Monday, July 18, 2011
I first found out about American Girl about 4 years ago, and despite my initial negative reaction, American Girl has become one of my favorite (and my daughter's favorite!) doll brands because of their wholesome image, educational value and quality products. Really, my biggest objection was, and has always been, the high cost. We've been able to manage it by shopping the sales on AmericanGirl.com, buying used, and expanding our horizons beyond AG-branded products.
One great website for American Girl outfits and furniture is My 18 Inch Doll, which offers affordable solutions for dressing American Girl and other 18 inch dolls. They recently sent us their Denim & Dots 4-piece outfit so we could see the quality and fit for ourselves.
About the site:
My 18 Inch Doll designs and offers exclusive clothing and furniture perfectly sized to fit American Girl Dolls and other 18 inch dolls. If you're looking for adorable doll clothing; doll sized beds or sofas or functional storage like our doll trunk or doll tote bag, you have come to the right place!
My daughter LOVES the Denim & Dots outfit! It comes with a denim jacket, a yellow tee, and a pleated skirt and hat in the cutest polka-dot print ever. It's chic and sassy, and it has become The Pea's favorite outfit for her American Girl dolls.
The nice thing about this outfit is that you can easily mix and match it with other doll clothing. The denim jacket, in particular, is really versatile, and goes really well with other clothes in The Pea's collection. The yellow tee is also really easy to pair, so the whole outfit really goes a long way. It's not surprising that the Denim & Dots outfit is My 18 Inch Doll's most popular outfit!
That being said, they do have quite a few other cute (mostly vintage-style) clothing outfits. I really like the black overcoat and the old-fashioned school jumper -- and if your daughter wants to reenact scenes from her favorite books, they even have outfits inspired by Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. On the practical side, the outfit we received was very well made, and fits the American Girl dolls very well. What's more, all the outfits on their site are on sale, and they offer free shipping!
The Pea was not interested in the period clothing, and the choices for modern clothing are slim. Also, although the site bills themselves as an affordable solution for dressing American Girl and other 18-inch dolls, a quick price comparison shows that regular price for most outfits on My18InchDoll.com are between $24.99 and $29.99, which is the same price range for most outfits on AmericanGirl.com (some outfits are $30). True, their sale price is cheaper ($14.99 to $18.99), and all of the outfits seem to be on sale -- so why not make the regular price lower and just put the higher price there as a comparison?
The Bottom Line
The quality of My 18 Inch Doll clothing rivals that of American Girl branded clothing -- and the price is certainly right!
Disclosure: I received a sample outfit to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Company description was taken from the My18InchDoll.com website and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.