Posted: October 7, 2015 8:35am

When I first  had my children, I was as obsessed about buying their clothes as I was about buying my own. I perpetrated a kind of mini-me dressing, spending hours at immersing myself in all the glorious French brands.

Firstly, children grow so quickly so investment pieces cannot be justified… and then you realize they want to (and should) get dirty, and paint seems to get on every item of clothing you buy.

Then as they started school I was working more and had less time to wander around selecting clothes, not to mention all the time spent returning items that didn’t fit.

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Worst than that my kids are super picky. I  cannot really argue with that- so am I. So buying clothes turned into a bit of a battle field, exacerbated by the fact I always left it to the last minute. Usually the day before a party or a special occasion, not to mention the typical Saturday mornings when the weather changes and you realize nothing fits.

Both Luella and Archie are in uniform, so at the weekend it is nice to see them in something comfortable that they love and that I like the look of.

What I tend to have is lots of individual pieces- I need outfits!

So when I was asked to review ShortStitch, a new children’s styling and personal shopping service,  I jumped at the chance. But how does it work?

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I did have a pang of guilt… is this a step too far? They are children after all- does it really matter what they wear?

Children can wear what they like and experimenting with clothes is part of growing up, but the reality is I want them to look nice. Anything that can make this process fun is welcome in my book.

You have to register online with Shortstitch and fill in details about your children. The site is very intuitive and easy to use. It took me 7 minutes to register both my children. I then got a follow up call, organized at a time that suited me from the lovely Darina, who is a really experienced childrens’ clothes stylist. There we chatted through what I really needed and some events we have coming up.

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Then a box arrives at your home. The packing is so beautiful- I know any child would be excited to receive such a box.

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Archie and Luella loved the boxes and the fact they were personal to them. Normally it is such a struggle to get my son in particular to try on clothes, but the excitement of seeing what was in the box made the process fun. It was also easier for me to match the items to pieces they already had. So I could at last complete outfits.

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I loved the pieces Darina picked and there were lots of brands I didn’t know as well as some I did. Darina also ensured that the pieces mixed and matched. The brands range from I love Gorgeous, Finger in the Nose, Scotch Rebel, and Little Remix.

The price point starts at twenty pounds, up to over a hundred for coats.  There is no surcharge on the clothing- you are paying the same as you would if you had to run around selecting all the pieces yourself.

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These pieces really are styled beautifully and with an eye for fit, colour and comfort.

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Darina was a great listener and she got the kids style spot on. Yes, a few things were too small, but I just emailed and the box was picked up- you are only charged for what you actually keep. Both delivery and pick up are complimentary. They organized the bigger sizes to be exchanged.

A process that would have taken me a day was complete in an hour.

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This service saved me time and also opened my eyes to new brands and ensured that I have solid pieces to build a wardrobe around.

Shortstitch is all about creating outfits, which for me is where the added value comes in, and avoiding costly mistakes and wasting time dragging the children around the shops at the weekend.

I can now add a bit of H&M and Zara and I am done. Because we have the basics, I don’t mind if Luella wants to buy another Hello Kitty top or Archie some Mindcraft t-shirt- they can add their stamp.

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Archie has discovered the power of the beanie!

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This is a great gift to get from any Godmother, Aunt or  Grandparent, and once your child is registered there is no danger of them buying the wrong size. You can also add pieces that work with what your child already has.

This is a sponsored post but I ended up keeping lots of pieces, which I paid for for Luella and Archie, and I will be using Shortstich again.

They currently cater for ages from 4 to 10.

Please let me know if you do use Shortstich and mention Catwalkschoolgates.











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