Mom Hacks: Back to School Tips

August 18, 2016 in Mom Hacks

Back to School Tips | Appaman

Mom Hacks: Back to School Tips
It’s back to school time for families around the country. Raise your hand if you’ve pledged to make this school year more organized and less stressful than last year. Yes, us, too. So what steps can you take to make sure your kids are set up for success this year? Follow these tips on getting organized for back to school:

sandwich free lunch ideas for kids

Lunch is Ready!
Prep lunch the night before. We love these sandwich-free lunch box ideas. Or better yet, ask your kids to pitch in with the lunch making duties! A recent article in The Washington Post touted the benefits of having your children make their own lunch.  By asking them to take charge of their lunch, it gives them responsibility and allows you some free time. Don’t worry if the end result isn’t pretty (or not 100% nutritionally balanced), you’re doing a good thing!

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Clothes Call
Lay out their clothes for the week ahead, so there’s no last minute pulling clothes out of the drawers before the bus arrives. We love the idea of labeling a different shelf for each different day of the week. To make it easier, try a hanging shelving unit (we love the sturdy canvas hanging shelves and drawers from Land of Nod pictured above). For back to school style inspo, check out our first day of school outfit ideas here.

after school snack station

After School Snack Station
Whether it’s you that’s home with the kiddos after school or a sitter, wouldn’t it be SO much easier to have a designated drawer organized with exactly the snacks you want them to munch on when they get home? This way there’s no rooting around in the kitchen trying to find hidden candy bars. Have them choose two things from the healthy snack bin or drawer and you can rest assured their mid-day munch won’t be a handful of Pez.

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Entryway Hall of Fame
Make their exits and entrances as seamless as possible with a well organized entryway (aka the place they drop all of their stuff). Invest in a storage bench, coat hooks, bins to toss their dirty shoes in and baskets to sort their homework and all letters home from school.

For back to school outfit ideas, check out our Fall 2016 Appaman kids style lookbook!

Appaman Style Watch: First Day of School Outfit Ideas

August 9, 2016 in Appaman Style

First Day of School Outfit Ideas | Appaman

The first day of school is getting closer! Now is the time to figure out that all important question: What will your kid wear on the first day back to school? From laid back and sporty to rocker cool to old school looks, Appaman has got you covered with these first day of school outfit ideas. Get ready to slay on the first day!

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First Day of School Outfit Idea: The Layered Lumberjack
It’s a little bit country and a lot cool. Mix our classic, wear-with-everything boys Flannel Shirt in Scarlet Plaid with a pair of our slim cut and super flattering Skinny Twill Pants in Ensign Blue, topping it off with our fall all star, the Prescott Cardigan, a lightweight fine knit sweater with a pop of color on the sleeve. We love this laid back look that has the right hint of preppy.

First Day of School Outfit Idea | AppamanFirst Day of School Outfit Idea: Comfy Cool
This look is all about mixing sporty style with rocker girl touches. Our Kay Top in Rose Tan combines luxurious looking texture with a sporty raglan style. The shiny black piping adds a fun and femme edge. Pair it with our black Shiny Legging and she’s ready to make some serious style statements on the first day.

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First Day of School Outfit Idea: Star Style
There’s no reason to wait to bring her A game. This fierce ensemble will be her go-to look for every day cool. Not to mention each piece in this outfit will look amaze with everything else in her closet. Our Ari Reversible Vest is a fashion workhorse – one side is a shearling-like fleece and the other is black with gold dots. The Trophy Sweatshirt is a serious must-have sweatshirt for girls! With stars on the sleeves, thumbholes and a sporty yet girlie look, it will get some major play all fall and winter long. The Pipe Pant is a metallic gold dream. Made of stretchy legging-like fabric with two back pockets, it’s a glam slam for fall.

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First Day of School Outfit Idea: Old School Cool
Whether it’s the throwback Cassettes Tee or the sporty puffer East Side Vest, we’re loving the old school vibe of this East Village-inspired look. Layered with our Flannel Shirt in Dress Blue Plaid and Skinny Twill Pant in Black, it’s a back to school look that never gets old.

Get more first day of school looks for fall here.

