Fashion Friday: Summer Fashion Glossary

The sun is out, the temperatures are rising and those heavy cotton tees in your baby’s dresser drawers just aren’t going to cut it. Brush up on your fashion vocab with these three summer fashion must-haves that promise to keep your tot cool in more ways than one.

By Angela Velasquez

Gymboree Blazer

Gymboree Blazer

 

Seersucker noun

Definition of Seersucker:

Typically striped or checked, this light and airy cotton fabric is a go-to material for summer suits as it tends to stand away from the skin and allow air to pass through. Unlike its lightweight rival linen, seersucker’s wrinkled appearance also means it rarely needs to be pressed.

Origin of Seersucker

Seersucker first became popular during the British colonial period in hot regions like British India. It hit its stride in the 1920s in the United States

Florence Eiseman Suit

Florence Eiseman Suit

when scholarly undergraduates began wearing it as pants and jackets. Seersucker suits soon became a mainstay in Southern gentlemen’s wardrobes and even inspired the U.S. Senate to hold Seersucker Thursday, a nod to traditional Southern dressing. The tradition ended in 2012, but seersucker continues to hold court at summer weddings and a day at the races.

How to wear it?

Instead of a tux, why not have your little ring bearer walk the aisle in an adorable seersucker suit and boat shoes? For a more casual look, pair seersucker shorts with versatile polo shirts. And protect babies from the sun with lightweight seersucker bucket hats.

 

JoJo Maman Bebe Shirt

JoJo Maman Bebe Shirt

 

Breton stripes noun

Definition of Breton stripes:

Traditionally in the form of a three-quarter length sleeve shirt with navy and white horizontal stripes, Breton is now a term that loosely describe any simple, nautical two-tone stripes that calls for the high seas.

Origin of Breton stripes

For French sailors back in the 1950s Breton stripes was more functional than fashionable. It was law for French sailor to wear the striped shirts as part of the regulatory uniform because the pattern was easy to spot sailors who fell overboard. Most of th

BabyLegs Varsity White/Royal

BabyLegs Varsity White/Royal

e sailors were stationed in the Brittany region of France, which is why the striped tee was coined Breton. The original Breton stripe top had 21 stripes—one for each of Napoleon’s victories—but fashionistas would agree that it was another Parisian named Coco, who made the classic top a summer staple when she wore it basking in the sun along the French Rivera.

How to wear it?

Resist pairing your baby’s Breton stripes with a mini beret. Instead, look for iterations that have a preppy, colligate vibe and that will match their most comfy pairs of khaki shorts. T-shirts, boat neck tops and tunics carry stripes well. Or, mix Breton striped BabyLegs with a classic white one-piece snap suit.

 

 

CDW Kids Dress

CDW Kids Dress

Madras noun

Definition of Madras:

Primarily a pattern texture or plaid design, this lightweight summer cotton fabric is often cut into squares and sewn together to create a patchwork pattern. Unlike most fabric, the front and back are the exact same.

Origin of Madras

The fabric takes its name from the city Chennai, India, where it was first made, and was originally known as “Madrasi checks.” The cloth’s popularity grew when it was exported to Africa and the Middle East for headpieces. Soon, Europe caught onto lightweight, breathable benefits of the cloth and began importing madras for soldiers based in warm regions. In the 1960s, the checked material became a hit with trendsetters when it was made with vegetable dyes that caused the colors to take on a new look with each wash.

Ralph Lauren Skirt

Ralph Lauren Skirt

How to wear it?

The material is at home on a campground, but looks just as cool on the playground as button-up camp shirts and shorts. Easy, breezy shift dresses and skirts in madras offer a relaxed, but dressy option for family cookouts and block parties.

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Staff Picks: Summer Survival

The BabyLegs team takes great pleasure in looking at the samples hanging on our office walls and imagining endless squeal-worthy looks that can be created with BabyLegs.  Staff Picks are so much fun to compile, and we hope that we inspire you to get creative! While BabyLegs are an essential, just like your favorite one-piece snap suits and rompers, they offer parents and kids the joy that comes from accessorizing and changing up looks on a daily basis. So check out what we’ve matched up with the styles from our SUMMER SURVIVAL KIT line — BabyCool! And ByeByeBugs — that will help you protect your little ones from sun exposure and insects!  Then have fun shopping, because all BabyCool! And ByeByeBugs styles are 50% off this Memorial Day!!

