Every mom wants the best for her kids, whether that means having the most innovative toys, the most creative party ideas, the healthiest bites, or the most fun playroom and bedroom decor. Try as we might to appease our little ones, there are always some things that just resonate with kids as being the coolest of the cool. And when a trend or concept is fun for kids and parent-friendly? That's just the best of both worlds. Here are our 11 favorite tot trends of the year, beloved by kids and their mamas alike.
Polka-dots manage to be both classic and modern — retro, but also right on trend. We're loving the look for Summer, so we've rounded up some of the best polka-dotted beachwear for both you and your little girl. Hoping for some timeless, stylish beach options? From swimsuits to sun hats, here are 14 polka-dotted picks to bring to the beach.
Fans of Rebecca Taylor's gorgeous line of feminine, fashion-forward pieces for women will adore the designer's new capsule collection for little girls. Ranging in price from $95 to $125, the styles exemplify Rebecca's signature look and are absolutely adorable in their scaled-down sizes. Check out what Rebecca shared with us about her inspiration to design for children, and then click through and tell us: which piece is your favorite?
LilSugar: What made you decide to do a kids' collection?
Rebecca Taylor: It was pretty organic. . . . I have three children, so I shop for them. I also thought that our prints would translate easily into pieces for little girls.
LS: What's the vision or inspiration for the look of the collection?
RT: Easy, soft silhouettes with the laid-back vibe of Summer days.
LS: Any styling tips for moms of little girls?
RT: Just keep it simple. . . . A cute pattern on a dress or a top is enough. Little girls are adorable already and don't need too many pieces or accessories!
LS: As a mom, what do you look for in kids' clothes from other designers, and what were some of your goals in designing your own collection?
RT: I like my children to be dressed like children. . . . I don't pick out anything that's too edgy or fashion-forward. So that was definitely a goal of mine in designing. I think our dresses have great silhouettes that don't look too adult.
LS: You know you're a mother when ______.
RT: Making weekday plans past 9 p.m. seems way too late!
LS: Why didn't anybody tell me ______ about motherhood?
RT: How much planning and scheduling is involved in a typical day when you're a working mom.
LS: What's the best trick your mama taught you?
RT: Don't take any nonsense!
LS: Helicopter mom or free-range kids?
RT: Somewhere in the middle.
Brightly colored denim is popping up everywhere, from the streets to the runway — and in kids stores, too. There's a pair in just about every shade of the rainbow, which makes it the perfect style for Spring. Get your little girl in on the colorful jeans trend by shopping some of our favorite picks below.
For a simple, subtle take on the color movement, stick to softer shades and pair the jeans with a neutral top in black or white. Is she a risk-taking fashionista? Pick pants in a bold hue and encourage her to wear them with an equally vivid top — either in a similar shade for a monochromatic look or a bright contrasting hue to maximize the trend.
Sequins are definitely in the spotlight this season, and right now retailers have plenty of sparkly options for younger glamour girls, too. Here are some of our favorite glittery picks for girls, from flashy footwear to shimmery scarves.
Kids are a fickle bunch, but they know what they like and they urge their parents to buy a lot of it! We thumbed through the biggest trends to hit the tot world this year and are pretty impressed with the consistency with previous years. There's a bracelet, a shoe, and some technology in the mix — just as we've seen in years past. The names may have changed, but kids still seem to like the same basic things! Click through to view the trends and tell us your favorite of the year!
A sure sign Winter's in the air? The abundance of Fair Isle knits showing up on the playground this time of year! The Nordic-inspired designs are showing up on everything from sweaters and tights to outerwear this year, adding a bit of nostalgia to a lil one's wardrobes. Just in time for holiday picture-taking, we've rounded up an adorable selection of snowflake-patterned pieces for tots of all ages. All that's missing now is the snow!
Old Navy Fair Isle Trapper Hat & Mitten Sets for Baby ($17), Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Coverall ($50), Crewcuts Fair Isle Socks ($6), Old Navy Girls Patterned Sweater-Knit Slipper Boots ($15), GapKids Fair Isle heart sweater skirt ($27), Hanna Andersson Speaking of Sweden Tights ($20), Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Hat & Bootie Set ($45), Janie and Jack Fair Isle Sweater ($46), Hanna Andersson Storyteller Sweater Dress ($56), Boden Fairisle Dress ($60).
There are few patterns as cheerful as the classic polka dot. Just spotting someone wearing the playful pattern is enough to put a smile on an overtired mama's face. So this Fall, be prepared to smile a lot, because polka dots are popping up all over the place. From bright rain slickers and colorful tights to jaunty skirts and subdued hoodies, it will be hard to avoid seeing spots this season! Check out some of our favorite dotted finds for lil girls.
Clockwise from top left: Weatherproof Kids Alexa Polka Dot Slicker ($36), Gap Polka Dot Flutter Dress ($29), The North Face Dottie Glacier Hoodie ($45), Gymboree Polka Dot Corduroy Skirt ($29), American Apparel Kids Polka Dot Fleece Zip Hoody ($29), Jefferies Socks Fuzzy Dot Rainbow ($24), Crazy 8 Polka Dot Sneaker ($19), Genuine Kids from OshKosh Girls' Outerwear Light-Weight Polka-Dot Jacket ($18), Target GNK Polka Dot Rain Boot ($16), Florence Eiseman Dot Sweater Dress with Flowers and Striped Leggings ($108).
Let's be honest, chasing a small one all day long leaves little room for fashion inspiration and makes you lean toward living in PJs on your days off. I get it, I understand, but hell, I don't condone it. Having a kid doesn't mean your life is over, gaining a bit of post baby weight (even if 4 years later) doesn't mean we abandon ourselves. Maybe it is easier for me to say since I deal with clothing and personal style day in and day out with my clients but I have mom friends who do not work in the industry and still manage to look their best. So when I go off to pick up a few groceries and see a few moms in sweatpants and scrunchies, I get a bit bothered. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you looking like the chica you were pre-baby, just tweeked a bit here and there because if I see another sandal and sock wearing (and I don't mean Miu Miu with socks, I mean, gulp...Birkenstock), hair roots that look like they haven't been touched since 1995 (exaggeration is good for the soul, sue me), and overalls that make Old McDonald look like a style king, I will flip!
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Everything old is new again, and everything that was classically geeky is now tres chic. If your lil one's arms were loaded up with Silly Bandz last Summer, be prepared to do a double-take when your tot sports the latest jewelry fad. Made from real orthodontic materials, Braced-Lets ($5 each) are a combination of colored rubber bands for braces, metal brackets, and power chains. With bright color combinations and unique designs, tots are stacking the dental adornments up their arms with no end in sight.
The multicolored bangles are the brainchild of two orthodontists and one of their jewelry-designing sisters, Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost, meaning the bracelets have a bit more fashion credence than last Summer's rubber-band fad. That also may be the reason many mamas are snatching up the arm adornment for themselves as well as their tots. Are you or your kids taking part in this Summer's hot trend?