15 Indie Brands to Clothe Your Kiddos in A+ Style
Your kid’s style is automatically an extension of yours, so naturally you always want to make sure they look their best. The only problem is that getting to the store can be a bit of a hassle with a little one in tow. Instead of dragging them along and spending an entire day fighting the crowds at the mall, sit back and relax. We went ahead and did all the hard work for you. Here are 15 online independent brands that will keep your kid comfortable and looking oh-so-hip at the same time.
1. Camp Wolf: Created with a love for Pacific Northwest life and a passion for creating cool clothes for cool kids, Camp Wolf believes in pieces that will stand the test of any toddler. These ranger vests ($60) are made from 100% USA made wool and feature two buffalo coin buttons. It’s a good thing they’re colorful and will match everything, because once your little one puts one on, good luck getting them to wear anything else.
2. Mabo Kids: Simple, well-made pieces that are downright adorable are what you’ll come to expect with Mabo Kids. These liberty of london bloomers ($28) will last you all year long since they look just as good with bare legs in the summer as they do with tights in the cooler months.
3. Hatch for Kids: Instill the fundamentals of good music in your children with t-shirts, tanks and onesies featuring the likeness of everyone from Biggie to Bowie ($24). Hatch for Kids does’t only do music. The hip brand also pays homage to Banksy, The Goonies and even Space Invaders!
4. House of Mia: Founded in 2005 after its namesake Amelia (Mia) was born, the company not only specializes in high-quality, ultra-hip leggings and knotted headbands but also has things like perfectly slouchy hats and these cuffed lemon shorts ($32). Besides being ridiculously cute, everything is made from 100% organic cotton so you can be sure only the best is touching that baby soft skin.
5. Dot Dot Smile: This California-based brand makes clothes that will let your little one really move. And just because there aren’t any studs or ruffles doesn’t mean they’re anywhere near bland or boring. This fun in the sun dress ($36) is perfect for running, jumping and, of course, twirling! They’ve also got fun Aztec-print tanks and harem pants.
6. Mischief Makers Apparel: Kids are going to get dirty, and they’re going to get into mischief. That’s the fun part about being little. Mischief Maker Apparel hopes their clothes will inspire children to live a life full of adventure and to never grown up. Full of fun phrases like mischief monster (on sale for $13!), these are t-shirts that will be right there with your child as they make some of their favorite memories.
7. The Little Spoons: This Etsy shop is full of bright, cheerful tanks, dresses and even sweat pants ($30). Since everything is made to order, the production time of 7-14 days may seem like forever, but you can be sure each item is handcrafted just for you.
8. Children of the Tribe: Full of geometric, floral and animal prints, the Australian-based company makes clothes for “free-spirited little people” that are timeless and stylish enough that you’ll wish they made them in your size. Take these zipped safari leggings ($35), for example.
9. Loved by Hannah and Eli: Operated out of a house by a team of friends, this business is a labor of love. While there are plenty of things for the little cub in your life, there is also something for the papa bear, mama bear ($55) and baby bear, too.
10. Little Hip Squeaks: Something that started out as a way to stay busy during pregnancy quickly transformed to a highly successful business in a matter of months. Featuring bold prints for the modern baby, Little Hip Squeaks prints all designs with water-based, non-toxic ink on everything from this cozy bodysuit ($18) to skirts and swaddle blankets.
11. Wunway: Formed by three mothers who believe style starts young, Wunway (think of a toddler trying to say runway) focuses on kids ages one to eight. Their current collection is full of colorful tunics, pouffy ballerina skirts ($52) and solids that will be your new go-to. All items are kid tested and mother approved, so you already know they’ll meet your standards.
12. Loola: Simple stripes, knee cap leggings and cool shirts are what Loola is all about. They don’t need complicated patterns or flashy materials. Instead, they make great basic pieces you can rely on. And any shirt that reminds your kids to eat more plants ($20) is a win in our book.
13. Little Adi: Created by a 20-something with a one-year-old and another one on the way, this new brand has already been featured in Tori Spelling’s Cupcake Mag as a must-shop store. Created out of a lack of cute, comfortable clothes for boys, Little Adi (pronounced ay-dee) definitely fills that void. Don’t worry, girls. They didn’t forget about you. These colorful ikat leggings ($34) are the perfect addition to any tiny fashionista’s closet.
14. James Vincent Designs: Hand cut and sewn by a stay-at-home mom, James Vincent Designs is more than just cute baby clothes. They are works of art. The sweet and simple designs of the rompers and bloomers are the perfect mix of hip and trendy and classic and timeless. This black dot and brown sugar linen romper ($52) is a favorite of ours.
15. Thief and Bandit: Most of the designs from Thief and Bandit are unisex and can be handed down or passed around with ease, like these gold mountain leggings ($38). If you’ve got more than one little one at home, this makes getting everyone ready a breeze. And if not, at least you know you can save them for the next baby no matter what!
Which brand best reflects your little ones emerging style? Talk to us in the comments!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!