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NOW CLOSED Talk to M&S about their kidswear and win one of two £100 M&S giftcards

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-May-12 10:35:02

As you may have seen, we're working with M&S over the next few months - the Mumsnet M&S panel are going to be putting shapewear and the Simply Fuller Longer range to the test, and now we're asking all MNers to tell us what you think about M&S kidswear.

Here's what M&S say about their Kidswear: "We believe that at M&S you can find great value and fashionable kids' clothes. We also want to make shopping for kids' clothes as stress-free as possible, so we're asking Mumsnetters for their feedback on all things kidswear-related so that we can continue to improve our ranges."

We've provided some questions below to get you started, but please feel free to add any other comments you have as well. Everyone who adds their comments to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £100 M&S giftcards. Please note, we want your honest opinions and we don't want you to do any research online before you answer the questions below so no cheating now!

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw
MNHQ

snappysnappy Wed 16-May-12 10:45:58

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes What's your overall opinion of it? Good quality, washes well, often has appropriate childrens clothing in the younger range but can be a bit 'grown up in the older range
If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Its hard wearing, washes well, nice colours and is stylish
If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Okaidi, Boden, Cyrillus, Bennetton, Debenhams, Catimini for occassions

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Its really a combination but never brand label but when buying M&S clothes I tend to look for daywear and then quality and style are the main considerations, along with the fact that M&S childrens clothes are often in natural fabrics and are comfortable

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think the boys are girls ranges are both lovely but I feel that as my girls get older I will struggle with the older girls ranges as they are 'grown up'. However many shops struggle with this so its not just M&S
I think a better range of 18-36 month old day wear for girls is needed. There are lots of dresses but for toddlers on their knees for most of the day this isnt appropriate

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I mainly shop in store but sometimes online and often browse online. I never bring DC#s to pick out clothes, at the moment they are too young

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
As above, just better day wear. Love the quality of babygros, vests, gro bags etc

goingtoofast Wed 16-May-12 10:47:11

The babywear section has too much blue/pink. More unisex bright clothes are needed.

The sizes of the kids are clothes are inconsistant.

lionheart Wed 16-May-12 10:56:19

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?

Yes.

What's your overall opinion of it?

I can usually find something that suits DSs.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy?

Design and quality.

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Gap, Boden, Vertbaudet

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Combination of above and a general avoidance of horrible boy designs (sludge coloured, khaki, monster coming, skulls).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? In store because sizing varies.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Have a look at the threads on mumsnet relating to the design of boys' clothing. Lots and lots of clues there!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? More colours! Nightware that is not so cartoony.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

TheProvincialLady Wed 16-May-12 10:58:38

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy a lot of my boys' (5 and 3) clothes from M&S, because the clothes are generally good quality for the price and quite nice. Not usually particularly special but good for everyday wear. I also buy a lot from John Lewis and the occasional thing from Next. I also buy second hand.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Good quality, lack of logos and ideally pictures/appliqued things/transfers (why oh why....). Colour and design are important and I like things to be little boyish not fashionable.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I buy things in store because I pass M&S on my way to and from work, and it's convenient. I don't do any research beforehand and the boys don't get much of a say, if any!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

More adjustable waistbands would make a BIG difference to the number of pairs of trousers I buy. Waistbands are generally huge I find, and my boys are very small in the waist.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I used to like it. Washed well.

TheProvincialLady Wed 16-May-12 11:01:06

Oh yes, and like the poster above I NEVER buy anything with skulls or "I am a boy therefore I am badly behaved" slogans. or anything that makes them look like thugs or soldiers.

Eglu Wed 16-May-12 11:03:23

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I do buy reasonably regularly. THe clothes are good quality and I like the colours and styles.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost and quality are pretty important, but I also feel strongly about colour. I hate my boys wearing sludge coloured clothes and I want something other than pink for my daughter. Labels don't matter at all to me.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I shop online fairly regularly as I live rurally, but will also go to store, particularly for school uniform.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think more dungarees/playsuits for girls as they are difficult to get. So far for my children I have found the ranges to be good though.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
The baby stuff can sometime be a bit pink for girls, blue for boys which I hate. However there are some lovely clothes that are very practical and soft.

Eglu Wed 16-May-12 11:04:46

Forgot to say which other shops I buy from. For the children I buy at Next, Primark and supermarkets as well as other online retailers.

Indith Wed 16-May-12 11:04:59

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I don't tend to buy it, my closest M&S doesn't stock it most of the time, just does random displays at holiday times or something. It did have the school uniform at back to school time though and I got that though I wasn't that impressed with it so dont' think I'll bother again. I mainly buy clothes from Sainsburys at the moment with a bit of Next and BHS thrown in because that is what I have local to me.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

It has to be hard wearing. It has to have nice, thick cottons not the thin half see through stuff. It has to have a good selection which means a variety of colours for both sexes not just pink for girls and blue/brown for boys and it has to be nice, simple easy to wear stuff not mini fashion. Cheap is good, value for money is better. Oh and it has to have adjustable waist trousers and roll ups/variety of leg length. Sainsburys wins for me because it is cheap, has hardwearing clothes, has great multipacks that don't include pink (she chose her entire summer wardrobe in various blues) and has a decent range for boys too with good trousers that actually fit ds with the adjustable waist.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

In store mainly, size varies so much I need to see how big it is

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think there is a decent variety looking at the website but it all looks like "best" clothes and not stuff for rolling around in the park. MIL buys them stuff from M&S for christmas and it is usually fairly nice but never anything I would go out of my way for. i guess if it was stocked locally I'd include it in my shopping trips when I needed something.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

All looks very white neutral, pink girls and baby blue boys. Boring. The stuff I have too I think it quite long and thin, with more people using cloth nappies these days you might want to consider nappy room.

latrucha Wed 16-May-12 11:05:57

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes
What's your overall opinion of it? I think the babywear is very sweet and wore well. I always look when needing new thigs. I shop online so buy lots of things at once. These days, I seldom find enough things I want to make the delivery charge worth it. I usually buy somewhere I can get free delivery and returns. It's an extra t'shirt after all.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? I do buy sometimes and I think the clother are ok in quality. Not more than ok though, so that doesn't persuade me to chose M+S over someone else. I do finf M+S sizes variable, especially in socks and this puts me off a bit.

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Next, Matalan, Boden, John Lewis, M+Co.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors?
Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label?
Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Cost plays a big role, and design. All the places I buy from are more or less good quality, depending on their price.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? Online. I live in a rural area.
If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Free delivery and returns is buy far the biggest factor as I buy almost everything online. Sizing more predictable.
Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Open a store in Aberystwyth. Pleeeeeeeeease.

Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of?
Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think the babywear ranges are of a nicer design ad quality than the 'younger boy / girl' ranges. Younger girls designs are far nicer than the boys. M+S boys clothes haven't really offered me anything of a nicer style than supermarket cheapies.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Lovely. I'm sorry my two are out of them now. I usually fail to find anything for my son now. My daughter is very monothematic in what she likes - pink - and essentially Next gives her all she wants out of schooltime. I can get free delivery to their store here too.

ASillyPhaseIAmGoingThrough Wed 16-May-12 11:08:28

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, good quality that washes well. I buy because I like the look and fit and the children like the texture and look. Stopping me has been in the past that there were not enough stock in the store so not the right size. H&M/Next/Tesco/NewLook/BHS/Tammy etc.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Style then quality and finally cost.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Mainly instore, occasionaly online. I would tend to go into the store to check the fabric and colour and then buy there or think about it and buy online.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

The older children are not well catered for, there is not a decent teen range. There is also the need to cater like BHS do for various sizes like you do in ladies, different leg legth for example for school trousers as not all children are built the same. I would like more teen elastic chest, thin strapped and long flowing cotton summer dress choices for summer wear.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I love the white and pale colours of blue and pink, the softness of the clothes.

iseenodust Wed 16-May-12 11:08:51

Yes I have bought M&S kidswear. I think the school uniform is excellent value for money as are pants/socks. Like the sun/swimsuits too.

I think it is generally good quality. The other places I tend to buy from are H&M, Debenhams when there is a sale on & Pumpkin Patch/GAP at the outlet.

When buying clothes for DS the factors are cost, quality & colour/design. DS is 7 and refuses to wear black or khaki/camoflauge and I don't like him in stuff with skulls splattered across it. So choice of stores then becomes quite limited sad This is why H&M has become a reliable favourite. It continues to do bright colours up the age ranges.

I have tended to buy M&S kids clothes online (often prompted by email notification of sale) as our nearest store only carries a small part of the range. I would normally buy from other retailers instore because of variations in age v size/length of leg. Would never bother perusing online first.

Totally agree they do girls clothes better than boys... see the variety & difference in floor space given over. IMO choice tails off as boys get older.

Babywear not so relevant anymore but I have been known to buy it as a gift.

To make me buy more M&S boys clothes they need more colour / interest. eg An old favourite tshirt of DS's is yellow with a lions head covering about 1/2 of it (2 yrs ago Autograph ?)

Bert2e Wed 16-May-12 11:08:52

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? I buy school wear as it fits my skinny boys and seems to last really well. I don't tend to buy anything else as I find it too expensive.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Price is important but I also like logo free clothes that are reasonably good quality

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I shop mostly in supermarkets as I can pop in quickly and the boys hate shopping! I don't tend to shop online for the boys.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Reduce their prices and increase choice

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? It's been too long since I've looked at this to comment!

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 16-May-12 11:08:59

I buy most of my three children's clothes from m and s, normally in the sales.

I think it is great for my three year old daughter, good quality and nice bright colours! I really hate black on little girls.

I find the baby stuff for my 15week old disappointing. The colours are a bit insipid and unexciting, although the vests are the best quality I have found.

My foster son is 14 and the jeans and track suit bottoms are great, especially with the adjustable waist.

The prices aren't too bad however for day to day stuff I am often tempted to go to sainsbury as it's considerable cheaper and decent quality.

Bramshott Wed 16-May-12 11:10:08

Rushing, but I LOVE the fact that M & S school socks have the size printed in them (so you can identify which DC they belong to) and the dark coloured ones have a white space for a name!

Spirael Japan Wed 16-May-12 11:10:29

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, I've bought a few things from M&S Kidswear. It tends to be good quality and hardwearing, but at full price is quite expensive. I particularly like M&S vests, they take a lot of abuse and wash well. I tend to wait for the sales for outfits! Normally I buy DD's clothes from Matalan and H&M.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A combination, minus brand/label which I don't care about. I avoid pink wherever possible, I wish there were more blues and greens for girls. I tend to avoid words or slogans, I prefer things plain or with just simple, bold pictures. After all, DD is too young to read, but likes looking at pictures!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I tend to look online first and see whether there's anything suitable in the range, but sometimes I'll just pop in on a whim. I go in my lunch break, so DD doesn't accompany me.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I love the fact that you do packs of good quality, plain vests in different colours up to larger sizes. I wish you sold the colours separately in a "Buy X for X" deal, because then I'd just stock up on the colours I wanted/needed. I'd like different styles of vests too, with collars other than envelope neck and differing sleeve styles/lengths, to go under nice dresses or tops. If M&S did all that, I'd buy all DD's vests from M&S. wink

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Really don't like the limited choice of pink/cream/blue in the baby range... More colours please!

klaxon Wed 16-May-12 11:11:11

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

It's okay. The fit is often poor though. I buy a lot of stuff at Sainsburys because it's easier. There are always queues at M&S where we live AND it's full of little old ladies tutting at my children. Also they are always out of stock off DDs size.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Fit, quality, cost, design.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

In store only, I tend not to take the children because of the cross old bats who frequent the stores

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Keep better stock control. Stop it looking like a jumble sale, make the aisles big enough to get round with kids, put a till near the kids bit.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Bought a lot when the DC were babies but again they never seemed to have stock of the vests I wanted in the size I wanted.

I can only comment on the babywear. I love the quality of the vests and sleepsuits, however, I often look in the boys section for my DD as the girls is all just poink and the boys, as well as blue, has the multicoloured unisex stuff I like.

I haven't bought any 'day clothes' from there as again, they are too gender specific. For that reason, I buy my daytimes clothes in H&M.

crunchbag Netherlands Wed 16-May-12 11:27:00

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I have bought M&S kidswear but I am not a regular buyer as I find the choice very fluctuating. The quality is good but on the expensive side. I usually shop around for kid clothes so I do not tend to stick to certain brands and shops.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! For me the quality and cost play a big factor as well as actually liking the clothes. The also have to fit well and last longer than a few months.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I usually buy in store but use the online shop when I can't find the right size in something we really like. We tend to go and see what takes the kids fancy. They are 7 and 10 so know what they like and need to try things on for fit. They are tall and slim so buying trousers without trying them on is impossible.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I like the younger girl range but as I have a tall 7 year old she has already outgrown it. The next range up I feel is too old for her as she likes bright colours and patterns. (Although in the summer this is less of a problem). It would be nice to see M&S cater for tall and short sizes and not be so fixated on age. I find the boys section very boring and not colourful enough. Jeans and trousers are fine but tops could do with brighter colours.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
It has been a while since looking at the baby ranges and I didn't use to buy often from M&S but I remember it being very blue and pink and again lacking in bright colours for either gender and being quite pricey.

LoonyRationalist Wed 16-May-12 11:28:02

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes I often buy in M&S as do my MIL & my mum & dad for my dd's. I find that generally it is good quality, I've been particularly impressed with the school uniform, the M&S stuff I bought for dd1 in September looks as good as new, I can't say the same for some I bought elsewhere.
I also buy from Tesco, Gap & very occasionally Next.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost/Quality is a ratio I use - I'm prepared to pay slightly more for something that will wear well. Style wise it has to appeal to my 5 & 3 year old's who I let have a say in choosing or they won't wear it.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I do browse online but the DD's prefer to shop instore. If we find something they like but that isn't in stock in their size I will order online. Size can vary as well so shopping in person helps get this right, DD2 got a pair of 3-4 trousers for her birthday that are about 2 inches too long, she is already wearing a few other pairs of M&S 3-4 trousers which fit fine confused

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I really like the younger girls stuff. My dd1 is a very tall 5 so just gets into 6-7 at the moment. I am not looking forward to moving into the older girls range as much of it seems too grown up for her. To be fair this is just an impression; I haven't looked closely yet, I hope that delving into it there will be more choice.

No idea on boys range I'm afraid

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

It's a while since I've bought baby stuff but I remember liking the M&S baby range, it's where my loyalty today comes from.

Fliss55 Wed 16-May-12 11:29:06

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? I do buy fairly regularly but I would like a bit more choice ... it's decent quality, not brilliant and decently priced. I tend to go to Next as the first port of call as there is more choice on their directory - both fashion items and basics.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Cost and style. Plus I have had some items which have shrunk in the wash so I tend to avoid those stores. Brand / label isnt important.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Online mainly - because of the convenience and more choice.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I have a boy and the girls' range seems to be better, more choice and more exciting / nice designs. M&S need to do more 'striking' designs for boys I think, it tends to be much of a muchness.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? No, not enough variety at all ... that's my main issue here.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes I have bought it. It's OK - sometimes - although as with everyone else the options for large boys (I have 9yo who wears 13yo clothes) are limited. That is mostly what stops me - I am generally looking for something pretty specific, and will hunt for it. I also buy clothes from supermarkets, H&M, Gap, Fat Face.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

in order of priority - fit, design, quality, cost.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Very occasionally in store if I happen to be there (especially the once in a blue moon when I am shopping alone, or with just DD (DS hates clothes shopping) but more often online, especially for "need" things like pants, socks, tights, etc - in store purchases are more likely to be impulse stuff that they don't really need.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

More nice stuff without huge graphics plastered across it for older boys. For example, nice pyjamas without graphics, jumpers, "proper" shirts (I realise this is a minority requirement but DS wears collared but not "school" shirts for school...), trousers that aren't camofluage, etc.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Haven't looked at them for a while apart from newborn stuff as presents - which had some nice stuff and some overly pink and disneyfied.

WhirlyByrd Wed 16-May-12 11:33:39

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
* I've bought a lot of DS's clothes from M & S from babywear right through to the stuff he is wearing now. I find most of it good quality and value for money. Washes well and keeps its shape. I buy from lots of other stores, including, Next, Asda, John Lewis and so on, but it's always my first port of call, largely as I have a store locally and 90% of the time can get what I am looking for.*

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
* When buying clothes, I look for quality, colour and style first. If I want something for a special occasion I will tend to look at the 'autograph' or 'limited collection' range, as I really like their styles. First and foremost, I look for things without naff logos, pirate emblems or anything that stereotypes my boy i.e. 'cheeky monkey' / 'little monster' etc as I personally dislike things that stereotype children by gender. I also look for bright, cheerful colours (which also help me find my child in parks etc, as he has a tendancy to run off!) I loathe sludgy colours, and although I used to buy a lot of clothes in Pumpkin Patch when DS was a baby, their range for older boys really put me off. Although I shop in places, I would say I always come back to M & S.*

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Tend to buy things on a whim/go out looking specifically for stuff. I don't buy many clothes online, unless it is something I have bought before and I know will fit - it's more of a faff for me to order it/try it on/post it back if it doesn't fit than it is to pop to my store 10 minutes away.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? In general (and not just with M & S) it's a constant source of frustration that there always seems to be a much larger selection of girls clothes available, than boys. For example, in many stores (including my local M & S) the boys range will take up half the floor space. There will be limited sizes available and less selection. So, for example, there may be 2 jumpers to choose from in his size, whereas if he was a girl there would be more choice. However, I have used the order service when things haven't been available and that has been good. I'd like to see more choice in the boys ranges, school stuff available in store all year, as I find when he grows I end up going to supermarkets mid-year. I'd also find there's a tendency towards the boy's stuff being really casual. When we had a formal occasion recently, I ended up in John Lewis, as there was little in formal (but not suits) wear in M & S. I would have bought from M & s had it been in store, as it is cheaper and I had to travel to get to a John lewis.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Difficult for me to comment, as DS is in school now, but from my experience, there needs to be less gender stereotyping. Not everyone wants to dress a girl in pink, or a boy in blue, and the only other option seems to be beige! I used to buy a lot of vests and bodysuits. They were great value for money and washed well. However, I think Pumpkin Patch had nicer patterns/colours and in those sleep-deprived early days, I also liked the fact that they had colourways running throughout their stock, so you could mix and match designs and know everything would match! My husband (typicla male who would dress DS in a ghastly concottion of mis-matched patterns and colours) also found this useful. It would be great to see M & S take up the baton and do something like this, in a more affordable way, as I think it would really take off.

LoonyRationalist Wed 16-May-12 11:36:55

Meant to add I rave about to M&S children's knickers to everyone. Well fitting, nice & deep sides & wash & wear well. Please don't change them!!

Ample Wed 16-May-12 11:39:32

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I am a regular buyer.
School uniform, girls underwear & sleepwear.
Good value and quality.
I buy from Next and Pumpkin Patch mainly. I like clothes that my daughter can mix and match and I find M&S doesn't have a lot of variety to do this.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Comfort & quality.
I'm not bothered about brand.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I shop instore and online.
If I'm looking for something in particular, I will look online before visiting the store.
I purchase school uniform items only online as I can't always find the sizes I need instore.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I like the bright colours in the girlswear (not all girls like pink) but I think the mix & match is something that is missing at M&S, so I would like to see more of that.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Unisex outfits could be more colourful. I don't like buying white/beige/cream babywear for gifts.

kellykateneedsaholiday Wed 16-May-12 11:39:37

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Ive bought it for my three, not regular, maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I quite like it, but like most other clothes shops it could do with a bigger range for boys. Tend to also buy from Asda, sportsdirect, gap. Nothing specific stopping me, just only buy clothes when we need them, not just cos they want them.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! For my younger son cost, quality and cplour design are important. For my older two they sometimes want brands to be like their friends.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I look online first, if I dont like anything I wont go in for a look.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Reduce price slightly, I would like a range of plain basic clothes withou fancy designs and motifs. Im not a fan of slogans. I do love the boys knitted hoodies with the fleecy /furry lining. They wash well and look brilliant on.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Havent looked at the baby range recently

Willemdefoeismine Wed 16-May-12 11:43:37

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I buy a lot of it particularly when the Sales are on as I manage to get some good pieces at very good prices [grin}. I would say that I am a regular buyer but not at full-price although some of their children's clothes are very well priced and are almost cheaper than Primark now!

