Life with kids can be pretty hectic at the best of times and if like me you have been swept of your feet with a variety of things the past month and you suddenly realise that your child has shot up and all the trousers are looking way too small and the t-shirt are sitting a bit tight but you just don't have time to cart them around the shops to kit them out for the season ahead. Why can't a whole box of clothes including everything you need from socks to shoes, shorts, jackets and tees in your child's size and style just magically arrive at your doorstep? Well thats were ShortStitch come in, an at-home styling service just for kids.
|Left - Jacket, jumper and trousers from Shortstitch - Right - Shirt and shoes from Shortstitch styling service.|
So what is ShortStitch exactly? Well basically it's a free styling service for kids that comes to you - they provide you with your own personal stylist who once you have filled out an online profile while give you a phone call to discuss what you are looking for and what appeals to your child, they then put a box together an individually style box and get it sent over to you, packed with all the latest trends.
Your box will consist of about 20 pieces of clothing, mainly from European brands such as Soft Gallery and Scotch Shrunk and they allow you up to 10 days to decide what does and what doesn't work. You then only pay for the items you decided to keep and the styling service, delivery and collection are included.
|Mr A in a Soft Gallery jumper|
So what did we think of the service?
It certainly is very convenient and being a busy mum this is something that would appeal to me and the clothes they sent were spot on, in fact there where only a few pieces that didn't really work. Also the box is seasonal and is almost like a capsule collection in that it contained everything from two pairs of shoes, socks, shirts, jumpers, t-shirts, trousers, shorts and jackets - giving at least two options of each which allows for lots of different outfits to be put together.
There is also no obligation to purchase any of the products which means you can work within your own budget without any pressure.
So what are the Cons to a service like this?
Even though the styling, delivery and collection is included you are certainly paying a premium for this service as although the clothes are branded I had only heard a few of them and it can be hard to justify £60+ for a pair of trousers or £100+ for a rain jacket for little known brands although the t-shirts are more affordable at £25 I did feel that you could get more well known kids brands for less.
As the products are on loan you do need to be careful with them and reading over the terms and conditions first would be wise as you will be liable for any mishaps so perhaps be discreet with what you allow your children to try on if you don't intend on purchasing everything.
We were asked by ShortStitch to provide an honest review of their styling service for kids