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Dopple Children’s Clothing Subscription Review – Summer 2020

Dopple is a quarterly clothing subscription for kids ages 0-10 years old featuring niche brands like Nico Nico, Misha + Puff, and Winter Water Factory, to name a few. Shopping for the perfect pieces for your kiddos can be time-consuming, so Dopple helps to remove the guesswork with their detailed quiz and scheduled convenience, so you can enjoy luxe clothing pieces chosen just for your child at 30-80% off of retail.

Your first Dopple Drop ships 7 business days after filling out the quiz and paying the $10 service fee. From there, a delivery will arrive every quarter. Pay only for what you keep with the $10 fee being credited toward your purchase, and send back the rest. Right now they are offering a 25% (it is usually 15%) discount if all items are kept. Dopple covers shipping both ways.

FYI – COVID-19 Update: Dopple is extending the return period from 7 to 14 days to allow plenty of time to either send back your return or to let them know you’d like to keep everything. If you decide to keep the entire order, you’ll be given an additional discount of 25% off the entire order (instead of the 15% discount). Shipments are also slightly delayed.

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This review is of the quarterly drop including 4-6 items with a $10 styling fee + free shipping. 

About this Children’s Clothing Subscription

The Subscription Box: Dopple 

The Cost: $10 service fee (Pay for whatever items you keep at a discounted price, minus the $10 credit)

The Products: Children’s clothing and accessory items selected for you by a personal stylist based on your survey

Ships to: The U.S.

Dopple Review Summer 2020

Here is some of the information Dopple collected about my son, Ronan, and our expectations pertaining to the budget of our latest Drop:

Ronan’s birthday (omitted for privacy)

Gender: Male

Top Size: 9-12 mo

Budget for Tops: Under $20

Bottom Size: 6-9 mo

Budget for Bottoms: Under $20

Shoe Size: 2

Budget for Shoes: Under $25

Budget for Special Occasion Outfit: Under $40

Colors you love: Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Yellow
Colors you dislike: Cream, White

 

After the initial sizing and budget info, Dopple takes you through a lengthy survey of different styles you may like. They also ask if there are any colors or patterns you love or dislike as well as brand names that “make you swoon.”

 

Each Drop comes with a big black envelope filled with a note from Ronan’s stylist, a page explaining how the subscription works, an invoice, and a shipping bag with a return label. Dopple offers free shipping and free returns, always.

Here are some of the items I showed interest in receiving for this drop.

Now on to Ronan’s new Dopple finds!

 

Frenchie Mini Couture Deep V, 9-12 months – Listed Value $20, Dopple Price $12

Unfortunately, this tee is the only colorful item we received this month. I love soft cotton blend shirts, and who could resist a deep V-neck? This ran a little big on Ro as you’ll see below.

You can’t go wrong with a basic tee, but I was really hoping for something more exciting with a pattern or a brighter color. His little chest sticking out is comical, but he really didn’t seem to mind.

 

MM Bitz Kids Gauze Shorts, 6-12 months – Listed Value $35, Dopple Price $14

Even though I love the gauzy material for these shorts, I didn’t love the style or cut of them. Ronan can fit into 6 and 9 month pants, so 6-12 should fit him just right… Well, the waist was a little tight and they ran really long on him, almost like full-length pants.

 

This style would be so cute if it wasn’t so ill-fitting. I am happy his stylist noticed I was interested in receiving shorts, but sadly this item was another miss.

 

Frenchie Mini Couture Bodysuit, 9-12 months – Retail Value $40, Dopple Price $23

Such a dapper top, and no place to go! I loved seeing my son in such formal wear, but I have to wonder why this shirt was chosen for him. The big collar, fancy buttoned cuffs, and pink trim would make any little dude stand out stylishly in a crowd, but we are still homebound due to the pandemic so this kid has been wearing jammies with his mom on a regular basis.

 

This outfit would be unbelievably cute for a wedding, but it is too much for everyday wear.