Nothing really stops me from buying their clothes except that for anything waisted, the clothes are made for portly children rather than slimliners like mine. I often see skirts for my daughter then consider that I would have to buy a size 2/3 (for a tall nearly 7 year old) to get the small enough waist - but then the skirt would be skimming her knickers!

Buy quite a lot from H&M, TK Maxx and the occasional bits from Zara, The Gap and sometimes Debenhams. Tend to work around a basic colour theme and develop from there.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Something that is funky and fun, will wear well and doesn't necessarily shout a brand at you! Trendy but without making girls in particular look like they're wearing grown-up clothes! Also like clothes that don't necessarily conform to the pink princess and blue boy approach and M&S does that very well!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

As I tend to buy a lot of the stuff in the Sales I tend to buy in-store - like to get a feel for the material/quality of fabric too. I tend to walk through and be attracted by a colour or a style and get lured into the children's clothes section that way! It's quite effective!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think the boys stuff is a little more one-dimensional than the girls stuff. The boys stuff seems to be cool casual or slightly over-smart older boys. Was looking for a pair of skinny, coloured, boys jeans for my 11 year old. H&M had some fab colours and looking for something akin to that in the M&S boys' range but nothing. That definitely needs addressing. And boys don't necessarily want to be stuck in blue, grey hues all the time - a bit more vibrant colour would work wonders!

I like the girls stuff at the moment but do wonder whether, once my daughter has graduated to the older girls range rather than the younger girls one, that I might consider the clothes a bit too grown-up for her when she is 7/8? Come back to me on that one in a year or two's time!

Don't necessarily like the use of the trade-marked Hannah Montana more tween-oriented stuff - that's a bit downmarket...Also, can't remember what it was I saw last week but was in an age 9/10 and had something like Peppa Pig on it - as if any self-respecting girl of that age would be seen dead in toddler clothes! I would say though that the girls clothes cover all eventualities a lot better than the boys ranges.

Consider possibly doing what Monsoon have done recently. Putting together an outfit of the month for children where combi buying gives you a better price than buying the items individually.... Particularly if the combis were stylish but followed seasonal buying too

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

A long time since I was looking at baby clothes but I seem to think that they are quite funky, nicely coloured etc...and as always what's available now seems much nicer than what was around when my children were at that stage, clothes-wise! Seem quite expensive though - but maybe I'm just out of touch!

Another thing is that my daughter has quite big feet for her age (she's six and takes a 13 - her brother is 11 and takes a 1 1/2 !). I like the style and fitting of the Walkabout shoes but was dismayed that by the time M&S had developed the range my daughter was already beyond the children's size 10 that is its maximum sizing. I think that could do with revisiting. I for one would like a casual shoes alternative to Clarks/Start-Rite which gives some of the same foot health assurances for growing feet - the Walkabout range seems to go some way towards addressing that gap in the market but make it available for a broader age group!

kellykateneedsaholiday Wed 16-May-12 11:44:19

Can I also add that in my local M&S I often have to order the stuff in as they hardly ever have the right sizes. I would go more often if I knew that I could get the right size when I wanted it.

Ample Wed 16-May-12 11:46:16

Yes, I agree with loonyrationalist - M&S (girls) knickers are the best. Please don't ever change them!
Also vests and socks...I don't buy from anywhere else. I just don't need to smile

frizzyhaired Wed 16-May-12 11:49:19

Yes I buy kids clothes from M&S regularly. I like the quality of the clothes. They tend to last and survive washing well.
I try and buy at sales. I also shop at next, debenham and gap for my kids.
Quality, colour and cost. I think there's too much stereotyping in colour.
I shop in store for kids. I like to check the fit and material before buying. I might do a preview online first.

The colour range can be improved. Adjustable waists are importAnt because the waists are normally loose on both my DCs(4 years). I also find that the girls tights come up short. This is strange since everything else tends to be a little big.
I don't know much about the baby range. The DCs wore hand me downs and clothes that were gifted, for the most part.

tethersend Wed 16-May-12 11:57:37

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Have bought one or two items, but do not buy regularly as clothes are often logoed and pastel colours. I shop for at H&M, Zara, and other online companies. And ebay!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Colour and cost. I like simple, practical clothing in bright colours

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Online mainly, but once in a while will venture out to stock up. Tend to go with an idea of what we need, but end up buying much more on impulse

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

M&S should Play to its strengths and reputation and produce a good range of plain basics for kids in a range of colours which are difficult to find elsewhere- primary colours, black etc. Thinking about unisex clothing along the lines of American Apparel (but cheaper) would be great

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

As above- a range of baby basics; vests, babygros etc. in plain, primary colours would be great as there is a huge gap in the market for unisex, non-logoed, bright (not pastel) baby clothes at affordable prices.

wigglesrock Germany Wed 16-May-12 12:03:53

I have 3 daughters ranging in age from 6 years to 15 months and I regularly buy from M&S. As other posters have said their underwear is great and I think their uniform range is great value especially their school shoes.

I buy from the store am not a huge fan of shopping online as my eldest daughter is very tall but slight so much prefer to try on in-store or at least be able to gauge the length etc.

I like the quality of the clothes and to quote my granny "they wash like a ribbon"

I would like to see changing rooms/area in the childrens section, even the odd chair to try shoes on, my nearest M&S doesn't have these.

Most people bought M&S clothes for my children as baby gifts and again I thought these were good quality and a decent size, they tend to fit a bit bigger than other stores I use. I like the mix and match tops and leggings (2 packs) and think that the babygros especially are much better quality and wash better than other stores especially as they are maybe only a pound or so dearer.

I buy most of my childrens clothes from Asda, Tescos, Next and M&S.

maples Wed 16-May-12 12:18:17

I was impressed by the quality of the fabric of some vests I bought as the price was good smile

hellyd Wed 16-May-12 12:24:16

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it?
I bought DS a blazer last your from the autograph range and it was fab the cut, fabric and fit were great so this year bough some school trousers as i could buy a smaller size with longer leg length (skinny tall boy) and the quality was shocking. the hems went in t washes and the knees have gone now where as cheaper supermarket trousers bought before these are still going strong. Very disappointed.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? cost, durability and washability, size (tall skinny boy) comfort he wont wear jeans or hoodys but like bright colours

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? Both, if looking for something particular then will go online to get the right thing or will pick up things in the supermarket or when we spot something he likes.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? I think its generally expensive and the colours are quite dull and the ranges limited, but the sizeing and size options are good

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? no really looked but all baby ranges could do with offering less pastles blue and pink and more bright colours, when DS was a baby he looked best in vibrant colours but they were really hard to find.

Pascha Wed 16-May-12 12:27:07

I have bought the occasional item of clothing and had some as presents. It seems nice quality and doesn't lose shape too quickly I don't buy regularly because my M&S only has a couple of rails of baby and toddler clothes. I never remember to look because I've mainly already bought stuff from H&M, Next, Debenhams or supermarkets which all have much bigger ranges in store.

I like kids clothes that are bright, well made, wash and wear well without spending a fortune. Brands don't matter so much, I get them second hand but I won't buy new just because its a particular brand.

I mostly shop instore, sometimes looking at the collections online first to see what looks good. If I buy online its invariably ebay second hand known brands.

M&S could put much more stock into provincial stores. I'm never going to go to another town just to look at kids clothes.

Regarding the baby range, I've had vests and pyjamas. I liked them, I would buy them again. I haven't seen any variety instore, not enough space on one rail. It would be nice to see brighter bits in store and some actual clothes rather than just basics.

karen3w Wed 16-May-12 12:37:37

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy a lot of my daughter's clothes from M&S. Mainly I find they are good quality. I tend to buy there for that reason, I don't like cheap clothes that stretch out of shape when washed, I like them to last a bit. Also I find the trousers are a good fit on my skinny tall daughter, where other shops' trousers are huge on the bum on her! I sometimes buy things from Next or Tescos but much prefer M&S. Also just started buying some Lands End stuff, but it's quite expensive.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

The look followed very closely by the quality of the clothes is important to me. I don't like cheap tacky clothes, I don't like inappropriate clothes for children with tacky slogans and lots of bling!! Horrid! I like basics, good jeans and T-shirts, some pretty summer skirts and tops, a good jacket.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I do a bit of both. I used to buy mainly online but I do like to touch the material and see what it feels like these days, so try to get into a big town once a month to buy what I need, including whatever my daughter needs clotheswise. I do often look online first though to see what they've got.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Our York store doesn't have much choice really, could do with more jeans to choose from, more basic T-shirts and more jackets, particularly in summer. A reward card would be nice, so points when you spend so and so much that you can then accumulate and spend when you have enough.

I also think that the clothes for ten and above are sometimes a bit adult and the younger clothes are much cuter!! YOu need to sell more bright T-shirts and shorts, summer skirts, cut offs for pre-teens please!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I love M&S baby range, unfortunately I don't have babies to buy for now, but I loved buying them when my daughter was a baby. Can't wait til my older children provide me with a grandchild!!

I would love to participate in any other surveys about this if there are to be any!

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
We've bought some school uniform items and have bought gifts for others. We've also received gifts of M&S kidswear. We've found the quality to be pretty good but the prices are a little high. I do think the schoolwear is reasonably priced though. We tend to buy from Sainsburys or H&M.

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Value. i.e. The price must be low enough for us to afford it but we'd only buy it if we thought the quality was also good enough. Fit is the other thing that is important - both our children are skinny and generally need adjustable waists on trousers.

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In-store. I just prefer to browse in store rather than online because children's clothes seem to vary a lot in size and quality. I do think about what the kids would choose and sometimes dd1 picks the colour/pattern she wants in the item I'm buying iyswim.

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I would like to see more quality basics added at reasonable prices (i.e. competitive with the supermarkets). e.g. for girsl: plain coloured leggings and long sleeve fitted tops. There seems to be a lot of pretty party dresses, that I'm just not interested in because they don't get enough wear to justify the price. I also find the clothes are fairly jumbled up in store. There doesn't seem to be enough space for them and it makes it hard to find the ones for the right age range. (e.g. you suddenly find you're looking at baby stuff when you were looking at toddler stuff)

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Too much in plain white/cream. There are so many other colours that can look neutral. Too much pink/blue for girls/boys. I want to see wider variety of colours - Sainsburys and H&M do this well, as do Next.

Willemdefoeismine Wed 16-May-12 12:43:18

Another thought - school uniforms. Our M&S which is a flagship store, seems generally quite low on uniform stocks apart from at the end of the Summer Term/over Summer hols - was looking for PE kit stuff the other week and could only find rows and rows of boys trousers/shirt/jumpers and girls school uniform equivalent. You don't always want to go online to order a pair of PE shorts or the like - even for delivery in-store - just too much of a faff really! So a more comprehensive range of uniform year-round please!

Also with school uniform as an alternative to buy two get one free what about a similar system to the one you have for greetings cards...buy six items and get the 7th school uniform item (including school outerwear) free - that would work better for those with fast growing kids where they might have to be topping up uniform over the school year rather than buying it all at once and being able to take advantage of the 3 for 2 offers...

chrisrobin Wed 16-May-12 12:47:27

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, I buy a lot of my childrens clothes from M&S. I think the clothes are hard wearing and easy to wash. I like to be able to buy clothes that will last to be handed down to my younger son. The uniform clothes are great quality too. I also buy childrens clothes from M&Co., Matalan and Sainsbury's.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A combination of all except brand/label. I will pay slightly more for good quality items but not just for a designer name. One of the most important factors is an adjustable waist on trousers, I will not buy trousers without one. I also will not buy anything with skull designs.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I shop in store, then the boys can have some say in what I buy. I also like to check the material and whether it is hard wearing yet soft enough for DS1 who has delicate skin.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I generally like the range for boys (don't really go into the girls section). I would like to see more boys accessories, the store we go to always has loads of girls underwear but very little for the boys.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
The baby range seems quite nice, I like the more bold clothing rather than the pastel colours which seem to be obligatory for baby clothes.

Kveta Wed 16-May-12 12:47:29

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, generally it appears to be hardwearing, and in a nice variety of colours for boys. I would like more gender neutral options for babies though, as am a bit sick of either blue or pink until child reaches the age of 18 months or so.
I don't buy all kidswear in M+S because I can get similar items cheaper elsewhere (namely Sainsburys)

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

cost, followed by quality, followed by colours - not fussed by brands/labels at all. When you have a child who is growing like a weed, it is nice to be able to get cheap mix-and match outfits/items of clothing from the supermarkets, with the occasional nicer piece from M+S or Next.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

in store, as sizing seems to be an issue whenever I have bought online. I like feeling the fabric too, as some things are very synthetic feeling despite looking nice on the hanger. my child is only 2.7 (and have a baby on the way) so he doesn't really get a say in the matter yet.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I haven't bought much for girls yet, but think the boy's range is pretty good - would be nice to see some more smart clothes for very little boys, just shirts and smart tops. I find their clothes a wee bit expensive when I can get similar in the supermarket though.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I like their baby clothes, but like I said, would prefer more gender neutral/less pink and blue items. My local store only had 2 gender neutral outfits when I went in to get something for DC2 the other day. It was a bit disappointing. I love how soft their baby clothes are though!

Snapespeare Wed 16-May-12 12:52:20

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

have stopped buying in recent years at Dcs have outgrown the range (16, 14 & 12) used to buy a lot of their clothes from M&S when they were younger, always impressed by durability and classic cut.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
at the moment cost. I happily snap up M&S stuff in charity shops.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store, I like to feel the fabric.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
cheaper, less pink for girls blue for boys, less cartoony branding.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I like the baby range, again very classy, traditional british. no problems with it. If you could reduce prices at baby while maintaining quality you would be likely to attract more brand loyalty.

Firawla Wed 16-May-12 12:57:15

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

- Yes I do buy it now and again, my opinion of it is good. I have had things passed down from ds1 to ds2 and still looking very good condition after a lot of washing and wearing. The price tends to be pretty good

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

combination - mainly of quality, cost and overall look. dont really care about the label as such

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

both, i prefer online as range tends to be more, and i dont make it to the shops that regularly but i hate paying p&p so if i look and theres only 1 or 2 things i wanted i would leave it

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

free p&p would make me buy it a lot more. ive found they cater okay for all my lot which is baby boy, and 2 in the boys 1-7 yrs range

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

ive seen some nice things in there and does seem to variety, i liked some of the girls stuff not all just pink pink pink but turquoise green etc although i dont have a girl but i did browse and thought its nice. the baby stuff from m&s is quite good comfy clothes for newborns and young babies like the dungerees outfits and mix and match top and trousers, ive bought quite a few of these things before

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 16-May-12 13:02:17

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

For me, cost and design. My DC are both terrible for spills/paint/mud everywhere, and so I don't necessarily want things I can hand down, as they are often stained beyond all recognition after the first DC.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop instore, so I can see the fit, which always seems to be variable. DD1 has just turned five, and currently wears clothes with labels from 3-4, to 7-8, depending on the item and the store. Also DD1 is getting a little fussier in what she'll wear, so it's easier to go together and get something we agree on.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Improved price and style. I like good quality basics in strong block colours, without too many fussy patterns, or logos/motifs on things. I tend to find these in Boden (only buy in the sale) and Sainsburys. I do always look in M&S but the clothes are less to my taste than those in the stores mentioned.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Too fussy, too floral, too pink. I would again rather see block bright colours.

MrsJohnDeere Wed 16-May-12 13:07:47

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

lots of baby stuff 5/6 years ago, only a handful of garments since (t shirts and track suit bottoms). Poor quality, erratic sizing, dull colours, and far too much of it is plastered with cartoon characters and logos.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

quality above all else (able to withstand everything that small boys can throw at it), also reliable sizing. Price not a factor - would rather pay a bit more to have better quality stuff that lasts. Nothing now to distinguish M&S kids wear from the stuff in Asda, Sainsburys, Primark made in sweatshops overseas.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

instore because the sizing is so unreliable. Again this puts me off M&S these days. The aisles are so cramped, the displays messy, looks like a bargain basement/jumble sale. I only go there if I need something there and then and can't wait to order online from another retailer

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

improve the quality, do more plain basics in good quality cotton. Only have experience of boys so can't comment on girls stuff. Make the whole thing less of an ordeal. Have more than one member of staff serving customers (whilst 3 stand in a corner avoiding eye contact and moaning about their lot). And stop overheating the stores. Always feel like I'm going to pass out in there!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Fine 6 years ago particularly for packs of sleep suits. They lasted through 3 children so must have been ok. Haven't had to buy any baby stuff recently so can't comment

Katz Wed 16-May-12 13:09:58

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes lots of time, I like the colours, styles and quality of the clothes. They also tend to fit my children well. We buy from lots of places but next, pumpkin patch are probably the other shops we use most.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Combination of them all - plus the DD's need to like them too. I've learnt there's no point buying something they won't wear.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Both, i tend to take DD1 for a shop twice a year to buy winter/summer clothes. we go to try things on and see if things look nice 'in real life' having checked them out online first.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

More long sleeved light weight cotton summer tops and trousers, and longer girls shorts. There seems to be a general consensus that girls especially older ones want short shorts. When you have a child who can't use suncream and needs to be covered up you need summer clothes to do the job.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I've not really looked at the baby range recently if i'm honest my girls are 6 and 9.

ouryve Wed 16-May-12 13:25:02

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

We do buy M&S kids' stuff occasionally. I have 2 boys, now 6 and 8 and their range is very hit and miss IMO. We tend to only buy in sales as a lot of items seem expensive for their quality. I also find the sizing a bit off - my boys are long and lean and both trousers and tops tend to be too short and wide. I'm also put off by a lot of the naff and even slightly offensive slogans on many of the t-shirts.

Most of the boys' clothes are basics from Next. They seem to be priced much better for the quality and they fit a lot better.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

It's a definite combination. DS1 is also beginning to have strong ideas about what he does and doesn't like in clothes. He loves orange and HATES pink, for example and he has a strong aversion to clothes with monkeys and apes on.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I do most of my clothes shopping online. I live in the sticks and the cost of delivery is cheaper than me catching the bus to my nearest city, which only has small stores with a poor selection, anyhow.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Leave the pink and the naff slogans (eg implications that a boy is a little troublemaker or hates homework) off the clothes. Have more size bands. DS1 grew out of your 7-8 jammies over a year ago but your 9-10 falls off him and he trips over the legs.

And you (M&S) always seem to have so much girlswear left over in the sales, while the selection at even the big store in the Metrocentre is a few unappealing racks, even when new stock is out and what ends up leftover at the end of the season has clearly been left because no one likes it, rather than there being too much choice.

Better choice of fit would make a difference. My boys would be obese if they fitted into a lot of your clothes before they became too short for them. Adjustable waists as standard would make a lot of difference, here.

I would buy more school uniform from you (assuming the trousers fitted more consistently) if the trousers were made of fabric that stodd up to being crawled about in better. Next have my loyalty in that respect, now. As for Polo shirts, I've never been happy since you stopped doing decent quality blue ones - as with a lot of places, you seem to stock mostly white. I don't buy the basic ones you do because the Sainsburys ones are nicer and wash better.

And - I think it really is finally, this time - why is the kidswear section always so cluttered? I've always struggled to get through the section with a buggy, finding a lot of dead ends, even at the BIG Metrocentre store. My youngest needed a special needs buggy to go shopping until recently. We often gave up trying to get to something because we got stuck. (I have a big issue with this store and a lot of pushchair/wheelchair unfriendly clutter in the middle of aisles, as it is, but it's a bit ridiculous when we can't even get to the products we want to buy).

