Since going to the stores for clothing is a total hassle these days, it’s time to consider a clothing subscription service that lets someone else do the work for you. There are services out there that offer everything from high-end designer duds to secondhand treasures in near perfect condition. The best part? There’s something for newborns on up through the tween years, so you’re totally covered. Keep reading for the solution to all your shopping woes.
Kidpik's original designs are created to outfit your fashion-savvy kid with on-trend looks each season. Every ultra-personalized box contains seven mix-and-match pieces, including tops, bottoms, dresses, layering pieces, shoes and accessories that can be coordinated to create multiple unique ensembles.
Besides their new line for boys, the Fall 2020 collection features staples like lightweight sweaters perfect for layering, comfort-stretch denim, empowering graphic tees, and cool sneakers. You'll see trends like plaid, colorful denim and activewear. The collection, offered in sizes ranging from 4-16 and footwear in sizes 9-6, is always designed with easy coordination in mind. If you don't want to follow the trends, be sure to check out Kidpik's basics collection, featuring staples in vibrant colors that can be purchased individually.
Why You'll Love It: Customizable to fit your needs, choose to receive your boxes four or eight times a year or try a one-time trial box. Each box includes fun extras like a coloring sheet and whimsical iron-on patches.
Ages: Girls and Boys 3-12
Cost: Purchase the entire box or choose items a la carte. The average retail value of each box is $100, but you'll receive a 30% discount if you keep the entire package. You can also choose to purchase the entire box or send back the clothes you don't want. In that instance, kidpik has partnered with GOOD + Foundation, where girls can choose to donate any unworn product to families and kids in need instead of returning or exchanging the items.
Subscribe at kidpik.com
A unique blend on online consignment and subscription services, Everlasting Wardrobe gives parents the freedom to rent clothing for 30 days.
How it works: Once you fill out a profile for each kid using the service, you'll receive eight new or like-new items of clothing. Kids can wear those items for a full 30 days before you'll need to return them. If there's something your kid loves too much to send back, you can buy that item at a deep discount.
Why you'll love it: There's no charge for shipping, you'll have stylists picking stuff based on the categories and customizations based on your preferences (with no styling fees), and you'll have access to hot brands like Burt’s Bees Baby, OMAMImini, Kickee, I Haven’t The Foggiest, Frenchie Mini Couture, PopUpShop, Mimi and Maggie, Red Caribou, and more. Also, if you're opting to have gently-used items sent to you, it's good to know that all items go through an inspection and an eco-friendly cleaning process after being returned and before being sent back out.
Ages: 6 months - 12 years
Cost: $40 per month for 8 pieces of new and like-new professionally cleaned & inspected clothing for 30 days, or $80 per month for 8 pieces of brand-new clothing for 30 days.
Subscribe at everlastingwardrobe.com
This mom-invented subscription box brings high-quality, Italian clothing at affordable prices right to your door. Filing out the online profile is part of the fun; choose from fashion-forward Milan, easy-chic Capri, romantic roam or street-savvy Firenze (or all of the above). You can further customize by indicating likes as well as dislikes (my son doesn't like orange; my daughter dislikes sequins, etc.). You can also add more than one kid to an account. Fill out the style profile, and the box arrives. Keep what you like and return the rest in five days. A $20 styling fee applies each month. Items start at just $17 but can range well beyond; a few higher-end items are in the $50-$100 range but you can customize your price points, too. Each item is incredibly well made and actually smells heavenly (like Italy!) when you open the box!
Cost: $20/box styling fee credited toward anything you purchase; items prices vary
Sign up today at insolitokids.com
Lifestyle brand Izzy & Liv has recently launched a version of their Brown Sugar Box for kids and teens.
How it works: Both boxes will be themed, and even though the items will be a mystery until opened, everything included will equal a retail value of at least $100. You'll get at least one Izzy & Liv shirt and other sweet things made with the brown sugar girl in mind. Little girls might get school supplies, hair accessories and books, while tweens can expect to get beauty products, lunch totes and even pillow covers.
Why you'll love it: This box is designed with African American girls in mind, with culturally inspired items featured in every box.
Ages: Kids ages 4-8) and tweens ages 9-14
Cost: If you sign up now, you'll lock in a special $45 (plus shipping) quarterly rate. It'll go to $55 (plus shipping) soon.
Subscribe at izzyandliv.com/pages/kids-tweens-box-lp
The Collective Child
This new subscription service is a dream for fashion-forward parents and kids. Each delivery will include a selection of designer brands and emerging labels (including international brands) you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
How it works: This new subscription service from retail genius Sandra Makarem, a former buyer at Bloomingdale’s, allows members to have the option to receive boxes upon request. Plus, you only have to keep what you like, so with each delivery, you have seven days to try on the six or more items before deciding what to send back.
Why you’ll love it: This is both a high-fashion and trend-forward shopping service, meaning your kid will be kitted out in totally unique duds that you don’t have to search for yourself.
Cost: Items range from $12-$300. There’s a $20 delivery fee that is credited towards what you buy with each box.
