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Plus, they can help keep the peace under your roof. As kids get older, they increasingly want to make their own decisions about what clothes they wear. Unfortunately, that often flies directly in the face of basic decency and good taste. A tutu paired with a crop top and glitter booties looks admittedly quirky-cute on a toddler. On a tween? Not so much. Instead of turning your kids’ bedroom into a clothing battleground, parents can instead subscribe to services that ship boxes of clothes home every few months, letting kids choose what to wear in a more controlled environment. You save money, cut back on stress, and have a full closet for school. It’s a win-win. Here are three we can get behind, for every type of kid.
How it works: Kids take a quiz and four times a year, they receive a subscription box with eight unique pieces designed by the brand that you can’t buy elsewhere. But before you get it, you can check out a sneak peek of what it’s in it so you can swap out what you don’t like.
The good: The clothes, all created in-house, are downright edgy, if on the pricier side. Generally, the average item in the Rockets line is priced at around $20-$25. Certain jewelry and accessories are priced closer to $16, while more unique items (like outerwear) are closer to $45-$50. But as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. In this case, we’re into the rainbow-striped sweater, a green tracksuit with stars down the sides, and a T-shirt that says “I love you” in sign language. Sizes range from two to 14.
The bad: Like we said, this line is definitely not a major bargain. But the coolness of the clothes more than makes up for it.
How it works: Parents fill out forms about their kids’ personality; the brand sends a curated box of 8-12 pieces of clothes, shoes, and accessories, and parents and kids keep what they want (and return what they don’t want, for free). Plus, kiddo gets a personalized note from his or her stylist.
The good: The clothes, which start at $10, are affordable. They’re fun, in a rather bland way, and are probably ideal for suburban kids who don’t want to stand out. It’s neighborhood barbecue chic. Think graphic tees, patterned cinched dresses, and regular denim. The quality is solid, if not mind-blowing. The sizes range from 2T to 14.
The bad: See above. The pieces are not particularly distinctive or edgy but they also won’t get your kid suspended for wearing something ripped in the wrong place.
How it works: Girls fill out a quiz to figure if they’re trendy, girlie, sporty, or classic (the brand’s categories, not ours). Parents get the boxes as often as they want, and each box includes 2-3 fully coordinated looks, plus one accessory and shoes. On average, parents pay $95 for three outfits and a pair of shoes.
The good: Think glitter purses, hot pink minis, ripped jeans, and statement sweatshirts. Meaning, these clothes are not for the shy or the demure or the conservative youngsters among us. Plus, we like that the clothes are the most size-inclusive of the three options, ranging from sizes four to 16.
The bad: Some of the clothing borders on the more showy side, including leopard booties and sequined jeans. It’s what your kid would wear if she was auditioning for a role on a Disney Channel show.
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