Category: Kid Fashion

T-shirts from J Crew that help support two of our favorite educational charities

I don’t need a reason to cozy up with the new J Crew catalog or website, multiple times a day, so give me that plus an awesome cause and you have my complete attention. Their new fall kids collection includes two t-shirts that support partnerships with education-based non-profits. Each is also miraculously mutually agreed by parent and child in our house as “cool.” I’m sold. The DonorsChoose.org t-shirt from the CrewCuts collection totally appeals the to 80’s kid in me who loved those black and white composition notebooks. The graphic, designed by Hugo Guiness, reads “P.S. We <3 you.” and promotes the Donors Choose mission of helping teachers help students. If you’ve...

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Little Twig and Sparrow: A beautiful new line of kids pajamas that recognizes all colors are for all kids

It’s the first day of fall, and I can’t believe it but we’ve already broken out the cool weather pajamas this past weekend for the kids. The ones they wanted to wear first?  The beautifully soft, pima cotton pjs from Little Twig and Sparrow. I can’t really blame them either. – Don’t miss a great discount below –  I have been incredibly impressed with the quality and fit. Several spins through the washer/dryer and these long john style kids pajama sets still look and feel as good as new. I’m not even worried about the kids having impromptu Jedi light saber fights before bed in...

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Indian print clothes for kids that make fall more colorful

If your kids have a thing for color and pattern and mixing and matching in ways that you would probably never consider–such as kids do–you’ll want to take a look at the fun new fall line from Masala Baby. Their punchy, colorful line of Indian print clothes for kids has expanded exponentially from when we first discovered them, to include all kinds of tunics, leggings and more that will make boys and girls stand out from the sea of sameness at school. And hey, funky printed leggings are super hot right now and this is another great resource for them. While the...

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Super cute baby shoes that do good for babies everywhere

Around here we’ve kind of got a thing for shoes (if you haven’t noticed) and so we’ve always loved buying shoes for our babies as much as we do shoes for ourselves. The cuteness factor is just off the charts; one look at teeny little sneakers and soft, squishy boots from our favorite brands we know just what to get the pregnant mamas on our team in a few months. And now we have a new brand to add add to our list of favorites. We’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest partner Friendly Rooster (how cute is that) and their fantastic Share...

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We found it: the adorable I Wake Up Awesome tee, and other cool, fun kids t-shirts for fall

Last week I wrote about the Babiators glasses and their awesome warranty, and you guys went nuts over the adorable I Wake Up Awesome t-shirt the child was wearing in the photo. Well, we like to find you what you like, so we did a little research and found it, plus a few more fun kids t-shirts at Three Little Numbers.   These slogans are screen printed by hand by the Ohio-based Numbers family onto really soft tri-blend t-shirts (sorry, not organic at this point) that will keep their shape, even for kids who tend to stretch their clothes out. Right...

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Jacadi fall fashion is here. Ooh la la, will your kids look super-chouette.

Still doing your back-to-school shopping? Well, we are. And even if we thought we were done, we always make an exception when we stumble onto those one or two special pieces that we just know will be loved all year. So we’re so delighted to welcome back Jacadi US as a sponsor, which makes that very thing. In fact, their gorgeous-as-always boys and girls clothes include so many of those special pieces this season, we’re having trouble paring it down. So we didn’t. This season’s collection takes inspiration from Parisian stripes, London cable knits and plaids, Scottish prints, and timeless details like...

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Bam! Pow! These handmade, custom superhero capes for kids are insanely gorgeous

When my kids have had about all the video game time I can take, I need perfect playthings on hand to spark their imaginations–preferably outside and totally away from screens. The custom superhero capes from Super Kid Capes on Etsy are my most recent find for my youngest two. Handmade by Brooke Fuller in South Bend, Indiana, many of these capes recall classic super heroes–like Captain America, Batman and Robin and Wonder Woman–customized with your child’s name or initial. (I can just hear my kids saying Aaaawwesome.)  There are more design options like dinosaurs, crowns, and flowers for kids who want to make an extra style...

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A onesie almost as fierce as the baby wearing it.