 

Frenchie Mini Couture Pants, 6-12 months – Listed Value $38, Dopple Price $20

I absolutely loved this pair of pants on Ronan; they fit him perfectly! The fit is cropped to show off a little ankle, and the navy color could go with literally any top he has. My one complaint is the struggle we had getting these pants on and off of him. It’s not easy dressing a 9-month-old who is constantly on the move, so when I choose clothes for him, I tend to reach for the easiest fits with the least amount of buttons.

This pair of pants, although very cool and fitted, was so hard to get off of him, making it not worth keeping this item.

 

Cuclie Baby Little Train Two Piece, 9-12 months – Listed Value $38, Dopple Price $30

This outfit is not Ro’s style at all. It felt very dated, and this is definitely one of those outfits that 15 years down the road, he would look at a photo of himself in it and say “mom, why!” Fortunately for him, his shoulders were too broad for the top, so I was unable to get a photo with him wearing this ensemble. I am disappointed in Ro’s stylist’s choice because I specifically chose white and cream as colors I dislike and the style quiz indicates that this is something I definitely wouldn’t be interested in.

The Verdict: Ro’s summer Dopple Drop was not a good collection for him this time around. Usually, Dopple is very good at going by the style quiz results and choosing fun, interesting pieces, but this quarter’s choices were not at all what I was looking for. My quiz results show that I dislike white, yet I was sent a white button-up, and even though I also showed interest in every color and pattern they have to offer, I still received very muted blues and greys and only one item with a striped pattern. Dopple sends out a satisfaction survey about a week after a drop arrives, so I am hoping to address all of this with them; hopefully, my next shipment will improve!

Since I lowered all of the budget inquiries to the most affordable options, I think Dopple really could cater to any consumer looking to treat their kiddos to something special each quarter; since I won’t be keeping any items from this shipment, I only had to pay the $10 styling fee. It is worth trying all the different styles and fits on my baby to see what works and what doesn’t.

This subscription *usually* pays attention to the style survey, and the items’ prices were all within my specified budgets. The MSRP value on my info sheet came very close to the retail value for the item I could find, so there was hardly (if any) value inflation. The retail value of this month’s Drop is $171. My total cost using Dopple’s prices, plus the 25% off keep-everything discount, and minus the $10 service fee brings the final cost down to $64.25, which would be awesome savings.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You can sign up for a Drop at any time, which would usually ship within 7 business days of completing the survey, but please note, all shipments are slightly delayed at this time. Dopple curates its pieces based on each individual’s preferences as well as what’s available. What you get might not be the same as what I got, but you could get something that fits your child’s style and size even better than the looks above.

Value Breakdown: The total retail value of this Drop comes to $171; the total using Dopple’s prices comes to $99, and the total sale price (if I were to keep all 4 pieces), including my 25% off discount, comes to $74.25. With the $10 service fee credit applied, that cost drops again to $64.25. That’s a total savings of about 60%!

Check out our other reviews of Dopple, more personal styling services, and the best clothing subscription boxes for kids of 2020, as recommended by MSA readers like you!

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Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

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Comments (5)

  1. I had a similar experience with our first Dopple last month. All but one of the items I got for my son completely ignored the style quiz as well as the items I’d be interested in, and the price range I was looking for. It was as if they sent an entirely different kid’s order for him. My daughter’s picks were thankfully on track, so not a total loss. Not a great first impression of their service though.

  2. Omg, is he already standing!?! Watch out! It’s sad how none of the clothing worked out. Hopefully next month will be better. I can’t get over how much he’s grown!

    • Oh and he is getting brave, too, taking just a few steps here and there! I’m not ready!!

      • Not to freak you out…lol. But – when my daughter was just months old, she was doing things early. (holding her head up, trying to roll over, etc.) I was told to get ready, “you’re going to have another one soon”, She’s moving ahead to get out of the way for the new baby. I didn’t believe. When she was 6 months old, I got pregnant! I’ve known 2 other people who had the same experience. Be prepared, Abby! Lol

    • Ahha! The more the merrier! 😛

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