Category: Kid Fashion

Pink Chicken: The girls’ dress that’s lasted for 7 years

There is the most beautiful Pink Chicken dress hanging in my girls’ closet that I can’t bear to part with. And maybe I don’t have to. It’s got a beautiful floral pattern, adorably puffy sleeves, the perfect a-line shape, and a comfy cotton fabric that’s so unfussy, it looks great a little smushy right out of the wash, or more nicely pressed for dressier days. It’s gone from a 2-year birthday gift dress for my oldest daughter, to a tunic over jeans or leggings, and now it’s a tunic for her younger sister. I’d say that was $64 well spent by...

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That exquisite new children’s outfit? It had a past life as a men’s shirt.

It’s been a while since we’ve found a label along the lines of Seven Smooches, a favorite indie designer who repurposes vintage clothing into stunning upcycled clothes for children and babies.  And now…well, found one! A great one. Enter mom-run  Kallio NYC. For parents who are looking for a special piece for their babies and kids that aren’t the same ones every other kid will be wearing, these carefully crafted, eco-conscious, Brooklyn-made clothes are a wonderful (if spendy) option. Men’s cotton shirts become swingy girls’ dresses of all kinds, which are definitely the standout of the collection. Skirts, dresses, and lounge...

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Cool historical shirts for kids, because some of our superheroes are real

I’m the first to freak out over great superhero shirts for my kids (and myself), but there’s something to be said for actual heroes from history. Sure, Thor has a rad hammer, but Abraham Lincoln did real good in the world. So we’re digging these retro-stylish historical shirts for kids, with vintage images of heroes from history.     Wee Rascals is a new mom-run business making stylish, US-made tees and onesies with designs based on old stamps, engravings, and books. There’s a small selection now, ranging from Sir Isaac Newton to Davy Crocket to the Founding Fathers. While I love...

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The most adorable spring clothes for kids + babies from Jacadi, plus a chance to win them, free.

After what seemed to be the winter that would never end, we’re all ready for warmer climes and adorable spring clothes for kids and babies. Which is one of the reasons we love partnering with Jacadi–they make it so easy to find  that very thing. (Well, maybe not the weather. But definitely the clothes.)  We could browse their website for hours, fantasizing about the classic, sophisticated styles, all designed with a lovely French flair. But right now, you might not have to dream, since they’re giving away a $200 gift card as part of their spring photo contest. Yeah, we’d...

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Slip into the Dark Side with Darth Vader shoes for kids

Don’t be a Vader hater–these rad Star Wars Darth Vader shoes for kids rule the galaxy with benevolent coolness. Plus they’re well-made and will actually last until your kid grows out of them. The Vader Slip-On Shoes from Stride Rite have a canvas upper and flexible sole and come in sizes for toddlers through young kids. I really like the way the red and black is stylish and classically Star Wars but not too “Hey, giant logos everywhere!” Vader’s helmet and red-and-black color scheme are iconic enough on their own, with little flashes of the Death Star on the sides. And I...

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The prettiest girls’ Easter dresses that your daughters will never want to take off. (For better or for worse.)

One of my favorite things to do each year on Cool Mom Picks is look for the prettiest, sweetest, coolest girls’ Easter dresses in every price. Whether or not you celebrate Easter. To me, spring is just such a long-awaited respite, that getting my daughters one special, lightweight dress that they can wear all spring and summer has become our own annual tradition. I tend to be less into pounds of crinoline, smocking, humongous floral embellishments or scrunchy taffeta; my style leans more towards simple, elegant shapes and fabrics that are dressy, but not quite cotillion-level. Plus if my...

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Soft clothing, for kids who never want to get dressed

If you’ve been putting off buying new spring clothes for your growing-like-a-weed child because they find most clothes too scratchy, tight, or rough, check out Soft clothing, a brand we’ve loved since they launched. And get ready to stock your kids’ closets with clothes they’ll actually want to wear. Plus, their new spring line, coming out later this month, is totally cute. Soft’s organic cotton, comfy, and tag-less clothes are created for kids with sensitivity issues like Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, and other medical issues that can cause tactile sensitivity. Even if they aren’t diagnosed with an issue, for...

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Adorable spring clothing for kids, because it’s almost warm. Really. It is.

