Category: Cool Kids’ Clothes + Accessories

Smart tees for girls, to celebrate today’s International Day of the Girl Child

Now in its second year, today’s International Day of the Girl Child was created by the United Nations to bring light to the special challenges and inequalities girls face around the world. We especially love this year’s theme which focuses on innovations in education to help girls everywhere realize their dreams. Here, some of our favorite message tees for girls that celebrate smart, capable, brave girls everywhere. –Christina   If you hear yourself saying, Put down that book and go do [fill in the blank] about twenty times a day, first, that’s not the worst problem ever. Second, this tee...

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Hot trend alert: boots for kids, from cowboy to motorcycle

I have a tween daughter (and it’s hard even saying that) who is shoe crazy. Clearly she takes after her mama that way. But I’ve learned if I get her cheap shoes, they hardly last through fall, let alone the school year. One of the few brands that’s really done right by us is Umi, which are definitely a splurge, but I know get passed down to her sister too. In fact, we bought these suede kids’ loafers two years ago, and after two years and two girls and about a thousand trips to the playground, we only just had to retire...

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Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes

I still remember trying to coax my then 18 month-old into the carefully selected Halloween costume. Nothing. The best we could do was stick an apron on her over her diaper, put a wooden spoon in her hand and call her the Naked Chef. (It actually went over very well with the neighbors!) That’s why I love this shop that makes a ton of Halloween costumes–for kids who aren’t necessarily ready to wear a head-to-toe costume. The handmade Halloween costumes for kids at LA’s seven white rabbits are beyond adorable. Each one is actually a cape, not a full...

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Classic children’s illustrations meet gorgeous clothes for little girls: The new Anna Emilia Collection for Jacadi

featured partner If your girls are anything like ours, they loooove flowers. And birds. And pretty much any cute woodland creatures. Fortunately, just because we’re moving toward fall, doesn’t mean we can’t find all of the above, thanks to the breathtaking new Anna Emilia Collection for Jacadi, created in collaboration with Finnish illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen, whose work we’ve admired for ages. If you’re looking for a great gift or maybe a special piece for a baby or girl’s wardrobe, here are just a few of our own favorites from the collection. [don’t miss a sweet special offer below!] (above: Anna...

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13 ways to get your kids looking like the fabulous stars that they are

There are lots of back to school kids’ clothing trends that we’re really liking this year, but one of them: the return of the star. The classic five-point star is showing up everywhere from the mass stores to the hottest kids’ brands, looking more celestial than cowboy. Here, just a few favorites to get your kids looking galactic-cool from top to bottom. They’re not just for birthday crowns anymore! –Liz Reese Shoes and Patience Sky Shoes Stars and moons couldn’t be a cuter combo on little feet. They come in toddler sizes 3-9 and youth sizes too. ($48, $56, See Kai Run)...

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The Ralph Lauren Kids’ collection: Our 5 favorites for fall and holiday

featured partner One of the fun parts of fall for us is looking at all the fun new fashion trends, and getting fun ideas for our own kids. Last week we swooned over the new Ralph Lauren Kids’ collection in their adorable fashion show video hosted by Jessica Alba. We thought it would be fun to pull out just a few of our favorite looks from our their new fall and holiday line to share with you. We love how the denim jacket over fair isle dress updates a classic preppy look. The tartan skinny jean is so versatile....

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Tough kids can still have sparkly toes

Move over, princess shoes. We’ve found the cutest sparkle sneakers that have a date with the monkey bars. For years we’ve loved shoes by See Kai Run for their combination of durability, fit, and looks. The new Adalynn sneaker with Mary Jane styling adds a fun dash of glitter to the mix for little kids. The flexible rubber sole means they’re comfy, good for growing feet, and equally fantastic for hiking the backyard, hiking Disneyworld, or hiking up a Rapunzel dress at the tea party. They’d also look gorgeous for some of the coolest Halloween costumes this year–Twilight Sparkle or...

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Shoe-shopping just got sweeter: Buy a pair of Toms and a US child in need gets one too.

Kids don’t need much to dream. But they do need a few basic, important things to succeed: education, food, exercise and clothing. So we’re happy to support a company that aims to give one million pairs of shoes to underprivileged children right here in the US by the end of 2014. Confession: I heart Toms Shoes and their One for One program the way my daughter hearts princess-covered pop beads and rainbow sprinkles. I’m a Classics girl, if my very broken in “Great Love” vegans and equally well-loved “Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project” canvases are any indicator. Buying Toms...