Lately we’ve seen a lot of quotes misattributed to Shakespeare, but this great one from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the real deal: Though she be but little she is fierce. And we love it on these onesies and tees from mod & mini on BRIKA.   This is such a cool new baby gift; no matter what size she is, we’re betting she’s got a fierce set of lungs. Or get it for a toddler who’s got a spirited personality. (So pretty much all of them, right?) My only teensy gripe? I wish the sizes went up to...

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15 super funky print pants and leggings for kids this fall. Fear not the patterns!

As we’re doing all our back to school shopping around my house, my kids and I are getting excited about the funky print pants and leggings for kids that we’re seeing everywhere. I’m looking for fun, bold, unexpected patterns that will really set my kid apart from the crowd, and still pair well with the basic shirts, shoes and sweaters. It’s so fun to splurge on one or two special new things that really freshen up your existing wardrobe, and I hope these 15 we’ve found fit the bill, whether your kids’s preferred fashion statements are subtle or huge. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle partner and...

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Stylish kids’ prescription glasses with a warranty you won’t believe. (Because it’s unbelievable.)

There’s something about little kids with glasses that I find irresistible. But recently I’ve had a few moms lament to me how annoying it is when their kids lose or break them (which is always), and they have to shell out for a new pair of stylish kids’ prescription glasses. Again. Because kids lose stuff; it’s what they do. My answer to them now is Babiators. My kids became obsessed with Babiators sunglasses and goggles over the summer because they don’t pinch behind the ears, and they look great. I love them because they have held up to my preschooler bending the arms all the way back and even sitting on them in...

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Fun zipper pulls: The fall accessory our kids are collecting

When I walked down my son’s school hallway this week I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw four identical backpacks hanging from the hooks outside his classroom. (Take note: purple leopard print is a big hit with third graders right now. That may or may not scare you.) One way to let your kid stand out when he wants to match with his friends—or to at least be able to quickly figure out which bag is his—is to seek out some trendy backpack accessories, and my kids happen to be big fans of fun zipper pulls these days. They’re super cute, very collectible, and they can even...

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The new Appaman outerwear line has us craving the cold. Well, almost.

When I moved back to the northeast last year after nearly ten years in Atlanta, my children and I were sorely unprepared for winter. My first purchase: An Appaman long down coat that I’d seen on Liz’s girls several winters in a row. This year, I’m determined to be ready for the colder climes, which just got a whole lot easier with our scoop on the new Appaman outerwear line. How very, very convenient. It’s not just that I love their modern twist on classic looks that never go out of style. Appaman makes coats that truly last, not...

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A bird in the hair…

One of our back to school shopping traditions (besides the annual fight about how no, you don’t need a new _____  because last year’s is just fine thank you very much) is an affordable one: My girls each pick a cute new hair accessory. Of course this is as much for me as for them, because on days that my youngest daughter simply refuses to brush her hair, a ponytail saves the day. In honor of my seven-year-old who is going through a total bird thing right now (well, that and tigers) here are a few bird themed hair accessories she likes...

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PLAE shoes make playing more stylish and comfortable for kids

With four kids to outfit in back-to-school clothes and shoes this year, you can bet I’m extra picky about what I purchase because I simply can’t afford to keep rebuying items throughout the year. And while I have my go-tos that are tried and true over the years, I’m happy to have found PLAE shoes — and so are my kids. Designed by a former designer from one of the big-name, stylish athletic shoes, he definitely nails the balance of great style and wearable play shoes. My littlest ones have spent the summer running around in PLAE’s stylish, funky kicks, and while...

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Personalized preschool shoe labels that help tell right from left. So smart!

Mornings can be a bit rough in our house. For my three-year-old, getting the right shoe on the right foot (or left foot, as it were) can add even more chaos to a stressful situation so I’m thanking the foot gods for the new personalized preschool shoe labels from Emily Press, the same folks who brought us the adorable reusable, dishwasher-proof labels that I use on all of my kids’ food storage items. As for the shoe labels, they’re made to help take out the guesswork, while giving little ones a feeling of accomplishment. Look closely and you’ll see that when they’re put together, they’re like two...

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Temporary tattoo jewelry make an excellent alternative for kids not ready for the real stuff

My older daughter took the plunge into the world of pierced ear this year and, well, that’s a whole story in itself. But in the meanwhile her sister is very happy sticking with the cool temporary tattoo jewelry just out from Poppy Drops. When we first discovered their cute little tattoo “stud earrings” our kids were instantly smitten. So how perfect that they’ve has just expanded into other designs, including rings, friendship bracelets, and other ear art.  And they’re used with the same safe, gentle vegetable dyes as the originals.   They’re so fun for rainy days, dress up marathons, goodie...