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

When the boys were tiny, I loved the babygrows and onsie vests. They had some fun designs and washed well and I loved that the vests went up to quite big sizes. I still see an awful lot of pastel pink and blue, though. As with the older kids clothes, I'd like to see a lot less stereotyping.

snail1973 Wed 16-May-12 13:29:06

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes I do buy from M&S for the kids. Mostly online because my local store has a very small selection and I don't often find anything good there. I also buy from GAP, Boden, H&M & Next

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
I need to like the look of it. I am forever trying to avoid the 'branded wear' ie. Disney or hello kitty all over things. And this is one of my biggest issues with M&S recently - TOO MUCH HELLO KITTY! Seriously, I went to my local branch a month or two ago and in the entire girls nightwear section there was only ONE item that did not have hello kitty, Disney or some other 'character' on it. Please stop!
Anyway, other than that it's about cost and quality

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
No I either shop online (most of the time) or instore, I don't check it out first and then go in, that would seem like a waste of my time TBH

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Less characters (see above rant ;) ) Other than that I do like what you do. Nice colours, generally good fit (not huge on the waist like some of the cheaper stores), reasonable quality. I also really like your Oxfam initatives at the moment and that has made me revisit the site of late.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I don't really look at baby any more, sorry

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Wed 16-May-12 13:35:17

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I buy from M&S semi-regularly. It's convenient (big M&S near me) and the quality is generally good. Gap, Next, sometimes Boden, a couple of independent shops. DS loves vintage, so we do that a bit.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Quality is important as my children play outside a lot and are pretty hard on clothes. I don't like to buy things that are too 'adult themed' for them, especially for DD. As some others have said, skulls, weapons, soldiers etc are out for me. I will go for an occasional dinosaur or other animal for DD or DS.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

* I always shop in store at M&S, the only online children's clothes shopping I do is Boden once in a while. I tend to just pop in for one or two things, so it's not really worth ordering online.*

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I do wish it was less BOY GIRL with no crossover. Both of my children like bright colours and animals and DD really doesn't need 'cute' pink things embroidered on everything.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Beige/white are really only ok up to 6 months. Once they start eating and crawling about outside, they look grubby all the time (not to mention boring).

ChopstheScarletduck Wed 16-May-12 13:38:02

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. I like the style, the quality seems pretty good and we like some of the designs. My daughter loves the dresses.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost first, because there is never a guarantee how long it will last. I’m not fussed at all about brands for the kids every day wear. I also want quality, so something that will wash up well, keep it’s shape and last - providing the kids don’t stain or rip it!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I tend to shop online. I find often that the sizes I want aren’t available in store, and I get better prices online. Online the sales are better and I can take advantage of discount codes. I usually collect instore.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think they cater better for girls than boys. I think a lot of the boys clothing seems a little dated. I also think there could be a better range of sizes kept instore, so I don’t have to oder online every time. It is also a nightmare getting parking at the Meadows, Camberley!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I’ve never really used M&S for babywear. I find it a bit pricy, considering how quickly babies grow.

WitchOfEndor Wed 16-May-12 13:41:46

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? I buy loads from M&S kidswear, it's good quality and the sizing is good. I also buy from Tesco, Boots, Adsa (less frequently), John Lewis (less frequently). I think it's on par quality wise with John Lewis and Boots and better than Tesco and Asda and the price reflects this

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A complicated combination! I have clothes I buy for going out smart and clothes that I can change him into once he's soaked, muddied the smart ones. I try to go for quality and design and get a lot of M&S clothes in the sale to make it more affordable

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I look instore but we only have a small store (Telford) so often my Mum will mention nice things I haven't seen in one of the M&S near her (Glasgow) and I end up shopping on line

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I wish that the baby range went to 24 or 30 months because there are a lot of nice things in it that DS is just too big for, and I'm not ready to put him in Transformer / Superman t-shirts yet! I would like M&S to stock footless sleepsuits so DS can wear them without feeling like a baby but it still makes it harder for him to take his nappy off in the night

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I love the M&S baby range, I think you could do more sleeping bags to a larger size and with more tog range as the ones I had from M&S were reasonably priced and great quality

androbbob Wed 16-May-12 13:43:00

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I buy some my childrens clothes from M&S. I think the clothes are hard wearing and easy to wash. I generally get most of the uniform for them both as they are great quality too. I also buy childrens clothes from Matalan, Next and Supermarkets.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Depends - if it is jsut summer stuff for messing around in then colour / syle and design are more important than quality. Uniforms and good clothes I prefer decent quality so they will last. Price is a big factor really. Adustable waist bands, especially for older girls - DD is 10 and skinny and I struggle even with elasticated waists to get them to fit her. I also will not buy anything with skull designs or stupid slogans on.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

A bit of both - uniform tends to be on line and if getting several items I go on line to order to save me time at the weekend dragging kids around the shops. Supermarket buys are often impulse purchases and usually only value items, eg red t-shirt for school for Jubilee celebrations

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I generally like the range for boys but would like more colour rather than the usual sludgy colours - blues, greens, greys, etc. Girls range is ok for the older girl but sometimes too pink! My DD is a tomboy but likes fashion - so no silly logos or flowers, but stripes and sparkles!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

The baby range seems ok but a bit pink / blue and Disney for my liking. WOuld like to see more bold unisex items and a better selection of not just dresses for toddler girls

insanityscratching Wed 16-May-12 13:47:23

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes I do buy occasionally and I find the clothes wash and wear well. What stops me is the sizing to be honest the waists on trousers and skirts are huge in fact my 19 year old dd can fasten skirts aged 9. Now dd is aged nine I find some of the older girls' clothes like mini adults and I'm not keen on dd dressing like that. I buy lots from H&M, some from Next, some from La Redoute.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Quality, style, design are most important and then of course cost is a consideration.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I tend to shop in store mostly because the sizing doesn't seem to be uniform across the styles and so I'd end up returning things anyway. I don't really browse online tbh but will follow links when I see something I like the look of.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Sort out the sizes of the waists, some of the older girls' wear is really ugly and isn't current with what dd and her friends are wearing.I think M&S cater better for boys and young girls and that's probably why I buy far less than I used to.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I like M&S baby ranges and buy them for gifts I think though considering how little wear the clothes get I'd probably go for cheaper options if I was buying for a baby myself.

WannaBeWildCosMyLifesSoTame Wed 16-May-12 13:50:43

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy a fair bit of M&S stuff for my DD who's nearly 10. I find it's one of the few places that sells clothes which please both of us ie trendy enough for her but practical and not tarty enough for me. I don't think there's a huge variety although that may be because we don't often go to one of the very big stores, and there's more character-embellished stuff than I'd like (Hello Kitty or whatever is fine until they go off it then it's a perfectly good item of clothing that will never be worn again) but overall I think the quality is good, the prices are reasonable and the clothes are nice.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost is a high priority because things get grown out of so quickly but if it's something like eg a t-shirt that may last longer than say trousers (where it's obvious if they're too short) then quality is important to me ie will it wash and wear well and still look good in 6 months or a year. I'm not fussed about brands really and neither is my DD although at nearly 10 that may soon change! Style/design is very high priority for her and design/appropriateness for me - I don't want her to look like a toddler still but neither do I want her dressed like a teenager.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

A mixture of both - online is invaluable for browsing in the comfort of your own home and the ability to search for something specific. Trying on at home is useful but if you order a lot and then want to return most of it that's a massive pain so sometimes in store is better. But being limited to after school/holidays/weekends means nearly always shopping when the stores are really busy which I find quite stressful so I would often check out what's available online first so I knew where to head for then make a quick exit!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Never really looked at the boys stuff but for girls, just more variety and probably more for older girls although I realise there may not be a market for this as once they hit teens they probably wouldn't be seen dead in M&S stuff - actually maybe that's what's needed, some way of making it cooler - God knows how you'd do that though.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I haven't bought from the baby ranges in a long time but I like the look of what I've seen recently.

R2PeePoo Wed 16-May-12 13:54:42

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

A regular buyer. Its good quality and I like the fact that there are lots of bright colours. DS has some fabulously brightly coloured socks etc from there. I don't buy as much as I would like as it is just slightly too expensive. I also buy clothes from supermarkets and H&M

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Price is important, I have a set price in my head for various different qualities of clothes and I generally won't go over that. I would also like it to wash well and I tend not to buy anything white or coloured/white because of keeping it stain free. I prefer t-shirts plain or with simple pictures, no writing, no brands, nice and bright. Trousers must be adjustable at the waist and hardwearing. I won't buy princess stuff/skulls etc, I prefer animals and patterns. I won't buy things that say 'Little Monster' or 'Here comes trouble' etc. I don't buy brands or themed items (apart from Dr Who and Starwars).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop in store. I like to see and feel the clothes, check the sizing against my child etc. I don't tend to look online unless its for school uniform.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Remove the stupid extra papery label sewn in next to the care label. Its in everything I buy from M&S, from baby vests to children's pants.Its rough and far too long and I get really irritated cutting the bloody things out-not fun when its a multipack of vests or pants. Normal care labels are fine, but why do you need this extra one as well. On DS's size 2 pants they were positioned so that the label was in his bumcrack/between his legs all the time.
I loved the multicoloured packets of sleepsuits/vest for babies, but found the baby section far too focused on pink/blue/yellow. Iwanted to dress my DC in bright primary colours. I like the toddler clothes and DD loves the boys clothes in there, but the girls 5+ is pretty dire and we don't buy a huge amount. I also hate all the branded items (especially older girls sleepwear) and the ones covered in glitter. They don't seem to fit with the quality M&S brand. Some of the dresses are lovely, tomboy DD was delighted with a white one with green and yellow flowers on and no flouncey bits. More of those, less of the pink. She also got a fabulous shirt in green and orange/white check that she wears often and fits beautifully. DS has a gorgeous red/orange hoody we picked up in the sale that he gets lots of compliments on, no idea if it was from the boy or girl range and thats how it should be.
The sleepwear looks and feels cheap and I haven't bought any of it, ever. I like matching little pajama sets and good quality cotton with nice patterns.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

See above. Love the multicoloured multipacks of vests etc, hated the blue/pink/yellow on everything else. Green is a nice colour, so is purple...and orange etc.

R2PeePoo Wed 16-May-12 14:00:19

Forgot to mention-I don't buy online because of the delivery charge, its seriously offputting when there is an M&S I can walk to in twenty minutes. I buy less in store however because the children have a limited attention span and whinge a lot after about thirty seconds.

DisBoCo Wed 16-May-12 14:07:54

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, lots of it, primarily uniform. Good value because it lasts and wears well. Good choice of items. Tend to use Next for everyday things

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost and value for money. When buying uniform quality is important as it will get washed so much. Colour and style for everyday clothes.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy befo
rehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Almost entirely online. I have a reasonable idea of an M&S fit. However your sizes vary wildly and I am often only able to order if there are several reviews already. Shopping in stores is useless, you offer so little choice.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

More packs of basics, Next do this very well. More bright colours and less pink!!! Please! More cotton dresses and less polyester. Keep basics in stock, waited 6 months for a school shirt to come in stock in the correct age.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Not enough bright colours. Too many 'best' clothes.

I love the size labels in the socks/tights (although the tights sizing is RUBBISH).
I love the zip up summer school dress, can't stand buttons!

DisBoCo Wed 16-May-12 14:09:10

Oh yes, and really resent paying delivery charges when I spend £50 or so.

missorinoco Wed 16-May-12 14:13:02

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I think it is good quality and I like it generally.
I also buy from Next. If it is in the sale I buy Boden, which is hard wearing.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

All three. Currently money is tight, so cost is a bigger factor. I strongly dislike sexualised girls clothers, such as fitted t shirts for 2 year olds, or candy pink logos. I would not buy these however cheap they are. Over time I have noticed it is worth paying a little more for quality, the Next and M&S clothes bought for my first child are lasting to my second and sometimes my third child, but some ofthe cheaper items (e.g. Sainsburys) have disintegrated after the first child has worn them.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

mainly on line. This is because I still have pre school children, and I tend not to shop with them.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think M and S do too much of the blue for boy a\nd pink for girl range. I appreciate this may be what they want when they are older (although I suspect they have been conditioned into it in part by what we can buy them), but I turn away from rail upon rail of pink clothes for girls. And if I could get my hands on "Hello Kitty" she would be "Goodbye Kitty." Eugh.
I don't know about older children ,I haven't looked.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I liked these, but again, my baby daughter does not care if she is dressed in pink, purple, or spotted green, whereas I lose the will to like looking at all the pink and I am the one with the cash card. Try more more colours.

One last thing, I remember actively looking for a blue dress for my two year old daughter. The only one I could find was in Next, and it had sold out. There's a market out there M and S, think about it.

BirgitteNyborg Costa Rica Wed 16-May-12 14:15:28

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I have bought M&S kidswear but usually only when I have been given a gift voucher to spend! I like the quality; I find it wears and washes well but it seems very expensive for the size it is and I would normally buy 2nd hand.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

A complicated combination of cost and colour/design! I usually buy 2nd hand because they just grow out of them so fast and they get so grubby and need washing so often. However, it is nice to get exactly what you want sometimes or to buy something just because it's cute. I have no brand loyalty!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I tend to shop in store as I think the colours often look very different on-line and I like to browse and fondle the fabrics smile

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I find the baby stuff is almost exclusively pink for girls and blue for boys. I would like to see more bright unisex colours and designs across all kids age ranges. I think in general the girls clothes are nicer. The boys tend to blue/black/brown and other dingy colours. Pleeeeeeeeeeease stop putting hoods on everything!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

As above, more bright unisex colours in simple, comfy designs, that are easy for parents to put on wriggly babies/toddlers i.e. minimal buttons/poppers etc.

FreckledLeopard Wed 16-May-12 14:25:05

I rarely buy anything for DD from M&S other than school uniform, which is great quality, good value and easy to clean. In terms of general childrenswear, I find M&S to be lacking in terms of the 'early teens/tweens' age range, compared to shops where DD would prefer to spend her money (Topshop, Primark, H&M). DD is 11, would probably not be seen dead in M&S as it's too 'kiddy' for her liking - she does have a pretty strong fashion sense though so not entirely sure M&S is to blame. But if they did expand more into a 'teen' range then perhaps I would be a more regular customer.

babster Wed 16-May-12 14:54:06

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I mostly buy school uniform from M&S - good fit, hard-wearing, true to size. As for the fashion clothing, I find the sizing very hit and miss, usually on the small side. I buy most kids' fashion clothing from H&M.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Brand is the least important of those. Colour/design would be the most important for the kids.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Yes, I browse online to see which shops are worth a visit, then take the children shopping so they can try it on (as my girls are of the age to be getting choosy). I'll buy pjs and undies online as that's pretty safe!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
More reliable sizing. More stock. Brighter colours for boys and fewer characters.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Don't know, sorry. Baby years long gone!

HelloShitty Wed 16-May-12 15:06:04

~ I often look in M&S at kidswear, and occasionally buy it. What I've bought has been good value and good quality. However, there is not much choice in my local store and I'm put off by the seemingly vast amount of girls' stuff and one rail of boys'. My favourite High St shop for kids clothes is H&M because they're a little different from the norm and have lots of organic cotton t-shirts without pictures. Otherwise, Sainsbury's is about the best of the supermarkets.

~ All of those factors are important. The main thing that gets me reaching for my purse though, is something a little different. In the big stores, all the kids' clothes are the same! I want bright, colourful, clothes with motifs which aren't franchised characters. I want my boy to look like a little boy - not a soldier, monster, or Lightning McQueen. He doesn't want to wear blue all the time, he loves yellow (which M&S admittedly are quite good at!)

~ I shop mainly in store and buy on impulse rather than looking online first. I also have a couple of mail order only companies I buy from occasionally though. Buying kids' clothes is something I tend to do as part of a general shopping trip, whereas clothes shopping for myself is more of an event in itself. I want to be able to just see something, pick it up, pay and go.

~ M&S have got it part right I think. You will never please everyone as we all have different tastes. Your main competitors are the supermarkets I'd say, so keep prices down & quality up but offer us something the supermarkets don't - a nicer shopping experience? kids changing rooms? decent shoes? As I said before, I'm always disappointed by the disparity between boys/girls stuff. I know its the same in adults wear too, but there's so much scope to increase the range of boyswear. They're not all into dinosaurs and diggers.

~ It's been 3 years since I was looking at baby things, but I remember being disappointed with the tiny range available in M&S at the time. I had loads of vouchers and ended up buying blankets with them because I was desperate to buy baby things but had enough plain white babygros. As he got older I gave up looking because there was just one small rail of baby clothes in my local M&S (Malvern). New and expectant mums are just gagging to spend money on lovely baby things so a missed opportunity there.

My last comment is that I still regularly look in M&S Kidswear because I have had some really lovely things in the past - plain brightly coloured t-shirts, trousers which aren't blue/denim or khaki, etc - but I more often than not come quickly out again having had my eyes bombarded by camouflage and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Ramekin Wed 16-May-12 15:13:26

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, I have. I think it is generally reasonable quality, but I have bought things in the past that have become threadbare and holey very quickly.
The clothes seem to come up quite large, which I didn't like for DD1, as she is small, but is good for DD2, who isn't.
There are certain types of clothes I would automatically turn to M&S for - underwear, socks, tights etc, there is a good range, and they are usually nice and soft, and last well. I would also probably go there first when buying coats. I do look at their other clothes too, but it wouldn't necessarily be the first place I would turn.
I buy kids' clothes from a huge range of places- Tesco, Sainsbury's, H&M, C&A, John Lewis, Next, Boots, Boden, Jojo Maman Bebe, Lands End, Esprit, Aldi, markets, independent shops, Ebay, charity shops, jumble sales. Anywhere really (although I don't particularly like Mothercare or Primark)

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
I would say the most important factor for me is style/design. Not that something is "stylish" but that it is in a style that I like and that my daughter finds comfortable. Which is sometimes difficult to achieve! I would say quality is more important than cost - I have 2 daughters and would rather pay more for something that can be handed down to the younger one than pay less for something that won't last well.
Having said that, I won't buy something if it isn't a nice colour too!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I do both. I don't live in the UK at the moment, so I am doing more shopping online in UK shops that deliver overseas, as it is quite expensive here, but I do like to go to the shop itself when I can so that DD can try things on. I find that particularly with trousers we need to try them on as there is such a disparity with sizing.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I only have young daughters, so I don't really know about other ranges. I would say in general, things that make me more likely to buy are :
Good quality materials, ideally lots of organic cotton, nice and soft, maybe velour and towelling as well. Stuff that is practical for young children.
Clothing that is a good fit. I'd love to see something like Vertbaudet do, with 3 "fits" for the same item of clothing - ie slim fit, regular fit, relaxed fit. Those button adjustable waistbands are a nice idea in theory, but don't work that well for slim children like my daughter, you just end up with loads of fabric uncomfortably bunched up round the waist.
A nice range of colours, attractive patterns. Not too much pink, and definitely no idiotic slogans or meaningless sentences, or random numbers to try and make something look sporty (although this is generally for boy's clothes). I won't buy clothes with writing on them (a small logo is acceptable.)

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I like the baby ranges - I particularly love the packs of bodysuits in rainbow colours. I wish you could get packs of vests for older children in these colours, I would definitely buy them.
I also used to love the padded reversible velour jackets and trousers you used to be able to get for babies, not sure if you still can. They were brilliantly practical and comfy.
I think the variety is good, as ever with baby ranges, it would always be nice to have more colours. Often you find a style you like, or that fits your baby, and then it is only available in that colour, when if there were more colours available you might buy them too.

My main comment is that the range is so small! We struggle to find anything there for our preteen dd. The boys socks are great for school though!

handbagCrab Wed 16-May-12 15:20:15

I regularly buy M and S clothing for Ds. I like M and S clothes for him because they are priced appropriately, wear well, wash well, tumble dry and I like lots of the designs. I also buy and receive good childrenswear from Sainsbury's, Asda and Debenhams.

My most important factors are that the clothes need to be able to be washed at 40 degrees, be able to be tumble dried and will not run colour into his other clothes. After this it is the design for me, providing it's a reasonable price. I really like Indigo at M and S for baby clothes as I like the animal designs and bright colours used.

I'm half and half currently for shopping in person and online. I do like M and S baby clothes, but I find in lots of stores the range is limited, even in large stores such as the Trafford Centre.

I think M and S could perhaps offer more promotions on baby clothes (and who wouldn't say that!). Also, as I've mentioned I love bright colours used sometimes in the baby ranges and uses of animals beyond dogs for boys and rabbits for girls. I'd like even more bright colours and different animals please and a bit more choice in items that aren't baby blue as the last few times I've had a look, over half the choices for boys have been blah baby blue. I say that because other shops do those type of clothes so it's all a bit too samey. Which is a shame as I need to buy more clothes as Ds has grown again!

turtles Wed 16-May-12 15:32:08

I buy a few bits of kidswear and get given a few bits by a relative. I really like it and always assume it's good quality. I buy from Boots, supermarkets, H&M, sometimes Next and Gap.

