This year, avoid tiny dressing rooms filled with squirmy kids with just a click of a button. These clothing subscription services let someone else do the work for you and 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 back-to-school shopping woes.
Kidpik's original designs are created to outfit your budding fashionista 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. And be sure to check out Kidpik's basics collection, featuring wardrobe staples in vibrant colors that can be purchased individually. New for fall 2019 is plenty of plaids, from skirts to dresses and long-sleeved tops.
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 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
Kids on 45th
You love the convenience of having a box of clothes show up for your kids every month, but not the thought of signing up for yet another subscription. Enter Kids on 45th! It’s a new clothing service from one of Seattle’s best-known consignment shops, which means you’ll not only get great clothes to outfit your crew, but you'll also get the added bonus of helping to reduce the over 15 million tons of textile waste that's produced in the United States every year.
How it works: Simply fill out a profile for your kids, and you’ll get all kinds of quality second-hand items from brands like Nike, Gap and even high-end designers. You can choose up to 17 items, and the average price is around $3.29 each.
Why you’ll love it: There’s no actual subscription required, but you can customize your box to include more of what you need (pants, not shirts), and you can sign up to receive seasonal boxes filled with weather-appropriate clothing.
Ages: baby, toddler, and kids’ clothes in sizes newborn to preteen/tween (14/16)
Order at kidson45th.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.
Suscribe 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.
New in June of 2019, KIDBOX has specially-themed boxes. They've collaborated with Disney to create Disney, Star Wars and Marvel-themed style boxes. The initial three boxes feature Star Wars, Marvel’s Avengers, and Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in a range of themed merchandise for boys and girls.
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
Order 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
Choulala Fashion Box
As a working mom of two, Rola Amer found no time to shop for her kid’s wardrobe needs at traditional retailers, and she couldn’t find an online retailer that could help simplify the process of what her kids needed each season. So, she founded Choulala, a fashion box that helps kids learn fine/gross motor skills, cognitive skills and helps improve self motivation.
How it works: Amer invented the BLAST™Method as an easy and fun way for kids to learn all five categories of a wardrobe: (1) B for Bottoms (2) L for Layering Pieces (3) A for Accessories (4) S for Socks and Shoes and (5) T for Tops. When they know these categories and how they work together to create outfits each day, they will literally have a BLAST™ in dressing themselves to express themselves.
Why you'll love it: This fashion box is designed specifically for young kids. You and your kiddo can hand-pick items to mix-and-match, and each box comes with drawings of each item, which gives users a visual aid when picking outfits.
Ages: 2T-3T, 4T-5T, 5T-6Y
Subscribe at choulalabox.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-backed subscription service, EasyKicks 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 EasyKicks, 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 easykicks.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 designing 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
Mac & Mia
Mac & Mia is a web-only kids’ shopping service designed to help you curate a drool-worthy wardrobe for your little one. Once you've completed the online profile, you'll receive a follow-up call to answer more detailed questions. Then, an in-house stylist will work within your budget to pull together six to eight unique, boutique-worthy clothes, shoes and accessories they are confident you'll love.
Why You'll Love It: Their flexible subscription service lets you choose from monthly, bi-monthly, seasonal or boxes on demand so you can choose the option that best fits your needs and budget. Each box is different and filled with off-the-beaten-path pieces from more than 100 different brands that you won't find in the average retail store.
Ages: Boys and Girls 0-6.
Cost: A $20 styling fee (credited when you purchase 2+ pieces). Items are priced a la carte and average $35 per piece for apparel and $12 for accessories. Shipping is free both ways.
Subscribe at macandmia.com
— Lauren Hill with Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier
All images courtesy retailers.