Cute & Cool For Kids

STYLE FILE

December 07, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,special to the sun

Christmas is for kids, everyone knows that. But what are you supposed to get the little nippers on your list? Toys are nice, but Santa usually takes care of that. Organic Brussels sprouts, though healthy, aren't all that popular with the mac-and-cheese set. And so that leaves us with our favorite choice -- stuff to wear. Kids grow fast, which means they always need clothing and accessories. And little people fashion is so gosh-darn cute, you won't have a hard time finding something for all the elves in your workshop.

Casual for the holidays

Cuffed shirts are itchy. Sweaters are hot. Turtlenecks are a little too basic. Sweater vests are preppy and pulled together for little boys to wear to holiday parties, family pictures or fancy dinners.

Wear a vest over a plaid shirt and with cords for special occasions, then dress it down with a T-shirt or polo and pair of jeans. He'll look handsome and still be comfortable. Decorated vest, sizes 6 months to 4T, $14.50 at The Children's Place.

Just add ducks

When it comes to bath time, simple is best. With all the toys and bubbles in the tub, who can possibly find the shampoo and the soap? Goldwell's Definition Kids hair and body shampoo does it all in a gentle, daily-use cleanser especially for children.

The fruity blueberry fragrance smells heavenly, an extra mild formula won't irritate eyes, and a bitter additive deters bathers from swilling the stuff. Plus, it comes with an adorable stuffed toy zebra. $10 for an 8.4-ounce bottle. Available at salons and day spas nationwide. For a store near you, visit www.goldwellusa.com.

Charge it, Kitty

The cat is where it's at when it comes to fresh, fun accessories featuring everyone's favorite feline, Hello Kitty. We love the flirty, faux-fur-trimmed Hello Kitty wallet and tote bag for jaunts to the mall ($8 and $25). For longer trips, like weekends at Grandma's, she'll need the sleek Hello Kitty silver-wheeled suitcase ($120).

Hello Kitty products are available at Zany Brainy, the Sanrio store at Arundel Mills and at www.sanrio.com.

Connect with dots

Ever since your best friend's kid hit 13, she doesn't like anything except her cell phone and her closed bedroom door. Connect with the youth of today with a fun, festive pair of crazy dots gloves and a matching scarf from The Gap. Polka dots are so fun and retro. Think Wonder bread bags, but way, way hipper and you'll get the picture.

Don't make the mistake and buy her a hat, though. Bad hair is so middle school.

Gap Crazy Dots scarf ($39.50) and gloves ($19.50) available at Gap stores or at www.gap.com.

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