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Collective Child Clothing Box Review – February 2017


Collective Child is a members-only high-end clothing styling service for children. The Collective Child stylists take your lifestyle, feedback, and seasonal weather into consideration when packing your box.


Collective Child works like some women’s clothing styling boxes. You begin by filling out a style profile for your child. Information about sizing, preferred colors and prints are all taken into account. After completing the style form, your box will ship out in about 10 days. You have 10 days to have your child try on all the pieces and then you mail anything back that you decide not to keep with the prepaid mailer. Once they receive your mailer you’ll be billed for the items you decided to keep. Pricing is comparable to high-end department stores.

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The Subscription Box: Collective Child

The Cost: You are charged for the items you keep. There is no styling fee.

The Products: high-end boutique type clothing for children

Ships to: U.S.

Check out the Kids Clothing Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add Collective Child to your subscription or wishlist!


A nice handwritten note was included in our box. It was on the thickest paper I’ve ever felt. So luxe!


The information booklet came with simple directions as well as an itemized account of each piece of clothing and its price.


They also included a rather in depth return form. This will help your stylist understand why you’ve chosen to keep and return each item. You can let them know about style, fabric, fit, price, etc. They even left room for any additional comments you may wish to make. This did take some time to complete, but I appreciate their effort to garner feedback which will helpfully hone future boxes.



Cream Tent Print Dress – Cost to keep: $64.00

This soft cotton dress is so cute and my daughter loved the style and print. Unfortunately, $64 is too much for me to spend on a casual dress for my daughter.




Starlight Long John – Cost to keep: $59.00

These long johns were so incredibly thick and cozy. I thought the starburst print was cute, but I didn’t care for the color and neither did my daughter. These were an easy return for us. She wanted me to take a sleeping photo since she said they felt like pajamas.



Isa Floral Tunic Dress – Cost to keep: $55.00

This dress was lightweight and perfect for spring. It was slightly longer in back than in the front. I liked the dress, but it was pricey for an item I didn’t feel was extra special.


Marmar Tights – Cost to keep: $29.00

When I saw the price for these thick, gray, ribbed tights I was surprised. I knew there was no way we’d be keeping them so I didn’t rip open the package to have my daughter try them on. In the return mailer they went!


Tinycottons OMG tee – Cost to keep: $36.00

This oversized tee was in my all-time least favorite mustard color. My daughter didn’t care for the color either. We’ve paid $36 for Crew Cuts clothing that we have loved so if I had adored the shirt it would have been a keeper. It was nice on the feedback sheet to be able to let my stylist know that mustard (and rust) are not colors we prefer so I’m sure next month we will have better luck.



Tinycottons Fleece Sweatpants – Cost to keep: $46.00

I wouldn’t normally pay $46 for sweatpants for a three year old, but these are the most thick, high-quality sweatpants she’s ever worn. The pale pink color and black dashed line print were right up our alley and we decided to splurge and keep them. She’s already worn them twice and loves them.



Oaks of Acorn Striped Ruffle Shoulder Dress – Cost to keep: $77.00

The gorgeousness that is this dress slays me. I can’t tell you how much it pained me to send it back. My husband wasn’t much help either telling me to go ahead and just keep it! It was so unique with the ruffled shoulders, preppy with the classic white and navy stripes, and it fit her perfectly. She loved it just as much as I did. Unfortunately I couldn’t justify the price tag. If it had been $50 I would have done it. Gosh I love this dress!!



Henley Tank Jumpsuit – Cost to keep: $52.00

I’m not entirely sure I “get” this jumpsuit. It’s very thin cotton and reminded me of pajamas. I can’t imagine when or where she’d wear this item of clothing. Plus it’s time-consuming to get on and off for a three year old’s frequent trips to the bathroom.

Verdict: Where to start? First off I want to say that this is by no means a discount clothing box, nor does it claim to be. They are very up front that this is a high-end box of clothing with department store type pricing. These are the prices I would expect to pay at Nordstrom, not Old Navy. However the quality of this clothing is also fantastic. The fabrics, stitching, design etc. are all top-notch. Every single brand they sent was new to me and many items were highly covetable. On my feedback sheet I mentioned colors we didn’t care for and that some items were too pricey for me. I’m very interested to see what they send in our second box based off that feedback. I don’t expect the next box to be $18 items, but I hope I can find some more in the $30-$40 range. If you’re in the market for high-end, lesser-known brands of high quality clothing I recommend trying this styling service for your tot. It’s easy and with no styling or shipping fee it’s worth a shot!

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Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

Posted in Collective Child Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| Tags: collective child | 11 comments

Comments (11)

  1. As someone with a 6 year old, I get not keeping anything that high-priced. We love Tea Collection dresses in our house, but I’ll buy it on eBay to keep the cost down, not full price at Nordstrom. That’s our splurge. There’s no way I’d get this box.

    Your daughter was adorable in the pictures!!!

    • Thanks!

    • Tea Collection has great sales at their site – Black Friday for the summer stuff and then around this time of year for winter stuff. I buy a year ahead. Usually spend about $13 a dress and free shipping :). They have great jackets, too.

  2. I love the cream tent print dress. But I would not pay that much for kids’ clothes even if they are high quality or well made. Kids grow too fast to spend that much on clothes (maybe if you had two kids close in age and could save the clothes as hand-me-downs). And once they start school, the clothing becomes victim to playgrounds, art projects, etc.

    Your daughter is adorable, however.

    • Thank you! I pass my daughter’s nicer clothing on to a friend with a daughter and that makes me feel better about some occasional splurges. Knowing two girls will get use out of the item eases my mind. 😊

  3. The clothes are super cute but I find it hard to even spend $30 on an outfit when kids grow so quickly, this is bviously made for millionaires or celebrities!

  4. Since I have two little daughters myself, I went back and re-read the post. The clothes are cute (except last jumpsuit, i think it is awful and not practical at all), but, it is VERY expensive. I don’t mind to invest in good quality clothes (like REI or Land Ends), knowing it would be worn by both of my girls, but this prices are way too much for kids, especially they grow so fast. I would be curious to see how successful this company will be with this subscription.
    P.S. I buy tights at Children’s Place for $10.

  5. Your daughter is adorable!!
    The clothes are very cute, but pricey. It is nice that there’s no styling fee though.

    I think you should have kept the navy and white dress (especially if your husband said too 😉 ) – maybe you can find it online on sale sometime soon!

    • Thanks, Randi! Yes I’m kind of kicking myself for sending the striped dress back. It’s just so awesome! Maybe I’ll have to splurge and keep some more items next month…

  6. The first white dress is stunning. The black and white dress is adorable. I was scrolling the picture and literately said “Oh My God” in adoration of your daughter and next picture showed cutest outfit with “OMG”. I would definitely kept white dress and white sweat pants.

    • Thank you so much!

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