Time to peel your child out of the seventeen layers of winter clothing and think about short-sleeved dresses, rompers and sunhats. No, seriously. All you have to do is look at that gorgeous kurta top in the Rikshaw Design line of spring clothing for kids to know why this small label one of our major faves.   With their hand block-printed florals and animals on the softest Indian cotton voile, these cap sleeve dresses, bubble rompers, and burp & bib sets just (gently) scream warmer temperatures and comfy lounging for babies and toddlers. Oh, and did we mention the perfect sunhat? If only we could get a...

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Rain rain go…oh okay. You can stay.

After a winter that pummeled us with snow I’m actually looking forward to a few spring showers.  So not surprisingly, this little happy kawaii cloud tee for kids is making me happy too. There’s not a huge selection at Canadian indie label Whistle + Flute, but what there is, is adorable. You can also get the tee as a baby onesie, raglan, or sweatshirt and yes, they come in adult sizes too.   Or hey, if happy clouds aren’t your thing, check out the kawaii ice cream cone tees. Because ice cream follows April showers, too. Visit  Whistle + Flute for...

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Trend alert: The coolest girls’ floral clothes. And one for boys, too.

One of my favorite trends for kids this spring, besides the whole dip-dye ombre look, is floral clothes. Normally I think of them as a little twee, but what I’m seeing is bold, fun without frills, and nothing like what Laura Ingalls wore back in the day. Here are a ton of great girls’ floral clothes and even a little something just for fashion-forward boys who are digging the look too. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle affiliate Girls’ floral printed dress ($42.90 pictured above at Zara Kids) How great is this pattern which starts and stops at the bottom...

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Pink tees for boys. Also girls, because we hear they like pink too.

We’ve come a long way from the days our readers asked us to find a dinosaur dress for girls and it took a little bit of digging. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way with a clever company called Quirkie Kids which is making pink tees for boys and girls with the kinds of images you don’t always see on pink tees. In other words, no tiaras, no future diva slogans. The bright fuschia, US-made tees in sizes 2-10 are created by Martine Zoer and designed by cool dad and pro animator Liam Robinson, featuring four motifs like dinosaurs,...

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En-fold your skin in cool origami temporary tattoos

Origami is always in, so we’re not surprised that our talented designer pals at Wee Gallery have devised a way to wear it–in Origami Tattoo form. Whether you’re still into foxes (because I’m always into foxes) or love the classic peace crane or the challenging goldfish I didn’t master until seventh grade, these critters are certain to be a hit with kids and adults alike. I love these as party favors or something fun and different in those plastic eggs the school room mom always demands around this time of year. Plus Wee Gallery tattoos are easy to apply and...

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Trend alert: Safari prints for kids and how to wear them so they’re actually cool.

Safari prints are going to be a big trend this spring, but that doesn’t mean dressing your kid like a wannabe Real Housewife. (I’ll stop there. I’ve said too much already. ) There are some really adorable prints and patterns on kids’ clothes that are stylish, and even subtle–provided you don’t pair a leopard print with a zebra print with snakeskin shoes. But you knew that, right? Here, just a few of my favorite safari inspired clothes for girls and boys. No cutesie cartoon lions or toucans, promise. Leopard print sneakers (above, $17.95 at H + M) Starting from the...

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Tights for girls get funky

Even as cold as it still is in my neck of the woods, my three girls are insistent on wearing skirts and dresses, which means leggings and tights are a must. I’ve definitely seen my fair share of cool tights for girls, but since discovering Funky Legs, I’m smitten. And so are my kids.   Thanks to the internet, you can still get UK-based Funky Legs if you live in the States like me, and trust me, they’re worth it. I really love the bold colors and prints that are a bit more unique and playful than the ubiquitous...

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Warrior Poet Clothing: A cool new line for boys that blends courage with coolness

Finding t-shirts I actually like for my boys has become something of a challenge. They gravitate between wanting to wear soccer jerseys or tees emblazoned with their favorite superhero on their chests. I  pick and choose my battles, so I usually let them head off to school with their choice. I finally found a line of t-shirts that both my sons and I adore equally as much. Warrior Poet Clothing is a terrific collection of cool clothes for boys including graphic t-shirts and hoodies that help promote a larger message of courage. My older son, the fledgling guitar hero, is...