 

Back to School Style: A First Look at Our Fall Collection

August 5, 2016 in Appaman Style

Appaman Back to School

Go Back to School in Style with Appaman
Don’t worry, we know there are still lots more beach days left to take advantage of this summer, but August always marks the end of vacation time and the start of back to school season. In fact, some states go back to school way before Labor Day (sorry guys)! With the first day of school around the corner, we’re thrilled to give a first look at our new fall clothing for kids. Packed with cute tops for girls, fall jackets for boys and girls, long sleeved tees and cool hoodies for boys, our fall all-star trends are on point for back to school.

Boys Back to School Outfits | Appaman

Back to School Style for Boys
Our boys fall collection is loaded with easy to wear layering pieces that will make the transition from summer to fall seamless. Our Downtown Hoodie is the piece he’ll reach for over and over again. The cool lightening bolt design and super soft and slouchy style will be his go-to sweatshirt for the first days of school and through the whole season. The Prescott Cardigan is not your average cardi! With its bright colorblock sleeve for a pop of style makes it the perfect layering piece over a tee or shirt. The Camden Shirt, a classic and cozy henley style with a faux layered look, is the must-have boys shirt for back to school.

Girls Back to School Outfits | Appaman

Back to School Style for Girls
Girls will rule the hallways this fall in the Ryder Varsity Jacket, an old school-style collegiate varsity jacket with chic rose gold sleeves and trim. Our advice? Snap up this one quickly, we have a feeling it’s not going to last (a la our faux fur jacket). Another standout fall jacket for girls is the Ari Reversible Vest, with a shearling-esque fleece on one side and cool gold polka dots on the other. The Sterling Dress with contrasting texture is a casual girls dress she can wear to school or to a party and feel like a mini fashionista. Also earning all star status this fall is the Zoey Dress, a sassy and casual jersey dress with a faux-layered sweatshirt top and a handkerchief-hem skirt.

Take a break from lounging poolside and get a head start on your back to school clothing shopping now. Shop fall clothes for girls and boys from Appaman. Made in NYC with love. 

Star Style: Summer Looks from Appaman

July 17, 2016 in Star Style

Naomi Watts Liev Schreiber Kids in Appaman Clothing

Appaman Star Style
Celebrity kids are loving their Appaman clothes for summer! The streets of NYC are full of Appaman fans, including some famous citizens. Sasha Schreiber (son of Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts) shows his Appaman style in our Sea Monster T-shirt. We love how he pairs our lightweight tee with cool summer shoes. All of our kids clothes are designed and made with love in NYC and our graphic boys tees are no exception. We made our summer kids tees with a super soft cotton, which is great for beating the summer heat while still looking cool.

Miles Brown in Appaman Kids Clothing

Red Carpet Style
Actor Miles Brown is one of the latest celebrities sporting Appaman for a night in front of the spotlight. He chose Appaman Fine Tailoring, including a bow tie and Standard Shirt in White to sport at the 2016 ESPY Awards. Miles shared this look on his Instagram feed, giving an awesome shout out!

Appaman Sarah Jessica Parker

Summer Vacation with Appaman
This picture screams summer break! The two adorable girls, which belong to Sarah Jessica Parker, are the epitome of a happy, carefree summer. SJP posted this snap of her twin daughters on their seventh birthday on Instagram, saying: “Happy birthday to our lovely, funny, dear, surprising, sparkling and beloved Loretta and Tabitha who today are 7 years old. Let the celebrations begin.” Both were running down a grassy field with glee, with Loretta wearing our splatter paint Kennedy Romper.

Ian Chen in Appaman Fine Tailoring

For Your Consideration
Actor Ian Chen, from the hit ABC show Fresh Off the Boat chose an Appaman Fine Tailoring Mod Suit in a summery shade of sand to wear to the Emmy Awards consideration event in June. We love this pic he posted on Instagram of himself jokingly sipping a glass of bubbly!

Ready for more kids style? Check out our new fall back to school outfits for boys and girls. Which look do you think will be spotted by paparazzi first? 

Summer in the City: The Best Things to Do in NYC With Kids

July 14, 2016 in NYC

Summer in NYC | Appaman

Summer is one of our favorite seasons in New York City. Since many people clear out of the city on the weekends, it’s the perfect time to take in the flavor without having to fight the crowds. The only problem is choosing where to go first. New York City has so many choices of fun summertime activities for kids, that it’s hard to make that choice. We honed in on the top five coolest things to do in NYC with kids this summer. Our summer in the city bucket list starts here:

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1. Museum of Ice Cream
This summer, New York City gets its first museum devoted entirely to the yummy frozen dessert everyone screams for – ice cream! The Museum of Ice Cream pops up in the Meatpacking District on July 29 through August 31st. Expect a rainbow sprinkle pool for kids to “swim” in, an ice cream sandwich swing, a chocolate room and, of course, lots of ice cream to sample!

