Category: Kid Fashion

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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Yellowberry: First bras for girls that their moms will approve of too.

On a recent visit to the bra rack in the juniors department (yes, we’ve hit that stage around here), I found lacy designs, underwires (underwires!), and padded cups–all evidently meant for my 11-year-old. On the other end of the spectrum were training bras so plain, they sure didn’t feel like a special first bra for growing-up girls. So I completely understand the thinking behind Yellowberry, the year-old bra company started by teen Megan Grassell who was unhappy with the too sexy or too boring options out there. She wanted to create a bra that’s fun and colorful, and–just as important–age-appropriate for both tweens and teens. So she did. Go...

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New monogrammed baby shoes from Robeez. This time it’s personal.

They say it’s all in a name and the name here is your own kid’s. Well, that plus Robeez. As long time fans of the baby shoe brand that rose from start-up to Stride-Rite, it’s no surprise that we are all ogling over their perfectly adorable new monogrammed Robeez soft sole baby shoes. It was early on with my first child that I discovered and fell hard for Robeez.  First because they were the only shoes that would fit over her rather plump tootsies (got to love that elastic ankle). And second, for the huge array of fun styles. I find this...

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Handmade superhero capes that let kids commence saving the world. While looking absolutely awesome.

When the temperature has fallen below freezing, I can’t exactly send my kids outside to play. Not for longer than fifteen minutes, anyway. To keep them happily active inside, I love to prompt their imaginations with dress up clothes. We’re wearing out our cheap-o Halloween costumes at this point, so I’m looking for costumes that will hold up to their rowdy play. And this week, I’m swooning over the handmade superhero capes and hats at Lovelane’s Etsy shop. These dress up clothes are so quirky-cool that I might find myself caught up in the kids’ pretend play too. Talented designer and mom Lane Huerta designs superhero capes (completed with winged hats) or...

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Big UNIQLO sale alert: 10 awesome kids’ clothing pieces under $20.

I am never one to pass up a UNIQLO sale, especially since they’ve become my personal go-to for pants and sweaters. Seriously, I wear them pretty much every single day in some combination. But their kids clothes are fabulous too. If you’re not yet familiar with UNIQLO, it’s a Japanese-based company that makes what I’d describe as affordable modern and urban clothing for the entire family. Like H+M only more basics and solid colors, lots of gender neutral styles, and an excellent selection of clothes for kids. That includes non-hoochie clothes for girls. Hooray. So of course I spent way too long on the site, searching...

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Shwings make old kids’ shoes new. With extra super powers.

A few years back we discovered the brilliance of Smallfly on Etsy, which made cool lightning bolts and wings to lace onto the sides of your sneakers. And our readers went crazy for them–because you are all highly discerning shoppers with excellent taste, of course. But as often happens, small shops like that disappear (sniff) and we find similar products elsewhere, like in the shop Shwings. From wings, lightning bolts and flames to moustaches, butterfly wings and edgy studded Shwings that look awesome on black high-tops or leather engineer boots, they just make last year’s shoes a little more exciting for kids...

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Nununu: Another cool clothing line for little kids becomes a cool line for tweens and big kids.

Like so many of you with kids who start to hit six, seven, eight…you realize that your favorite, go-to clothing brands either stop making clothes that fit your kids, or you see the styles start to get a bit more uh, adult than you might be ready for. (Hint to mall stores: Our second grade girls realllly don’t need ruching below a v-neck to draw attention to breasts they don’t have.) It’s why I’ve always been so grateful for brands like Tea and Hanna Andersson whose clothes grow with my kids. And now, I get to add nununu to that list...

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20 luxury holiday gifts for kids and babies under $50, complete with a VIP discount code from Jacadi

We all discovered our partner Jacadi when we were pregnant and quickly became obsessed with their gorgeous Parisian kids and baby clothes. Their clothing and accessories are often a splurge, which is why as a parent, receiving a Jacadi box for the holidays has that same effect as that iconic Tiffany blue box. So we’re always excited when Jacadi clothes for kids and babies go on sale  — and we’re even more excited today, because we have an exclusive Jacadi sale complete with a big VIP discount code just for our readers. Whoo! Head to Jacadi right now because we’re giving you an exclusive 35%...

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A new line of cute, trendy kids’ clothes from Korea by way of London

Like maybe some of you, my three-year-old has two small but separate wardrobes: The inexpensive, easily replaceable outfits he wears to nursery school; and the few higher quality, trendy kids’ clothes I save for the days he’s not painting without a smock. To add to the latter list: the darling styles from the new online kids’ clothing shop Ebabee for kids up to age 6. Ebabee offers a beautifully curated collection of cute, comfy, and slightly quirky clothing from Korea for trendsetting girls and boys–though sadly for us, the little boys’ options are more limited. There are plenty for girls, though, and if I had a daughter, I’d...

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3 cool holiday outfits that your kids can wear long after the holidays are over

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is putting together the perfect holiday outfit for my kids–all four of them. In the past, that has led to me purchasing all sorts of shoes and accessories, on top of the fabulous holiday dress for my girls, and new sweater for my son. You can imagine the bill. So over the years, I’ve learned that you invest in one beautiful, splurge-y dress or a fantastic skirt or pants that’s super special for the holidays, and then you pair it with more budget-friendly items. Including  ones you’ve already got in your closet. It’s a great trick for making a...

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Trend alert: Snow Leopards. They’re everywhere.

