As fashion fads come and go, the little yellow Petit Bateau raincoat ($129) has maintained an even keel - not succumbing to the "it" style of the moment. With its blue and white-striped milleraies lining, knit cuffs, and waterproof polyester coating, the French slicker has obtained icon status - attracting the eye of celeb tots such as Matilda Ledger. For the first time in the company's 117-year history, Petit Bateau is turning its attention to the lil one's rain-soaked mama and is introducing an adult-sized version of its classic jacket. Available at stores this Fall, the grown-up coat is made from the same materials, features the same traditional cotton lining and has its own equally adorable front pockets. Starting at $150, it's only a few dollars more than the kiddie version.
Clothing that is an urban mama's cup of tea! We've been fans of the San Francisco-based children's brand Tea Collection since our kids were in diapers. They offer high-quality pieces with adorable, age-appropriate designs that can be passed from sibling to sibling. And today they launched apparel that mothers can stock in their own closets!
Tea Women's Collection includes 15 fabulous garments that reflect the global influences we love in the kiddie line. More than just sized-up versions of the lil girls' clothes, Tea carefully crafts pieces that are designed to be layered – either with each other or with other clothing – to create a stylish looks that moms can wear from work to the playground to PTA meetings. Now the only one left out is dear old dad. Will menswear be Tea's next endeavor?
Some of the most popular looks from Burberry Prorsum's spring 2010 runway show are getting miniaturized this season. The knotted miniskirts and pleated trenches in pastel pink and beige will be available for pint-sized fashion girls (along with yellow and blue parkas for the boys) online and in Burberry's 57th Street store in New York. This is the first time the brand has taken exact silhouettes off the runway and into a childrenswear collection. The adorable ad campaign features little ones posed on the same set that served as backdrop to Emma Watson and her brother for the spring Burberry Prorsum shoot.
Amber Hagen makes these chi chi cotton–cashmere hoodies ($135) with fun symbols like peace signs, hearts, motorcycles, ducks, and smiley faces on the backs.
Each sweater is reversible making it two times as cute and the price tag a little easier to swallow. And, for the matchy–match person, you can accessorize your babe's stroller with the coordinating blanket ($165).
And an added bonus – they are machine washable. So when both sides have been worn filthy, just toss them in the washer.
I could barely get a leg in my daughter's dresses, but the darling duds by Hudson Threads would be worth stealing if they were hanging in her closet. The mom run New York based company offers clothing with personality for kiddos if you're looking for items that don't look like they've been purchased off the rack. The small line of girls' apparel offers retro dresses, mod capris and a droolworthy jacket, while the boys' clothing includes Bermuda shorts and everyday tees. Items are priced between $42-$108 so they are on the pricey side, but worth eyeballing.
Look out Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, baby's got a new pair of shoes and they're not made for mama. Who needs Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahniks when there is uberstylish foot candy in the form of Fox Paws. Fashion plates like Suri Cruise and Stella McDermott should make these staples in their droolworthy wardrobes.
Lasses can pick from a variety of animal prints in a loafer or peep-toe style. Cold weather babes may cry out for a pair of the snakeskin or giraffe hide boots. And not to be forgotten, lil men won't be overshadowed in a pair of boat shoes or tiny weejuns. I'll bet fashion mama Sarah Jessica Parker, will find the zebra peep-toe flats perfectly suitable for her twin ladies on the way.
This season's tunics have inspired me both on and off the beach. Great for throwing over a pair of jeans or capris when on a school run, they are also the perfect cover-up over when heading for the water.
Little Joule, the children's and baby line to come out of British outdoor clothing company Joules, has designed this adorable rose-print kaftan ($23) that would perfectly suit my Summer needs – if only it came in grown-up sizes. The company's entire line of girls and boys beachwear is made up of classic pieces with a twist that will keep tots comfortable and well-dressed wherever they spend the warm weather days.
Finding the perfect sweater for Spring isn't an easy task for mothers or their lil ones, never mind one at a price that doesn't burn through your wallet. The Cherokee Short Sleeve Swing Tunic is not only ideal for the crisp air that fills mornings and evenings, but at $12 its price can't be beat. The 100 percent cotton double weave sweater would look adorable over both long sleeve blouses on cooler days and short-sleeve tees on warmer ones. Paired with a cute pair of jeans or white pants, your darling will be decked out and ready to roll.
It's hard to get more preppy chic than a piece of Lilly Pulitzer clothing. Founded in the early '60s by a Palm Beach socialite, and made famous when worn by Jackie Kennedy in a Life magazine spread, Lilly Pulitzer clothing expanded into children's wear in the mid-'90s when the brand was resurrected after a nine-year break.
This adorable Coco Sweater Dress ($78) puts me in the mood for Spring, with its playful stripes and cute rosette. The cotton dress is ideal for birthday parties and family gatherings and is only made to fit your daughter!
Finding the perfect top that can be worn to accompany your tot on kindergarten interviews and out on date night isn't an easy task. If Ses Petites Mains made this beautiful Agnys Blouse ($44) in mommy sizes, I would buy it in both colors and consider my shopping task complete. The fine wale corduroy shirt, which comes in either light pink or green, has beautiful gathers throughout, elastic cuffs that create a stylish bloused look and a belt that ties in the back. A San Francisco-based company known for their fine fabrics and handmade designs, Ses Petites Mains' designs are classic enough to be passed on to future generations in your family. And if you are in a retail mood, the company's entire Fall line, "weekend in the country," is on sale on their site.