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2. Get lost in Central Park
There is an endless amount of fun kids activities in Central Park, but we love the idea of heading into the 843 acre park with no solid plan. From the animals in the Central Park Zoo to model boat sailing on the conservatory water to the awesome playgrounds, it’s easy to spend a day “getting lost” in the park.

New York Hall of Science | Appaman

3. Play at the New York Hall of Science
While the Hall of Science is a blast all year round, their super-cool outdoor playground is only open in the summer months. Expect sand pits, water play, fog machines and awesome slides–all of which incorporate scientific principles.

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4. Pig out at Smorgasburg
From artisan donuts to locally-sourced tacos, there’s a never ending array of yumminess at Brooklyn’s famed weekly summer food fest known as Smorgasburg. Teach your kids the meaning of homemade by exposing them to the hundreds of local food vendors that take great pride in their creations. You’ll feel good giving the kids french fries when they’re handmade in Brooklyn,  made with only premium ingredients, never frozen and dipped in gourmet sauce.

Governor's Island Slides

5. Slide on down on Governor’s Island
Summer in the city would not be complete without a trip to Governor’s Island! While old faves like laying in the hammocks, renting bikes and picnicking are all awesome activities on Governor’s Island, we can’t wait to try out the new Slide Hill, opening July 19th. Slide Hill is found in the new Hills section of the island will be four fun and twisty slides–including one that’s almost 60 feet long.

Summer shorts, graphic tees, rash guards and swimsuits are a must for summer fun in the city. Shop Appaman summer kids clothes now to make sure your brood is prepared for some non-stop action! 

Summer Loving: Family Vacations, Appaman-Style

July 8, 2016 in Appaman Style

Summer Family Vacations with Appaman

It’s summer time and the living is easy! At Appaman HQ, we love summer for so many reasons, but family vacations has got to be the top on our list. There’s nothing like getting out of town for a bit to help reinvigorate and recharge while also getting in some precious family bonding time. From the lakes of Northern Michigan and the sandy beaches of the Carolina and New Jersey coastlines to the rustic charm of New York State, Appaman staffers love traveling around the country to seek out their warm and happy places. It just goes to show, you don’t have to travel too far to find your own slice of summer heaven. Here, team Appaman share their favorite summer destinations for a perfect family vacation.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head is a wonderful vacation spot for people of all ages! In addition to the miles and miles of beautiful beaches, there’s the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, numerous biking trails, museums and boat and helicopter tours, dolphin and whale watching excursions, lots of great shopping & restaurants, fishing & kayaking, ziplines, water sports and adorable coastal towns to explore along the way.  I wouldn’t recommend going though without a pair of Appaman sunglasses, one of our many straw sun hats for kids and an Appaman rash guard or coverup to protect your skin while you’re out all day in the sun! -Kathleen Reardon, production manager

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Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Commonly known as “LBI,” Long Beach Island is a top summer destination for those in the New York Metro area. If you see people with “Exit 63” bumper stickers on their cars, this is where they are headed..and yup, you guessed it, it is Exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway! I’ve been going since my teen years and I love LBI because it’s a great family- oriented, friendly, low-key beach town, but if you were in the mood for one of those wild beach bar nights, you can do that too!  (A trolley very nicely runs up and down the island in the evenings in case your night gets a little more wild than you planned!). The beaches are clean and well maintained. All the water sports and activities you could imagine are available, and there is even a water park! Bike rentals by the hour, day, or week.  Mini golf, ice cream and seafood galore, and don’t miss out on Fantasy Island amusement park. Tons of great shopping all over the island, but definitely head to Bay Village and the surrounding streets for some of the best gift and apparel shoppes–and fudge, naturally! Another fun stop is The Showplace Ice Cream Parlor, an audience interactive ice cream shoppe. Get ready to sing, play instruments, or act out a crazy scene..and have the best ice cream of your life!  And you can’t leave the island without hitting up The Chicken or the Egg (or the Chegg as the locals call it) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night snack. - Stephanie, sales rep

