Far too much kids’ clothing deserves a big time-out (see: Garanimals-esque matched sets; tees with saccharine-sweet logos; sloppy jockwear). This summer, take things up a notch. The snazziest collections right now — both dressy and casual — have the same top-level cuts and tailoring as the grownup versions, not to mention the same styling potential. It’s all about the mix: delicate tops with darling cord shorts; funky hoodies with vintage-preppy blazers. The result is solid style that’s still functional and fun. Oh, and there’s extra credit: They’ll wear it now through summer and straight into back-to-school season.
Cotton T-shirt, $18, Petit Bateau; striped hoodie, $49.50, Crewcuts by J.Crew; “Picotin” cotton blazer, $94, and “Latitude” boat shoes, $78, both Jacadi; IKKS cargo shorts, $78, Lester Harry’s.
Burberry cotton shirt, $170, and cardigan, $170, both Bloomingdale’s; shorts, $42.50, Crewcuts by J.Crew; Lili Gaufrette crocheted socks, $18, and Pepe leather shoes, $148, Lester Harry’s.
“Pozuelo” cotton vest, $60, “Palencia” linen shirt, $69, and “Provençal” linen pants, $60, all Jacadi; Naturino shoes, $78, Lester Harry’s.
Antik Batik cotton dress, $96, Lester Harry’s; socks, $6, Bloomingdale’s; “Patty” shoes, $80, Jacadi.
IKKS V-neck T-shirt, $58, Makie gingham shirt, $92, and Europann cargo shorts, $96, all Lester Harry’s; “Soprano” loafers, $76, Jacadi.