made it famous, thankyouverymuch) to becoming a major fashion presence in all the indie boutiques I love to poke my...

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Lot801: Gender neutral clothes for cool kids that leave the stereotypes behind.

Gender neutral clothes for kids, or unisex, or whatever you want call it — if you are a regular here you know we are all for it. We are always on the hunt for whatever gives kids (and their parents) as many options as possible, from their bookshelves to their toy chests to their closets. So allow me to introduce our latest find in fun and funky wardrobe options for all kinds of kids: Lot801. Lot801 was founded at the kitchen table of frustrated Salt Lake City mom Lindsay Isakson who wanted a little more creative wardrobe freedom for her daughter than she...

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Stride Rite shoes get more affordable with a new line at Target

Though my kids’ feet are all bigger (and smellier) than the days when they had cute toddler toes, back then I loved buying them Stride Rite shoes because I liked how they fit my kids’ feet and–quite simply–trusted the company that has been fitting kids’ feet for almost a century. But, their feet grew so fast, and I know how costly high-quality shoes can be, so I’m thrilled that Stride Rite has found a way to produce a great line of kids’ shoes exclusively for Target that will save families a few dollars too. Related: 7 fun, fashionable, rain boots for kids all under...

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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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