The most important factors are cost then colour/design. I look for cheaper versions and classic items e.g polo shirts, jeans, plain striped T-shirts.

I don't generally buy online because it's easier to pick up stuff when I'm at the shops and hold it up against the kids to check sizes. I do look online a lot for ideas and inspiration, and to see what's available before I drag the kids round the whole clothing section.

I've got 3 boys, oldest is 4 so we've only seen and tried a limited range of M&S kidswear. There seems to be a really good range of classic, smart casual and surf style which is what I usually go for. The main thing I look for is bright and bold colours and patterns, and classic kids clothes rather than mini versions of adult styles.

I love the baby clothes, sadly my youngest has just about outgrown it!

CMOTDibbler Wed 16-May-12 15:35:52

I feel like I look at M&S kids stuff a lot, but rarely buy any (apart from pants) as the boys clothes are generally so downright boring, and all blue (or the weird aqua colour sometimes), and as ds is in age 7-8 now, even worse in the older boys. And don't even get me started on trousers !

I buy in H&M as they have nice basic pieces in great colours and funky styles, and Joules as the colours are great. I especially like coloured skinny jeans as ds dislikes regular jeans and joggers are yeuch imo - he is currently sporting lovely green Joules ones and red Next girls jeans.

The girls stuff seems much nicer, and the baby stuff is lovely.

SootySweepandSue Wed 16-May-12 15:40:49

Well I just spent 10 mins doing an answer and it has got lost on the click of a button..oh well, sorry M&S.

Pooka Wed 16-May-12 15:52:20

Have bought school wear and kids clothes for my three.

In general the quality is good although the boys school trousers did not tend to wear very well or to have the same level of quality as Next school trousers.

I recently looked at the older girlswear and loathed pretty much everything apart from a pretty indigo collection lightweight cardigan and a pair of cropped jeans (which came with a vile belt, which I've taken off).

The colours are grim - too bright, too pink, too logo-ed.

I'd like boys t shirts without naff rubbery logos. Colours that are more interesting, more Nordic, more varied (for girls). Fewer sequins and less bling.

I buy kids clothes from mini boden, fat face, next and John Lewis. I wish the range of clothes provided was more akin to John Lewis which tends to at least have a less pink-centric glittery theme going on. I find mini boden to be better quality and more interesting (though also more expensive). Next is good because such a huge range you can usually find something (and ignore ranges that don't appeal). I also like gap for quality, sizing and style.

Another issue I currently have with m&s is the sizing. It used to be that the clothes came up rather big - great, can be grown into. Dd is nearly 9, average height and weight is proportionate. But I'm having to buy age 11 trousers because the fit is just wrong - very narrow waisted. Dd is still very pre-pubescent. Hsnt got a waist yet. But the clothes just seem too narrow.

I don't buy online - hate the website and find it irritating.

R the m&s baby range, I found it to be rather limited. Too many appliqués and character stuff and not enough cool neutrals.

Pooka Wed 16-May-12 15:54:08

And more knickers in plain white/colours other than sugary pink please. Same goes for boys pants - can they not be plain instead of having cartoon characters on the willy.

Always appear to be stock issues with vests and socks - for some reason always in dd's size!

cosmiccat Wed 16-May-12 15:59:31

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? I am a regular buyer. Buying clothes is easy - we have a big store nearby, I shop online and I like that I can return items as getting kids to a changing room is hard! I also buy from Next, occasionally from John Lewis.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! I buy clothes that I like or think the kids will like. I don't buy for a specific brand/label. I like clothes that fit (adjustable waists are essential for my children) and clothes that are of reasonable quality. Price is important particulary for kids clothes but M&S clothes are average prices.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I shop online and instore. Recently it seems to be getting harder and harder to find the right size instore so often end up coming home and ordering online.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? *I am not buying as much girls clothing as I used to. I just don't like many of the older girl designs. I think a lot of them are geared to 10+ age and seem impractical and not so pretty. I see lots I would like in the younger girl range I like. I get frustrated by the huge amount of Hello Kitty stuff, fine if you or your daughter likes it. Boys stuff is easier but I find the older boy sizing strange 5-6yrs then 7-8yrs. Lately there seems to have been a lack of choice in basic clothes for boys eg jeans. I find M&S sizes tend to be small compared with other shops - which is fine if you know."

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I don't have any babies any more sad.

Bunbaker Wed 16-May-12 16:04:57

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Yes.
Nice quality and washes well

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Size, size, size. DD is long and lean, and clothes shopping for her is very difficult

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store because DD needs to try clothes on

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Offer more longer trouser lengths. And please, please, please put some children's changing rooms in the Meadowhall store

Frontpaw Wed 16-May-12 16:06:27

I tend to get underwear and school uniform (I get this online as they never see to have the right shirts in stock). I don't get shoes but have bought wellies from here.

They do good 'smart' trousers and shirts for little boys and the girls' dresses are pretty and not too expensive. I love the elasticised waists on the trousers. The main things for me is durability - kids trash things so quickly (so I don't understand why designers make 'distressed' clothes for kids). I have naff or inappropriate slogans on children's clothes (not that I've seen any in m&s).

Kids thermals are good too. And they tend to do the character clothes that DS is in to - spiderman etc.

I get a lot of clothes sent over from the US as they are a hell of a lot cheaper than here. Here I get them from Gap, when younger from Catamini, Petit Bateau, John Lewis... Visitors from abroad love the m&s brand clothes though.

Id like to see more 'basics' in a variety of colours - plain tshirts, trousers, jogging pants... As we mums a always having to rustle up costumes at the last minute ('mum, did I tell you that I need to go to school tomorrow dressed up as a giraffe?')

meep Wed 16-May-12 16:24:35

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy from M&S - the only thing stopping me is tat the one in our city centre doesn't stock very much. The clothes are good quality - though sizing is very very big. My 4.5yo is wearing 2yo leggings and my 3yo is wearing an 18mo dress! I also buy from John Lewis, Sainsburys, Asda and pumpkin patch

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

cost, colour/design and quality
M&S sales are awesome and I regularly get amazing bargains

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I look online at M&S before I go in to buy anything. Can be annoying when teh city centre store doesn't have all the online clothes though.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I haven't reached the older girls ranges yet. The younger girls clothes are lovely and I wouldn't change them at all. You used to do mix and match pyjama sets which were fantastic - would love to see them back!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

very pink and blue - bright colours would be better

crazygracieuk Wed 16-May-12 16:28:32

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
== I LOVE the younger boys range.The price and quality is great, designs are great. Bright colours (quite unusual in my opinion) The older boys range is good price wise but not keen on designs of tops (bottoms are ok). I do not like slogans on T-shirts- especially negative ones that suggest "I'm miserable" sort of thing. The younger girls and older girls ranges are ok in terms of design but I wouldn't buy my daughter's whole wardrobes from there.
My son (11) mainly wears Gap and H&M
My daughter (9) mainly wears H&M
My son (5) wears mainly M&S and some H&M

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
== As a mum to 2 boys quality is important. I will pay more if I can pass down clothes to my younger son. My older children are definitely more fashion conscious than when they were younger. They have definite ideas on how they want to look but they are more interested in design than designer. They know of some designer labels but have never said that they want an item of clothing from a specific shop.
My younger son is also design conscious. He can be seduced with the right characters (say Moshi Monsters, Lego, Star Wars...) but it doesn't have to be a commercial character (he'd go for a generic robot, dinosaur...)
Adjustable waists are a must as all 3 of mine are skinny and find belts a pain.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
==I take my kids with me for shoes as I can't be bothered with returning stuff but usually buy everything else myself. If we are browsing I gauge their opinion on clothes (for example what's better jeans or jeggings?) and would take it into consideration but untimately I choose.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
== I LOVE the little boys range. Older boys is ok for trousers, nightwear is pricier than other shops and socks, pants is ok.
I think it would be better if there was more overlap with the ranges for girls as I remember my daughter getting to about 7 and the older girls range seeming too old. If younger girls is 0-6 and older girls is 6-12 then maybe making the ranges 0-8 and6-12 would cover the girls 6-8 with tastes that fit the younger range better.
I find trousers really tricky. My children are all tall for their age but need waists for younger kids so maybe you could make trousers with different lengths or fits (slim fit etc) would be better?
I'd like to see more unisex clothing. I like H&M and have bought many tops that both my sons and daughters have worn. Have you considered Thomas the Tank Engine or Star Wars T-shirts in pink? Dora or Peppa Pig T-shirts in blue? With the latter why IS Peppa aimed at the girls and George at the boys?

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
If I remember correctly, M&S was very pink and blue. I'd like to see more brights that could be either sex- oranges, reds, greens...

EldonAve Wed 16-May-12 16:28:55

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it?
It's okay, comparable to the rest of the high st, colours seem to stay better
Buy at JL, Next, H&M

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors?
Price, colours/design & it needs to be cotton & machine washable

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why?
I buy instore and online

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear?
Try improving the instore selection - even at Marble Arch it is awful

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these?
Dull, dull, dull colours

MrsMcNulty Wed 16-May-12 16:35:16

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, am regular buyer since DD was a baby, she is now 4. Overall opinion is v good quality, washes well without shrinking, good range of colours in general (not all pink), and decent value for money. Always buy winter coat from M&S as good value and good quality, and the last one lasted 2 winters which I was very pleased about. Also buy her clothes from Next, H&M, Gap. Boden sometimes, occasionally Tesco.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

A combination of all except brand/label - DD doesn't care about the brand and neither do I. I avoid anything with written logo/brand on it. Cost - needs to be good value for money, that's why I buy Boden a lot less now as prices have got silly. M&S prices higher than some some stores but clothes good quality so can justify the price. Quality - always a factor, M&S is good. Colour/design a factor - I am fighting the pink invasion and avoid anything too girly/glittery and certainly anything princessy.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Mostly in store as I enjoy buying for her, don't usually look online first. Often take her and ask her what she likes in store, if I don't like it (or too expensive) I just tell her to choose something else!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I would buy more from M&S if there was less branded stuff such as Hello Kitty and Peppa Pig, as the pester power is a pain (and I do not give in and buy it, I say no and leave with a grumpy DD!), and more imaginative designs for girls not just "girly" stuff like kittens/sparkly hearts etc. For example DD has 2 boys dinosaur tops from Next which she chose herself as she loves dinosaurs. Some girls' stuff is OTT - frills buttons glitter bows etc. More bright colours for boys, less sludge. Less pink/blue for babies, and a bigger range of colours. No logos/numbers/random fake sports team names/written captions on clothes - I avoid buying all of these. Simple good quality imaginative clothes in a range of colours for both sexes would be the holy grail of kids clothes shopping...

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I used to buy some of DD's baby clothes from M&S, but the range is too pink or blue, with not much gender neutral stuff. A range of colours would be nice, and not all pastels - DD looks lovely in dark and bright colours too.

gramercy Wed 16-May-12 16:35:55

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Buy some kidswear; buy a lot of M&S school uniform - it is good quality and traditional. Not impressed by 7-14 wear - boys' too frumpy and girls' too silvery/black.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost and style - avoid brand names. Spend a little more on a few items which will last (e.g. fleeces)

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I have bought uniform on-line; for other clothes tend to impulse buy.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I would like to see the age range extended upwards for younger girls. At 7-8 my daughter is still a little girl and I prefer that range to the older girls' clothes which are too old. I saw some nice things in M&S yesterday and then discovered that they stopped at age 7 which was disappointing. The older boys' range could be a bit more "Bodeny" - classic trendy but no skulls/skater stuff.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I think the baby range is good - sleep suits and vests nice and soft; some cute outfits for babies and toddlers.

Tha

lynniep Wed 16-May-12 16:48:25

I have bought little boys clothes in the past and the quality is good, however I have found more often than not that they are just too shallow from crotch to waist. Boys under 3 more often than not are in nappies, and I find that the trousers dont stay up terribly well because of the bulk underneath. I also find the designs very hit and miss. Some are lovely ( I have a little yellow rain jacket with an assymetric zip, and a navy and white striped hood lining that is gorgeous and everyone comments on it - but a lot of the boys stuff is blah)

I also want pure cotton school uniform to be available. I realise that you do cotton mix, and very occasionally skinkind pure cotton products are available - but why only occasionally? I've not managedto get hold of any yet. My sons skin is very sensitive, and there should be something to fill the gap between incredibly expensive cotton school trousers and ultra cheap supermarket polyester mixes?

lynniep Wed 16-May-12 16:49:35

I take that back M&S youve got them in stock at the mo!!!

AlanMoore Wed 16-May-12 17:00:07

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have bought M&S kidswear and have had it bought for me as gifts.The quality is good and things wash well. The "value" Indigo baby jeans were absolutely brilliant.

Unfortunately a lot of the stuff, for girls in particular, is spoilt by horrible trims/embroidery/applique and there is a tendency for things to be really awful colours, a lot of salmon/taupey stuff which is just vile. I like brights and patterns but find a lot of the M&S stuff migraine inducing. I think the styles for slightly older girls are a bit "trashy" as well, too much lame and animal print.

Don't buy M&S very often as I find the colours and patterns very garish and the sizing is odd, most things seem very very large but the legs of tights are very short!

I buy most stuff from Next, Gap and George at Asda, I think M&S quality and pricing is comparable but the design is really letting you down. Sizing is just too big as well - if I don't have the child with me I often end up having to return and size down, recently a dress for my only slightly smaller than average 2 year old that had to be exchanged for 9-12m!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

I want things that are well made and will wash well and stand up to playtime, but I do like fun/pretty things for DC so the design is important. A choice of colours is a big selling point, particularly for boys as so much is just beige, brown or blue and it's SO boring! Skirts need to be short or full enough to allow them to run about and I do really like the way Gap provide little pants with their baby and toddler skirts and dresses, I wish all shops would do this.
I don't mind cartoon characters on kid's clothes (my DD loves Hello Kitty and has lots of stuff with her on) but I prefer slogans and text to be kept to a minimum. I was bought an otherwise lovely Autograph outfit for my DD that says on the back "All the cool girls dream of becoming a superstar" - she's never worn it because that makes me want to puke!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop in store for M&S kidswear as there is not that often anything I like, just the odd gem, so I tend to just pop in if I'm passing (I do shop in M&S quite a bit for myself). As mentioned before I find the sizing huge so wouldn't dare buy online, I have to be able to see the garment to judge the size.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Improve your overall designs - get more up to date, your stuff does not compete with Zara or Gap in terms of design and a lot of it is rather frumpy!
Bring back classics. When I was pregnant with my DD I saw beautiful little princess line wool coats in pink and navy, the kind I remember having, and Mary Jane shoes, but these days there only seem to be garish patterned anoraks. Plain cardigans and jumpers in a range of colours, corduroy pinafores and dungarees, wool coats, pretty cotton dresses, printed shirts for boys, that's the sort of thing I expect to be able to buy in M&S.
Sort your sizing out. George at Asda comes up big IME but not as big as M&S, but then the legs on your tights are really short!
I would like more choice of tights for preschoolers. M&S tights beat Next into a cocked hat for quality but Next have far better choice of colours and designs.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

The quality of the baby stuff is lovely, but it's overwhelmingly pale pink, pale blue or white. Some more exciting designs and some bright colours would be great. The layette sets (7 piece I think, about £15, with vests/jersey cardi/trousers/bib etc) are absolutely fantastic for price/quality, I would like more choice of design in those as they make lovely gifts.

MrsPlugThePlumber Wed 16-May-12 17:03:44

1/ I like a lot of M&S kidswear, although I think the girl stuff in particular could be less girly... more bright colours, practical hard-wearing trousers, stripes and spots etc rather than typical "girl" clothes. I think the younger girls range should be completely different to the tween/older girls stuff. I think the quality is great (usually) and haven't had a problem with the sizing. It's obviously more expensive than other places (supermarkets etc) and lower prices would tempt me further, though I appreciate the quality is usually better at M&S.

2/ Cost, quality, fabric (cotton, not polyester etc), no branding, no slogans particularly gender-specific "I'm a little monster/Mummy's princess" etc. which many people detest. Bright kid colours and designs.

3/ I almost always online. I don't have a local M&S but do have a M&S food that you can order into which is VERY convenient. I would probably buy more sale items if you could order them into the store also. I never let my kids pick their own clothes, but they are young at the moment and can't be trusted wink

4/ I have both a boy and girl, and I think colours for both should be brighter, more unisex and more "kiddy" than "fashionable"/stylish. I'm also not a fan of branded clothes/character t-shirts etc. Boys clothes should not be the colour of sludge, girls should not need to look hard for something that isn't PINK or doesn't have a kitten on it.

5/ Babywear a bit "twee", boring, safe colours, teddy design etc - the kind of thing your Mum would buy for you but you wouldn't buy for your own baby - but I have looked recently and thought things were looking a bit brighter.

Thanks!

Selyna Wed 16-May-12 17:13:07

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Not technically, but have had items bought for dd by relatives from there, and I have to say the quality of the clothes is brilliant, hard wearing and lovely.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost, quality are the two main important factors here. I like to try and get value for money.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I look online mostly first then visit the store.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
More options for little babies (i.e 6 months and below) other than that no not really.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
More sleepsuits maybe as I have always struggled to find these when looking on websites (might just be me there though.)

Hulababy Wed 16-May-12 17:15:23

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have bought clothes for 10y DD there occasionally. There isn't enough variety to do all her shopping there, not even most of it. But the quality is good ime and I find the prices fairly average for the high street. DD currently has a couple of outfits from M&S which she likes. The clothes for older girls/pre teens isn't too grown up, but still not too little girly either - which is a good compromise for me and DD. DD also liked the new teen range they have - the smallest size fits her, so it gives us a few more options now.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

It's a mix of those things. DD is 10y so she is starting to want fashionable clothing, but isn't really into names as such. I like to make sure what I am buying isn't too grown up (some shops really are very questionable over their designs for preteens) but is not babyish. I also look for quality and price. I am happy to get some buts from cheaper shops, and some bits from more expensive plavces - but for the majority of DD's wardrobe I want middle of the road pricing that washes and wears well

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Both. I look online and buy online, but I do take DD into the store with me usually before ordering so that she can try - she is often different sizes in different shops, so I can't rely on ages.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

A bit more variety, a bigger range, esp at pre teen age.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I don't really know much of their baby range to be honest as no baby to buy for.

Thevelveteenrabbit Wed 16-May-12 17:22:45

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes - usually pretty good quality. Also Boden, Debenhams, Next, Supermarket, Landsend, John Lewis

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Complicated - I have ID twins so often need to find 2 similar but not identical outfits - not easy to do at M&S - Also find some of the older girls stuff too grown up for my 8 yr old who needs age 10 clothes as she is so tall

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store - rarely look online at M&S - but do buy school uniform online

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I can usually find 1 nice item but not an outfit for all of my girls. Mre mix and match and items that will co-ordinate rather than 1 top that matches one skirt/pair of trousers

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Can't comment haven't bought baby clothes here for a while!

EssentialFattyAcid Wed 16-May-12 17:25:34

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I rarely buy from my local store but if I am near a store with a bigger kids dept my dd often chooses things she likes. The local store has hardly any of the range so I don't bother looking - kids is on the top floor and I rarely go into the store as the clothes don't suit me and i hate the look of the store and the lighting. I mainly buy from Gap, Zara, Next and John Lewis, sometimes Boden, Joules or FatFace

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

If my dd like the stuff then I buy it

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Usually buy in store but sometimes online from Boden or Next.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

My store would need to carry a bigger range to persuade me to buy, and then I would as my 12 year old often finds things she likes in bigger stores, but we only visit a bigger store perhaps once or twice a year.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I never look at the baby range and wouldn't think of buying babywear from M&S as I would assume that the styling wouldn't appeal to me - too dull.

turkeyboots Wed 16-May-12 17:26:02

~ "Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? "

Yes, am a regular buyer. I like the sturdy plain clothes which are getting harder to find now my children are moving into older age ranges. I dislike the lack of every day type outfits (in my local store at least its all almost all party clothes). Otherwise buy from H&M and Sainsburys TU range.

