Category Archives: Kiddo Style: Modern

Made By Wolf. So of Course We Love It!

Right before we left for summer vacation, we received a little package from Made By Wolf….a really fun clothing company that partners with cool designers, illustrators and artists to create awesome tees for kids. The tee they sent us is SO colorful and fun, we love it! It’s a bright marigold with a really playful Circus design by Alex Westgate—and who doesn’t love a good circus design??

The shirts are generously cut and made of a great no-tag-in-the-back cotton. They release a new tee design every month and although they’re based in Europe they ship worldwide! A few of the other designs I love:

But really, this circus one is killing me with its cuteness. And our little Wolf cub is pretty fond of it too. I love a great tee that is groovy enough to be cool but isn’t too hipstery so as to lose that sense of little kiddo playfulness.

These pics were taken at Tiki Oasis (which I still have to tell you all about!) and Wolfie was exhausted. In the middle of taking these photos, my boy let out the biggest yawn…..and then a huge denial of, “I am NOT tired, mama. Seriously! I’m not tired at all.”  Mmm hmmm.

To get your hands on a super cute tee from Made By Wolf, swing by their site. You can also read up on all the cool designers they are featuring. There are plenty of other cute designs, but we say GO CIRCUS!


Retro Kiddo Fashion :: Christa Davis

Ooohh. Me likey.

Christa Davis kinda rocks.  OK. She rocks a lot. the UK designer creates beautiful clothes for children. Out of vintage fabric.  Yum.

And she pairs the vintage fabric with simply easy to wear patterns that will become your go-to outfits for your little ones.

Oh and she does some grand stuff for boys too. Like these simply perfect sweatshirts.

And I love these overalls too.

You remember those sweet little slippers made out of embroidered vintage linens. Just imagine a romper out of them. Christa did and I’m so happy she did.


Oh, and she makes stunning clothes for women too, so definitely check out her splurge-worthy site when you can!

Besty of Etsy :: Creative Babies

OK, I have a weakness, friends.

A not so hidden weakness for kids clothing made out of vintage linens and fabrics. So that explains why I am just head over heels on Inessa who runs the Etsy shop called Creative Babies.

She has a great eye for seeing a new life in old colorful fabric that needs to be worn by kids instead of sitting in someone’s linen closet never seeing the light of day.

Who wouldn’t’ smile when you saw this little fresh outfit coming at you?

I actually bought one of Inessa’s dresses and was so charmed by her personal note and sweet packaging to boot.  Please note Etsy sellers that your buyers really do appreciate the additional care you put into delivery your packages.

Those pants kill me. I love pseudo colonial vintage.

And I love these great adult size slippers she makes too. What a nice housewarming gift, eh?

And wouldn’t this make the sweetest gift for a friend who just gave birth?

Also, Inessa is having a perfect little sale right now featuring some dandy little outfits that would be great for summer.  Like these…


Top Tips :: Finding Affordable (and CUTE!) Baby Clothing

One of our readers, papa to little Olive, reached out to us asking for some of our favorite places to find inexpensive (under $25) but cool clothes for babies.

Like anyone is going to notice what this cutie is wearing—all you can do is stare into those gorgeous eyes…

Baby clothing can definitely be expensive but there are some great options out there to keep your wee one looking as adorable as ever without you ever having to dip into your kiddo’s college fund to pay for it. We are big fans of thrifting. You can really find some great basics and, of course, our favorite vintage kiddo goodies. But if you’re looking for online shopping that is affordable as well as cute, here are some of our favorite tips:

1. Dwell Studio at Target
We’ve found surprisingly cute stuff at mainstream stores. Target is a favorite. Their Dwell Studio for Target has really great onesies and outfits that are super cheap—like two pieces for under $15!  I gotta say, I’m particularly in love with the bus t-shirts.

2. Little Miss Matched outlet!

The Little Miss Matched outlet is full of goodies that are worth snatching up when you can. They often go as low as 80% off. I so love the terrific splashes of color—most of these pieces are under $5!

3. Etsy: Baby legwarmers

A lot of parents love baby legwarmers and a little onesie for their wee ones. They give you the warmth of tights, are adorable to look at and making diaper changing easy peasy. Etsy has a slew of people making inexpensive baby leggings. Check out Piccolo Creation‘s sweet argyle friends:

We also like these striped cuties from Bella Crawlers:

And  these great butterfly ones from Eggo in the Oven. or these green cuties from BabyFrills.

4. Ebay!

Of course we love vintage but we are also very pro-cozy here at ModernKiddo. No itchy lace, no scratchy wool or polyester and nothing too binding. Heaven forbid the thing needs ironing or dry cleaning. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great vintage items that are terrific for babies. The Peach spent a lot of her first year in very simple cotton dresses from the forties. Here she is in one of my favorites:

I think I spent $2.00 on it. Now we’re talkin’! There always seem to be a lot of girls dresses for small babies that would be terrific particularly for the summer. Of course little knitted vintage sweaters are usually so soft and often made of easy wash nylon fabric from the seventies.