Head over to the BabyLegs website to shop for BabyCool! and ByeByeBugs for just $6 per pair now through Sunday, June 2nd! Use code: SUMMER at checkout.

Love Splash

 

Love Splash- BabyCool!

Pink is one of the key colors of summer:  lemonade, plastic lawn flamingoes, and juicy watermelon, and strawberry ice-cream come to mind.  That’s why I chose to set off BabyCool! Love Splash warmers with a bright pink swimsuit and accessories.

I especially love the way the turquoise trim on the suit ties back to the accent color on the hearts!!

 

 

 

Crawling Caterpiller

 

Crawling Caterpiller- ByeByeBugs

I was inspired by the expression “A Walk in the Woods” when pulling this mod-ish look together. Earthy tones, a bucket hat that features insects, and ByeByeBugs your little man’s arms and legs for protection make a perfect summer outfit, and one that keeps baby comfortable.

Getting insects to BUG OFF was never easier… or CUTER!

 

 

 

Sea Garden

 

Sea Garden- BabyCool!

Protection against the sun doesn’t have to put a damper on a summer swimwear ensemble! She’ll make a splash at the beach or pool with these essentials. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfs Up

 

Surf’s Up- BabyCool!

ORANGE CRUSH! One of my very favorite colors, orange is spectacular when set against medium blue. This ensemble, built around the BabyCool! style “Surf’s Up,” is simply too cute for words. Don’t forget a sun hat and glasses to protect baby’s face, where skin is so tender.

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Lady 

Lovely Lady- ByeByeBugs

Does anything else scream summer more than Sperry’s, shades, and a pair of BabyCool? I don’t think so! A fun morning on the docks or a casual day out, these items keeps your little chick polished and comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

 

Treasure Island

Your little man will be ready to take on a rowdy beach day conquering sand castles and battling waves (with the help of Mom or Dad) – HANG LOOSE, KID!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skyhigh Dragonfly

Skyhigh Dragonfly

 

Skyhigh Dragonfly

Protected and stylish – you can’t ask for anything more. Pink power shorts with warmers for her legs OR arms can keep this gal chillin’ all through the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shark Tank and  Spinning Jenny

Shark tank goes perfectly with this color blocked swim suit. Add a pair of Ray Bans and he is one BabyCool! dude! Keep the bugs away in style with coordinating Spinning Jenny with a teal dress and flip flops.

Shark Tank

Shark Tank

Spinning Jenny

Spinning Jenny

 

 

Bubbly- BabyCool! and Awesome Antics- ByeByeBugs

Neon is a popular trend this summer – so I picked Bubbly for its bright fun ruffles and paired it with a coordinating ruffle swimsuit and snorkel set. Awesome Antics looks great with a coordinating neon t-shirt and comfy draw string shorts and camo sneakers.

Bubbly

Bubbly

 

Awesome Antics

Awesome Antics

 

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider- ByeByeBugs

I think of classic American style when I see overalls, and it’s really never too soon to get baby into a pair! Long pants in summer make perfect sense if baby will be near grassy areas or woods, where insects hide.  To keep arms protected as well, ByeByeBugs is a diaper bag essential… toss a pair into your purse or car so that if the need arises, you’ve got your baby covered.

TIP: Pull ByeByeBugs on when baby will be exposed to insects. Here, the long pants will keep legs covered, but ByeByeBugs can be put on the arms to protect while keeping baby cool.

Fashion Friday: Baby Gear Meets the Fine Arts

Art School

Baby gear brands get a lesson in the fine arts. By Angela Velasquez

Andy Warhol may have famously declared his love for boring things, but I bet that even the pop culture enthusiast and artist would have loved the new and creative baby gear hitting store shelves. From prints pulled from Warhol’s archive to today’s leading fashion designers and innovators dipping their toes into the children’s category, a bright and funky selection of strollers and diapers bags are carving a colorful niche sure to catch the eye of art and design enthusiasts—who are also new parents. Check out this curated selection of some of the finest examples of this art movement.