~ "When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! "

Quality is important, as is material and style, as my DC can only wear pure cotton due to ezcema. I'm not a huge fan of all the branded stuff, so avoid that where possible.

~ "Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? "

Both. However I often end up buying online with M&S as local store carries a very poor range of sizes in vital stuff like underwear and school clothes.

~ "Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?"

I am finding it harder to find styles I want by children to wear. Too many strappy tops and vest style tops for boys, which I dislike. I like the multi-packs of t-shirts (plain or pattered) and would liketo see more practical stuff year round. Its very hard to find a cardigan or coat this time of year, or a swim suit in Jan.

~ "Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?"

Was disappointed in the range recently when buying a baby dress as a gift. H&M do similiar things in nicer styles. Also everything was very summery and strappy. I'd also prefer less, white/pink/beige/blue as options in the baby clothes. More colours would be good.

Slambang Wed 16-May-12 17:28:42

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, but now my 'kids' are too big (teens). Overall decent quality and reasonably priced. I used to buy lots of the basics night clothes, jeans, hoodies, t shirts. What stopped me (apart from having hulking teens) was the goddawful limited choice for boys. Twelve year olds do not want cartoon figure pyjamas. They do not want cutesy logos saying things like 'Life is good' and they do not want anythig identifiably M&S branded with this year's theme (I remember a terrible year when you couldn't buy anything that didn't have a David Beckham logo or label - even on trousers).

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

As a parent all of the above but mainly cost. On ds1's behalf I'd say style and label. On ds2's behalf comfort and lack of distinguishing features or logos.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store. Dss do not seem good at visualising what an online picture will look like worn in real life.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

As above - the boyswear is appalling. The girls' clothes usually take up a good 2/3rds of the floor space, lovely bright colours and choice. The boys' clothes are always in the furthest darkest corner of the store with a very limited choice of only navy, black or khaki even for little boys. And why is there no betweeny range for the post 12 year old skinny teens? You seem to go from ten year old to XX large fat men with nowt in between.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Haven't checked these out lately but have got some nice presents fromthe range previously.

ChippyMinton Wed 16-May-12 17:37:46

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? I buy schoolwear (non-iron shirts, trousers & skirts, socks, boys underwear). The quality has declined over the last few years though - shiny knees on trousers, bubbling on shirt collars, colours fading. Fit is good - adjustable waists and choice of length is essential. Other clothes, though are a bit hit and miss, the choice and colours are awful. Best recent buys were a pair of navy sequin plimsolls for DD (good quality and she hates pink) and camouflage trousers for DS1 & DS2, although the sizing is not the same as the school clothes, and a choice of colours would've been nice. I tend to shop at H&M (fun stuff), GAP (plain sweats and t-shirts, underwear) , Boden (jeans are a good fit, and I like the fleeces), occasionally Bhs, TKMaxx, Tu, Tesco.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Sizing is important, having small, skinny kids. With regard to cost/quality I look for offers, and sell or pass on outgrown stuff, so maximise the value. Colours are important - M&S tend to have slightly odd, loud colours. And I don't like labels. logos, or random bits of print on clothes (I avoid Next for this reason)

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Look online then go shopping. Have learnt the expensive way that my kids prefer to see/feel/try stuff on before agreeing to wear it!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Where to start? I would go to M&S for decent quality plain basics, if they stocked them, but they don't. EG this season not a single plain boys trouser is available - either too formal, or too casual. Or a long sleeved t-shirt for layering under the 'fun' t-shirts or football shirts. Colours are VILE. Same for girls. What I need are good basics - jeans, chinos, cargos, leggings, plain t-shirts, plain sweatshirts, warm hoodies - that can then be accessorised with print t-shirts, checked shirts etc. And stock more in-store. And make the sizes consistent with the schoolwear.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Haven't looked recently.

BodyOfEeyore Wed 16-May-12 17:52:22

~ I have bought M&S kidswear before, and I do fairly often. I trust M&S clothes and believe them to be good quality and of a nice design. I think people can think of it as expensive when compared to other shops (such as Primark), but it's really not. I also buy kidswear from supermarkets (Sainsbos and Asda) and Next.

~ The important factor is the label/brand (a brand I trust), then the design and colour.

~ I don't shop online for kidswear as I like to see the sizes.

~ I think there is a lot more available for girls and I would like to see more boys clothes. Also, I'd like more designes that were just coloured or with characters, not with 'sports' all over it and random numbers.

~ When my son was a baby, I did buy M&S baby clothes, as they washed well. However, I do remember buying something that had an incorrectly places apostrophe and I was very disappointed!

LillianGish Wed 16-May-12 17:59:13

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy it regularly for my children aged 9 and 11. I think it is reasonably priced (often reduced) and well made. I also shop in Gap and Boden.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

It is a combination of all of these things. My kids are growing fast so I don't want to spend a fortune, but at the same time I want the stuff I buy to be well made and most importantly to wash well. My kids are still slightly too young to be brand obsessed, but even when they are I'll be teaching them to mix things up.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I prefer to shop in store, but if something isn't available in the right size I will go on line and order it to be delivered to my local store.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I don't always find the sizing great - 9 - 10 or 11 -12 - sometimes I actually need the size in between. I hate the fact that a lot of the boys' jeans look as if they've been run over with a lawn-mower - I'm sure some people like that style, but I'd actually like some that look new to start with and can age and wear out naturally. I love the styles for younger girls, but find the range for older girls is sometimes a bit chavvy. It's not what I want and not even what my daughter wants. I don't want her dressing like a teenager until she is a teenager thanks very much - for this reason we've been shopping in Boden a bit more (because we happen to live near the shop - I hate mail order clothes) even though it is a bit more expensive.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
It's a long time since I shopped for baby clothes, but from memory I wasn't that keen on them. I hardly bought anything from M and S when they were babies where as now almost everything comes from there.

lumbago Wed 16-May-12 18:04:51

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes i buy often although less now the boys are heading twds teenage, love the Autograph range for older boys - find the jeans still a bit naff and made for fatter kids also buy from next ( v occasionally is a bit naff) and a LOT from H and M for boys

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
most important is that they like it! and that it fits them, and mixed into that the price. Having three of the same sex means there are certain economies of scale, apart from jeans which tend to wear out.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I do impulse buys in store but planned buying online, Marks REALLY need to look at their delivery charges to stay competitive, having free del only over 2 million pounds makes me look elsewhere

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

MOre trousers for slim boys - i know far more skinsters than fatties. Id like free delivery obviously and more availabilty for school uniform - trying to buy a school jumper in the middle of a rather cool summer was nigh on impossible

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I dont buy baby stuff any more.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I sometimes buy M&S Kidswear for my son who is 7. The things I have bought are good quality and have washed well. I generally bought because I liked the colours or the character on the item.

I have bought schoolwear for my daughter (11) but not casual clothes as I feel the older girls clothes are a bit too revealing or "adult". Often the girls clothes are black or heavily sequinsed or very strappy and I am not keen to dress my daughter in any of these styles.

I also shop for them in Next, H&M, Boden, Zara & John Lewis.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost is clearly an issue but I do look for decent quality items which will last well in the wash. I am usually drawn to clothes by attractive bright colours and character prints for ds or appealing patterns for dd.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

We tend to know roughly what sort of item we are looking for. I find the M&S website difficult to use and if I look there I can rarely find the same items in the store so we generally just go into the store and see if they have a suitable version of the item.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

They cater for boys much better than girls. The girls clothes are either too adult or way too prim. Somewhere in between is what I am looking for.
More variety in length and width would also be helpful. Dd needs wider shorter items whereas ds needs much narrower items. They also put the childrens clothing in the least accessible area of the shop and the shop is always too hot so it puts us off battling our way through the shop and up the floors to the children's section.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I don't buy babywear from M&S.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Great quality clothes, wash really well. Lovely colours. As others have said I think the older girls things (I have a nine year old) are a struggle and either too babyish or way to old but IMO ALL shops are a struggle with this. Buy frpm Gap/Debenhams/Selfridges.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Quality and style and colours. Got to look fashionable while being practical and age approapriate, not asking for much am I !! grin

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

In store because sizes can be a bit strange and I would rather try first, especially as dd has short legs, long body and short arms! Mostly let dd chose within reason.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

There isn't a massive range in our local M&S of kids stuff for older girls. Its mostly baby or young girls and lots of boys. More choice would be nice.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

My dd is older so its not something I buy now.

Badvoc Wed 16-May-12 18:19:42

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. I have bought baby clothes/muslins/bibs/etc. I have also bought clothes as gifts for others. I like the quality and the fact it washes well. I also buy from NEXT and John Lewis.

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost is a factor. I buy pants/socks/vests from cheaper stores. But for nice tops/shirts/trousers and pjs I go to M&S. It is SUCH a relief as the mother of 2 sons that M&S clothes are not covered in skulls and crossbones/superheroes/"typical" boy things and the 4 pack of tops aer very good value.

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I look online and then go into store usually.

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

A value schoolwear range inc socks, pants, vests and plimsoles etc. Also more packs of clothes...eg; 3 pack of tops/t shirts/joggers.

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

The muslins were fantastic...I bought loads of them! I also bought 2 sleeping bags. The babygros are a bit bland....cream/biege isnt a very exciting colour for babywear!

nextphase Wed 16-May-12 18:33:28

We buy most of DS1's trousers from M&S. They have adjustable waists, which is essential for us. We also have next and H&M, and tesco if I see the adjustable waists. He is currently in 2-3 yr old trousers.
They do plain trousers, which don't have too many pockets etc making them look like combat trousers, and aren't denim. Price seems good, tho we don't buy trousers on price - we buy on waist size.
I look on line, and order the size I require to store - our local on often doesn't have the right size in all styles.
We also got some teeshirts recently, as they had some plain and striped ones, rather than branded, which I prefer. The head size seems too small for the body - they are already slightly tight to pull on, but are on the large size on the body, so I guess a more elasticated neck or larger cut.
All the clothes seem to be wearing well, and the tee's have been commented on.
I've never looked at girls wear or baby wear.

bagelmonkey Wed 16-May-12 18:37:51

I've bought quite a few items of M&S childrens clothes, but only for up to age 2. I find the girls clothes a bit too pink and the boys stuff too boyish for a girl. I'd like to see more bright unisex baby clothes. Some of the older childrens clothes look good, but I won't be buying them for a while, so I hope the bright colours stick around.
I sometimes buy online, but I still prefer to get a proper look at things in the shop because sometimes the colours are hard to determine on a computer.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have bought a few items. Mainly nightwear and underwear. I find a lot of the normal clothes too garish/flashy/cheap looking/have too much commercial branding for the money. If I come in looking for something, I often leave disappointed. Our local store is cramped, untidy, has a poor range in terms of sizing, and often wrong season. Instead I buy from Gap, John Lewis, H&M, Debenhams, Boots when children were smaller or second hand Boden.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost for daily wear items (H&M is good for cheap dresses/t shirts), but durability and design for longer term items such as coats which will be handed down to younger siblings.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Mostly in store, browsing for general clothes, but online for shops which are not in our locality. If I'm after something specific like swimwear or pyjamas I'll probably check online first.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

As mentioned before, the range in our local store seems to be out of kilter with seasons - we still need wellies in March for example. Less branding or silly pictures on clothes. Less "fashion" items for toddlers, and more plain, classic clothes. I've found that the clothes range in Boots is what I would have expected from M&S.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I bought very little from M&S baby. I can't remember why but it was probably because it was overpriced and not very inspiring.

Sorry, but you did ask!

GreatGooglyMoogly Wed 16-May-12 19:01:37

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I often buy children's clothes from M&S. I can find things there that I can't find elsewhere eg. non-boring boys swimming trunks; thick jogging bottoms with pockets and cuffs; smart knitted jumpers. I also buy from Next, H&M, Tesco and Sainsburys.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost, bright/ different colours, non-offensive pictures (eg. no skulls and crossbones, negative slogans).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop in store and online. Online for specific items I need and in store if just browsing.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I would like there to be equal amounts of boys clothes and girls clothes, as there are always more for girls. Also more older boys' trousers with elasticated waists that aren't adjustable and slippers with velcro fastenings for older boys! Also -cheaper pyjamas - I object to paying anything over £10 per pair.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I haven't bought anything for babies for a while but I seem to recall a lot of blue, pink and white and would much prefer more interesting, bright, non-gender specific colours.

megabored Wed 16-May-12 19:11:07

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I regularly buy from M&S kidswear. Overall, M&S quality is fantastic. The items wash well and last. For example, I purchased pajamas for DC 1 a year ago and they need washing every day. Still they have retained the shape and colour. The colours, designs and competitive pricing (in line with quality) makes me buy. I purchase regularly from Next, John Lewis and Tesco (while grocery shopping)

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

If I am buying something like a coat, then the quality is important. Brand and label do not matter. Style, specially the colour is very important. Easy to wear and practical is also of great consideration.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I tend to shop n store store and online. Sometimes I go online before visiting the store to see whats available. But getting a feel of things in the store is much better. My child is too young to choose what he wants. However, the Cars 2 T shirts from M&S were a hit. Same with the Mr Tickle pajamas. My DS chose them himself. The delivery charge puts me off at times as I think its worth spending that amount in petrol and time just so that I dont have to return things.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Yes, The colours for boys, even baby boys are dire. All I see when I go in store are blues, greys and browns. Some brighter/fresher (not luminous ) would be nice for boys. The winter jackets available in store in October 2011 were dire. All greys and blues and browns. I had to purchase elsewhere. Even baby boy outfits are dull. Surely your fabulous designers can do better!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Baby range is okay. Again, dull for boys. but this seems to be the trend for all UK retailers. Quality is good but more styles for boys and brighter colours please. John Lewis IMO fared better last winter. Hope this helps you M&S.

stressheaderic Wed 16-May-12 19:21:30

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I buy quite a bit of M&S clothes, for DD (age 2) and for gifts. Overall, I think they are high quality and wash well, keeping their shape. I have a problem with the sizing being way too large for my average sized DD.
I get my other kids' clothes from primarily H&M, Tesco F&F, George, Debenhams, and Next. The odd treat from Ladybird too and JoJo Maman too.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Most important factors for me - soft comfortable fabrics, good quality cotton and knitwear and classic designs, no fashion-y things, they are children, I don't want them to look like a mini adult.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I do browse online but usually shop instore so I can feel the fabrics. Been caught out before by Matalan's crappest of cotton.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think they cater for girls more, but then so do most places. The kidswear at my local high street M&S is very very cramped, can't get a slim buggy round. The young children's range is OK but the older girls' stuff is dreadful. It really is just so bad. All blacks and greys and glitter and ill-fitting tunic and leggings sets.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I think the 'Petit Bebe' range is fantastic and pretty good value. Lots of fabulous unisex items, sets and gifts. We used the vests, socks, and babygros over and over without them looking tatty. I would highly recommend this range.

flapperghasted Wed 16-May-12 19:21:53

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes
What's your overall opinion of it? Generally good quality, was well, wear well
If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? DD doesn't find it cool. We often check in there for cardigans, nightware or undies but generally come away empty handed.
What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? H&M, Next and, this last year, Hollister.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Complicated combination, but most of all, must appeal to 11 year old girl.
~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Yes, I shop online and then pick up in store

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Their stuff is a bit frilly/flouncy. DD finds it girly rather than urban/cutting edge/fashion forward. It's all too smart for her. The jeans don't fit her build and she's a Next girl for jeans anyway.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I'm past the baby stage, so this question doesn't apply.

Harr1etJ0nes Wed 16-May-12 19:30:26

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes.What's your overall opinion of it? Expensive, bland If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? Expensive What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? H&M

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! colours, hard wearing, practical

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? More practical stuff for toddler girls. More trendy but not tarty preteen/teen girks. No characters! Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Need more hard wearing & trousers for girls.
More consistent sizing.

trice Wed 16-May-12 19:47:48

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes.What's your overall opinion of it? not exciting, not good value apart from uniform. If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?I can never get the right sizes in store - have to choose in store amd order online. What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Boden , Lands End, Gap ~ When you're shopping for kid' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! colours, hard wearing, practical ~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?  ~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?  ~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety?

I have a ten yr old boy. He is tall. We have not been able to find any clothes to fit him in M&S for the last couple of years and we have relly tried as he gets vouchers for his birthday every year. He ends up having to spend his birthday cash on pants and socks.

Uniforms are very good. Girls clothes are a bit cheap looking and not quirky or charming. School shoes have been excellent.

BornSicky Wed 16-May-12 19:51:55

yes, i buy the kidswear. I find it to be good quality, washes and dries well without shrinking or losing shape and is durable. I particularly like the sleepsuits and vests, but also sometimes buy t-shirts and trousers.

I think the pricing is reasonable given the clothes tend to last longer than supermarket brands, for example. On a par with M&S are Next baby clothes, which i think are a tad more expensive.

What always irks me though, and this is not just M&S, is that whenever there is a children's clothes sale, there are racks and racks of girls clothes and a few paltry boys items stuck on the end. What gives with that?

Cassettetapeandpencil Wed 16-May-12 19:53:58

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I shop in M&S for my Childrens clothes however I do so less now that I have twins as well as my toddler as it can be quite expensive. I really like the designs of the clothes but most importantly I find that they last and wash up really well.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost is a big factor in my choosing of clothes. I'm not overly concerned about brands for my youngest as they ate not old enough to have an opinion on brands! However I do choose clothes that are pretty and stylish. Especially for my eldest (3 years old) as she really likes designs such as Hello Kitty and these are available in M&S.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I most usually buy their clothes in store as it's a treat for them (especially the eldest) to get new clothes and my eldest likes to have a say in what she gets. I don't usually look online before going instore.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I find that items like party dresses and the 'autograph' range are quite expensive and I therefore don't buy items from these ranges very often unless they are in the sale. I don't know about boys clothing as my children are all girls but I find things I like for both the twins (18 months) and my eldest aged 3. I think all Childrens ages are catered for well.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more
I really like the baby range. The bib packs and booties are especially good value and the the clothing designs are always beautiful. I'd like to see more box sets for newborns containing tins like bibs, vests and booties or socks as this would make a great present. There is a lit of variety but I would like to see some decorated cheaper vest packets.

PavlovtheCat Wed 16-May-12 19:56:28

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I like M&S, some of it is a bit overpriced, but the things I do buy are t-shirts and cardigans for DD, on occasions I will buy her a set of some kind, dress/cardi/tights. I also buy children's socks, pants, and vests from there as they last well despite numerous washes, good quality, comfortable. I buy school uniforms there as they are simple and reasonably priced. I used to by grey school tights, but seeing as DD rips holes in them within weeks, the fact they keep their elastic and wash well mean nought, so might as well buy cheap.

I also buy Blue Zoo/other debenhams range, DD is growing out of Blue Zoo but they do fab boys clothes. In fact, to be honest, most of my clothes and the children's clothes are from there (Gorgeous Ted Baker dresses for DD, often in a sale!).

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

In order, for DD, cost/quality/style/design, brand/label only important in so far as it indicates to be the quality levels. For DS, in order cost/quality - the rest is he gets what is on sale (second child, poor boy).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Either, if there is a sale I will go online, or else I pop in at lunch time or so and browse without children.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Do more boys clothes that are not blue/grey/green/combats.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Was reasonable enough for baby stuff, I got a few bits there.

whattodoo Wed 16-May-12 19:59:20

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Yes

What's your overall opinion of it?
Good quality, colourful, some pieces quite expensive, others good value.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?
Price. There doesn't seem to be much of a 'basics' range, ie simple everyday leggings, t shirts (unless in sets) etc. Everything is brightly coloured or black, very little neutral stuff to mix and match with other ranges

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Next, supermarket ranges, pumpkin patch, h&m

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Combination, mainly quality and price.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why?
In store, I tend to do one shop per season so go to a shopping mall and do it in one hit. then top up in between as and when I see anything I can't resist!

If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Go along and see what takes my fancy

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear?
More basics, better aisle space for buggies, better displays. the sizing seems to be quite off, too. My DD is average size but I always have to buy one age younger than her actual years. trousers in particular are very long.

Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Lots of pretty stuff for baby girls, little basics other than sleepsuits and vests.

poppy1973 Wed 16-May-12 20:05:57

1. In the past I have purchased from M&S. I often get new items purchased for my children from M&S from the grandparents. I only consider M&S now if I am buying for a decent quality Winter coat, but often can't find the style for my little girl. I often purchase clothes for my little girl from H&M and I like the styling and price. For my little boy I purchase from Gap.

2. The quality at M&S is still there in the clothing. I find the clothing a bit too girl for my liking. Fancy hearts on t-shirts are not really want I want to put my 2-3 year old in.

3. I prefer to shop online for children's clothes, but will look in store if I can't get a particular item (that has sold out online). For convenience the children and myself don't like shopping instore

4. Cost is an important factor, I prefer H&M to M&S and Next clothing. I like to purchase slightly different clothing for my children and you can get a nice item for a child for £5.99. If it was in M&S it would be more like £15-20 for a similar item.

5. I prefer to look online for kids clothing as I don't want to drag the children around the town shopping for clothes as both children would get bored easily and it would cost me petrol to travel from the countryside into town and parking costs and then would cost extra at the cafe to ease the children from the shopping boredom.

6. The boys clothing is a bit dull and uninteresting, I purchase my little boys jeans and tops from Gap. The trousers for M&S are simply too large in waist for my child and don't fit. The girls clothing needs to change and adapt for the current economic climate. If you want to pay M&S prices then I feel I would prefer to save a little more and purchase a decent top from Joules or Boden.

7. The ranges for the baby and very cute, pale pink and blue. I think their baby sleepsuits are great quality and wash well. Don't know if I would pay the price for them now.

8. No they don't have enough variety - they need to improve their clothing range. They need to look at their pricing and design and perhaps look at how other stores are adapting their childrens ranges.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes.

What's your overall opinion of it? Good quality, washes well.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? I buy the bright stuff, the sizes are always good for DS, the colours don't fade and the clothes are nearly always cotton.
If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? N/A

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Next, John Lewis, tesco sometimes

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Brand is not important but cost, design and quality are.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Both! I tend to get sale things online.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? More colours! I prefer to dress my son in bright clothes rather than blues.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Your sleep suits and vests and brill smile and I have recently bought a nice red tshirt but you have much too much blue and muted tones in baby boy wear.

wonderwooman Wed 16-May-12 20:20:53

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I have regularly bought, and been bought (by in-laws etc) M&S Kidswear. I think it's a fair price for good quality clothing. Our staples are school uniform and underwear/socks, but I will also buy normal clothes because there's a good range of boys' clothing (I have 3 boys!). There's always a good selection of sizes.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
It's a combination of quality and cost. I sometimes buy from supermarkets because it's cheap, but find the clothes badly made and will wear quicker. I also find it frustrating when I buy from more expensive brands, like Boden, for example, and find the clothes wear out far too quickly for the money paid. M&S seems to provide a consistently good quality (my 3rd son is wearing some M&S clothes that his 2 older brothers wore). I like basic styles - not lots of slogans or too 'trendy' designs, and although M&S caters for this market as well, I find I can still find more simple, classic styles that I prefer. I also shop at John Lewis (a favourite), Gap (in the sale!), H&M (great stuff for reasonable price) and sometimes Fat Face/Joules/Boden (in the sale).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
A bit of both. In M&S, John Lewis, H&M & Gap it's in store. I don't usually check online before going into the store.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Less slogans/'branded goods' - like Disney/Thomas the Tank/Ben 10. That stuff really puts me off and there always seems to be such an abundance of it (especially in the boys' section). More classic clothing for older boys (well, from 6 years, perhaps) - nice chinos, normal jeans, plain cargo pants, shirts, plain/stripy t-shirts without writing or numbers on them, wool (yes, proper wool!) jumpers - round/v-necks - in different colours. For toddlers/pre-schoolers more basic styles: dungarees without writing/pictures/patches etc on (think OshKosh), plain/stripy t-shirts without writing/logos. Think simple - no extras!! One of our favourite buys (from H&M) for every age has been their stripy long-sleeved t-shirts, which are a little bit ribbed & a slimmer fit.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
It's been a while since I bought any babywear from M&S, but I do remember good quality babygros which lasted all 3 children. I do, however, remember a pair of jeans (12-18 months, I think) that I put on once and they never wore again as they were a trendy 'low-cut' which seemed SO uncomfortable for a baby. For me and babies, comfort has always been key - they all wore comfy leggings/tights/lined cords/jeans with stretchy waists. Oh yes, and less slogans/logos!!!

FartBlossom Wed 16-May-12 20:21:00

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, its good. If there's something worth buying then we get it, but often I forget about M&S for the children. Some of it is a bit expensive for what it is (but that is the same with all M&S clothes). I get my childrens clothes from supermarkets, Primark, H&M and sometimes Next.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Price, If they dont grow out of them quickly they stain them with mainly food, but also things like paint, pen etc. If its for a good price the colour/design/style or brand make no difference to me. Obviously I wouldn't buy them clothes I didnt like, but if I like something then its the price.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Instore as I never buy clothes online. I dont know why TBH. I never look online first either. Sometimes if the DCs are with us I will ask their opinion, but if they're not with us (eg they are at school) and I like something I will just buy it.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Make it a bit more obvious that its there as I often forget about looking in M&S for children's clothes. I dont know how to make it more obvious that M&S is a choice for kids clothes though. I think all places cater better for girls than boys, but that is because IMO boys clothes are boring. I think there is more choice for girls.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Cant answer this Im afraid as I haven't really looked at the baby ranges.

I do have one more comment. I would like to see more older children's clothes with adjustable waists. DS (7YO) and DD1 (4YO) are both tall, but both skinny (especially DS) and getting trousers is a nightmare as they are usually too baggy. Also Id like to see more shorts and tracky bottoms (for either PE or general slugging about at home) to have a tie waste. They often have the ties, but they are attached and for show, not for any practical use.

Hope Ive helped smile

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I have bought M&S childrenswear regularly for my daughter. I buy because the quality is good, the price is fair and quite often the designs are to my taste.
I also buy from Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Joules, Animal and smaller independent labels.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A combination of all. Firstly it has to be aesthetically pleasing and of decent quality. It also has to be fairly practical an age appropriate (no low rise jeans on a toddler for example!). I would be willing to pay a bit extra for the 'perfect' item of clothing but not for everyday staples.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I mostly shop in store, although if I've been instore and seen an item I like which is not in my daughter's size I willl then look online. I also look online during sales (less frantic!)

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Most seasons I can buy a few outfits from M&S but there have been a few ranges in the last few years which have failed to inspire me at all. It's a matter of taste but sometimes I can't imagine anyone's daughter wearing the outfit- never mind my own!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Very good value for money and well made. Washes well and still looks new after daughter had grown out of it. Would prefer some more gender neutral choices and perhaps more baby blankets or shawls. The ones that you offer are great but a bit more choice would be lovely.

FuntimeFelicity Wed 16-May-12 20:27:21

1. I've bought childrenswear from M&S before, I find the trousers a good fit on my tall, skinny ds1 and like the adjustable waists. I tend to buy smarter stuff and jeans from M&S and 'play' clothes from Sainsbury's Tu range.

2. Brand/label - no. Other than that, a combination of the others. If I'm going to pay M&S prices, I expect the quality. I've had some great clothes from M&S but also some ones that, after a few washes, definitely weren't worth the price. It seems quite hit and miss.

3. I buy from both. I have a look online as well to see whether a trip to the store is worth it.

4. More interesting colours for boys always attracts my attention. Otherwise it's a depressing combination of blue, black and khaki sad. I'd like to see school coats for older children in colours other than black so that they're safer when walking to school in the winter.

5. Couldn't seem to find anythng that wasn't baby pink, lemon yellow or powder blue in M&S when the dc were babies (2-5 years ago) which was a bit annoying. I didn't feel the need to colour-code my baby hmm. The fabrics were nice and soft though and washed well.

MsInterpret Wed 16-May-12 20:37:09

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have bought M&S kidswear. I like to go for socks, vests, pants, basics sorts of things, as well as maybe a special dress. Don't tend to find tshirts/skirts/pyjamas sort of thing that I like. I find the girls clothes too girly or over-patterned/designed and would rather some simpler, bright/stripey clothes of good quality, unisex design. I think H&M style is good and good price for decent enough quality.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost is of course a factor but I am prepared to spend more for some special clothes or something I/DD really liked, especially if it is likely to last a while, for example go on to younger siblings. So quality is important if the price is more. However, brand names/labels of no importance to me. Colour and design v important. I find so many girls clothes covered in pink/glitter/fairies/cutesy bunnies that I can't bear and would never buy.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy
I shop online if there's a sale or if I want something very specific. Otherwise would always be in store and see what's there.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Less decoration and simpler, more classic, unisex clothes would make me buy more often. Fewer cartoon character-sponsored ranges. Same goes for cutesy characters and extremely gendered clothing.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I bought quite a few pieces from M&S in a sale before my daughter was born. I liked the simple white basic pieces and also got some baby sleeping bags which were very cosy. Brighter colours along with the whites, rather than pastels would get my vote.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
We love M&S kidswear and have bought plenty in the last 2 years, it washes and wears well, we think it represents very good value for money. Our daughter mostly wears next, gap, cakewalk or Boden if not in m&s

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
a combination! But price, proportions (some brands are too short in the back and it drives me mad, my daughter is not alone in being an older size in tops in many brands because of the age appropriate sizes resting around her navel!) and durability are everything. The fabrics also have to stand up to stain removal well, very essential in our house!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
we shop in person and try on in store, we make it an adventure and shop with a purpose. I do sometimes research online, but not much, mostly because colours and sizes never appear accurate

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Most stores need more room between rails, when we went shopping with a buggy it was hell! Most of the time you get stuck and it gets frustrating and must drive many people from the department. Fitting rooms next to the kids clothes are a must, dragging them waaaaay across the shop is awful. Some plain, staple lines would be good too... In the adults ranges there are fantastic plain t shirts, trousers etc etc, wardrobe staples for thousands, the children's range is very brightly coloured and patterned and I cannot help feeling that we would like things like long sleeve plain t shirts, plain trousers, jeans and pinnafores. Please?

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
the range is fabulous, at one point I think we had the entire current stock for when AJ was 1! Perhaps a little variety in colour, soft pink is nice but.......

severnofnine Wed 16-May-12 20:41:40

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

occasionally...although MIL occasionally buys stuff from there. Our local store has a really small selection and never seems to have much stock in. we do tend to buy school socks so i can write their names in. we've also had really good pyjama bottoms from there for 8 yr old DS. he's almost worn them to death- they were soft cotton check comfy and washed well. I mainly buy clothes from h and m and sainsburys

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

cost plays a part but also bright colours other than blue and now they are getting a bit older they like things that are a bit more fashionable- h and m seems good for this

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

some things online like t shirts/ hoodies. but for shorts trousers prefer to see/ try on as my children are quite short and skin so need to check fit/ length. VERY rarely buy impulsively based on what children like

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I want affordable fun brightly coloured clothes. preferably "unisex". like polarn o pyret pye stuff but at a more affordable price. quality is aways good but selection is a bit drab for boys

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

It would be great to see bright unisex colours with unisex designs.... not just beige or pastels.

southeastastra Wed 16-May-12 20:43:30

i buy ds(10) m and s alot however i find the sizing comes up quite small.

Also dislike the way the tops jump so much in pricing the larger they get!

would like to see a good jeans range for boys - though h am m meet this market quite well now. also would like more plain t shirts.

Find boys range quite limited even in our massive local store.

MoonHare Wed 16-May-12 20:58:54

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Have bought from M&S occasionally but usually when I look at M&S, in store or on line I can't find anything I want to buy. In 2009 my daughter was given a £20 voucher for M&S, I looked regularly on line but it was 18 months before I could spend it! The girls clothes are often heavily embellished and in strange colours/shades, just too flouncy for my taste. Also the sizing is unpredictable - although on the large side more often than not. My favourite brands are Gap, Next, H&M, Boden. But I do feel that both Gap and Next have deteriorated in the last 3 years.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Most important for me are cost and quality. I have two girls are prefer not to buy anything pink so colour is important too.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I mainly shop on line for clothing because we're a long way from our nearest major town with decent shops. It's important to me that brand sizing is consistant so that I know exactly which size to order and not have the hassel of returning clothes that don't fit. If making a special trip for example to buy a winter coat I do look on line in advance. I like to buy on line at the start of a season and order most things the girls will need then top up with clothes from local shops and supermarkets.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Have a complete rethink on design. Fewer sequins, bits of lace and embroidery please. Also look at sizing, things from M&S always swamp my girls and it's hard for me to know which size I should choose.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I have always found M&S baby clothes to be very disappointing. I went there first when pregnant with my first baby because M&S has a good reputation for quality but found the range very uninspiring. Particularly the neutral clothes. More primary colours and much less pink/blue stereotype colours would be great. In the end I just bought a pack of white baby grows having gone in prepared to spend plenty of money.

I also dislike all the cartoon character tie-ins there seem to be in M&S. Simple, classic good quality cotton and wool clothes sized for children who are not giants would mean I was able/inclined to buy far more from M&S.

bigbadbarry Wed 16-May-12 21:03:10

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Yes
What's your overall opinion of it?
I actually rather like it but I never remember it is there!

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I just don't go into M&S very often. I like the styles when I do go in. I buy from Gap, Next, Mothercare

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A complicated combination. DD1 is 8 and starting to get to the point where a lot of the clothes for sale are too grown up IMO. Brand/label is not an influence at all; I suppose design and quality with some cost influence.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
A mixture of both. I try to shop without them as much as possible smile

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I do like the different colours in M&S, not wanting my girls to wear pink all the time. I am pretty confident I will buy more when our lovely new store opens this summer smile

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Too much pink/blue not enough neutrals and brights. I struggled to find toddler tights in there once.

I have bought a fair bit. It seems to wear and wash well. I avoid the logo-ed Thomas / Bob stuff, and go for the Indigo collection and Autograph stuff. Also just bought DS some black plimsolls which I thought were a total bargain at £2.50.

I shop instore as I resent paying for postage and the deliver to store is catastrophically bad.

I liked the fact that the newborn size was quite small in M&S, and there is the up to one month size too. The newborn size was a bit big in other shops. I like the fact there are some items in organic cotton.

I would buy babygro's / plain t-shirts / sleep suits in brighter colours. I noticed a pastel multipack of baby vests when I was last in, which is a start. It would be great to have proper unisex bright colours e.g. green / yellow / purple / navy / red / orange. H&M are really good at this.

RickGhastley Wed 16-May-12 21:09:48

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? yes

What's your overall opinion of it? good quality but a bit boring

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? I buy all DS's school clothes there because it is well priced, washes well and lasts for ages. It is also an excellent fit - he's tall and skinny and M&S do "skinny fit" school trousers. I have also bought smart shirts and trousers for formal occasions as they look really smart and are better priced then Monsoon

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? H&M, GAP, scandanavian designers eg Polarn O pyret, Ida T, Katvig, TKMaxx, Ebay

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! all EXCEPT brand/label

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? Online now that I have a new baby! It just easier then taking 2 kids round the shop

If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I don't tend to look online before going to the shops

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? more bright and quirky, like scandenavian designers, the baby wear is too "beige" and needs to be brighter with less cute slogans. I really hate the branded stuff (ben10, cars etc) it looks so cheap and nasty. Some of the girl's stuff is too fussy

Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I prefer the 2-5 age range and the boys wear is far simpler and cleaner looking than the girls

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? good for basics like packets of babygrows and vests. I do not like the rest of the clothes
Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? more bright colours, simpler ie no silly writing or complex patters, no "cute" writing on the garments. More like H&M or Danish/swedish designer stuff but with M&S quality and prices

MegBusset Wed 16-May-12 21:13:46

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes I have, generally it's good quality and value. I get school trousers from there (have just ordered the Skinkind trousers for DS1 after seeing them recommended on here) which are great quality and the fact the trousers come in different lengths is good too. I buy casual clothes from there occasionally but more often from Sainsbury's simply because I live much closer to it and it's a bit cheaper. I also buy from Next and H&M and occasionally Boden in the sale!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Quality - must wash well. Cost - I would not spend for eg £10 on a T-shirt because they get grown out of/torn/covered in paint. Colour/design - as a mum of boys I look for bright colours, nice cute designs, and no skulls/camo/'little ASBO' type slogans.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I usually shop instore because my DSes are peculiar shapes (long body, slim hips, short legs) and it's easier to see if something will fit them, plus you don't have to pay for delivery.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
The online selection for young boys sometimes seems a bit limited, the under-6 tops for example are mostly either character-based, or boring polo shirts which will need ironing! Would like to see some more cute designs and brighter colours. Like Boden but cheaper would be nice smile

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
The babywear looks lovely, I used to get basics from M&S all the while. Can't stand seeing a baby wearing a shirt though!

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I love the kids wear but my local store is very limited. We have a small M&S and an outlet locally and it doesn't have the range of children's clothes that would make it a really tempting shopping destination - it's more if something catches my eye when passing through.
I like mini boden, gap kids, laura ashley, vertbaudet and I'll buy bits from the supermarkets too.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost is a big factor but design can override that - I bought a satin lined cashmere cardigan for my two year old once at M&S - way more than I'd spend usually and not in the least practical. But it was so gorgeous that didn't much matter grin I also buy children's gifts and clothes as gifts at M&S because of the returns policy and the number of stores - I know whoever I give it to can swap it easily.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Online for second hand stuff and in store for everything else. i don't browse online for kid's stuff usually, except with stores like vertbaudet and boden.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I've never bought for a boy other than a baby and the range there was fine. Bigger choice locally may tempt me more. My daughter would lobby for anything with extras included - hairbands and the like. I would like to see more 100% cotton, plain (as in non character) pyjamas and basics - I don't go to M&S for all that Ben10/hello kitty malarkey in polycotton.
More plain clothes in general and a move away from the pink/blue stuff. M&S could go for bright, primary colours or strong pastels, well designed and no tv characters or naff slogans or writing on the bum. Particularly no random embroidery saying 'love' or 'cute'. A unisex range would be positive.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

A good range of sizes and some nice gift packs - aimed at christenings/new baby presents. Good natural fabrics. As above with the colours.

Thisisformatilda Wed 16-May-12 21:18:46

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
a combination of cost, quality and colour/design. It depends on what the clothes are for; everyday casual clothes for nursery have to be cheap, comfy and wash well! For special occasions its more design and colour.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
a mixture of both. I order basics like t shirts and pyjamas online. I like being able to touch and feel the clothes i buy and look at the size as it can vary from shop to shop.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
i think m&s kids clothes are fab! they are bright, colourful and fun. They wash and wear well, very good quality. I like their character ranges - peppa pig is VERY popular with dd!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
i think the baby range is lovely and quite traditional. Maybe some more funky colours but overall I think they are good quality and nice designs.

lagoonhaze Wed 16-May-12 21:21:59

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Only ever brought baby clothes from M&S. My DS has had a couple of presents when he was older but to be honest its the price that is off putting. We are more supermarket price range at the moment.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost and quality. I will pay more for coats, shoes and jeans as they are items that take a hammering. Not at all interested in brands- just the design and print sometimes draws me in as more unusual than supermarket brands.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Shop instore as need arises. Recently looked for a lightweight waterproof online across several retailers including m&s and couldnt find anything.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Boys ranges are always undercatered for. Smaller prices would encourage me in.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I found the sleepsuits and vests to be of very good quality and more unusual nice unisex prints.Only slighty more expensive. Both My DS and DD were dressed in m&s as their first outfits

Parrish Wed 16-May-12 21:22:35

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? YES What's your overall opinion of it? Good for smaller boys. If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Cartoon charcters on the tshirts! And nightwear. If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Boden. John Lewis.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Washability and has to be good quality. I will pay more f it can be worn by 2 boys!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? Mixture. If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Really depends. Kids like to impulse buy. I buy ahead with Quidco and pick up in store.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their ? More Boden esque copies at a good price (sorry!) Or buy it more often if you already buy it? I would love decent trousers in a aridity of leg lengths lik school trousers. Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? More sports casual clothes, like long shorts, surfelr tees and more shoes! Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Definitely appeals to my four year old more than my six year old. Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Definitely better for girls!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I bought lots of bby clothes from there, mainly in white!

