Category: Kid Fashion

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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Wunway dresses turns every sidewalk into a runway for your girls. Or wunway?

This is precisely the time each year that I realize my oldest daughter has outgrown all her summer dresses (grrr) and that her younger sister is not quite ready to reap the benefits. So looking at the adorable new dresses from Wunway, I’m having a hard time keeping my twitchy “add to cart” finger off the keyboard keys. We love this brand for their appropriately modest but still feminine and fun clothes in sizes 3-8; it’s a godsend for parents of tweens-to-be who hit the big shops or even designer boutique and realize that once you hit size 6,...

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Temporary tattoos, now delivered to your door every month

If your kids love temporary tattoos like mine do, then you’ll want to add this awesome new gift idea from our friends at Tattly to their wish list. I’m a huge fan of the Tattly tattoos myself actually, and have been known to wear a few on more than one occasion (and not just because I was trying to appease my tattoo-happy kids) and now, for a limited time, you can purchase a Tattly gift subscription.   Each month for six months, your lucky recipient will get eight of the coolest Tattly tattoos delivered right to their mailbox, with...

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Jacadi Paris summer sale — whoa, the discounts!

featured partner We get excited when Jacadi Paris, the awesomely luxe baby and kids’ brand that pretty much never goes on sale…is going on sale. Yay! And we’re partnering with them today to share our favorite picks from the sale. (If we can even narrow it down, because zomg…the shoes.) If you’ve got a shower coming up or a kiddo you’re excited to spoil for up to 50% less, here are some of our very favorites from the vastly discounted collection, at some of the best values. Don’t miss some great picks and amazing discounts on Jacadi Paris after...

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A crown fit for a queen

She already thinks she runs the house, why not adorn her tiny little head with something that will fit the role? Plus, you’ve got to love a princess-y dress up prop that isn’t pink, plastic, or sparkly, but is still totally adorable. Rita J Felt’s Petite Crown Headband will make any child feel regal during dress-up, a birthday party, or just when her heiness travels to the supermarket. Handmade in Lithuania of golden-yellow wool and affixed to a flexible headband, this comfy crown not only conveys stature, it keeps the hair from fluttering into her eyes. Just make sure...

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A kids’ world as cheerful as your kids (or one can hope)

Putting together a nursery or little kid’s room can be a challenge if you’re going for a certain retro-mod Scandinavian rainbow look. I mean, there is nothing out there that fits that exact description. Or wait, maybe there is.   The relaunch of colorful, childlike 70s era German designs from byGraziela designs celebrates every single color in the crayon box, and channels it into kids’ bedding, kids pajamas, German-made dishware, hooded towels, toys and home decor so happy you want to smile. At pots. You’ll be smiling at pots. If you’re the crafty kind, there are even fabrics featuring...

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Sewn Natural: handmade girls dresses that can clear away the May showers

I’ve always loved peppering my daughters’ wardrobes with just a few special handmade pieces from indie artists, from Courtney Chu to Ses Petites Mains and Baby Bean. Not only do they freshen up an otherwise ordinary wardrobe of leggings, tunics and tees, I find they are constructed amazingly well. When my two girls are done with them, Kristen’s younger daughters get a care package! I’m so happy to discover Etsy Shop Sewn Natural, which uses classic but contemporary patterns in their handmade girls dresses, brought to life with gorgeous organic fabrics, vintage-inspired prints and textiles from names like Marimekko....

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7 of the coolest swim trunks for boys. Bring it, summer!

Our neighborhood pool opens at the end of this week (whoo!), so I’m busy tracking down stylish, swim trunks for my son that will last us all summer long. While last week we found some great swimsuits for girls, for those of you with a boy like me, here are some of my favorite boys’ swim picks for the upcoming pool days and beach trips in your near future. We’re big fans of the quality and fit of the Red21Boys’ swim trunks. I’m digging the Jack Thomas plaid for your preppy son, especially since he could just toss on...

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A whole new kind of personalized gift from the kids from Hiho Batik

I’ve been a longtime fan of the fun, spirited kids clothing by Hiho Batik since back when we started Cool Mom Picks. (Yes, even before the Obama girls were photographed wearing their tees.)  But I think I might love them even more now that I discovered their Personalize It! custom feature.   Now you can get their amazing handmade Batik products using your own kid’s artwork. What a brilliant gift idea! Just follow the directions carefully on their site, choose a t-shirt, a tote bag (awesome teacher gift!), or throw pillow, and then they’ll take your child’s precious creation...

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Punk rock shorts for stylin’ skater boys

In order to perfect the punk rock, skater-boi look, a Ramones shirt will no longer cut it. My kids have been jonesing for trendy chain wallets like their friends at the skate park. The problem? Teachers don’t exactly dig the boys playing around with their wallets during class. An unattached chain spells trouble, there’s no way around it. So what if I told you that you could get the perfect chain look without all of the baggage?   These new Punk Shorts by Chasing Fireflies are just the look my boys dig. I call this the faux-chain look (no wallet!), and man, will...

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Peace never goes out of style

Peace is something I believe we need to promote all the time. I want my children to wear it on their sleeves and on their chests.   So of course I am digging this Peace Warrior t-shirt by Be Love, which puts our affinity for non-violence on our casual wear. Is there anything cooler than a “Peace Warrior?” I’m going to say no…but then again, there’s a whole category of cool kids’ tees featuring the likes of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Be Love is a rad organization that inspires children and adults by communicating lessons of love and strength...