This time last year, our kids were all about foxes, probably because The Song That Will Not Be Mentioned was playing on repeat in our homes. While woodland animals are still a favorite with my kids, I’m noticing one animal obsession rising above the rest—snow leopards. My kids see them as cuddly cats with cool fur, so I don’t blame them for ooh-ing at some of the fun snow leopard fashion we’re seeing around our local boutiques.     You’ll find the Schneelepoard Graphic Tee from Tea Collection in their boys department, but that’s not going to stop our girls from pairing it with black leggings and...

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Temporary hair color for Halloween: 3 good options you won’t be washing out by Thanksgiving

With my daughter finally (finally!) deciding on going trick-or-treating as Iris, the Goddess of the Rainbow, we’ve been trying out different temporary hair color options to figure out what makes sense for her. Especially on her dark brown hair. So far we’ve narrowed it down to a few contenders. They’re not perfect, as no temporary hair color ever is, but for a night of fun that we won’t still be scrubbing out weeks later, here’s where I’m panning out. Plus, some tips. In other words, please allow my mishaps to be helpful for you.   Streekers We gave Streekers temporary hair color a try...

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Smart t-shirts for boys that girls can wear too.

I loved every single one of the smart t-shirts for girls from Peek, so pretty cool that they’ve created a line of smart t-shirts for boys too, in particular, this one featuring the words of one of the most amazing men on the planet. The Mandela quote t-shirt is made for boys of all sizes (toddler through tweens!), although yes, they’ll work for girls too. Truth be told, as a mom of a boy, it’s always awesome to find clothes just for him that are smart and inspiring, especially in the sea of sports logos and monster trucks. After hearing all of your own requests...

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Temporary tattoo jewelry you won’t regret tomorrow. (Also: brilliant Halloween costume shortcut!)

I love fun, fashion-forward jewelry, but I don’t love when the jewelry–or my skin–changes colors after a little wear. Metallic temporary tattoo jewelry is a fun new trend and smart solution that we’re seeing everywhere–the logical, fashionable next step with the popularity of temporary tattoos lately. While there are a lot of brands getting into the game, my fave so far is Lulu DK tattoos, which also happens to be the preferred temporary tattoo jewelry of Vogue editors. Should such a thing matter to you. (Though please don’t go out with friends and say oh, my temporary tattoo? Same one the Vogue editors wear. That just sounds bad.) Metallic...

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11 creative group Halloween costume ideas for kids who don’t want to be Elsa and Olaf

Once your kids get too old for our awesome Baby Halloween Costume ideas, they may want to come up with a group costume that involves their friends, as is the case with my own kids this year.  So gather them around the computer–or just send them the link to this post–and show them some of these really cool ideas for the coolest and most creative group Halloween costumes for kids. Hope they inspire something wonderful.   Social Media Icon Group Halloween Costume (GymnastLaura on Instagram) Perfect for those ever-texting tweens, though they may argue over who gets stuck being Facebook.   LEGO Justice League Minifigs (Instructables)...

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The most impressive handmade Halloween masks on Etsy. Who gets the best candy now?

I tend to think that making my kids’ Halloween costumes is a great idea. I also tend to be wrong. Not only does it always take way much time than I have, but it can end up being every bit as expensive as buying something. My 9-year-old is feeling like maybe a full costume isn’t cool anymore, so this year I’m helping him plan a simple Halloween costume around a really exquisite mask like these gorgeous handmade Halloween masks I’ve been admiring on Etsy for the last few weeks. As for my daughter, she still wants an elaborate costume, but maybe she can...

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Frankie and Sue’s comfy fall dresses for girls: California Dreamin’.

Think laid-back, Southern California, bohemian chic and you’ve got Frankie & Sue‘s new fall collection of dresses for girls. They’re all about jewel tones, which I love for fall, and while there’s a lot of mix-and-match patterns, they’re working towards a more cool, not-cutesy vibe. These are comfortable cotton clothes for girls to play in, but pretty enough to wear out to a party. And while not everything in the collection is our cup of tea, I think a few of the dresses in particular make great all-around pieces for my daughter’s closet.     These clothes are inspired by relaxed Southern California culture and I like that they’re made there...

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25 of the most adorably creative DIY baby costumes for Halloween…that you can actually make.

We always have the best time each Halloween poking around the web looking for the most awesome baby costumes. But the truth is, we’re busy! While some of you blow our minds putting those sleepless hours to use building outrageous costumes, we know there are tons of ideas for creative DIY baby costumes that you can pull off with a little imagination, some basic crafting skills (or ordering-from-Etsy skills) and maybe even a baby carrier. You don’t need pyrotechnics, you don’t need a Masters in Electric Circuitry. Here, 25 truly hilarious, adorably creative baby Halloween costumes that make us go, whoa!...

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Meet fall headfirst with the coolest hoodies for boys

If your boys are anything like my own, falling temperatures aren’t going to keep them inside, so it’s officially time to make sure they have some cool new hoodies to keep them warm on brisk days. We’re pretty sure none of the other kids, boy or girl, will have one of these comfy, stylish hoodies, but if they do, commend them for their great taste. We raved about the boys’ tees from Warrior Poet last spring, and we’re loving their Lion’s Tooth hoodie (at top) for the fall. The houndstooth pattern is on trend, and that lion is fierce. This J Crew...

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Banish bedtime blues with katebaby’s colorful organic kids’ pajamas

We are loving all the bright colors and graphic patterns we’re seeing in kids fashion this winter, and now the organic kids pajamas from katebaby are making bedtime fun. They’re so stylish that we’re tempted to let our kids wear them outside the house as real clothes. They are that cute.   These organic cotton kids pajamas run from newborn (with the footies) to 4/5 years old (in the tee-and-leggings version). My babies were always pretty high on that growth chart from the doctor–like 80th percentile big–so even though pajamas are supposed to be worn pretty snugly, I would have needed to order a size...

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