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Land’s End gets into the girls in STEM trend with cool space tees. Whoo!

As we get ready to send our girls back to school–some of us sooner than others (ahem, Kate in Nashville)–we are so happy to see the trend of science themed tees for girls hitting the bigger retailers, like Lands End. The space tee for girls that they offer, which features a cool solar system design, really is only “for girls” in that it’s got a more narrow, contoured fit with scalloped hems and shirring at the shoulders. The NASA Crew tee for girls is also kind of cool for future Sally Rides.  And yes, there are some space tee designs that get a...

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Tea Collection goes Bauhaus. As in, German art. Not English goth rock (though that would be cool too)

Each year, my beloved Tea Collection (my girls absolutely live in the stuff) finds another country around the world for inspiration and I’m really digging the new Bauhaus collection for Fall/Winter 2014 that just launched this week. (Can you handle fall fashion yet? Are we ready?) Taking its cues from the early 20th century school of art and bright colors — not from Peter Murphy — here are a few of the dresses I’m loving that I know my daughters will beg for, should they happen to read this post over my shoulder. Also, if you’re into art and design, take a...

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Sea Squirts swim vests: Go ahead, hum the Jaws theme

My youngest daughter isn’t a strong swimmer yet, and feels much more comfortable when she goes “under the mushroom” and its cascade of water at her Grandma’s community pool while wearing a swim vest of some sort. So when I saw the sleek, lightweight, and super cool  Sea Squirts swim vests and children’s life jackets–complete with a fin protruding from the back–I knew she would be all over them.  Or really, it would be all over her. Besides, it gives me another excuse to hum the jaws theme song when she gets into the pool. The first thing you notice about them? Yep, that fin....

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Celebrating America every day with our favorite made in the USA clothing brands for kids

While of course there are beautiful clothes made all over the world these days (we’re not one to say no to Italian leather), in honor of our nation’s birthday, we wanted to highlight just a few of the small labels and indie designers that continue to make their clothes right here in the US. Sometimes that means it’s more expensive. But there’s something to be said for paying a living wage to someone here at home, who’s often fighting really hard to keep prices down as they grow and continue to manufacture locally. As luck would have it, some of...

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6 perfect pairs of sunglasses for kids

Summer officially started last weekend, and we’re continuing the kick-off in style by celebrating National Sunglasses Day. Yes, that’s a real thing. And while honestly, there isn’t a kid who doesn’t look adorable in any pair of sunglasses at all, we put together some of the very coolest ones based on warranty, style and function.  After all, it’s about eye protection; not just looking cute in Mom’s Intstagram photos.   Best Value Babiators original sunglasses for kids come in 11 trendy colors and have full UVA and UVB protection. They’re an amazing buy at $20, in part because of their fantastic lost-and-found guarantee to replace...

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Cool unicorn clothes for girls who are obsessed with uh….unicorns

I remember keeping a certain unicorn tee in heavy rotation when I was about nine, so girls’ obsession for unicorns is hardly new. If you know what I’m talking about, I’ve tracked down some cool unicorn clothes for girls out there to satisfy any girl who dreams of flying off into the night with one. Or wait–is that a pegasus? I’m  loving the handmade-to-order unicorn hoodie hoodie from a cool little Etsy boutique (pictured above). It may not make it into the everyday rotation, but with unicorn horn, mane and tail attached to a super-soft micro-fleece hoodie, our girls would race for it when they need something to throw over a sundress...

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Sandals for girls with wide feet? Reader Q+A

My 7 year old daughter has wide feet and we desperately need sandals! Do you have any recommendations for something cute and stylish for girls but not so narrow? Thanks! – Martha G   Hi Martha, I have the opposite issue–girls with slightly narrow feet–but from that alone I’m definitely familiar with the brands that run wide on them. Here are a few ideas that should help for anyone looking for sandals for girls with wide feet.   I’m a huge fan of Salt Water Sandals which seem to stretch to fit nearly any shape or size foot. My own girls love...