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We’re officially giddy over these adorable hair clips.

We always get excited about new felt hair clips by GiddyGiddy, but the newest collection of hooded darlings has an especially high SF (Squee Factor). These four sweet girls from CMP fave GiddyGiddy are perfect for clipping into big girl and toddler hair. Each piece is sturdy and made by hand of soft felt on a 4 cm clip. And we love how their adorable little faces are almost like taking a dolly with you wherever you go. Each little missy is $8, and they have a blanket $2 shipping fee in the US. If you’re looking for hair...

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The coolest hoodies in the hood

Hoodies are wardrobe staples in our household. My husband, a hoodie addict with over 20 in his closet, has gotten my boys into sporting them too. For the most part, my guys wear boring old navy or black hoodies (yawn), with the occasional sports team or stripes thrown into the mix. But hoodies with knockout prints that look like they came from somewhere far away–even outerspace maybe–well, now that’s something to write home about. The new hoodies from Winter Water Factory have insanely cool prints, completely different than your average boys’ wear. We’re not talking cars, trucks, robots or the ubiquitous skulls either....

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The Ralph Lauren Kids fashion show: Fall fashion inspiration galore

featured partner With back to school officially here and the cooler climes headed our way, we’re excited to be one of the first to share the video of the Ralph Lauren Kids fall fashion show which launched today. Can you say adorable? Now you get to see what some of our favorite celeb moms, like Jessica Alba, Ali Wentworth, and Edie Falco (love them!) saw when they were there with their own kids at the show last month, and get some inspiration for your own fall shopping as well.   Personally, we’re loving some of the Downton Abbey inspiration, and the holiday styles–so ridiculously photo worthy. Also keep an eye out for our favorites like the fun vest look around :25, the colorful dress with striped socks and patterned sneakers at :58, and the very cool motorcycle inspired jacket at 1:26. Because hey, your kid doesn’t even have to be a child model to wear it. Take a peek for yourself and see what catches your eye. For more of the new Fall 2013 Ralph Lauren kids’ collection, visit RalphLauren.com. You can also visit their site to download Madison Beer’s new single, Melodies, for...

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Bold graphic tees to empower your favorite girl this fall

I love the song Brave by Sara Bareilles. Seriously, how often do our daughters hear music on the radio that encourages them to be bold and smart and to speak their minds? Same goes with girls’ clothes and their messages. If you’re still annoyed at that popular brand’s glittery “I’m too pretty to do homework” shirt or the doll that proclaimed “math is hard!” instead try one of these inspiring tees to remind your daughter that real Girl Power never goes out of style. I love the super stylish cotton tees from Peek–printed in lush full color on front and back....

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Sweet hair accessories to get girls 15% more likely to brush their hair without being asked

After a summer of wild and crazy hair (hey, that’s what summer’s for, right?) it’s been a little tough getting my girls back in the groove of sleek ponytails and neat hairbands for schools. To say nothing of those brushes that could use a workout. But there’s nothing like a cute new hairband or clip to get them excited to look like they didn’t just roll out of bed. The hair accessories from Adelaide NYC are clever, creative, colorful, and built to last. They’re made from acrylic, not felt or ribbon, and the construction is reassuring because they’re not your average...

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Babesta Beat: Funky inspiration galore in a handy digital magazine for parents

Even as we still mourn the demise of Cookie Magazine (long live Cookie and their awesome $13,000 children’s outfit recommendations) it’s nice to see so many free online magazines for parents popping up like Lille Nord and Moomah. And now there’s one new one that’s even more convenient–because it’s shoppable. Click over to the Babesta Beat, from one of my favorite funky NYC kids shops, Babesta. You’ll find beautifully photographed info about their newest brands, an It List of cool trends for kids, interviews with designers and a great story about 10 year-old deejay Fulano Librizzi and some of his music recommendations. I...

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Zippy nighttime diaper changes? We’re in.

As excited as I am about the impending arrival of Baby #3, one thing I am not particularly looking forward to is the sleep deprivation that arrives on the scene with a newborn. I recall with vague familiarity the middle of the night feedings and changings–and realizing in the morning that all the snaps on the baby’s PJs are mismatched. That will no longer be an issue with this adorable onesie.   The ZIPaboo is a revelation for all those weary-eyed parents fumbling with diapers and fiddling with snaps in the middle of the night. With a single zipper...

