Honeysuckle is the color of the year for 2011, and pink pants like the Ralph Lauren Blakely Skinny Corduroys ($25) will still be a hit for Fall. The 77kids by American Eagle Watercolor Ruffle Dress ($35) makes a similar tiered statement as that seen on the runways at New York Fashion Week. A faux fur jacket like this one from Gymboree ($26) will keep babe on-trend and warm. Gap's Lace Tier Dress ($27) is similar to Marchesa's Victorian-inspired Fall collection, and is season-ready by just adding a pair of your lil one's favorite tights. The Ralph Lauren Tavin Suede Shearling Boots ($50) are a nice alternative to ubiquitous Uggs, and look similar to the amazing shearling boots on the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway!
We love the clean, simple designs of the Brooklyn-based company, Oeuf.
For Spring, the husband and wife team that brought us our favorite winter sweaters, is showing fun pima cotton dresses, shirts and sweaters in muted pinks and turquoise. This Eco-conscious company only uses natural, “metal-free” dyes and ecologically grown and cultivated cotton for their garments.
You can bet that my daughter will go ga ga over the heart dress pictured above. To view more of the garments, read more
If you have a wedding or big social occasion coming up this summer, look no further than the beautiful designs of Victoria Kids for your lil love.
Introduced almost a decade ago, Victoria Kids’ line of special occasion dresses are made from 100% Peruvian Pima cotton, the finest European trimmings and imported silk fabrics. Each item is hand-embroidered with heirloom designs that distinguish it from the other items you find on the racks.
These beautiful, intricate designs will certainly make your girl the belle of the ball. The company’s spring/summer line features three tier and crochet dresses, like the ones pictured above. Retailing between $100 and $120, the dresses can be found at finer baby boutiques and online retailers.
If you're looking for a slice of Americana, the adorable sweaters created by "and then there was Jake" are sure to put a smile on your lil one's face. The hand-loomed cuties tend to feature embroidered animals and designs that keep your child looking like one.
This spring, the company is going patriotic with summer-weight sweaters featuring stars and clambakes and matching linen shorts and pants. The sweaters above will hit finer baby boutiques in mid-February and run from $60 for the stars and dog to $62 for the lobster hoodie. To see more sweaters for your sweetie, read more
As a child, there's nothing more fun than wobbling around in your mother's high heels. A recent Parenting article talked about the reasons children start to role play around two-years-old. And it mentioned the developmental changes that occur at that stage — kids notice changes in appearance, understand symbols and that they can pretend to be someone.
The piece also cited benefits of imaginary play. It said:
"Dressing up's also a crucial way for them to try new roles, rehearse real-life situations, and develop empathy—something they'll continue to do through imaginative play in the years to come. "Kids literally get to walk in other people’s shoes," says Linn. (So don’t freak out if your son is sporting a tiara or your little girl a necktie—it's normal for them to be curious about both genders.)"
If you're headed to the beach or the pool, you MUST lather your lil one up with SPF. Did you know that the average tee only provides an SPF of 5? So if you think covering your tot up in a long-sleeve shirt is going to protect him, think again.
Melissa Papcock founded the Cabana Life line of SPF 50+ UV protection clothing after being treated for melanoma when she was in her twenties. Unable to find stylish sun-protective clothing, she used her fashion background to create a line of beach essentials inspired by Mediterranean summers. To see more of the line, read more
When it comes to letting lil ones strike a professional pose, parents tend to have a difference of opinion. Some encourage their children to cheese it up in front of the camera while others shun it. And, then there are the lil lookers that just sort of fall into jobs.
You’ve called your daughter "princess" since the day she was born, now it is time to start dressing her like one.
Marie-Chantal, the Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece, founded her eponymous clothing line eight years ago after she found herself running from store to store to create an outfit. The mother of four has created a line that includes relaxed pieces for casual play as well as beautiful party frocks in fun and colorful fabrics.
Built on the belief that “children should look like children,” you will find clothing with traditional smocking, simple plaids and small bows. The spring line, which will hit stores in mid-February, reminds me of traditional garden party attire. It includes Page, the yellow dungaree top dress pictured at left and Patsy, a check sheared dress. Even little boys can participate in this party with Pascal, a check shirt. To see more of these fine clothes, read more
Or more practically speaking, for families to avoid early morning outfit wars by planning their children's clothing choices ahead of time. Since this Monday through Friday chart has space for everything from tops to bottoms and outerwear to accessories, there'll be nothing to argue about.
So get organized and let your child strut their small stuff.
You know that vintage-looking t-shirt that your husband loves to wear – the one that looks about 20 years old, but he bought it a few weeks ago? Well now your lil boy can dress like dad.
Tailgate Clothing, which creates collegiate sportswear and worn-in styles for adults, has created a toddler line that will add a bit of maturity to your child's wardrobe. The Iowa-based company's perfectly weathered, home-grown look will be available to the mini market in July. Designs include the Bronx one ($36) pictured.
The unique shirts will be sold at Barneys, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom and other national department stores.