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One more way for kids to show their love for animals is to save them

I discovered the wonderful work of the Kenyan rescue charity, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, several years ago, when my parents fostered an orphaned baby elephant on behalf of my children. We continue to follow Kenze‘s progress to this day and we love the frequent and very specific updates we get from them, and news that he’s gone from near starvation to healthy adult now thriving in the wild, even despite the rampant and illegal bands of poachers that still threaten him. Sheldrick’s passionate work gets some ink thanks to avid celeb supporters like Kristin Davis, but otherwise I’m surprised I don’t hear...

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Pantone Orchid: The hot spring 2014 color is all over kids’ fashion.

Since Pantone released their it colors for spring 2014, the stunning shade I’ve been most taken with is Pantone Orchid. This bold, not-quite-lavender purple is great for boys and girls, which is why we’re seeing it all over the spring collections for kids’ clothes right now. In order to avoid overhearing another toddler commenting that your child’s color choices are “sooo last year” (don’t you hate when that happens?) here are some of our favorite kids’ looks that come in Radiant Orchid. Or similar shades. Because really, you don’t have to walk around with a Pantone Swatch in your pocket when you shop for...

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These blingy baby booties are made for walking

We’re head over smoochable, pudgy heels for these soft and sweet heirloom leather baby moccasins that will make tiny toes look like blingy candy. And our pals at Freshly Picked make baby moccasins in suede and metallics, too, in case you’re a little more low-key. When I was a kid, heirloom meant “your grandmother will kill me if I throw this ugly thing away.”  As applied to these amazing, butter-soft moccasins, it means “built to last and look beautiful doing it.” Each pair of baby booties is handmade of durable leather, and made to stay on the sweet feet of...

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1, 2, 3, 4 I declare a foot war

Getting my kids to wear socks indoors takes some serious convincing on my part. They love being being barefoot regardless of how cold the floor is. But the new animal rival Vs. Socks for kids from Hooray Hoopla have finally given them reason to keep their socks on. We (along with countless celeb kids, if you follow such things) are already big fans of the Vs mittens and now their new collection of socks is taking the battle to the ground with mismatched pairs of owl vs. mouse, lion vs. tiger, and shark vs. penguin. Though that last one makes me a little sad...

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Spring trend alert: 7 ombre dip dye clothes for kids’ wardrobes

I’ve had my eye on a few hot kids’ trends for spring, but the one that caught my eye immediately was ombre dip dye clothes. Maybe it’s because my kids’ clothes are already sort of that way anyway thanks to a bunch of juice spills. (Ha.) I love the way the gradated color saturation transforms a simple piece into something so stylish, and one that won’t look out of style so fast with tie dye always popular for kids. Plus, it just screams warm weather to me, which I think we could all use a dose of right now. Here,...

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Adorable earmuffs to keep your kid (or you!) toasty during the next winter storm.

Are you sick of the cold yet? It’s snowing in the deep south. Pigs are flying. Brrr. So, in our house, instead of dolls or video games, the thing my daughter is begging for at the moment is earmuffs. Kinda sad, but not when mama finds kids’ earmuffs as fabulous as these from the Etsy shop Rainbow Mittens. I love the fluffy and huge pale pink muffs on these (they also come in white, brown or black). And the headband is covered in pretty lace, just for some fancy. Moms, they make them in your size too, in case...

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Downs Designs: Extra special clothes for extra special kids

My friend Natalie has a huge smile, bright red hair, and Down syndrome. That means her thigh bones and upper arm bones are a little shorter than the average girl her age, and most pants and shirt sleeves she tries on in a normal retail store are too long. As a result, she often ends up looking a little disheveled, which she hates. She loves to look cute. So I’m pretty sure she’s going to love Downs Designs, a clothing line designed especially for people with bodies like Natalie’s. This fantastic company was started by a sweet grandmother wanting...

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A great new destination for cool boys’ clothes.