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UV swimwear to keep our girls (and boys) covered

Every year, I look out for appropriately modest swimsuits for girls. Not to keep them bundled in tents, but to keep them cute and water-ready without having to succumb to ruching and triangle teeny-bikini tops for the nonexistent boobs. Well here’s a cool New Zealand brand that knows a little something about cool swimwear for boys and girls that has nothing to do with premature sex appeal and everything to do with actual swimming. (Weird, right?) Snapper Rock makes UV 50+ swimwear for boys and girls that’s meant to be run in, waded in, and wave-jumped in. Hold the hooch. And...

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Super cool boys’ accessories, because why should girls have all the fun?

Clothes might make the (little) man, but there’s something about cool hats, sunglasses and other accessories that can dial up the wardrobe a notch. Who says girls get to have all the fun? Browsing around at one of my favorite cool-kid indie clothing labels, Appaman, I was so happy to see another great brand that hasn’t forgotten the stylish little dudes in our lives. The future’s so bright…yeah, you know the rest.  Appaman’s sunglasses for kids are better made and longer lasting than thost $5 drugstore ones they’ll break in two seconds. There are some smart black glasses (at...

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The coolest summer clothes for boys come from the land down under

As a mom of a boy, I know how tough it can be to find cool clothes that not only look great, but are made for comfort and play. And I’d like them to last an entire season, please. Looks like Janet Reid (fellow mom of a boy) was reading my mind. Her Australia–based boys-only label MIDA was created from her own frustration of wanting quality clothes for her son that are young and whimsical without being overly saccharine. I’m pretty sure my son would live in the cotton twill shorts, which are quite sturdy but still comfortable and...

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Keeping it real, Viewmaster style

Because ironic baby tees featuring all sorts of devices that they will never entirely understand are all the rage these days (you know, rotary phones, Polaroid cameras, I like this one that plays off the retro Viewmaster in a fun new way. Not that you can’t still get a Viewmaster, it’s just the 21st century version is a little lacking, if you ask me. At Little Trendstar, these fun “Keep it Reel” kids’ clothes come as ViewMaster baby onesies, and ViewMaster kids’ tees up in sizes 2T-6T. And hey, maybe it will inspire your kiddo’s obsession with super basic...

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April showers bring 7 of the cutest kids’ rain boots

Playing in the rain isn’t as much fun with wet feet, so along with a styling raincoat, grab your kids some keep-dry boots for their fast-growing feet. Then, when they go to walk through the biggest puddle on the block, you can relax and let them go. –Christina Bogs for Kids’ rain boots have pull-on handles built into the boot to make it easier for kids to get up on their own. My favorite, the Daisy style, comes in a bunch of color combinations and adds a bit of pretty “May flowers” to the April rain. (toddler/youth sizes, $50 at Zappos) Ahoy!...

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BonLook: seriously stylish sunglasses for kids

As someone who hates going out without sunglasses on, I’m sure I’m not the only one whose kids have inherited my sensitive eyes. I’m also sure I’m not the only parent to have had that experience where we broke down and bought the cheapie (though not really so cheap) emergency kids’ sunglasses at a vacation spot or at an airport, and oops…broken after 4 wearings. Enter BonLook, which is doing a fabulous job with kids’ and baby sunglasses, and nary a Daffy Duck to be found. BonLook is a store for trendy prescription eyewear for adults, but they’ve just...

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9 of the most fabulous raincoats for kids those April (and May and June) showers

With snow hopefully behind us, we’re happy to pack away our heavy coats and mittens. But when these days of spring turn rainy, a bright cheery raincoat can help keep our kids dry…and maybe even coax them outside to sing (and play) in the rain. –Christina We all know that April showers bring May flowers; I hope they are as pretty as those on Marimekko’s Hili 1 raincoat with its iconic pattern. (Yes, we’re on a Marimekko kick lately with their new dishes for kids and fun baby clothes.) And for those extra-stormy days, I appreciate the reflective safety...

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70% off the cool gifts you know you want anyway

We’re always sad when we see the small businesses we love come and go, but the one silver lining are the sales for their customers. And this one happens to be a great shop with a really great sale.     For years, Spoon Sisters, has been one of our favorite destination for clever little gifts, stocking stuffers (stock up now!), and fun doodads, from alphabet cookie cutters to tattoos for your Converse shoes. And now, everything in the shop is 70% off. Just a few of my favorite picks right now: Scrabble Letter mugs, from $11 to $3.30 Kids’ birthday tees,...

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Hello Kitty TAKES OVER THE WORLLLLLLLDDDDD

We’ve loved Hello Kitty since we were little girls, and now we admit it’s fun having her back in our lives on all kinds of things for babies and kids. Especially from some of our favorite indie brands. If you’re a Sanrio fan, say hello to some super cute new Hello Kitty gifts we’ve seen lately. Hello Kitty swaddlers from aden + anais Whether you love their supersoft, 100% cotton muslin swaddlers or need towels, blankets, and bibs for slightly older sweeties, aden + anais delivers. We love that they went with the vibrant magenta instead of toning it...

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Spring sweetness: mint sandals for little feet

Spring is coming any day now (well, at least the Weather Channel thinks so). I always like to be prepared well ahead of time with my kids’ new spring wardrobe–especially shoes. Out with the galoshes, and in with all the fun, happy new shoes. If I had a girl, then I would so be getting her these adorably chic mint sandals from See Kai Run. I love the hot pink soles (think mini Louboutins in training, ha), which are soft, durable and flexible–perfect for summer camp and ice cream jaunts. Adjustable closures make them an easy-on/easy-off spring to summer shoe....

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