It’s no big secret that little kids love to play dress-up (more often than not with your fresh-off-the-rack buys), but what if they no longer had to raid your closet for a high fashion fix? Just in time for the new school year, luxe adult labels are rolling out lines for your little ones that are tailor-made for each type of tot—whether they're a rising street style star, an amateur baseball player, or a blossoming outdoorsman—complete with pieces you can match with your own. Can you say family portrait?
When you convert Vince’s ready-to-wear collection to mini-me size, you can guess what results: A super downtown-cool collection of cashmere sweaters, leather jackets, and, yes, jogging pants that mimic your favorite looks from the runway. Suffice it to say, with these threads, your child is sure to be best dressed on the playground (and have mom to thank). Price range: $24 to $598
For breathable basics that won’t hinder rough-and-tumble activity, DL1961’s collection of classic jean jackets, hoodies, and slouchy skinnies is your safest bet. Like the denim brand’s menswear range, each style is made with special fibers so they stretch four ways and never lose shape. Says creative director Sarah Ahmed, “We all move, no matter what age.” All the more reason to nab a pair for yourself too. Price range: $39 (toddlers) to $79 (kids)
If you're heading to the great outdoors, be sure to pack Penfield’s uber-durable T-shirts, pants, and parkas in bright hues and too-cute-for-words prints, like this pocket T emblazoned with little puppies (above). The jacket is inspired by one of the Massachusetts brand’s most iconic outdoor styles. Plus, it’s water and stain resistant, so you can happily avoid a Tide to Go fiasco. Price range: $30 to $425
Feeling inspired for yourself? Take a look at these five outfits featuring cartoons that won’t make you look like a kid.