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There's a fine balance between allowing your children to express their personal style, and also making sure they look acceptable to step outside of the house. So, after you've established that underwear is not outerwear, the mission remains: looking cool.
It's that celebration of individuality and style that inspired Michelle Lopez and Andrea Dotzauer to create TheMINIclassy, a line of cool-kid clothing that is anchored in the Milwaukee-based brand's eye-catching harem pants.
"We built our brand around the idea of creating comfy, well-made garments for kids that allow them to be creative in the way they dress and we believe that we've succeeded -- at least in that area," Lopez told The Huffington Post.
Furthermore, Lopez and Dotzauer's children have a hand in product development and test out all the styles. "If it doesn't fly with them it's back to the drawing board."
We decided to round up more children's fashion brands that are producing the kind of clothes that would meet the approval of both kiddo and parent -- while most importantly encouraging self expression. Now that's super cool!
Check them out below...
We can't stop swooning over all the awesomely printed dressed and T-shirts, and the adorable knee-patch leggings. Plus, every last piece is made in the U.S. Gotta love that.
To buy: Weekend Dress in Paint Splatter Teal, $15.
Onesies are quite possibly the most comfortable garments ever made, and that's what this brand does best. Sizes range from 3-6 months to 4T, so your babe will be comfy and cute for a long time.
To buy: "Duh" tank romper, $39.50.
The folks at this statement-making brand believe that childhood is too short to wear boring clothes. That definitely applies to us grownups as well, but it's important to instill that principle at a young age.
There's no way your kid won't have fun in these threads. The whimsical prints will foster imagination and individuality. I mean, do you see the fringe on that hoodie?
Thankfully you don't have to travel all the way to Denmark to get your hands on this Copenhagen-based company's cute clothing. The website offers a small collection of printed separates for kids who don't mind standing out in a crowd.
Local artisans are the backbone of this Venice Beach-based company, and all the designs are made right down the road in Los Angeles . The California-cool clothes are a bit pricey, but for good reason -- the luxe fabrics are sourced from top mills in Japan, Europe and right here in the U.S.
To buy: Shirt dress, $84.
It's all about the signature harem pants for this Midwest company. They are so dope that celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and Mario Lopez are dressing their little ones in them.
To buy: Stripeosaurus harems, $64.
In case you didn't get the memo, our favorite kiddie moccasin company is now designing deliciously adorable clothes. The spring 2015 collection's yummiest items are the ice cream cone t-shirts and pineapple printed tanks.
To buy: Scoop of Mint and Sprinkles t-shirts, $35.
Not only are these clothes designed with elongated and breathable silhouettes so that they grow with your children they are also 100 percent unisex. Talk about smart style!
To buy: BEBE playwear set, $55.
This might seem like a simple white dress but in fact it's reversible -- when you turn it inside out it becomes a light blue frock. Genius! The brand also boasts a 2-in-1 skirt and a slew of bold, solid-hued basics that will go with anything in your child's wardrobe.
To buy: The reversible sundress, $24.
Creative director and founder, Bianca Reis, wanted to create a collection of organic clothing that's far more vibrant that what you'd expect from an eco-friendly company. Mission accomplished.
These duds are for the athletic kid who likes to look super stylish while they're running around. And the U.S.-made collection is also a win for Mother Nature since it's created with the finest organic cotton.
To buy: Wildcats Raglan T-shirt, $24.
Although this Belgium-based band's Spring 2015 collection has a silly emoji theme, you might want to reserve these high-end designs for special occasions. The beautiful knits are instand heirlooms that you'll want to pass down through the generations.
This company describes itself as "a children's brand for the unorthodox family," and thanks to its hip gender neutral designs that statement sounds about right.
To buy: Veggie Patch high-waisted romper, $48.
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