Suttons Bay Michigan

Suttons Bay / Leelenau County, Northern Michigan
Many East Coasters don’t know it, but Northern Michigan is the stuff that summertime dreams are made of. Michigan has more coastline than any other state in the U.S. aside from Alaska, so there are tons of affordable places to have a lazy, laid back beach vacation, and you’re never far from an inland lake or state park. You can do it all: Swim in the waves, build a sandcastle on a beach, go exploring in a forest, eat ice cream at a parlor, run down a sand dune, jump off a dock, paddle a canoe, go fishing down a river. I’m headed to a cottage in Suttons Bay, a little town in the Leelenau Peninsula (Michigan’s “pinky”) that’s pretty much perfect.  -Katie Luscombe, e-commerce director

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Dutchess County, Upstate New York 
We head Upstate all year long, but summer is our favorite season! There are tons of fun things to do, like cherry picking at Fishkill Farms (pictured above) or peach picking at the end of August, finding watering holes, and hiking on the Appalachian trail. – Lynn Husum, co-founder of Appaman

 

Press Roundup: Appaman in the News!

June 26, 2016 in Appaman News

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Our spring/summer 2016 children’s clothing collection brought lots of amazing press coverage! From beloved kids fashion trade magazine Earnshaw’s to new mom bible Pregnancy & Newborn, we appeared in some of our favorite magazines this season. The Appaman spring/summer looks that got the most play in the media included a mix of shorts, pants, swimwear and tees from our warm weather faves.

 Appaman in the News

Celebrity-Approved Style
Some of our favorite celebrity style moments happened this season, too. Actor Ian Chen from the hit TV show Fresh Off The Boat chose to sport an Appaman Fine Tailoring boys suit in his interview with the pop culture source Vulture. Other star studded highlights included our Meyer Bomber Jacket in LV Ten magazine on Breanna Yde of Nickelodeon’s new TV show School of Rock. 

 

Appaman Girls Clothing

Appaman: The Top Pick for Editors (and their kids)
We were so excited to see Parents Latina magazine’s editor in chief Grace Bastidas posing for her editor’s letter photo with her two adorable daughters sporting head-to-toe Appaman! Her older daughter wore the bold and bright Abstract Circle Tee with our sporty chic Stanton Jogger pants in a girly shade of salmon rose. Her younger daughter wore our super-fun Ice Cream Circle Tee from our Mini collection of cool baby and toddler clothes.

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Appaman on Hollywood Today Live
One of our favorite media moments this season was the “mini Instagram fashionista” segment that appeared on Hollywood Today Live.  The mini David and Victoria Beckham darlings (aka @ministylehacker and @officialmisstiff) wore Appaman Fine Tailoring in their star turn. Our boys suit looked the part!

Cool Kids Tees: Your Summer Style Must-Have

May 26, 2016 in Appaman Style

Appaman Kids T-shirts

Kids T-shirts for every day and every style are at the core of our summer clothing collection. Many of our children’s tees are made with super-soft cotton and have a cool, broken-in look with faded vintage-y colors and rolled sleeves. Metallic unicorns and bright abstract modernist prints are just some of the cool designs found on our girls tees. Cool and beachy ombre tees and fun graphics are the mainstay of our boys summer t-shirts.

Appaman T-Shirts for Kids

Boys Graphic T-Shirts
For our summer 2016 boys tees, our designers took a trip down the Bayou with New Orleans inspired graphics, as seen on our Gator Rock tee (available in Orange Soda and Cloud Heather grey). We also went under the sea and took note from some scary/cool sea creatures. Our Sea Monster and Angler Fish tees won’t disappoint your little deep sea explorer. And what boy doesn’t love a touch of pirate style? Our Pirate Bully and Blackbeard tees will inspire some treasure hunting this summer.

Appaman Hockey Jersey

The Hockey Jersey: An Appaman Classic
Ask someone what their first Appaman purchase was and chances are it’s our classic Hockey Jersey. Super-soft and just the right amount of sporty, this retro tee is a staple in many stylish kid’s wardrobe.  Our hockey jersey tee is also cult-favorite among celebrity kids, including Samuel Schreiber (son of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber) and Axl Duhamel (son of Josh Duhamel and Fergie). This season, you can find our hockey jersey in cool summer shades like Light Grey Heather, Methyl Blue and Cloud Heather. We love it paired with vintage-y Denim Shorts or Skinny Twill Pants.

