The first day of Fall is upon us, and if you're anything like us, that means you're starting to comb the racks for cute sweaters for both you and your little ones. If you have a little fashionista in your household, no need to worry about endless hours at your local stores: we did the legwork for you and found 14 of the coolest sweaters of the season. These pullovers come in sizes for girls of all ages and at a variety of price points, so whether you're splurging on a sweater she just can't live without (can we recommend the gorgeous embellished Crewcuts number shown here?) or stocking up on warm clothes to get her through Winter, we have the knit that fits! Full disclosure: there's not a single one that we wouldn't wear ourselves. Start shopping now!
As New York Fashion Week descends upon the fashion set (and trend watchers everywhere), we're inspired to check out what's new for high-fashion kiddos this Spring. From Ralph Lauren's preppy pastels to chic ruffles at Baby Dior, label-loving moms will delight in all of the adorable designer options available this season.
It's amazing how you can spend the final weeks of Summer filling your lil ones' backpacks with supplies and their closets with clothes — all the while emptying your wallet — only to find that there is still plenty you need to add to their Fall wardrobes. Whether Mama didn't quite buy that Winter coat yet, or outfits for the holidays fell to the bottom of the to-do list, our partnership with Crewcuts and ShopStyle is meant for you! In addition to our $1,000 J.Crew giveaway, we've asked readers to create their favorite looks in the ShopStyle Crewcuts Style Contest. The outfits you've created have been amazing, including this mommy and me one from awniase.
If you haven't created your own Crewcuts/ShopStyle look yet, it's not too late! The contest runs through Sept. 27, and just designing your look enters you to win a $100 gift card to J.Crew! Click here to enter to win $1,000 to J.Crew and one of five first prizes of $100 J.Crew gift card.
Back-to-school shopping season is an opportunity for kids to express their own style preferences. Whether they opt for something traditional and preppy or more hip and modern, there are plenty of options for lil ones all over the fashion map. We're looking at first-day-of-school options for every budget level, and today we're offering up six outfits for $75 or less. Check them out (and if Mama's budget is a bit tighter, be sure to see our head-to-toe options for under $35)!
Kids should look like kids not just shrunken versions of adults. That's the philosophy behind J.Crew's tot line of clothing. Led by Jenny Cooper, a Brooklyn mama of two boys — Walker, 9, and Miller, 6 — the company is, "trying to make clothes that feel authentic and vintage and durable and modern at the same time. Clothes that adults would wear, too. Clothes that are appropriate for children."
As the back-to-school shopping season shifts into high gear, I spoke with the purveyor of kid cool to uncover the hottest trends we'll see on the playground this season. Let's just say they won't be subtle! Keep reading for Jenny's bright predictions and some tips for getting kids into the clothes mom wants them to wear!
August is a month of travel for many families — a time to pack everyone up and head to the shore for a few days or weeks of relaxation and bonding before the hectic school year begins. With family vacations in mind, we turned to Jenny Cooper, head designer at J.Crew's Crewcuts division, to see what she'd bring on a family trip. A mom of two boys — Walker, 9, and Miller, 6 — the Brooklyn mama knows a thing or two about packing light and giving her tots some leeway with their travel bags. Keep reading to see her picks!
A tot's touch of color makes all the difference! Children can make their mark on everything from sneakers to Hermes scarves these days. And, J. Crew just launched a Crewcuts shoe shop coloring book. The five artistic designs include wellies, ballet flats, and sneakers. They can be downloaded (for free) and printed for kids to color or brought to life digitally and then either printed or uploaded to the J. Crew Facebook page for others to see. The artistic activity is much cheaper than buying the actual kicks!
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Lots of moms see voids in their children's closets, but a select few have the power to change them. Our girl Fab put her Lil hat on during Fashion Week and talked to J.Crew's Creative Director, Jenna Lyons about her source of inspiration for Crewcuts, an Obama girl favorite!
FabSugar: Crewcuts, is that how you wanted to dress (3-year-old son Beckett)?
Jenna Lyons: I think we were looking to find a way to make it feel — kids’ clothes are either like Little Lord Fauntleroy or totally casual. There’s really nothing in between. So, we were thinking, what would a little J.Crew girl or guy — what would you want them to look like? That doesn’t mean a mini me, but that sensibility — a little bit of humor, a play on texture and color and not taking yourself so seriously — and whimsy and some surprise. And there’s no surprises in kids’ clothes at all. And I don’t want him to look like he’s going to the queen’s court — I just don’t get that. I’m not into that at all. So, that is definitely something...I think having a child helps a lot — kind of figuring out what you think is great about kids’ clothes. What I find is missing is sort of how we add things to the line and the team that works on that is amazing. But we also cultivated a team that’s from adult apparel, not kids’ clothes. It makes a huge difference. It’s about the way we fit it, but we don’t think about designing it for a kid, you know? We just design something we think is cute and then we scale it to work.
FabSugar: Make it really small?
Jenna Lyons: Don’t make that neckline too low.
Everything is coming up ruffled this Spring, and the trend is working its way down to junior fashionistas as well. Unlike adults who often look like little girls when they overdo the look, ruffles look perfectly sophisticated and girly on pint-sized clothing.
Simple: Land's End has moved a bit more stylish this season borrowing some designs from their more fashionable competitors. Their all cotton Ruffle Cardigan ($30) would look perfect on its own, or layered over a Spring dress or t-shirt.
Swank: Crewcuts Classroom Cardigan ($54) looks just like a sized-down version of mama's favorite sweater. This version adds a silk ruffle to a cotton knit sweater.
Which do you prefer?