By Lela Nargi
Whether they’re rolling in mud puddles at the park, picking out rainy day books at the library, or decking themselves out for a special party, kids of all ages favor soft, comfortable clothes they can pull on and forget about. Parents are all for no-hassle dressing, too, with one caveat: They’d prefer if their kids were at least modestly presentable. These six new looks for girls and boys, baby to tween, fit the bill—and then some.
The Floral Rocking Horse Dress from Winter Water Factory exclusively for Sprout has a loose, swingy shape that’s perfect for romping through the warming, lengthening days. Made from organic cotton and printed with non-toxic water-based inks, it's one-stop dressing at its comfiest ($38, sproutsanfrancisco.com).
For baby boys, French label Catimini’s striped onesie is bright, cheerful, and whimsical with its festive stripes and happy little whale detail. And let us take this opportunity to say: Whoever invented the onesie—the world’s most versatile, diaper-hiding garment—is a genius ($77, shopcatimini.com).
Smokks came into being precisely to alleviate dressing angst—both for moms and daughters (all dresses come in kid and grown-up sizes for anyone hankering for the mommy-daughter looks of the 1950s). They’ve got no snaps, buttons, or zippers so every Liberty print style, like the “Laidy” shown here, can be popped over the head for a perfect look no matter the occasion ($70, smokks.com).
The days may be getting warm in some parts of the country but they the weather is still unpredictable enough that you’ll want to keep this adorable Farm Day Double-Knit Hoodie Jacket on hand, for when the March winds start to blow. Another super-soft, non-toxic exclusive for Sprout ($60, spoutsanfrancisco.com).
Good luck trying to liven up the endless array of skinny jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers that populate your tween girl’s wardrobe. When you might have your moment to strike: at the next family wedding or bat mizvah. The ever-so-slightly blinged-out Ruffle Sleeve Pink Dress French brand Tartine et Chocolat still sophisticated and simple enough that it's a perfect choice for when a little splurge is in order ($160, bmgkids.com).
In his state of tween malaise, he’s probably going to reach for the same soft, comfy shirt day after day. You may as well make sure it’s good-looking—and possibly stock up on a few, so he's always spiffy between laundry days. The Urban Rebel Tiger Tee from Catimini delivers not only on looks, but on quality and urban cool, too ($83, shopcatimini.com).