Sporty Spice: Athleisure Style for Kids

May 19, 2016 in Appaman Style

 

Athleisure Cool Appaman

The hot Athleisure style has trickled down to children’s wear! The truth of the matter is that most kids love to look and feel sporty every day of the week, regardless of what’s on the agenda. The trick to athletic cool style is to dress sporty while still looking sharp and anything but sloppy. We’ve made it easy to nail this look for spring and summer. We’ve loaded our new spring /summer kids clothing collection with tons of just-slouchy-enough sweatpants, tapered jogger pants, cool tank tops and relaxed yet funky t-shirts. Here, our best sporty chic clothes for kids with style.

Appaman Sporty Clothes for Kids 

The Stanton Jogger Pant for Girls
These fashion-forward sweatpants with faux drawstring detail are made from a super-soft textured loop terry and have a relaxed yet stylish tapered fit. They’re chic and sporty and will literally be the pants she reaches for every day. Comes in Salmon Rose and Light Grey.

Boys Summer Tank
A tank top he can actually wear out to dinner! This tropical twist of a tank is made in a cool cotton and looks adorable with slouchy sweatpants, jeans or shorts.

Girls Essex Tee
We love the vintage vibe of this sporty sweatshirt tee, with a textured french loop terry and raw rolled edges on the sleeves. Pair it with a skirt for a relaxed way to do dressy. 

Parker Sweatpants for Boys
With three cool and functional zipper pockets and a street style, slouchy look, these fashionable sweatpants allow him to live the dream…and by that we mean, looking super stylish while wearing sweatpants.

Meridien Sweatpants for Boys
We like to think of these boys pants as classic sweats with a dose of cool. Our Meridian Sweats have two side pockets, one back pocket, and modernist-inspired color blocks. Looking cool in sweats is possible!

Riverside Boys Shorts
These will be his new favorite shorts! Made in a cozy sweatshirt fleece and with four super-handy pockets these cool boys shorts are just what he needs for camp, hanging out and playtime. 

Appaman Boys Hockey Jersey
Our classic boys hockey jersey has withstood the test of time! Boys (and girls, too!) love it for its cool retro style and super easy, comfy fit.

Mesa Girls Racerback Tank Top
This sporty, color-blocked and slightly A-line cotton jersey girls tank top is both comfy and functional. We love it mixed-and-matched with both skirts and shorts.

Shop all of Appaman’s sporty stylish looks for spring and summer. 

Mom Fashion Trends for Little Ladies

May 6, 2016 in Appaman Style

APPAMAN SPRING GIRLS 2016

Mom Fashion Trends for Little Ladies
May is always the time of year we think about mom! With Mother’s Day kicking off the month, there’s no better time to pay tribute to the women who play a million different roles on a daily basis – doctor, chef, fortune teller, taxi driver and hairstylist. Moms can do it all and still look stylish, thanks to the new spring trends that combine comfy with cool. For spring and summer, moms will be living in bomber jackets, trench coats, jogger pants and raglan tops. And not to be outdone by their moms, little ladies are loving these trends, too, but in pint-sized versions with playful fabrics and cool colors.

Appaman Girls Style for Spring 2016

Pint-Sized Spring Trends
Our spring girls style at Appaman hits on all of the fashion notes that moms want in their closets: crisp, classic, cool and touch of athleisure. The Nyla Bomber Jacket, a deep pink shade of luxurious double knit, is the perfect lightweight layer to see her through spring, summer and fall. The geometric cross-stitching and sporty raglan sleeves lend an element of grown-up yet playful style. The Stanton Jogger pants in a chic Salmon Rose shade will be the pants she wants to wear every single day. These fashion-forward sweats are made with a luxe textured terry and have flattering slim fit. They literally look good with everything. For a modern twist on a classic crewneck sweatshirt, our Trophy Raglan Top is her go-to shirt. The textured sleeves and super-soft terry fabric give this sporty top a whole lot of style. Stylish moms will wish they could fit into our Trench Coat in a cool shade of Iris. This time-tested style staple comes in a water-resistant fabric and has our signature monkey logo lining for a pop of fun.

Shop all of the mom-loved girls spring fashion from Appaman here and celebrate your mamas all month long!