Non-Dorky Parent-and-Me Outfit Ideas
When it comes to intergenerational dressing, the line between cute and cutesy is easy to unintentionally cross, which is why sticking to likeminded pieces rather than matching outfits is key. The brands below cater to bigs and littles alike—perfect for securing your spot on the right side of adorable.
It’s really no wonder merino wool was Joey Zwillinger and Tim Brown’s fabric of choice when starting Allbirds. The natural—and most importantly, sustainable—material tames odors, keeps feet warm and dry, and lends itself perfectly to slick, virtually seamless sneaker silhouettes. And since the kicks are light as a feather and endlessly comfy, shrinking the classic Allbirds Wool Runners into Smallbirds for toddlers was a no-brainer.
On the heels of their wildly successful (and wallet-friendly) direct-to-consumer luggage line, Away debuted their Kids’ Carry-On this fall. The brand’s signature carry-on is sized down for tiny travelers—it’s 31 inches tall with the handle fully extended—and has the same durable shell exterior, laundry bag, and charger built right in. The hard cases are done in basic shades of black, blue, hunter green, and white, with graphic, colorfully lined interiors.
This clean textile company has been in business for more than twenty-five years, so they know a thing or two about outfitting a bedroom. And the same goes for teeny bedrooms: Little, Coyuchi’s line for, well, littles, features everything from super absorbent cotton-muslin washcloths to sweetly printed swaddle blankets.
Childhood friends Courtney and Meagan hatched the idea for Birdling after packing for a weekend away with a newborn proved to be challenging—and messy. Cut to: The Weekender. It’s smartly designed with zippered mesh pockets and three interior compartments to accommodate every little thing, made of durable cotton canvas, and has a removable shoulder strap. Their Micro Mini Tote is sized just right for kids (and matches Mom’s Mini Day Tripper, too).
Designer Stephanie Housley’s whimsical hand-stitched illustrations—on everything from throw pillows to dinner napkins to linen coasters—feel as close to the inside of an imaginative kid’s (or kid at heart) head as you can get: a fox riding a reindeer, a squirrel navigating rough waters in a canoe, a bear setting up an apothecary tent. The heirloom-quality animal masks are popular with goop moms.
Gucci’s iconic statement pieces—from the brand’s logo-covered accessories to elaborate jackets and metallic striped kicks—are always unexpected and even more covetable in mini-me proportions. The children’s collection is done in the same considered manner the Italian fashion house applies to the parent line—so expect to see gorgeous organza, embroidered silk, and supple leather cut into pint-sized gowns, bombers, and of course, loafers.
LA-based milliner Janessa Leoné has long been our go-to for vacation-ready, broad-brimmed hats (which are handwoven with straw imported from Ecuador). On December 4, for her latest hat trick, she’ll introduce JL Mini, a five-piece collection featuring scaled-down versions of favorites like the Klint, Alara, and Lex.
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson turned her side hustle—a collection of cashmere sweaters hand-embroidered with cheeky sayings—into a full-time gig with the launch of Lingua Franca (see our picks in the goop shop). Hruska MacPherson also happens to be a mom to two stylish young boys, Maxwell and Dash—and quickly developed kid-sized versions of the sweaters. (PS: They take requests.)
For over twenty years, this Italian label has owned a growing retro-inspired, totally unique, boldly colorful corner of the fashion world—and the same goes for its meticulously made girls’s line: bright, artful, print-happy pieces, including luxe coats, graphic tees, and possibly the sweetest teeny cardigans we’ve ever seen.
With decades of après-ski (and full-on ski) apparel expertise under its belt, Moncler’s instantly recognizable puffers are wintertime staples. For kids, the sleek down padding means less bulky layers, so that snow piles and sled routes can be tackled with full mobility.
True story: Lia McNairy and Kim Downing came up for the idea for Made by Misfits while sitting in the parking lot of Bristol Farms on Sunset Boulevard (their kids go to school in Laurel Canyon together). They quickly tacked on women’s sizing to the kids’ unisex line of T-shirts and hats after (literally) being chased down by moms for it.
Much like the BFF jewelry you wore until it eventually disintegrated from your wrist back in the day, Venessa Arigaza’s friendship bracelets are emotional ties to share—but made to last. Handcrafted in her Brooklyn studio with custom ceramic charms, the keepsakes act as happy reminders for—or of—the ones you love.
Stella McCartney is the undisputed master of the jumpsuit, which is essentially a romper for adults. Stella’s kid line brings a similar air of sophistication to wardrobe essentials—the tailored denim in particular will leave you longing to swap outfits.