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I mentioned in my last Stitch Fix review that I was going to try their latest offering, Stitch Fix for Kids. Stitch Fix provided me with a $20 credit to cover the styling fee of this program. My daughter is entering 4th grade in a few weeks and has outgrown most of her school clothes from last year. She is old enough that she knows her style, what she likes and doesn’t like to wear, her favorite colors and trends. She is also old enough that her clothes don’t get destroyed in a month, so we’ve graduated from clearance rack finds out of season to the occasional full-priced item that will get a lot of wear and/or a lot of love. It makes sense at this age to try a program like Stitch Fix; she loves getting mail, she has some time to try things on in the comfort of her own bedroom, and it gives her a feeling of control and independence.
Stitch Fix for kids is essentially the same concept as Stitch Fix for adults – fill out a survey about your body, budget, and your personal style and a stylist will handpick 8-12 pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories. You receive a box in the mail with the items, styling tips, a personal letter from the stylist, and a pre-labeled bag to send back what you don’t want. You have a week to make your decisions and are only charged for what you keep. Each Fix costs $20, but that cost can go towards any items you choose to keep.
Emerson and I went through the survey together, and it’s clear Stitch Fix put a lot of work into this. No where do I state her gender, instead they ask if my child is looking for clothes for boys or girls. The child (or the person buying the Fix) rates how often they do popular kid activities like biking, crafts, sports, music, and video games. They click words that describe their personality (chatty, bookworm, independent, curious, kind, adventurous… all gender-neutral and positive traits), and then the reason for choosing Stitch Fix (a treat, fill in wardrobe gaps, save time, etc.). Next is fit, which is also set up perfect for kids. Height, weight, average clothing and shoe sizes, whether the child wears a bra. I liked the fit questions, as kids like adults come in a lot of shapes. Not only can you share issues regularly found regarding inseam, waist, and sleeve length, you can share how fitted or loose your kid wants their clothes.
The survey then asks questions regarding types of clothing. What sort of clothes does your child like to wear and how often. Are there any embellishments, features, or cuts that should be avoided? As with the adult Stitch Fix they show a few flatlays of outfits and ask if your child would wear them, and what colors and prints your child likes. I appreciated the question about graphic t-shirts – will my child wear them, and with what messaging.
Finally we shared what we’re willing to spend for different types of garments, where we usually shop, and could provide a paragraph sharing additional details about the child and their style. A week later we received our Fix!
The box is geared towards kids with a sheet of stickers and a maze on the back of the information sheet. The clothes were wrapped in bright yellow tissue paper. We received 10 pieces of clothing – two pairs of jeans, one pair of shorts, a romper, a dress, a sweatshirt, and four t-shirts. There were brands I knew from my closet like Warp + Weft, DL1961, and Kate Spade as well as brands I wasn’t familiar with that may be in-house or standard department store brands. Prices varied with the most expensive item being a $40 sweatshirt from Kate Spade and the total of 10 items was $250.
A few things I didn’t even let Emerson try on because of the pricepoint. I am not going to pay $30 for a pair of denim shorts that I could get at Old Navy for less than $10, especially knowing how that’s the kind of clothing that gets beat up and well-worn over a season. One pair of the jeans were white which were not realistic for my kid’s lifestyle. Another pair were pink… the same exact pink shade as a pair I picked up this summer at UNIQLO for a third of the price. The rest, I let her try on.
There was a gray knit romper that I thought looked like dreary sleepwear, but she loved the idea… until she tried it on and found it too big and dreary looking. I positively adored the Kate Spade sweatshirt, I thought it was so cute and big enough that it could be worn now and likely through a growth spurt but she said she didn’t love it (didn’t like the gray color). There was a navy and white striped dress with coral-colored accents that on looked a bit too grown up (it was a maxi dress, my child prefers shorter dresses with shorts or leggings). The t-shirts were all winners, and we ended up keeping three (she didn’t love the one that said her heart belonged to pizza). One was a standard fitted t-shirt with an emoji-themed design on the front. Another one was out of a soft modal knit, a swing style with deep slits on the sides so you could tie it to switch up the hem. The third one was a baseball jersey and made of a super silky drapey knit that my daughter positively fell in love with. All three shirts had silkscreening and messages on them. All three have been in the laundry several times, through the dryer and still look fantastic.
I was surprised by how dark the colors were in this box. Except for the turquoise t-shirt and pale pink jeans, everything was black, white, or gray. My daughter does like wearing black and gray, but also enjoys bright colors. I felt that was easily remedied with some feedback to the stylist. I learned from the experience that my daughter doesn’t like wearing clothes that mention or show food on them (I also don’t like it, so I was happy for this intel). The romper and the dress were a bit big, but that’s common with my daughter’s body type. Again, that’s something that is useful feedback to the stylist for future Fix boxes.
I was pleasantly surprised by Stitch Fix Kids. I liked how the clothes weren’t too girly, the survey wasn’t gender specific, the pricepoints matched what I put for my budget (we got $40 shorts because we said $30-$40 for skirts or shorts in the survey, I have since modified it). Emerson loved receiving a box in the mail just for her, and I loved how even if you return everything your kid still gets the personalized experience and some stickers. We decided to wait three months for the next Fix, but scheduled one for October. It’s a perfect time to fill in some holes with the dropping temps and enough time to get a gauge of elementary school trends for the year. This would be a super fun gift for a kid in your life, especially if they have a pretty standard sized body.