Bugaboo stroller

Bugaboo stroller

 Pop Art

Few things have outlasted its 15 minutes of fame as long as Andy Warhol’s iconic prints have. From retro T-shirts and snappy home décor to limited edition must-haves such as Alien Workshop’s Warhol-inspired skateboard decks, the artist has changed the way the world looks at soup cans and blonde bombshells by becoming part of everyday life. And now babies can be introduced to the artist’s screen prints from day one by way of baby gear brand, Bugaboo. The limited edition Andy Warhol + Bugaboo collection features the artist’s famous red flower and graphic car prints on the canopies of some of the brand’s most popular stroller styles including the Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Cameleon3 and the Bugaboo Donkey. An electric blue flower parasol for strollers is also available. The collection is in stores now, but only for six months.

Uniqlo tank top

Uniqlo tank top

Alien Workshop Skateboards

Alien Workshop Skateboards

 

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Magnolias

Magnolias

Skip Hop Jonathan Adler diaper bbag

Skip Hop Jonathan Adler diaper bbag

In the Bag

Best known for his simplistic yet quirky pottery and his eye for unique color combinations, furniture and homeware designer Jonathan Adler is expanding his retro cool lifestyle brand down to fashion for chic mamas. Along with bringing his original prints and designs to everyday essentials such as iPhone cases, stationary and socks (created by BabyLegs global licensee and distributor, United Legwear Co.), the New Yorker has linked up with Skip Hop to create a bold and graphic collection of diaper bags. The Skip Hop Jonathan Adler collection includes lightweight totes kitted out with insulated pockets for bottles, adjustable stroller straps and easy to clean laminated materials in three of Adler’s signature prints, as well as the Pronto, an on-the-go changing station to store wipes, diapers and creams. And with prints that span black and white geometric squares to trendy Chevron designs, there’s something for everyone.

Jonathan Adler knit pillow

Jonathan Adler knit pillow

Jonathan Adler iphone case

Jonathan Adler iphone case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zippy Zebra-BL12-1027

Zippy Zebra

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

 

 

Jeremy Scott stroller

Jeremy Scott stroller

Food for Thought

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott’s designs have been called a lot of things: whimsical, crazy, avant-garde, controversial. His sneaker collaboration with Adidas Originals has introduced zany plush toys to the streets and his eponymous clothing line dresses men and women as comic book characters one season and in cow prints another. And now, thanks to his collaboration with German baby gear brand, Cybex, you can add delicious to that list. The joint project includes a collection of strollers, car seats and accessories done up in an exclusive Jeremy Scott-designed print. Inspired by his own childhood, Scott created a pop art “Food Fight” print for the products, featuring popcorn characters taking on burgers and soda bottles duking it out with a hotdog. The one-of-a-kind line will be out in stores later this year.

 

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals poodle sneakers

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals poodle sneakers

Jeremy Scott runway

Jeremy Scott runway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow

Rainbow

Race Stripes

Race Stripes

 

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Fashion Friday: Mothers (and aunts) of Invention, Pt 2

From themed birthday parties to creative ways of sneaking veggies into kids’ meals, moms are full of bright ideas everyday. In fact the BabyLegs brand began with one mom who made legwarmers by snipping the feet off a pair of socks so her baby’s diaper rash could get some fresh air, and in doing so also discovered that the impromptu accessory made diaper changing and potty training a breeze.

Got a million dollar idea? Here we take a final look at moms and aunts who have made the hectic lives of parents a little easier with inventive baby products—a little inspiration to turn those million dollar ideas into a fruitful reality.  By Angela Velasquez

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Magnificent Baby

A magnificent head of hair inspired Magnificent Baby. When Lauren Levy’s nephew Charlie was born with “neon orange” hair, her entire dark-haired family became enthralled with protecting it. “We were fascinated with the color and then one day his hair got caught on the Velcro of a bib,” she recalls. “Well, no one touches the hair!” That moment, along with challenges dressing a crying infant in snap one-pieces, got the aunt thinking: “There must be a better, more efficient way.”

Levy connected with her college friend Lawrence Scheer and together they developed a plan to create a line of infant apparel with easy-to-use, pain-free magnetic closures. Levy made a risky bet by leaving her career in investment banking and enrolling at F.I.T. to learn the ins and outs of fashion design, but with a sharp, detailed business plan in tow, Magnificent Baby was launched.

