While fashion houses grow their children's lines at record speeds (as addressed in a recent New York Times article), a series of new fashion Tumblrs and websites highlight a different way today's tots are making their mark on fashion—namely, as the subjects of street-style photography.
Children With Swag, which launched earlier this year along with other sites including Little Love Fashion and Petits Petits Tresors, shows toddlers rocking the latest looks in a way that distinctly emulates the styles of Bill Cunningham and The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman. Whether it's a miniature pocket square, a perfectly coiffed neo-mullet, or a pint-size smoking jacket, classic trends across the board—from hip-hop to punk rock to tailored prep—can be seen donned by youngsters smiling coyly in front of graffiti-covered walls.
Here's our take on it: Generation X, now very grown-up, is passing down its style ideals to a new crop of tastemakers. Sure, all parents experiment with dressing up their kiddies, but what's different this these days is that instead of posing them in front of a faded blue background in a local department store, moms and dads are keeping it chic with the use of urban scenery and their own SLRs. The images are a serious upgrade from the portraits of most childhoods. And let's face it, whether you are repulsed by or enamored with the idea of a baby in motorcycle boots and a bow tie, there is something compelling about seeing a look you might conceivably want to emulate, as worn by a high-fashion toddler.
—Haley Marks is an executive assistant at Details and an aspiring writer