If you wish to try Stitch Fix for a kid in your life, a man in your life, a woman in your life, or yourself you can use my referral link. The other links in the post are my affiliate links, but this specific link will give you a $25 credit and will give me a $25 credit as well. Once you join Stitch Fix you’ll receive your own link to share with friends.
Have you tried Stitch Fix for Kids? What do you think?
Louise mary says
Careful with these companies though they like to loophole you into things. Thanmfully I recor calls and keep screenshots and emails when dealing with any company such as this. My experience qith several subscription boxes have ranged from perfect to pretty good over the last 5 or so years but not with this one. Oh no. Nope.
Now having to work with paypal and bank and having to get help to police station to file a police report first against kidpik for fraudulently taking money (2 charges almost $90 each for boxes didnt get and one for around $14 that was aupposed to come from credits but they charged bank as well) from account and the. A report for missing packages that both carriers stated sender would have yo file to get investigated and sender was kidpik and they told me they were doing it and putting accouny on hold and not take any money out but then didn’t just waited oit the time and charged anyways.
I keep contacting them aith the iasue and the fact thy have not contacted the cartier they went ahead and took money out of my account. Fortunately my bank said they qould be able to reverse this and file a complaint if paypal doeant take care of.it since i have all screenshota and emails and i filed a comaibt with bbb and will be filing with the trade commissions because ive been told.by several others on facebook amd instagram where i will be ahari f my feedback as with that they have had the same unfortunate issues with. Following is email aent to claims qith paypal, can gind report on bbb and trade as well as other outleta such as facebook etc. I had contacted kidpik and they were not supposed to charge me for 2 of the boxes these two charges due to not receiving them. I am having issues where they sent me emails they contacted the carrier but then carrier stated they never did and I endrd up having to contact bank and paypal not yo let them take any further money out from the issue having with even the 13.00 wrong one. Now they’ve taken out 2 charges noy approved. They lied and did not contact carrier as carroer told me. All transactions I can email. Yhen they claimed would be reaching out to second carrier but they qould put any transactions on hold but they did not and instead keep it going for time and charged anyways. We will be filing fraud report with bank and carriwr as we have already been told by both carriers kidpik never contacted them yo do the investigation as i had tried and they needed shipper. Kidpik did not put the account in suspension as they should and we have reported to bbb and will be reporting to paypal and the bank and whatever else is necessary. All kidpik payments need fully refunded. 2 orders.
Order # 1071609
Charged $88.95 on 9/27/2020 using PayPal and
Order # 1070723
Charged $86.24 on 9/27/2020 using PayPal
But also this charge that was supposed to come out of credits
Order # 1066428
Charged $13.56 on 9/9/2020 using PayPal
Will send any and all documents needed as well as showing correspondences, just want to get this out there for public reviews because several people have voiced to me on Facebook etc that they had rhe same iaaue and wished there were more reviews oit there ao people can see what really is going on or not with each customer for themselves so posting on platforms to show my experience but can also link yo other correapondences of equally as bad and many that enjoyed their boxes. $188.75 working with institutions to get refunded.
Wondering what your experience with the quality has been? My daughter’s box was cute, style-wise, and we kept about half of the pieces. However with TWO pairs of leggings, they have fallen apart after one wear – one of them faded after a wear/wash (pattern totally gone from knees and rear), and the other got a run/hole after only being worn for 2 hours of hanging out at home! Both were a brand I was unfamiliar with (but sells at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Lord&Taylor), so I let Stitch Fix know I was disappointed in the quality from that brand, and they refunded the cost of those pieces and put a note on the account not to include that brand anymore. So – pleased with customer service, disappointed in quality.
Alison Gary says
Oh that’s a shame but so glad to hear how well they handled the situation! My daughter’s clothes have held up really well, but they are t-shirts so they end up being worn differently. One shirt got ketchup on the skilkscreened part and no matter what we do we can’t get out the stain, but that’s the only issue we’ve encountered.
This is such a cute idea. I especially love the idea for those heading into the teen years.
Looks like a great way of getting some fresh ideas. A Stitch Fix for teens would be amazing. My 13 yr old has sized out of kids’ clothes (5’8″ and growing!). Out of curiosity / feedback for Stitch Fix: is there a way to specify school dress code requirements? Our daughter’s school doesn’t allow jeans, leggings (as pants), skirts and shorts have to be a decent length, no graphic tees, visible bra straps, etc.
Alison Gary says
Good question! Yes one question is if your child wears a uniform. Since Emerso doesn’t I am not sure what happens if you say yes.
Hi Alison – any thoughts on how this might work for my 13 year old who can wear girls size 14 or women’s small/extra small? (The stickers would be a huge turnoff for her…she is not a little kid!). I’d love to find a source of fashionable clothing that could supplement her basics on a regular basis. Thanks!
Alison Gary says
I saw when researching this post there are some clothing boxes made specifically for teens. Kidpik seems to get decent reviews and may be a better choice as it goes up to size 16: https://www.kidpik.com