The company was stamped with moms’ seals of approval early on, helping secure Magnificent Baby’s fate as a go-to line for infant and toddlers. “Parents really love our products. We were asked for bigger sizes, then sleep sacks, then new fabrications… we have been able to expand the line into an entire range of accessories,” Levy says. Today, the company has a “board of moms” to sound off on what styles and designs they like before they ever reach stores

Magnificent Baby Girl Magnificent Baby Boy Magnificent Baby Hoodie

Captions: owl print gown, two-piece pant set, hoodie

 

SnapMe swimsuit 1

SnapMe Swimwear

Moms might scoff at the idea of a relaxing beach day, but Renee Marrin, beachgoer and mother of two girls, was determined to find a way to simplify the process of changing a sandy tot during a jaunt to the beach. “Going to the beach always seemed like more work than fun,” she adds. That moment of frustration led her to develop SnapMe Swimwear. The line features one-piece swimsuits made with durable UVP protective fabric and rows of snaps for easy diaper changes and bathroom breaks.

Marrin says she had the luck of having a lot of people helping her including folks with expertise in pattern making, manufacturing and behind-the-scenes experience at behemoths such as Kohl’s. “There’s certainly been a learning curve,” the former graphic designer adds. For example, early on she ran into sizing problems. “I had to urge customers to order a size up,” she reports. And the 2013 line was perfected during “endless rounds of changes.”

Color and prints are supped up, because from her own experience Marrin finds it is easier to “pick out your kid from a big group of kids when they have on something distinct.” Crowd sourcing has been a resourceful tool for the company’s development, too. She says, “I put my suits on Facebook and get immediate feedback from moms. I learn what they like, what they want. As a result, I’m in the process of adding rash guards to the line.”

SnapMe swimsuit 2      SnapMe swimsuit 3

Captions: polka dot swim suit, rash guard one-piece, striped bathing suit

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Staff Picks: Casey C.

Casey_CurtisMy name is Casey Curtis, and I’m the Director of Ecommerce at BabyUnited. Though I’m not yet a mother, I’ve clocked some serious time with kiddos when I was a nanny in college. I had the pleasure of spending my afternoons with several wonderful children from newborn to 10 years old. I was fortunate enough to learn the value of BabyLegs early on, and when I had the opportunity to join the BabyLegs team, I couldn’t have been more excited!

Now that spring is in full swing, and summer is fast approaching, I wanted to show off a few of my favorite BabyLegs styles with great outfits from Baby Gap. It’s no secret that the vintage/retro vibe is trendy this year, and that’s definitely extended into the children’s wear arena as well. BabyLegs Spring collection has great styles that coordinate well with this trend.

TranquilityTranquility:

This adorable dress has a sweet muted palette and adorable bow straps. Paired with strappy sandals, a sunhat and BabyLegs Tranquility warmers, you’re little one is all set for a trip to the waterfront or tea-time with their imaginary friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosette

Rosette:

She’ll look sweet as can be in this simple, yet chic, lace dress. Pair with BabyLegs Rosette and white sandals for a classic ensemble perfect for a summer picnic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petals

 

Petals:

There are few things cuter than a babe in a romper. This sweet number is perfect for rolling around in the grass or playing on the jungle gym. Add BabyLegs Petals for a pop of mod styling and these dot chambray sneakers to complete the look.

 

 

 

 

 

JanelleJanelle:

Color blocking is a great trend from fall which transitioned effortlessly into summer. Pair this adorable top with Janelle warmers and these sweet pink floral shorts and she’ll be ready to go anywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EdwardEdward:

Who says boys clothes have to be boring? Break away from the cargo shorts rut and put these hip neon shorts on your little man for a fun pop of color. Pair with this fun sub shirt, hat and BabyLegs Edward warmers to complete the look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Away Fly Away:

A simple pocket tee and sandals, paired with these casual striped shorts and Fly Away BabyLegs make the perfect outfit for a lazy afternoon spent reading under a tree or hanging around on the playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BoardwalkBoard Walk:

How could you resist this adorable mustache bodysuit? Paired with Board Walk newborn warmers and bright loafers, you’re little man will look so charming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart FeltHeart Felt:

Spotted- your little gal looking cute as can be in this garden bodysuit and Heart Felt warmers!