Little's Style Series – Hawk & Cole's Classic Style

Have you met Heather Mildenstein? She's the face behind the wonderful Coterie blog and the lady behind the lens of amazing shoots like this one and this one. So, you know, you might want to keep an eye on this one. She also has two of the cutest boys on the planet and they're the epitome of classic, cool style. Don't worry, we'll wait for you to grab a pen and paper.  

Tell us a little about Hawk and Cole!
Cole and Hawk are very different, but are the best of friends! Cole is 4 and Hawk is 18 months. Cole loves baseball, cars and quesadillas. He likes to be clean and organized, but isn't afraid to get his hand dirty every so often. Hawk on the other hand, well, we call him Big Baby around our house. He is the cutest little destroyer I've ever seen. He loves getting crazy with spaghetti and knocking over anything that Cole makes. Hawk is really the sweetest baby you'll meet though. He loves to cuddle, too. 

How would you describe their personal styles and how do their styles reflect their personalities? 
I usually dress them somewhat similar, but I think that their personalities come off more in how they wear their clothes. Hawk is a lot more laid back, and so usually around the house he never matches and loves sweats. Cole on the other hand, as much as he loves his "comfy pants", has no problem wearing his superhero shirts and cowboy boots because I'm pretty sure they make him feel like a really cool big boy. 

What are their go-to outfits?
Their go-to outfits are cardigans with a white tee under, skinny jeans (from the girl's department..shhh), and shoes that are easy to slip on. Usually Freshly Picked moccasins for Hawk, and cowboy boots or Toms for Cole. 

Where is your favorite place to shop for them? 
Gap! We love love love Gap because they have great sales and have a decent selection of boys clothes. And they have pants that will fit my tiny guys. 

And what is your philosophy when buying pieces for your boys?
Simple, classic, and no logos or embellishments on them. There's nothing that drives me more nuts than to find the PERFECT shirt, but then you flip it over and it says "MAMA'S BOY" across the back. Why?? WHY?? As much as I'm a fan of Target and Walmart plain tees for $5 (which we LOVE), I think it is worth it to have a few nice pieces like cardigans that are easy to throw on buy dress up an outfit a few notches. 

What would you say are the three must have pieces for little boys?
A good pair of skinny jeans, a cardigan (Gap and H&M have great, inexpensive ones) and a bunch of solid tees (does that count as one piece:). We wear a LOT of solid tees around this house. 

What pieces are you always willing to splurge on?
Good jeans!

And what is the one fashion tip you would give to mother with boys?
Let your boy's personality shine through what they wear. Cole loves his cowboy boots, so I let him wear his boots. When he wants to wear his baseball hat, I'll coordinate his outfit around that. I want my boys to be happy with what they wear, so make I try to make it exciting for them. It's sort of fun meeting in the middle with what they want to wear and what I have in mind that day for their outfit.

A huge thank you to Heather and her boys for sharing their secrets with us! And now, a few tips to help you snag their looks and links to the pieces featured above.

Expand the size of your little boy's wardrobe by filling it with neutral colors and patterns. Remember, that you can never go with a plain tee and cardigan. But be warned, you might just die of cuteness. It will be worth it, though.

trapper cap / striped sweater / jacket / classic tee / boat shoes / blue jeans 

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