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Going back to school with Gap, and a nice shiny Gap gift card from us to you.

We like back to school shopping for kids, obviously. And we like giving things away. So we’re super excited that our sponsor Gap is hosting an amazing event in more than a dozen of their stores–and letting us give one of our readers a $200 to spend with them. Whoo! [Enter to win a $200 gift card from Gap by leaving a comment after the jump] As part of the Gap Back to Cool Event, you buy one pair of Gap Kids 1969 Premium Jeans, and get a second pair at 50% off. Smart, because as we parents know,...

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Dragon-proof pants for boys? We’ll be the judge of that.

Our pals at Tea Collection say their latest round of boys’ pants can stand up to dragons, thanks to reinforced knees, durable material, and the look of denim without the zipper issues. So they’ll probably survive the playground, too. When my daughter was a baby, I shopped at consignment sales. When my son was a baby, I tried to figure out why I couldn’t find any pants for him at the same sales. Uh, turns out little dudes are really, really hard on their pants, often wearing out the knees before they’ve even outgrown them. But when our pals...

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Booties that will warm your baby’s toes (and your heart)

We’re always excited to find global nonprofits that empower women and their families rise to above poverty. Now we’re especially happy to find one that supports that mission in the form of adorable baby gifts that we’d buy even if they weren’t doing so much good. (But they are.)   So here’s a story we love: Kohl Crecelius was an avid snowboarder and surfer dude. But when his brother taught him an unlikely hobby–crocheting–Kohl was instantly hooked (heh). He immediately taught two of his buddies, who were also hooked. Now we’re hooked. Because when Kohl traveled to Uganda in college, he discovered unimaginable...

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Actual stylish mommy and me aprons from one of the coolest designers? A fantastic excuse to bake

If you’re going to bake together, do it in style. But do it quickly! These gorgeous denim aprons from Oh Joy (yes, really) are going to disappear faster than a hot stack of chocolate chip cookies. We dig the beautifully curated goods on Brika, and while we’re not always into the whole coordinated mommy/daughter thing, this truly stylish and modern mother and child apron set is our kind of thing; and a great example of how Brika brings together small artisans with interesting stories. When Brika maker Ellen Bennett went to the Oh Joy! studio to meet Joy (one...

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Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks talks kids and high heels with the TODAY Show

This morning, our editor Liz Gumbinner joined the TODAY Show along with a super smart group of women to talk hot topics on the Woman To Woman: Moms Get Real segment. Click over to catch Nathalie Morales with Liz, Rene Syler, Dr. Evelyn Minaya and Carole Sullivan. You’ll find out what she has to say about kids and high heels (it’s pretty funny), among other things. Can you guess her POV? Needless to say, you won’t be seeing high heels for toddlers on Cool Mom Picks any time soon. Hope you’re okay with...

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A sale on cute back to school clothes for boys before school even starts? We’ll take it.

For a while now, we’ve been fans of Little Dudes Only, one of the first online shops we’ve found that specializes just in cool clothes for boys. (So stop yer complainin’, mamas of boys–we’ve got you covered.) What’s better is when they have a sale, and right now it’s a pretty nice one. They’ve put together an nice selection of back-to-school clothes for boys, which happen to all be 20% off for a limited time, along with the rest of the shop. My picks include the super popular Madpax backpacks (shown here), the Mini Shatsu “On Tour” Keyboard Sweatshirt, ...

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Ever notice how gorgeous kids’ clothes look even more gorgeous when they’re on sale?

Recently we wrote about the splurgey loveliness that is Caramel Baby + Child, a UK label specializing in the stuff a lot of us dream of dressing our children in, but not necessarily at retail prices. Well now, they’re less.   The Caramel Baby & Child sale is pretty awesome–up to 60% off on even the spring/summer items that you could use straight through fall. Some of my favorite picks for my own girls include the girls’ cardigan in five colors that’s now $44, down from $110; a brown checked girls’ skirt that’s $40 down from $101; and a...

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H & M now lets you shop online. Can we get an amen?