Boggler Wed 16-May-12 21:27:47

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? yes I buy my son a lot of clothes from M&S, I buy from there for 2 main reasons firstly where I live it's one of only a handful of shops that sell decent boys clothes and secondly I find that the quality is very good and the clothes tend to last very well. I also buy from Gap, Boden, John Lewis and Next. Although I have to say that of those I buy very little from Next as I have found that the range has become very 'chavvy' over the past few years. I particularly like M&S school wear and remarkably the price of many of these items has gone down over the years.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! price is always a key point but not a deal breaker, I'd rather pay a bit more and get something that looks good, fits properly and washes well. The design is very important and I think that bright colours and patterns always look good on children

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? * I prefer shopping on the high street than online as you can instantly see the colours and feel the material, it's also much easier to gauge size when you can see it. My son hates shopping so I tend to pick everything*

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? * I think they need to change the range often it's awful when you see the same items in store months and months after first seeing them. I like to see things nicely displayed - not like a supermarket. The boys clothes are not bad but I think that M&S is as guilty as other shops in thinking that boys don't need a good range of stylish practical clothes like girls! I think that if M&S did something innovative like the kids den you find in the White Stuff it would become a fun place to shop and one that the kids liked going to instead of having to be dragged*

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? i love the soft jersey ranges for baby at M&S but it's all very similar so if you you don't like it you're stuck. On the whole Its all very 'safe' and some funky colours and patterns would be good. I also hate the cartoon character ranges across all ages and don't think M&S should have ever gone down this route

muddledsheep Wed 16-May-12 21:34:12

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Yes often, its the faithful brand that I can always rely on. Overall, good quality, pretty good prices and school uniform is excellent!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Cost and quality is definitely the most important factor but the others above all need to be taken into account.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Would love to shop instore but we only have a small store nearby with limited boys clothes so tend to buy the odd bit instore but more online.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I think girls fare better than boys overall, would love to see my local store stock more but practically thats not going to happen!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Love baby ranges, plenty of variety and colour.

BerryLellow Wed 16-May-12 21:37:52

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, I do buy it, the frequency varies, depending on what styles are in store down here (Cornwall). I generally like it, good quality, well cut and nice materials. I also buy from Sainsburys, Next, H&M, Fat Face & John Lewis

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Definitely a combination! I'll pay a bit more for something I love, especially now having two boys, I pay a bit more to ensure a decent hand me down. I look for bright colours in ALL ages, although I've noticed that for older boys there is a very limited selection of anything in colour - it's all green/brown/navy/grey etc. It's just so drab. My eldest (6) loves red, orange and it's getting harder to find.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I tend to shop more in store but have ordered online when I am certain of sizing and quality. I don't always take the boys as Lord knows what we'd come home with of their choosing! There's not always much point in seeing what's on M&S online as the stock in Cornish stores can be pretty hit and miss, you have to wait and see.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
We absolutely loved the recent stormwear jackets in red, yellow and blue, it would have been nice to see something similar in the older age bracket. I cannot bear cheeky monkey style pictures, or fake sportswear logos on childrens clothing, but love pattern and plain colours. Stripes feature heavily in the wardobes of my sons! Like the value ranges, most recently the fleece tops with large poppers - brilliant. Possibly more in the way of offers, maybe a loyalty card sort of thing, like you do with the greeting cards. Stamp everytime you spend, say, £10 and then after a number of stamps 20% off your next purchase.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
The baby wear you do is very sweet, but pastel heavy. Multipacks are always a winner, would be nice to find more colour again! When DS2 was tiny I adored a set of very very soft trousers and tops, one in red and white stripe, and one in navy. I also like that your vests go up to a 2-3, as I have a reluctant potty trainer! I think that more luxurious basics in the baby range would be nice, H&M do matching wrap vest bodysuits and snug fit trousers, DS2 lived in these when a newborn. Maybe a parenting club thing, in the way that Tesco/Boots do? If you hook a new parent in with a discount/voucher, they will always look at your clothes!

ThisisaSignofthetimes Wed 16-May-12 21:40:28

I regularly buy underwear for DC. The quality is good and value for money. I tend to shop in Next, Superdry, Jack Wills, H & M, the Gap and Boden.

Choices tend to be made as a result of a combination of factors. I'm not as bothered by brands as DD is!

I shop online and instore. I will only shop online where the brand has really set themselves up for online retailing. Unfortunately when I tried ordering DD some clothes online from an M & S sale it was a very poor experience. The website appeared to accept the order, but over the course of the next few days I was sent emails telling me that everything barring on item was sold out. You should have a better stock control system than this. I won't order online with M & S again.
I do use the website to see whats new but local store is quite small so doesn't stock everything anyway.
I think one of the reasons that I only buy underwear and occasionally other items is the age ranges of your clothes. My DD is nearly 12, she doesn't want to wear something that she might see a 7 year old wear. There seems to be too many tracksuit bottoms and hoodies in the ranges as well, nothing very imaginative.
I also find that trousers don't fit my DD. She always has to buy M & S trousers with adjustable waists, this ruins the fit, and your skinny jeans aren't really skinny. I think you need to recognise that some children are quite thin and cater for them as well, maybe have different waist measurements without the need for the adjustable waists.

Have only purchased babywear recently as gifts but it seems limited to pink, blue and cream, why limit the colours?

Teladi Iran Wed 16-May-12 21:42:43

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Yes I have been buying baby clothes for my DD1. I like what I have bought, the quality is nice, I find the clothes are true to size so she doesn't grow out of them too quickly. I also buy from Next and Frugi, haven't had to buy much else as she is the first baby in the family for a while and everyone is going bananas!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
I would say a complicated combination of all of them! At the moment my DD is under 1 so I don't like to spend too much, she is out of them too quickly! Once she gets a bit older I would spend more to get good quality.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I have bought online, because I don't have a car and that makes it easy for me. If I happen to be in store I just have a browse and see what is there.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I don't buy baby pink/frilly clothes for DD and also usually prefer the cut of boy's clothes, particularly trousers and dungarees etc. I'd love to see bright funky clothes for girls that are more in the style of boy's clothes, so no puffed sleeves or such like, just sensible cuts.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? See above as I have only bought baby clothes so far. I've got a few things I love from M&S for DD in her current size, but I don't like girly-girly stuff and found that this season when I went in recently to buy 9-12 month clothes there was not a lot that I liked.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. The clothes seem nice and some are surprisingly good value. I like being able to buy school uniform in fairtrade cotton. I don't buy many brand new kids' clothes, but always check M&S if I want something specific. I used to buy Mini Mode from Boots and have recently bought kids' clothes from H&M and Sainsburys too.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Definitely a combination. I'm not fussed about brands and labels though.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Generally in store because I don't like paying for delivery. I sometimes check prices online before going shopping.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think they're quite good for boys compared to some other places. In our particular store, the kids' clothes are on the 2nd floor, which is awkward with the lift and they're rather spread out which can make things hard to find.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I haven't looked at the baby ranges for a while. We were given some very nice sets which were very good value and wore well.

Cwm Wed 16-May-12 21:56:39

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I probably buy most of my kids wear from m&s. My overall opinion is that it's good quality and good value for money. I buy because the sizing is accurate - I tend to shop without the children so it's important that I can pick up a size and know its going to fit. In m&s I can choose two different styles in the same size and know they will fit. I buy a few bits from boden and very occasionally John Lewis. Having said that about sizing, the sizing can be a bit confusing when you move from joint sizes e.g. 7-8 to single sizes.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost is obviously important, but style is also important. I tend not to go for very girly stuff for my dd, and look for practical styles. I have to say that m&s dont always do this well, for example why do you do lovely jeans with ribbed waistbands for the boys, and then put fussy buttons, belts and fastenings on the girls ones?! The one thing I do look for is stuff that is easy to wash and I love the fact that I can throw m&s kidswear into the tumble dryer if necessary. I also like the fact that most of the stuff seems to be cotton.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

A bit of both really. Online for convenience, as I usually know what size I need. I don't usually ask the dcs. I know what they need and tend to go for practical stuff that lasts. Also our local m&s are often quite badly stocked with different sizes so buying online is usually a safer bet.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

It's so much better for boys. There's lots of frilly girly stuff which is frankly impractical. I know that some stuff has to be girly, but I find it hard to find trousers in particular that are comfortable for dd for the reasons stated above. Similarly shorts. I'd love to see more plain cotton jersey or towelling shorts, so much more comfortable for active girls! Too much of it seems like mini versions of adults clothes. Also would like to see fewer of those plasticky logos on pyjamas, as dd finds these uncomfortable and they don't wash well. Again it seems to be easier to find plain cotton pyjamas in the boys wear. There seems to be a better range of basics for boys - e.g. Plain t shirts.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I like the baby ranges and think theres a better mix of colours than many shops offer. I'd like to see more bold colours rather than baby blue and pink, especially for girls!

nipitinthebud Wed 16-May-12 22:03:15

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. My overall opinion is positive - its good quality and hard wearing with nice designs (cute for babies/toddlers up to cooler stuff for older (primary) kids). M+S is my staple for schoolwear and underwear - usually buy something else whilst I'm doing that too. I used to buy more when my eldest DC was younger as I find it suits his shape (good for slighter frame), but doesn't suit my youngest (rugby player build!). I tend to shop whilst food shopping (the only shopping I seem to do) so tends to be Tesco, Sainsburys - I like Boden stuff too so will order from there (in sale). Just started looking about a bit more for more stylish clothes for my DC so have been nosing back in M+S, Debenhams, Next and H+M.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Fit, design/style, cost, durability, not too much of a label fiend (obviously...see supermarket shop queen as above) but does play a role.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store while food shopping - mostly due to the opportunity/ease. Tend to go and see what takes my fancy. Will browse catalogues/online if I'm looking for something specific.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think some of the non-school wear is quite expensive - compared to supermarket stuff which tends to be as durable. I think M+S stuff generally has better designs but I'd be more likely to go to H+M if I wanted something a bit more 'trendy' and reasonably priced for my 7yo. I think I've got into a rut of buying cheap supermarket stuff though so anything else seems relatively expensive - even though its not all that bad really. Maybe having a cheaper range to entice lazy supermarket shoppers like me in, who would then likely buy other stuff too. I find the M+S website for kids a little bit blah maybe. Takes too long to browse through, not enough instantly seeing what you're looking for.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Haven't bought any M+S babywear for a good while - always tended to go to mothercare as I liked the fit there. Had a few M+S things but they didn't fit as nicely as Mothercare for my DC1 (and DC2 just got DC1's cast-offs!).

nipitinthebud Wed 16-May-12 22:05:15

Sorry can I add - possibly the problem I have with the website is that I don't think the pictures do the clothes justice. I never feel I want to buy anything on the website (except tried and tested schoolwear) - but find I do in the shop.

QOD Wed 16-May-12 22:10:11

Now my DD is 13 the only thing I've bought in a few years is a navy blue cotton knit school jumper. I bought it online last November and it's faded terribly.

Brandnewbrighttomorrow Wed 16-May-12 22:19:44

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes, lots of vests and sleep suits, also underwear and socks. Occasionally the odd item of girlswear. Lots of school wear.

What's your overall opinion of it? great for uniform, great for underwear, you did some fantastic girls pants a year or so ago, stripy shorts with an elastic band on the waist saying super cool, they are the best fitting pants ever, sadly haven't seen them in stock again. I wish that you carried more stock of fewer lines on the underwear, I regularly find pants/socks/vests/bodysuits/sleep suits that I like only to find that you don't have them in any of my 3 children's sizes. Ranges are changed so frequently that you never get to go back and buy more of the same, I would love to stock up in larger sizes once I've tried them out. 

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Good quality products, I particularly like the new autograph underwear, especially the boys white trunks. My husband wants some in his size please!

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? I don't buy the boyswear as i don't like cartoon branding on clothes and the shape of the trousers isn't good on my son - too narrow on the waist/wide on the hips. I find the girlswear to be over embellished, too much in the way of embroidery, cartoons, slogans, overall flounciness. Some of the older girls stuff is bordering on tarty. 

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Gap, esprit, Polarn o pyret, John Lewis, mother care. 

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Style, quality, cost. Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! 

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? In store, I like to see before I buy.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I like bold colours and simple shapes on my children - bright colours, stripy tops (pop is perfect but expensive) 

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I used to buy tons of sleep suits and all of the children's pj's at M&S. I go to mother care now for these things, they have bright colours and funky graphic designs. The blue and pink and embroidered teddy business at m&s looks old fashioned and unappealing. Would love to buy more from you - simplify the shapes, sharpen up the colours and I'll be in heaven :-)

orangina Wed 16-May-12 22:21:11

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I am not a regular buyer, but I have bought in the past. Overall opinion, too much tat, but some nice pieces in amongst it all. School uniform quite good, pants, vests, tights all poor quality.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Most important factors for me are cost, quality and design. I don't care about the label, and in fact don't like buying anything that is effectively a walking advertisement for the manufacturer (think GAP sweatshirts....).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Both. I work pretty much full time and try not to hit the shops at the weekend, so do a lot of online shopping. Having said that, I often pop into m&s on the high street, and pick up what appeals as I see it. Online shopping includes m+s pick up in store.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think m+s baby ranges are nice. Pretty much hate a lot of the boys stuff (too much branding, logos and theme characters. All too busy.) and I find a lot of the girls stuff a bit trashy, and verging on the inappropriate (I particularly hate the sparkly party dresses that hit the rails before Christmas). Please improve the quality of your tights and vests, I go all the way to john lewis to buy them (out of my way). Please provide clothing that isn't covered in Ben10/Peppa/Spongebob et al. Shoes used to be better, I find them now so poor, I don't even bother to look at them any more. Next does shoes better (although, again, very hit and miss in terms of age appropriateness I find....).

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

It has been a while since I have shopped for baby clothes, but I do occasionally buy items for presents, and have always thought it was a good range.

Summary: The hits are great, the misses are terrible. I probably shop more at H+M than M+S, especially for boys. For shoes, I would go to H+M or Next, M+S have provided me with absolutely nothing in that department. Less acrylic in the knitwear please. Dump some of the tv characters please, and stick to basics. Girls Indigo range is a step in the right direction for me.

BrianButterfield Wed 16-May-12 22:27:20

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I have bought quite a few bits. I think it's on the expensive end of what I will pay but the quality is worth it. I buy from there as they are one of the few kids' wear stockists in my town but also because the pieces I have from there have washed and worn really well and I appreciate the quality. I also buy from M&Co, Tesco/Sainsbury's, charity shops and places like Boden/Joules if I can get really good money-off deals.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost, quality, style. I won't buy cheap but naff things, or stylish but very expensive. I like something a little unusual, subtle but funky design, nice thick cotton if possible (but will buy flimsier things if I like the look of them and it's just a t-shirt or something short-lived).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Mostly in-store, I like to see the sizing. Online ranges bear no resemblance to stock in my local stores so no point researching beforehand.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I struggled to find baby boy's pyjamas (not sleepsuits) and I think the girls' stuff is better than the boys'. I would like some 'deals' like your meal deals - so a top/trousers/socks combo or something for a set price.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I think they're sized quite large, nice fabric, slightly insipid pinks and blues in the newborn ranges. However the vests, sleepsuits and muslins from M&S were the best I had from anywhere and I always buy presents from there. I also got a lovely knitted cotten blanket which again was great quality for the price. I would like more boys' knitwear.

Beamur Wed 16-May-12 22:34:40

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I buy probably about 50% of DD's clothes from M&S, partly because the shop is on the street in town where I most often go for lunch from work! But I buy the clothes because they are decent quality and I like the styles. I don't like everything, but there is usually a few items that I like enough to buy. I also buy school uniform and nightwear from M&S. I also buy some clothes from Boden, Gap, John Lewis, Boots, Mothercare and sometimes Next, but I find the ranges for my daughters age range in Next less appealing than when she was younger.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
I'm not too bothered by brand and will happily buy clothes from supermarkets if I like them for example, but I probably wouldn't buy very expensive clothes. I look for a nice quality, something that will wear well, I don't like clothes that are too 'fashiony' or grown up, I also dislike a lot of the clothes with transfer type pictures and for some reason don't like pictures of people on clothes - much prefer simple designs or animal/nature type prints. My DD has quite unusual colouring too so suits some colours more than others.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I prefer to buy in shops so you can have a good look at things, but I quite like Debenhams and John Lewis for online shopping - partly because my nearest Debenhams is dreadful in the store and JL is a bit far to go.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I'd agree with the posters who would like to see more mix and match options with M&S, too many of the clothes are very outfit orientated and I struggle to put them with other things. I quite like the £5 off offers that have cropped up a few times, it probably has swayed me to buy when I was in two minds. I would like to see some key staples in more basic plain colours - like t-shirts and leggings. Generally though I quite like the look and feel of the clothes for my daughters age (5) they are still quite cute and pretty without being too childish, but equally I don't want to dress her in more sophisticated looking clothes either.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I haven't bought any for a while, but the impression I get in store is a sea of pale pink or pale blue - but dull, I like to see more individual, brighter clothes on babies personally.

FairyPenguin Wed 16-May-12 22:42:18

Regular buyer, quality is very good, washes and tumble dries well, lovely designs (particularly for girls).

We also buy from H&M, Tesco, Sainsbury's, JoJoMamanBebe, GAP (sale only), Debenhams, Boots, Mothercare, and Pumpkin Patch before it closed down.

What do I look for? Adjustable waists on skirts and trousers, and roll-ups on trousers! So hard to find that I nearly always buy any that I see!
Apart from that, decent quality T-shirts that aren't really thin, tumble-dryable, no logos, no fluffy kittens / no sparkly bits / no skulls or pirates.

Shop in stores and online. My local store doesn't stock that much so if I haven't found what I want then I tend to buy online. Also I get the e-mails with vouchers on them so then that prompts me to shop online. Free collection and returns to store are brilliant and a big plus for me.

If I see something I like online then I will tend to order it rather than make a trip to the store to find out it's not in stock. I just order it into the store to collect then, if I have the children with me, try it on in the changing rooms and then can return if doesn't fit, while I'm there.

What else would I like?

Please please please get some more yellow poloshirts in stock. The smaller sizes have been out of stock every time I have looked since September.
More designs without transfers on them. Some are ok, but I can get put off if nearly every T-shirt I see is like that. Just ones with stripes would do me fine!
I tend to buy more girls clothes from there, and just trousers for my son. So please invest more in the boys clothing design. My daughter is 5 and my son is 2 so I can't comment on the older children's designs.
I have frequently found two-packs of tops or leggings or tracksuit bottoms where I like one design and not the other so then I don't buy it. I know it makes it seem better value but I would really rather you sold them separately. This happens a lot with me at M&S now I come to think of it.

Baby range: The main thing I remember about the sleepsuits was that they are incredibly long in the legs compared to any other brands we bought! We bought baby socks, and lovely soft fleecy hooded tops and cardigans from M&S.

BoysWillGrow Wed 16-May-12 22:53:27

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I have brought occasionally throughout the year, I probably buy about 3-4 items a year. I don't tend to pop into m&s for casual clothes I go for certain items like a new coat or start of the year shoes for the kids. I think the image of m&s kids clothes isn't that of clothes to wear to get messy & play or relax in but more to look nice and last. I mostly buy kids clothes from next, h&m or m&co.

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
For me the most important factor is design, my kids are young so will quickly outgrow them, so although quality is important it's not top. I buy bright fun colours greens, oranges or purples, with a good print or design. I'm beyond fed up of character t-shirts or "I'm so cute", "I love my mummy" and tractor or car design t-shirts.

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
For m&s I have never gone online first before buying, I'd rather go instore as I'm not an everyday customer. However I do for the other shops mentioned above.

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Yes, please get some new young fresh designers in, I don't just want mini versions of what adults and teenagers wear, or pictures of bears and vehicles. I want bold unique prints and colour. I defiantly think your older boys range is much better than your babies and toddler range & as both my Boys are four or under m&s doesn't lure me in. I think all shops favor little girls clothes over the boys though.

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Rubbish to be honest, it's all the same, pale blue, cream or pink. I don't want to dress my kids in clothes the colour of toilet roll. I want their clothes to be fun & look good in the pictures I take. I think m&s should look to the prints that next or Mothercare use for their bold sleepsuits ranges.