Ebay listings change all the time, but look for “lots” (multiple items in one listing). Check out this group of six items with a starting bid of $3.00 from Ebay seller, Favorite Memories.  Not too shabby…

And have you seen this gorgeous lot of knitted items from Ebay seller, 9000pam with a starting bid of $4.00?  The yarn alone would have cost around $50 let along the hand knit cuteness of it all.

Those are my tips. What are your suggestions for Olive’s Dad? I was thinking about, but have you tried it? And of course Gilt is a great place to scoop up spendier brands at lower prices. They have some really cute stuff.

Because this little girlie deserves a wardrobe as cute as she is!


Hi guys! Alix here chiming in too. We’ve got some amazing tips flying in. One of my faves comes from Amber, which is something I firmly believe in too. Don’t be afraid to splurge here and there but don’t be afraid to try seemingly conventional shops for cheap basics. Get leggings and onsies in bold bright colors from mainstread retailers like Old Navy, Target, American Apparel, Children’s Place etc Then splurge on really cute shoes or dressies for little girls and fun tops or even wee cardigans for boys. Also, many mainstream brands will often have sneakily cute designs. My friend Jenny/frecklewonder posted a photo of her girl Dotty in thee cutest little jammies with amazing woodland creatures that looked like they were plucked out of a vintage storybook. “WHERE did you get those???” I was expecting her to name some trendy brand but her response? “The Kohls baby shop!!! Can you believe it?” So always keep your eyes peeled, friends. Treasures lie everywhere if you are crafty!

Ok, so here are 5-10 on our Top 10 Tips!


I love to find adorable duds at slightly slightly spendier shops and then I monitor their sales. I have scooped up some fabulous goodies for Wolfie this way! Here are a few shops that have GREAT sale sections:

I think these sweet animal silkscreens from Colette Kids are really fun and bold. They have a great sale section.

These Scandanavian prints are all the rage lately, and I’m still not tired of them. Check out the sale section at the fabulous Ittikid’s online shop.

We are also big fans of Polarn O. Pyret—more for their fantastic toddler and big kid clothes, but they also have reeeally cute baby basics. Check out these cuties (currently all on sale for $20 or less) available in sizes 4-6 months and up!

I looove their shirts and onesies. They are playful and whimsical. Sometimes a little more on the hipstery side but always quirky and fun. If you are lucky enough to live in Wicker Park, Chicago you can hit their actual store front, but for the rest of us we’ll have to shop online at Threadless Kids. Best of all they have fantastic sales and all onesies, tees and hoodsies (a onesie with a hood, doncha know!) are only $9 clams.

7. eBay Japanese Leggings

Ebay seller BabyGearStation carries these super adorable Japanese baby leggings with sassy bums. They’re only $3.99 a pop! Crazy cute….

I’m sure there are many many more places to get cheap goodies….we’ll keep doing these posts as tips roll in!

Oh and one last thing…when you feel like a splurge. How cute are these adorable onesies from  Jasper Wren? I love the fairytale kinder vibe of these Black Forest cuties, but the octopus with the ‘stash is my favorite!


Besty of Etsy:: Children’s Clothing Out of Vintage Linens.

I love vintage linens. And I also adore finding stained vintage linens with lovely embroidery that I can purchase for a at estate sales. I get particularly excited when I see a piece that has stunning embroidery but a stain that I can buy for usually around a dollar or two.  I keep putting them away,  dreaming of a time when I can use them in some sweet outfit for the Peach. With all of my spare time, and all…

That’s why I was so delighted to come across three terrific Etsy sellers who sell beautiful handmade pieces for children that feature vintage linens.

First let’s take a look at Jackie Spicer’s little shop on Etsy., whose little jacket starts off this post.  Oh, this lady had me weeping with joy over the obscene cuteness of her little hand made jackets for children.

Oh, for the love of kitties, would you look at this one?

The birdies are killing me. KILLING ME!

These booties from Etsy seller Big Little makes me want to reproduce so badly, just so I have some snuggly widdle footies to put in them. I DIE!  They put Robeez to shame. And I love Robeez!!!

How nice would these be as a shower gift for a Fall baby?

I am totally in love with these laminated vintage linen bibs that keep the beautiful embroidery safe from baby splashes. Utterly gorgeous! Genius from Etsy seller, The Land of Sparkle!

I love the sweet gingham edging too!

I know this is just the tippy tip of all the vintage linen ideas out there, and it makes me feel good knowing that someone out there is doing this.  And hopefully it will inspire me to do the same!