If you’re like me, you get pretty sick of the same-old-same-old patterns and themes when it comes to boys’ clothes. That’s why I was thrilled to discover the cool boys’ clothes at Geo Fox Apparel. Made in Los Angeles, Geo Fox is the brainchild of parents Justin and Sarah Fox (hence the name) who prefer something a little edgier for their own two sons, went out and made it. Not a new story, but I’ve found it’s always one of the best when it comes to inspiration. Nothing like two really motivated parents running on a lack of sleep- at...

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Ever tried to resell something with a monogram? Well, now you can.

Growing up in the age of The Official Preppy Handbook, I coveted Izod shirts and monogrammed sweaters. While my mother agreed to the Izods, she argued that a monogrammed sweater was a waste, since we knew no one else with the initials JRW and couldn’t hand it down. As a mother myself now, I can concede that she had a point. But if Match My Monogram (and, uh, the internet) had been around back then, I might have scored someone else’s outgrown JRW-emblazoned sweater. This smart site helps gently used monogrammed items find matching initials in new homes. Just...

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Stella McCartney designer kids’ clothes just out for spring. How’s that credit limit holding up?

Just as we’re starting to dig into all the great sales on kids’ clothes online, we remember the reason why–the new stuff is coming, including lots of drool-worthy designer kids’ clothes. And after getting a peek at the brand new Stella McCartney for Kids line we are ready for more. Behold, some of my favorite not-cheap-at-all styles that you can expect to see on the celeb kids sizes 2-14 this coming spring and summer. And hey, maybe on your own kids, if you can hold out until these are discounted too. Or just stick with the sale section at Stella,...

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Melijoe designer kids’ clothes: adorable even when they’re not on sale. (But they are.)

Tis the season to scurry to the web and take advantage of all the great designer kids’ clothes that are starting to go on sale. At least here, we’ve got a good four months left of sweater weather and then some. A new shop to add to your bookmarks: Melijoe, where an insane array of designer kids’ and baby clothes, including their own line, is now up to 60% off. The M by Melijoe line is comprised of really high quality, nicely made wardrobe staples for babies and kids — the kind of basics you think you’re getting at big...

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Joyfolie: Fancy shoes for little girls ready for New Year’s Eve and beyond

My girls have vowed to stay up late enough to see the ball drop this New Year’s Eve, but their plans are bigger than that. Evidently they have also planned to dress up, wear fancy shoes, and I think I heard murmuring about tiaras (and knowing my youngest, a Griffindor robe to top it all off). Fortunately we’ve got another few years until they ask for champagne, but I do know where to get the fancy shoes. Joyfolie is a mom-run shop that made the leap from a small Etsy shop and now makes quite the selection of dress...

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Celebrating Movember when you’re too young to grow a ‘stache

I look forward to Movember every year because my Viking husband looks deliciously scruffy while supporting men’s health awareness with a beard. But if you’ve got a mustache-loving kid in your life who can’t even sprout a few chin hairs, here are some adorable ways to get more ‘stache in your November. Ah, so many mustache choices. The handmade shirts (above) by Pirates and Cupcakes on Etsy come in a variety of Movember-y favorites: The Villain, The Cowboy, The Ringmaster, and soon, The Santa. Just pick your mustache poison and tell the shop owner the color shirt and size you want,...

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Kid style: How to wear tutus out in the real world

Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers! I once feebly resisted my children’s love for tutus, until I realized that they could be way more than the beginnings of a fairy princess outfit. Tutus are now on trend as outerwear, as in publicly appropriate skirts. So we wanted to help you out with a few ways to wear tutus in a cool, stylish way, on behalf of our awesome new sponsor eden & zoe, whose gorgeous kids clothes we’ve been drooling over for ages now. Including, yes, their tutus. Think of the multi-layered, lined Alessandra tutu in black, white, or...

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Clothes for a 9-year old girl? Here are 7 ideas…straight from a 9-year old girl.

I’ve been smitten with Wunway since I discovered their lovely, non-hoochie clothes (it’s true) for girls earlier this year. It’s no surprise I’m loving their new collection of girls clothes, but since my 9-year old picks out her own outfits these days, I thought I’d let her browse the website and share her own 7 favorites and why she loves them. I promise, I didn’t edit her one bit. Bellanie tutu skirt (above): The length of this skirt is so unique and not like other skirts of its kind.   Etoiles top: 100% cotton means it’s very soft (What? That’s...

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