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12 Mom-approved two-piece swimsuits for girls. Because they can dress like teens when they are teens. (Maybe.)

It’s our new June tradition for the last several years: Warm weather hits, we’re here with recommendations for very cute, decidedly non-hoochie two-piece swimsuits for girls. In other words, no high cut leopard bikinis (oy), no padded bras (heaven forbid), no appliques that spell out “I’m a heartbreaker” in purple sequins, and definitely no thongs (kill me). Just cute, on-trend two-piece suits in stripes, florals and solids that let little girls just be little girls–as long as we can manage to keep it that way. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   This tankini for girls at Mini Boden comes in three totally...

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A clever new way to get discounts on Tea Collection clothes for kids.

The downside to loving Tea Collection‘s well-made, comfortable, stylish clothes for my kids is that they outgrow them, as kids are wont to do. They even outgrow them while the clothes still look fantastic and nearly new. So you can hand them down to siblings or friends, or try this: A new collaboration between Tea Collection and online consignment shop thredUP  will give me credit towards new clothes for every piece of gently used Tea that I send to thredUP. To get started, just order an empty bag from thredUP  and start filling it with Tea Collection clothing that your kids have outgrown or just don’t need anymore. Mamas who love...

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Cool bathing suits for boys, hold the chafing. (Yes, we said chafing.)

Trying to find cool bathing suits for boys that are actually comfortable is no easy task. My son lasts a few hours at most before he starts to get a little “itchy,” particularly at the beach. Let’s just say that sand is not a bottom’s friend. That’s why I’m loving the bathing suits for boys from Coastal Dog which have compression shorts built right in–and an amazing charitable mission too.   Imagined and designed by mom Stephanie Magee and made in the USA, Coastal Dog’s bathing suits feature a comfy inner compression short (i.e. no mesh underwear thingy) coupled with a light,...

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The coolest new Ralph Lauren Kids clothes for fall according to actual kids

Browsing through photos of last night’s 2014 Ralph Lauren Kids fall preview with my girls (which we were sad to miss this year since the 2013 Ralph Lauren fall show was so great), they had some pretty strong opinions on which things they loved for themselves. Let’s just say, anything with boots? Yes! Fair isle? No. Color, yes! All brown…no way. Don’t even ask about boys in bow ties. So, if you’re looking for some fun, fancy girls’ looks for fall, and want the very opinionated opinion of two grade-school girls, allow us to help provide you with some inspiration for color, patterns layering and...

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Science t-shirts that help kids tell the pedipalp from the chelicarae

My kids never just want to know what something is. They also need to know where it’s from, what it does, what it eats, and why it makes that weird noise. If your kids want all the answers too, check out these adorably informative science t-shirts for kids from Elemental Ts. Each image is a labeled anatomical diagram just like you find in science textbooks. (Wait, do kids still use actual textbooks anymore?)   Hand-printed in Brooklyn by two clearly cool Brooklyn moms, we love the bright colors and hand-illustrated images of animals and robots which are totally great for boys or girls. From frogs to...

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Groovy and modern batik shirts and clothes for kids that don’t feel hippie at all.

The hippie in me has a soft spot for batik style. I love dressing my child in a way that softly suggests our family’s peacekeeping ways, and yet, I know it’s not 1966. So I am all over the funky modern batik  shirts, dresses and pants for kids new from Hiho Batik. Hiho Batik’s new spring collection for kids really has us seeing the handmade light. With throwback images like ring pops, hipster headphones, dreamy clouds and the radness of Brooklyn, I love the 60s-meets-80s vibe. (Except for the Woodstock tee which is definitely 60ss-meets-60s, although the 80s did bring back the whole hippie batik thing…but...

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You’re guaranteed to love Babiators kids’ sunglasses, even if they lose them.

Along with SPF 10,000 and a good hat, I’m all for protecting my kids and their baby blues (and browns and greens) this summer with a good pair of sunglasses. We’ve tried a lot, but one of my favorite brands of kids’ sunglasses may be Babiators, which not only shield their eyes from the sun, but also come with an amazingly forgiving replacement guarantee that seems to be made with my forgetful kids in mind. Babiators’ Lost and Found Guarantee insures that if your kids misplace their glasses at the beach or accidentally sit on them at the playground,...

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