Well parents, your retail desires have been granted. Or at least one of mine has. Because it’s official: H&M is now selling clothes online. Whoo! Following in the 2011 footsteps of Zara online, I am so happy to find H&M online now up and running starting today. It’s always been one of my favorite options for affordable, European-styled clothes and they happen to offer very cute kids wear too. Some of my kids’ favorite tees and little summer dresses are from H&M. The only problem is, not every store near me has a children’s department. And that’s New York...

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We’ll have the sushi: onesies with wow factor

Let’s face it. Once our kids hit the age of 2 or 3, our days of choosing adorable outfits for them are pretty much over. So squeeze in all that clothing cuteness while you still can. We loved the Artoo onesies and buntings from The Wishing Elephant on Etsy, so it’s no surprise that we’ve fallen for their other cute baby clothes too. Sushi, anyone?   Yup, we’ve decided we love pretty much everything in the shop at The Wishing Elephant. Onesies are made of 100% cotton and embellished by hand with 100% eco-felt. They’re available for ages newborn through 24 months. We’re...

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May the Force be with your kids’ feet

Can you feel it? There’s been a great disturbance in the world of footwear, as if millions of Ewok-sized voices had just cried out in excitement: “Mommy, those shoes breathe like Darth Vader!” The Star Wars by Stride Rite Vader Light & Sound shoe is the closest you’ll come to having the Dark Lord of the Sith over for meatloaf. Available in toddler sizes 8.5 to 12 and kid sizes 12.5 to 3, both in narrow or wide, each shoe is made of leather and mesh with an easy hook and loop closure under Vader’s mask. With the press...

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The most gorgeous handmade birthday crowns and party hats. Oof.

We’ve always loved supporting the Etsy artists making handmade birthday crowns and hats for birthday parties and special days thereafter. (Like, Tuesdays. Or Fridays.) But here’s one, in honor of all the royal baby talk this week, that just may take the candle-covered cake. At Mosey on Etsy you’ll find a remarkable array of birthday decor, including some of the most exquisite and imaginative handmade party hats and birthday crowns I’ve ever seen.   Themes include space travel, woodland critters, and of course the traditional prince/princess for a day, complete with felt and ribbon adornments like butterflies, fairies and...

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Snazzy handcrafted baby shoes that really steal the show

If the baby I’m having next month is anything like me, the kid will appreciate a really good pair of shoes. (I’ve already passed that gene onto my daughter, who clamors for any beautiful pair of heels she sees.) I find most people focus on the baby clothes, but adorable shoes really make the outfit. And in the case of this Etsy shop I discovered? That cute romper set from Grandma might go unnoticed if Baby is wearing these. Sorry, Grandma! Warning: Visiting the Ajalor shop on Etsy will either make you want to have another baby stat, or you’ll...

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40% off Tea Collection sale items which means…go! Now!

We get super excited when Tea Collection goes on sale. Because it’s the kind of stuff we pay full price for anyway…at least until today. When you can get an extra 40% off already low sale prices. Seriously! Tea is a CMP affiliate.   I bought a bunch of stuff that just came in the mail yesterday (thereby missing the extra 40%…d’oh) but you can grab some of these insanely good deals if you hurry. Sizes are going fast! Bo-Kaap Trapeeze Dress (Above: Orig $27, now $10.50 with discount) Just saw my daughter’s friend in it yesterday. Seriously cute!...

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Geek-tastic babies, your wardrobe awaits.

We discovered the awesome pop culture baby tees and onesies from Austin artist Kayo Master over a year ago, and loved them so much (zomg, that Princess Leia onesie?) that we featured them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide. Since then she’s expanded her line, with some awesome new designs and even some baby gift sets than any geeky mama will swoon for. With Dr. Spock, Captain America, Mr. T, and a huge host of baby Star Wars characters in training (sorry…Star Wars inspired characters) you can find lots of these cool handmade Kayo Master baby clothes at BRIKA...

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Rock n roll tees for kids so authentic, you can almost smell the overpriced concert beer on them.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a way of taking me back in time. As a parent, I play Under the Bridge for my kids and encourage them to appreciate how the music affects them. Cooler still, Flea, RHCP’s bassist, is a big supporter of children in the arts and a regular in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. So I’m digging this new collaboration for kids between classic bands and classic style, courtesy of a very surprising source. At J Crew, of all places, you’ll find a very cool selection of rock n roll tees for kids in...

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