Tag: kids’ formalwear

Cool Easter Clothes for kids: some of our very favorites this year

Easter always signifies for me the start of the spring season, even when there is still snow on the ground in New England. It’s time to lighten up, and I’ve found some great picks for both boys and girls from some of our favorite online shops that will carry them past the holiday and into spring. You know, the months when the snow really does go away. –Christina Fore!! Axel and Hudson Dressy enough for Easter brunch or church, but casual enough for some extreme Easter egg hunting, Fore!! Axel and Hudson’s Rolled Cuff Stripe Shirt (at top) looks...

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Tea Collection’s new holiday fashions = major kiddo cuteness

I’m finding it hard to believe that I’m already thinking holiday clothes for the kids, but…yep. Already thinking holiday clothes for the kids. And since my children pretty much live in Tea Collection, it’s always one of the first places I turn for affordable, adorable clothes that last. And last. So I’m thrilled that this awesome mom-run business is back as one of our sponsors (yay, Tea!), and that they gave me the chance to share some of my favorites from their new Nordic-inspired holiday collection. I’m not exaggerating when I say this may be my favorite winter collection...

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Where to shop for tweens? Here!

Any mom to a girl between the ages of 7 and 14 knows the dreaded Pit Of Despair when it comes to dressing them–it seems like most choices at that age fall into either the “too cutesy” or “way too mature” camp. So what’s a mama to a discerning tween or early teen fashionista to do? One new option: Shop online at Sol Tween. This online boutique caters to sizes 8-14, with the same carefully curated selection of designer pieces you normally find from boutique brands that only come in smaller sizes. There’s nothing too cutesy, absolutely nothing skanky,...

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The perfect pint-sized party clothes

We have a bunch of special occasions coming up–Father’s Day, our favorite sitter’s graduation, the grandparents’ anniversary. My eyes have been open to some especially special occasion clothes for the kids. You know–something fancy. Without sauce on it. CMP highlighted the fabulous Kico Kids a while ago, and their new spring/summer line proves to be the perfect place to find special-occasion kiddie couture. They have twirly princess dresses, fabulous bolero jackets, and even a two-in-one flower girl dress (it converts into a cotton shift!), which manage to be sweet, fashion-forward, and timeless, all at the same time. Plus: comfortable, made with kid-friendly...

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Ferd gives boys a license to chill

Here comes Jimmy Bond. He rolls up on a black Big Wheel and requests his favorite drink: chocolate milk; shaken, not stirred. Aunts line up to pinch his cheeks. And I imagine him wearing this effortlessly cool striped shirt and tie combo from Ferd. And maybe some tiny little sunglasses. Fancy clothes for girls are easy to find, whether you’re looking online, at Target, or at your local exclusive boutique. But so often, the special event clothes for boys involve polyester vests stitched to rolled up trousers, which can be cute but isn’t very versatile. Ferd offers sharp but...

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The Easter dresses of my dreams

This will be the first Easter in a very long time that we’ll actually be celebrating with extended family. Other than a plane flight with three young children (help!), the toughest item on my agenda will be tracking down cool Easter best clothes for my kids. In years past, I’ve gotten away with more casual attire on Easter, but if I had my druthers, my girls would be wearing Easter dresses from the gorgeous new spring line from CMP fave NoKo. I’m completely in love with the Nico dress (at top), particularly that stylish sash. It’s Easter-fancy but not...

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Tying one on

Okay so there’s still snow a-plenty in my neck of the woods known as Brooklyn, but in no time it will be the season for Easter duds and Passover dinners and spring weddings and seersucker. So when I saw the custom, handcrafted neckties for boys from Bella Bows [edited: Now called The Belle and the Beau) at The Silly Wagon, I nearly died from the cuteness – and the promise of warmer days. Each tie is individually made by hand in a range of lovely fabrics, from this this season’s hot polkadots, to paisleys, to classic ticking stripes, and...

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Great First Communion dresses that are sweet, not mini Bride? – Reader Q&A

Please help me find a First Communion dress that is a) not a bazillion dollars and b) not made out of that super scratchy cheap lace? The dress needs to be mostly white and dressy, but not too mini-bride! -Cathy We totally get what you mean about avoiding the “mini bride” look, Cathy—some of the styles out there are way more fancy than my wedding dress!  Here are some ideas we’ve pulled for you. Hopefully this will help you find something you (and your daughter) will love.   We reviewed Soft Clothing a little while ago, and while their...

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Affordable dressy cruise wear? Reader Q&A

Q: My family is going on a cruise next month, and I am wondering if you have any suggestions for dressy clothes for the formal nights. I have three daughters, ages 10, 7, and 5, and I am looking for outfits that are classic and stylish…but won’t break the bank. -Heather We’re jealous Heather! Sounds like a great time is ahead. Now the good news (besides the fact that you’re going on a cruise) is that this time of the year you can find lots of last year’s summer dresses at deep discounts. The hard part is that sizes...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest baby clothes, kids’ clothes and shoes (boy we love those shoes)

By far our most popular categories are the clothing categories. Because whatever your style, wherever you live, we all have to get our kids dressed, right? Unless you’re the lucky sewing machine owner who can make your children’s own beautiful designs, these were some of the standouts to us in 2009. Kristen: The amazing baby clothing at Belle Heir (at top) gives me an outlet for my love for vintage clothing, particularly for special occasions, without having to spend hours scouring the racks at the local boutiques. Liz: I remain blown away by the innovative upcycled designs from Seven...