Subscribe at thecollectivechild.com
KIDBOX helps create a capsule wardrobe season after season with no commitment or styling fee. Just fill out a brief style questionnaire and KIDBOX takes it from there, dressing your child(ren) from the toddler through pre-teen years. Five times a year you'll receive a box containing six to seven high-quality pieces from brands like 7 For All Mankind, Lucky, DKNY, Penguin, and more. Try on the items and decide what to keep within seven days.
Why You'll Love It: KIDBOX keeps kids top of mind. With a goal of clothing one million children in need, for every complete Kidbox purchased, the company will donate clothes through their partnership with Delivering Good, a non-profit dedicated to collecting and distributing new clothing to children in need throughout the U.S.
Ages: Boys and Girls 2-14
Cost: up to $98
Subscribe at kidbox.com
One of the most unique clothing subscriptions we've seen, this new service helps moms swap gently used clothing while making sustainable choices in regards to buying clothes for fast-growing kiddos.
How it works: Fill out a profile for your child, select your delivery preferences (monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly), and you'll receive a box of 8-10 gently-used items in your kid's size. At drop off, you'll be able to hand off any of the items your kid has outgrown, so they can be passed on to a local family. As a bonus, 40% of the items received are donated to a local family in need, rather than thrown out or lost.
Why you'll love it: All items come washed, with no tears or stains. In addition, you can throw in seasonal items like swimsuits, boots, rain jackets and fancy clothes.
Ages: up to 6T
Cost: $24.99 and up
Subscribe at relovable.com
Tiny Hands Necklace of the Month Club
Even though it's more of an accessories subscription, we couldn’t resist these adorable food necklaces from Tiny Hands. Consider signing up for a monthly delivery that’s perfect for pre-tween kiddos.
How it works: Join the Necklace of the Month club and your kid will receive a miniature food necklace in line with the theme for that month. For example month one is cupcakes, month two is cookies, month three is donuts and so on.
Why you’ll love it: The teeny, tiny details of each necklace will remind you of dollhouse miniatures, and each one has a yummy scent!
Cost: $19.99 a month.
Order at tinyhandsonline.com
Make a fierce fashion statement with Girl-a-Tude.
How it works: Your daughter will receive a high quality, age-appropriate t-shirt once a month, alongside fun gifts that go along to match the theme! Choose to order one box, go month-to-month, or go ahead with a six-month subscription.
Cost: $17.99 and up
Subscribe at girlatude.com.
Nike Adventure Club
Nike Adventure Club allows parents to swap out a pair of sneakers, anytime, as often as you want, for a monthly fee.
Why You'll Love It: Your kids' feet grow so fast, it feels like you're constantly on the lookout for sturdy kicks. With Nike Adventure Club, you can choose from a wide range of Nike and Converse sneakers for kids (new styles are added every week). Simply swap them out and return the old pair (unless it's been over 90 days, then they are yours to keep!). It's a great way to budget for shoes over the course of a year, and since every box comes with a prepaid envelope, you can also send back as many old pairs as you like for donation or recycling.
Ages: from sizes 4c to 7y.
Subscribe at nikeadventureclub.com
With a Wee Blessing subscription, each month you'll receive name brand items at 40-60% off the retail price. After working with an in-house stylist, items will be carefully selected and shipped to your doorstep. You have 10 days to decide what works, then simply ship back the rest for free!
Why You'll Love It: Wee Blessing has just launched a brand-new (and the very first!), all-family subscription service. Moms, Dads, and kids all ages can now receive 4-5 customized outfits every month, with just one subscription.
Ages: Newborn to adult.
Subscribe at weeblessing.com
Rockets of Awesome
Delivering seasonal mini-wardrobes right to your doorstep, each box contains a mix of 8 classic and on-trend pieces in soft and comfy fabrics, curated to fit your child’s style and preferences (i.e. no buttons, loves patterns, etc). The design is all done in-house so you won’t find these styles in stores. And be sure to check out their e-commerce shop to order individual items between seasons.
Why You’ll Love It: Rockets of Awesome taps into your buying history and preferences to create an ultra-customized shopping experience. The more you shop, the more tailored the selections become.
Ages: Boys and Girls 2-14.
Cost: No membership, shipping, or styling fees. Purchase only the pieces you love, each under $40, and send back the rest!
If you're already a fan of Fabletics, then be sure to check out what they have in store for your mini-me. Offering wardrobe staples like leggings and tees as well as fashion pieces like dresses and boots, FabKids creates original, comfortable, and on-trend pieces. Start by taking a quick style quiz. Then each month, Fabkids will send style picks directly to your inbox. Choose the pieces you want or skip the month.
Why You'll Love It: Unlike most subscription services that send a mystery box to your door each month, Fabkids hands the control over to parents to decide what to buy and when.
Ages: Boys and Girls 2-14.
Cost: Sign up for VIP membership and enjoy up to 50% off regular prices as well as early access to exclusive collections, sales, and more. $29.95/month goes toward your purchase.
Subscribe at fabkids.com
— Lauren Hill with Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier
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