Staff Picks: Back to School

The first day of school will come faster than you think! Go back to school in style with BabyLegs’ limited edition Back to School Collection! On sale now on BabyLegs.com, you can buy any three Back to School styles for only $15 while supplies last!

Neon Hippie

Neon Hippie

Want an outfit that will impress on the first day of school? Embrace the neon trend with BabyLegs’ Neon Hippie.  We like them perfectly paired as shown, with a lime green top, chambray skirt and metallic ballet flats. But even for the pre-K set, the possibilities are unlimited, because neons are the new neutral!

 

 

 

 

Night Light

 

Night Light

You’re not alone if your little guy wants to wear his favorite Spiderman t-shirt to school for the fifth day in a row. But if it’s a breezy September morning and there’s no way he’s putting on a light jacket, a fun pair of BabyLegs combined with classic denim jeans and a fresh polo will make a pretty satisfying compromise for both of you!  Little crawlers will also enjoy stargazing at this bright pattern on a “nighttime” sky.

 

 

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Johnny Appleseed

I love this outfit!  Babies are never too young to be bookworms, and this combination proves it!  A pumpkin (because all babies are “pumkins!”), a pi symbol to show that he means business, and a bookworm! Ready, set, study!!

 

 

 

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Rainbow Heart

This autumn, traditional fall colors go bright, with lime, neon yellow, the and the brightest of pinks and orange.  The citrus stripes in this drop-waist dress calls for BabyLegs’ Rainbow Heart warmers for comfort and A+ style.

Fashion Friday: Camp’s In

In the early morning hours along the tree-lined streets of New York City’s Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighborhoods, kids dressed in matching T-shirts and cotton shorts are mingling on sidewalks as moms and nannies spray them down with bug spray—this ritual means only one thing: summer camp season is finally here.

School is out, the fireworks have been set off and now that everyone has had their fill of hot dogs and ice cream, kids are getting into their summer routine. This year summer camp options are as diverse as ever, as camps catering niche interests like filmmaking, culinary arts, and jewelry making are springing up across the country. At Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, Muggles can channel their inner-wizard at a Harry Potter themed science camp, or test their survival skills at Hunger Games camp in Alexandria, VA.

Traditionalists can still get their fill of the Great Outdoors. According to the American Camp Association, 47 percent of camps are overnight programs. And the most popular camp activities skew tried-and-true. ACA reports recreational swimming, arts and crafts, rope challenges, archery, and aquatic activities to be the hottest items on camp itineraries.

Those activities may seem basic, but the camp business is a $15 billion dollar industry and as any parent knows, it takes a lot more than just bug spray to get kids prepared for the their summer adventure. Luckily, apparel and outdoor brands are offering smart, kid-friendly camp essentials to make their summer memories even brighter.

So take out your summer camp packing list and check off these must-have items!

The Grasshopper Backseat

 

 

 

Carry On

From flashlights and sunscreen to an extra set of clothes, campers must be prepared for anything. Backpacks are the easiest way to tote around these essentials, and bags from the likes of Keen go a step further with a built-in seat for when tots need a break. The Grasshopper Backseat pack features a back panel that folds down into a camp chair.

 

 

ByeByeBugs

 

 

Bug Off

Between dunks in the pool and sweaty games of Capture the Flag, kids are bound to need a second shot of insect repellent spray. Treated with EPA-approved, all-natural Insect Shield®, which repels insects like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, ByeByeBugsleg and arm warmers offer an extra layer of protection from summertime pests.

 

 

Ouchies

 

 

 

Band Camp

What’s a summer without a couple of minor scratches and scrapes? When a trip to the camp nurse isn’t necessary, bandages from Ouchies will do the trick with colorful and zany prints likes zoo animals, dinosaurs and candy.

 

 

 

 

 

Itzy Ritzy

 

Make a Splash

When a plastic grocery store bag just won’t do, wet bags from Itzy Ritzy help keep damp clothes separate from dry items and pricey electronics that kids might sneak in. The bags have sealed seams to prevent leaks and odors and are available in funky, colorful prints that make it easy for even the youngest kids to find them in their jammed-packed backpacks.

 

 

Lifefactory

 

 

Keep Cool

When exploring the Great Outdoors, do the Earth good with eco-friendly water bottles by Lifefactory. The BPA-free glass bottles are outfitted with a protective silicone sleeve that provides grip and helps prevent breakage and they won’t fill up a landfill.

 

 

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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: Tweens

StellaOne of the most stylish 10-year-old girls we know, Stella O’Brien is daughter of our VP of Marketing.  She’s been a fan and advocate of BabyLegs for years, and still enjoys pairing them with her favorite outfits as a finishing touch that adds interest.

“BabyLegs are easy, fun and cool to wear — they’re extremely versatile and add a pop of color if you need to brighten. When I layer them, I always get compliments so kids should be prepared to get compliments if they wear them!”

These are STELLA’s PICKS for TWEENS (though most items are available in toddler sizes as well), in her own words:

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Since the bows are dressy, the sequins are perfect — sequins make everything go POP!  Also, the black in the shorts adds sophistication so the outfit’s not TOO girly! Shorts and tee from Gap.com.

 

 

 

 

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This pairing with a crew-cuts dress is really timeless. The stripes of red add a surprise to the outfit and creates a classic “sailor girl” look.

 

 

 

 

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The ruffles on the tee soften these “fierce” armwarmers! I picked the gray skinny jeans because they look dressier than blue denim.

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.

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.