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My favorite girls’ dresses go on sale and suddenly I need 47 of them

Last night I was yapping with my sister-in-law about holiday dresses, when I clicked over to the Noko Baby site to show her some of my all-time favorite dressy dresses for girls. And wouldn’t you know it, I get an email this morning, letting me know that for the first time ever, all the dresses are all discounted by 25%. Even if you’ve already got your Christmas clothes and New Year’s Clothes and Valentine’s Day clothes picked out for your girls this year (I’ve heard there are in fact moms like this out there, even if I don’t know...

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Affordable girl’s tights – Reader Q&A

I’m looking for simple, solid color winter tights in 3T that won’t break the bank. -Kristina As the weather has officially turned here in Atlanta, I’ve also been on the lookout for winter tights for both my girls, Kristina. I dug around to find a few high quality options that will hopefully last the entire season. We’re huge fans of Baby Legs, and lucky for us they’ve just started making adorable toddler tights (above). While most of the tights are patterned, they’ve got solid pink, which can work well for most girls’ wardrobes, from what we hear. (Ha.) I’ve heard excellent...

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Just in time, the children’s Christmas dress I’ve been looking for

I’ve just learned at the very last minute that my daughters need a dressy dress for the holidays. So I’ve been checking frantically to see if one of my favorite labels, Ses Petites Mains has anything new and fabulous, and wouldn’t you know it – today they actually do. The brand new Greta Dress looks just lovely; all romantic and flowy, in a fuchsia tissue silk that girls are going to love to spin in until they’re dizzy. The detailing is amazing (as Beth Miles’s work always is), with soft elastic under the empire waist tie, and pretty little...

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Holiday plaid for Christmas and beyond

With my family spread out around the country, my husband, kids and I often spend the holidays alone, which means I don’t have the greatest excuse to buy my children fancy holiday-best clothes. So instead, I tend to look for festive clothes for the holidays that still work the other 364 days out of the year. Take the Holiday Plaid Shirt from one of our favorite special occasion boutiques, Velvet and Tweed. The bright red accents in the plaid pattern give a definite holiday-inspired look to this boys’ button-down, but the neutral brown and khaki undertones make this 100%...

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Holiday shoes that get use beyond the holidays

I’m actually pretty practical when it comes to my girls’ dressier shoes. I am willing to spend more than average, but I demand great design and excellent construction, and I don’t want shoes that will either fall apart or feel out of season come January 1. To get the most for my money, I want a holiday shoe my kids can wear Christmas Eve, that will also allow them to jump into an impromptu game of “kick the basketball around the school gym.” Tall order? I’ve always had great experiences with Umi Shoes (as I say over and over)...

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Holiday best just for boys

When it comes to holiday outfits, I tend to spend most of my shopping energy and yes, I’ll be honest, my cash on my girls. But this year, they’re going to have a run for my money thanks to the boys’ clothes in the new Fall/Winter children’s collection at babysusu.  I’m completely smitten with the simple, classic styles crafted in gorgeous fabrics and textiles, in particular the navy Liberty of London boys’ oxford shirt from the legendary UK label. The subtle navy print is a welcome change from the typical red and green treatment that most kids’ holiday clothing collections...

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Forecast: Dressy yet cool

I generally prescribe to the “small boys are suitably dressed up for the holidays when wearing a cute sweater” school of thought, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes even little boys must wear a tie to be suitably (get it?) attired. Okay, so a tie may not scream “free spirit” to your wild child, but if he’s going to wear a tie, he should get the coolest tie around — say, a kid-sized version from one of Dad’s favorite shops? When we recommended Cyberoptix Tie Lab in last year’s holiday gift guide they only made ties for the big...

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Baptism Dresses – Reader Q&A

My husband and I are going to be finalizing the adoptions of our two daughters at the end of August. I would love to get them some beautiful dresses or outfits for this special day but I want them to be equally appropriate for when we have our daughters baptised and when we take our first official family picture. -Kait [answer after the jump] What an exciting way to end the summer, Kait. Huge congratulations!  Now when it comes to more classic special occasion dresses for girls , you’ll find a lovely selection at Bean New York, plenty of which are...

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Kids dress clothes that make you hope for a special occasion on the calendar

We probably get more reader requests for cute wedding clothes for kids “that aren’t, you know…wedding-y” than nearly any other. And now that San Francisco-based Velvet and Tweed has opened their online shop, far more parents can breath a sigh of relief when outfitting their little flower girl or ring bearer or first birthday party guest of honor. These kids’ dress clothes come courtesy of Designer Tina Schreiber who helped launch Janie & Jack (one of our favorite mall store chains) and knows a little something about chic styling for kids. For girls I love the children’s garden party...

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There’s a fine line between flower girl dresses and pageant dresses

Recently a reader and friend asked us about finding a flower girl dress for a little girl, hold the poofy, froofy, pageant-y thing. We referred her to favorite labels like Ses Petites Mains, Tea Collection, and the selection at Bean NY. And now there’s another option – hipster boutique label Alice + Olivia has just launched Alice + Olivia Kids. Now that designer Stacey Bendet has her own little rugrat (congrats on little Eloise, Stacey!) she totally went to town creating slightly edgy but adorably wearable frocks for girls. This ballerina pink tank dress would look smashing on any...

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