JessCartandahorse Wed 16-May-12 23:15:41

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, maybe 6 yrs ago. I thought it was quite pricey, and the girls stuff is often very girly and PINK! Granted this may appeal to most girls but not to mine especially as she got to age 9 and beyond. She wanted something more edgy and neutral.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Colour/design, style, cost, quality and not bothered by brand/label - in that order.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I tend to pick up the odd piece in sales as I'm passing through, or I go to the shops with dd and she takes the lead.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Is there a teen range? My dd (13) would barely darken your doors now, except for the excellent starter bras and some underwear, leggings, and T-shirts - but now she wears an adult size 8.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Not familiar with this, sorry.

BertieBotts Germany Wed 16-May-12 23:19:18

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I work near a branch and often go in and browse the kidswear on my lunchbreak. I find it hit and miss. Sometimes it's great and I love the items on offer, but other times it's bland and too character based or very "boy"ish with lots of blue and grey which I'm not keen on. (I only have a son).

Things I've liked from there have been socks and pants, I bought some really funky socks there which just have little details which make them slightly different, and the pants have a good mix of character prints (popular with potty trainers!) and more neutral designs. I like the way the character ones aren't just plain either, they have stripy backgrounds for example.

I find the multipacks of t-shirts good value and they seem to have a nice selection, unlike some where there are one or two nice ones and the rest are boring or impractical colours like plain white.

The character stuff is a bit too much for me, especially if it looks tacky. There was a nice Thomas hoodie in there recently which was really nice though, in a kind of retro style, it didn't look cheap and I would have bought it had we not already had enough jumpers.

What puts me off buying is: Bland colours, styles not to my taste (tacky character clothes, sporty clothes) and expense - I don't want to pay over £10 for a pair of trousers or a jumper/hoodie.

What I like: Bright, bold colours, something a bit different/unique, comfy looking clothes, multipacks which offer value for money.

Other brands: Next (only in sales or on multibuys, though), Boots (mainly in sales/multibuys but sometimes from regular rails), H&M, supermarkets, ebay.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Combination generally. I won't pay more than £4-5 for a t shirt, and no more than £8-10 for a pair of trousers or a jumper/cardigan/hoodie, unless I really liked it. After that will be style or design. I probably wouldn't buy something if it looked bad quality or like it wouldn't last, but I've never really come across this in shops. TBH, they grow so quickly and DS doesn't wreck his clothes as a rule. I have to like the design which for me is bright colours, funky prints, not characters, slogans are okay, but they have to be child-appropriate, and I don't like ones which centre on things like "Next tantrum in 40 seconds" or "I'm noisy and messy because I'm a boy!"

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I look in store because I don't want to pay postage costs and wait for items to arrive. Sometimes I browse online first, if I am bored online.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I'm always looking for nice, comfy trousers which don't have silly fashion cuts (skinny jeans for a 3 year old??) or slogans or characters on. Tracksuit bottoms are okay but I prefer them to be plain or e.g. with one stripe, not multiple stripes or numbers etc. Unusual colours or shades are nice, like dark green, purple, orange, dark turquoise, nice rich browns. And again, under £10 if possible - I'd be willing to buy trousers in multipacks to reduce the cost too.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Haven't looked at the baby range for a couple of years now, so can't answer this one without looking at the website.

BertieBotts Germany Wed 16-May-12 23:22:22

Sorry - to elaborate on the sock point, we've had some which when on make the feet look like crocodiles, and some animal ones where the animal's head comes up over the top of the sock - just little details which make them stand out from other brands.

hellymelly Wed 16-May-12 23:54:54

Q1. Have you ever biught M+S kidswear?
A. Yes, I've bought schoolwear, pyjamas, thermals, and socks and tights etc in the past 6 m. Prior to that , in the past I bought some baby dresses and accessories. I am a regular buyer, but I don't buy the daywear, as there never seems to be anything I like, the colours are usually very bright and the clothes overly fussy and styled. I am happy with the quality of the things I've had lately though. Brandwise I buy a lot of small not well known brands but I also spend a lot at petit bateau (all their underwear and most pyjamas).
Q2.What are the most important factors when buying (etc). I really care about quality and design. Am very fussy about colours too. I don't care about labels other than that I do stick with a brand if it gives me what I'm looking for.I will pay more for things that last well and can be handed down.
Q3.Do you shop online (etc)
A. Yes, all the time. I rarely buy anything in a shop as I live in the back of beyond.
Q4.What would encourage me to buy more from M+S?
A. I would buy more girl's schoolwear if it was better styled and there was more choice. I avoid man-made fibres and that limits the choices a lot. I would also buy day dresses if there were more classic styles in softer colours and simple shapes. I'd love really good girl's knitwear as it is very hard to find.
Baby ranges-I can't comment as i haven't looked at them in a few years, my smallest child has just turned 5. I've bought baby cuddly toys though, and they have been really great.

Had to answer this as DS lives in M&S clothes!
~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Yes I have! I like the fit, colours, fabric, quality. DS is an average 6 3/4 years and size 6-7 fits him for trousers, shirts, shorts, school uniform! Hooray! I like cotton for children and I like age appropriate patterns. (GAP are you reading I do NOT want skulls on 6 year old PJS - I walk out of the shop at that point) I buy from John Lewis, Next (rarely), Tesco, Sainsbury and GAP (occasionally - see comment above).

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! It will be design (ie type of item, not fashion), quality, cost.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Both and I am only just starting to let DS choose!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I would like a budget range eg wellington boots. I have had to leave wellies and trainers at school. I want dead cheap basic ones. Very hard to get for boys in the right size (size 1) from anyone. I do not want to pay £12 for boots, trainers to be used 1 per week and left at school.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I did have baby range when DS was a baby. I remember them being a bit pale and washy!

Anchorwoman Thu 17-May-12 02:40:54

I do buy sometimes but less so than I used to do. I find the constant sales off putting as its permanently like a jumble sale and I can't be bothered to try and find what I want/need for ds amongst the rails of left over stuff. I have to say that I get the impression that the clothes are now just priced in order to be discounted massively, which makes me less inclined to buy.

I do find some of the boys clothes of decent quality but dislike sludgy colours and horrid transfers and slogans. Also dislike cartoon and tv characters all over stuff. I would buy more bright colours and simple designs that don't include diggers, skulls, surf slogans etc - dull and stereotyped. I want nice quality cotton that washes well and I want nice, lively colours and designs that show a bit more imagination than 'boys = transport/action figure/slogan'.

I would also like to see more lovely accessories for boys as there are always lots of hats, scarves, beachwear etc for girls but often just boring functional stuff for boys.

I buy at john Lewis and h@m as well as next sometimes.

Baby things are good quality but again , where are the rainbow colours? I go to h@m for baby things as they do colours well and include nice baby brights and pattern in colours other than pink for dd.

xMumof3x Thu 17-May-12 06:18:29

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? YES
What's your overall opinion of it? GOOD QUALITY, NICE DESIGNS
If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? THE SALE

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?MY LOCAL M&S HAS A SMALL KIDS DEPT

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? H&M, MONSOON, NEXT

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! I WANT GOOD QUALITY AND HARDWEARING CLOTHES AT A GOOD PRICE

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I PREFER TO BUY IN THE SHOP, THEN I CAN FEEL THE FABRIC AND SEE THE SIZE, AND ALSO I DONT HAVE TO WAIT ON FOR A DELIVERY

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I HAVE ONLY BOUGHT GIRLS CLOTHES FROM M&S. I LIKE THE PRICING AND SALES, MORE OF THAT PLEASE. I HAVENT NOTICED THEM CATERING MORE FOR CERTAIN AGE GROUPS PERSONALLY

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? OVERALL OPINION IS THERE SOME VERY CUTE STUFF, I WAS HAVING A LOOK YESTERDAY IN STORE AND SAW A BEAUTIFUL PALE PINK KNITTED JUMPER DRESS FOR A LITTLE BABY WHICH i DEFINATLY WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IF MY GIRLS WERE STILL BABIES. THE VESTS WERE A LOVELY DESIGN TOO

TheHouseOnTheCorner Thu 17-May-12 06:31:57

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Yes, I buy M&S kidswear quite often; I like the quality and the prices...the Indigo range is great...what makes me buy is that I know the range is long lasting. I buy other clothes from Next, H&M and smaller independant cothing stores online.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost and Quality are equally important but for me style tops all...if it's pretty I will be attracted as I have two girls but that does not mean that I only want pink and lacy.....I like practical too

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop instore because I like to touch...I don't look online as I find photographs sometimes misleading...

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

M&S could have their kidswear section in the downstairs area...going up in lifts and escalators is not ideal with small children and I often get stessed out at the thought of it as once I am up in the kidswear area, I am further away from toilets etc.I would like to see far more traditional dresses for children....less of the heavily embelllished ethnic prints in duller colours...I don't like children in browns and dark shades. I think that smaller girls are far better catered for than older ones....once the girls hit 7 or 8 then there is less choice and the things seem too grown up. I like the socks and the vests and sleepwear but the sleepwear is too expensive and I never buy it.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

The babywear is ok but it's not particularly inspiring, there is usually only one or two pretty dressed but I like the range of coats and that goes for all ages.

TheHouseOnTheCorner Thu 17-May-12 06:35:17

Just adding as further comments that as one other poster says, dungarees for girls would be great...they are hard to find and I would like them for my 4 year old as they're cute and practical...

mummytime Belgium Thu 17-May-12 06:38:10

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. It's well made. I don't buy regularly, the styles tend not to appeal (a bit too hippyish for my girls). It is also quite expensive compared to some others, especially with fast growing children. I buy froma mix of places, supermarkets and gap, occasionally Debenhams etc.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

I look for resilience, a style that I and they like, colours that we like.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Normally instore. Don't look online first.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Different styles. Less hippy girls clothes, more basic shapes and colours. One of my children hates anything with obvious logos.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

They are pretty good, good quality. I'd like baby grows with built in scratch mits.

sydneysuze Thu 17-May-12 06:42:27

I like the quality and some of the colours, although there is too much that is only available in blue or pink. The main problem I have is that the sizes I want are usually out of stock both in store or online - very frustrating.

Musicconundrum Thu 17-May-12 06:45:09

All children are aged 8-9 at some point in their life, normally after being 7-8 and before they are 9-10.

Please therefore make clothes for this age/size.

iloveberries Thu 17-May-12 07:14:40

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy quite a bit from M&S. I think it's goood quality, washes and tumble dries well and is good value for money. They have a good range of prices so you can buy some cheaper t shirts for undershirts and nicer shirts to go on top. I like that it is (in the main) kids clothes for kids as i hate kids looking like little adults (Next clothes are too grown up in a lot of cases i think and i don't like kids looking like fashion objects)

I also buy from Mothercare (though they've gone downhill recently) and sainsburys (who've got better recently!) Sometimes I get things from Next too.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Comfort (why do people put kids in skinny jeans?!)
Quality (wash and dryability)
Price
Must be washable in machine and tumble dryable

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Never shop online, like to feel material.
Now DS is 2 he has a bit of a say in his clothes, as sometimes for no apparent reason he will just violently refuse to wear stuff!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I use a lot of vouchercodes stuff, i've never seen one on the kids range.
Advertise on MN (nice plug for MN ad buyer!!)

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Nice but it's all pink, blue or white, be nice to see more bright colours.

hattifattner Thu 17-May-12 07:58:09

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? good quality, esp schoolwear. Good variety for girls and young boys, not so much for older boys. If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? Lack of variety now boys are older. What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? gap, next, supermarkets

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Combination. If its Tshrts, then cost/design. If is trousers, quality and style. Im not bothered by labels

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? Impulse buyer, rarely look online

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? more elasticated waists (I have skinny boys), plus more choice for older boys (mine are 9 and 12). Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Boys smart casual clothing for older boys. Jumpers for boys (I dont always want them in hoodies!) Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Baby and U5s well catered for. Older boys are not Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Girls have huge selection, boys not. Also, I have a teen DD, WHen she was 12/13, I wanted clothes that I would be happy with her wearing, but were still fashionable and attractive for her. A massive hole in the market I think

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? No babies in this house!! But I always used to buy M&S babygrows as the quality was excellent and a good selection

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy it fairly regularly, I really like the Indigo range, they are well fitting and good quality. There is just too much pink for girls and blue for boys, DD looks a bit like a washed out marshmallow in too much pink! Mostly H&M, Gap, Debenhams.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A combination of cost, quality, colour and design. DD grows too fast to spend too much on clothes, we have a wardrobe full of things she’s worn once and grown out of.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I tend to shop instore, but look online to see what they have on offer. I’m not a big fan of the M&S website.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
They need to do a better range of colours and make some less ‘girly girl’ options would be good. And be a bit more consistent on sizes, I bought 2 outfits, one Autograph and one Indigo both 3 – 4 and one fits the other doesn’t. They could also do some dinosaur or car prints for girls, please. DD is mad on dinosaurs and it’s really hard to find girls clothes with dinosaurs!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Again, the indigo range is lovely, just bought a few bits for my new DNeice. The petit bebe range is just too pink or blue. They need a better range of colours, not everyone wants to dress their baby girls like a marshmallow. Their vests are good quality, as are their baby grows but a better range of colours and designs would be good. The fit is pretty good in the baby ranges and they wash well.

StainlessSteelCat Thu 17-May-12 08:05:55

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, I've bought various items over the past 6 years. It seems generally decent quality. I only buy items i Like, and either there are

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
If I like the design then I look at the price.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Usually instore. Kids sizes are so variable I need to be able to try them on the kids before I buy.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I find that overall their clothes are too logoed, too decorated for my tastes. The girls are too girly, the boys too fussy. I tend to look for plain, basic items and most of what i find in M&S is unappealing. But I do find enough things I do like to keep looking.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
More plain but colourful things. And as with older kids clothes, I'd like to be able to buy something that could be worn by either sex.

bebumba Thu 17-May-12 08:13:13

I have bought quite a few clothes for my son from M&S over recent years.
The things I particularly like are:
The quality and durability of the clothing.
The sizing.
The colours.
The use of cotton and other natural fibres.
Not having massive ugly transfers over everything.
M&S is one of the few shops where you can buy a decent jumper!

On a slightly different note. My DS is now 13 and has really outgrown your childrens range. Would you consider doing a teenage range? Clothes that are stylish, the same good quality but are not too extreme? He likes to wear smart jeans and shirts which tend to be expensive in places like Top Shop and River Island and aren't always that hard wearing. Thanks

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Thu 17-May-12 09:05:54

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I regularly buy 8 yo dd's underwear and school uniform from M and S, I find the quality is the best for the price (cheaper undies will shrink and cheaper uniform bobbles). Her grandparents buy her an awful lot of clothes from the Indigo collection too.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
I like nice age appropriate clothes. I find, for eg, Next to be far too old looking for dd. Their range seems t oextend from 5 yo to 16 yo, all in the same design. I do find M and S good quality as well.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Our M and S seems to have a teeny kids section so if I see something I like instore generally it's the wrong size so I'll order online to piuck up instore. I like that it's free to do that. If I'm after somehting specific I'll look online before popping in, to check what's available and what it costs.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think maybe consider extending the age ranges for some of the products. I bought my ds some fab pajamas there last year but they only went up to 2-3 and there was nothing comperable in the older boys range. I'm more thna happy with M and S charging more for larger sizes, if only they'd offer them. The boys section does seem more limited imo, but I'm pleased to see it's more colourful and not all camoflage and 'cheeky monkey' crap like other shops. My ds is a big Thomas fan so I like that there are always clothes with that character on available.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I have a 6 week old and so far I like that there are sleepsuits in neutral colours, and that seem to go up to quite a big age (2-3 I think). I also lioke that it's not just blue and pink (though there is an awful lot of that too) and it's possible to get nice colourful basics. I still prefer H and M though as I do think M and S can be quite expensive for baby clothes.

TheCunningStunt Thu 17-May-12 09:35:34

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, I found the school range quite good. My son wears a lot of this right now and it washes and wears well.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

To me it's about clothes that last. Also bright colours, especially for my son. I like things that don't proclaims he is a "monster" or that dd is a "princess". I really dislike gender stereotype clothes.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop online if I have shopped in store before. Otherwise I can get sizes way wrong. So I like shops in the first instance.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think things like school uniform deals before term begins is a great incentive for me to buy from you. I would also probably pick up other items when in there.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I don't have a baby so this is not really relevant grin

PostBellumBugsy Thu 17-May-12 09:39:41

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy alot of my kids clothes from M&S, particularly for DS. The clothes are generally good quality and reasonably priced. I also buy clothes in Zara, H&M, Asda & Tesco & I buy expensive brands (like Abercrombie) 2nd hand from ebay.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

The most important factor for me is that the clothes fit well & that they will wash well & not need hours of ironing.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I never take my DCs shopping with me - what a vision of hell!!! Unless it is for shoes, or for birthday clothes. I buy clothes that I think are appropriate for them. If they hate them, I'll keep the receipt & take it back.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I'm not that keen on the girls clothes for some reason. Too much use of synthetic fabrics for my liking. My DD is very slim & I think M&S girls clothes are for a slightly rounder kind of girl. I find the fit for DD is better in Zara or H&M.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I haven't bought any baby range clothes for 8 years so can't comment.

OracleInaCoracle Thu 17-May-12 09:41:17

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I really like it, I like the style and the school uniform, in particular the trousers, is excellent.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost, Quality, Colour/design, in that order. I dont care about labels.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I do a bit of research online, with DS's input. I steer him towards certain things and give him options. but I will BUY instore, DS is stocky build (and he really is) with short legs, so we need to see the clothes in RL.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think they cater for girls better than boys tbh, the boys range seems to be much the sameness, that said, we do love the sleepwear. DS has the M&S red dragon/dinosaur dressing gown, and he adores it.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Ive only ever bought a few things from the baby range, but from what I remember, new parents like easy access clothes. stuff you can whip off quickly after a projectile moment!

iwantavuvezela Thu 17-May-12 09:55:51

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have bought some clothing from M&S. My duaghter started school this year, and I bought most of her clothing from M&S. I have been happy with the quality. However I probably wouldnt buy the stain resistant clothing again, as I found it washed really badly, and often ended up with "washing powder" marks on it. But the other stuff has lasted well. However, when looking at some of the other clothes for my daughter I found it overly fussy, too many patterns, and I dont like clothes with too many logos and branding. I prefer simple styles. I am also not fond of the clothes that are put together so a top and pants and a cardi etc. I prefer to buy singles.

I buy from H&M as well, but they have also gone down the road of worshipping Miss kitty, so often can only buy some items!

I buy some of the danish labels for party ware, special occasions. Other than that it is a mixture of what I see.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

I like quality in items such as socks, knickers, vests as these are worn so often. I dont mind where something comes from, but I avoid clothes that are over branded - i cant stand all the disney type logos etc on it. I would prefer a wider choice of colours and find all the pink a bit offputtting.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I do buy things online. I find M&S for my duaghter true to size, so when i needed to get some more school clothes I jsut did this online, and added in vests and socks.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I would just like some clothes that are not as fussy / logo'd as mentioned before. I would be happy to purchase more from M&S but I have sometimes looked through what you have, and not really wanted to buy anything! This is style, not price related.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I havnt bought baby stuff for awhile, so dont feel i can comment accurately on this. I do enjoy H&M's range of baby clothes that i have bought as presents as they have interesting prints for presents. I would probably look at M&S baby range if I was buying a present.

pithy Thu 17-May-12 10:12:03

I buy key pieces:polo necks, tights, socks, jeans, in neutral colours. Over the years the quality has declined. Too much lurid pink, turquoise. Too many sparkly logos. Trimmings can look shoddy. Buttons often too big - made of cheap plastic.
We like Gap's designer ranges, particularly DVF. Vintage style from Rachel Riley, Ralph Lauren, Caramel, French Connection, Petit Bateau and Bonpoint when flush. People on budgets will also shop in the latter. If you care about quality, eg. hems to let down, garments that wash well, you wait for the sales, sample/factory outlets when there are bargains to be had. Great quality second hand clothing is also very popular in the south east.
I really liked the school socks/tights this year. But we've swapped to John Lewis for blouses. Also annoyed about M&S stopping 100 per cent cotton blouse range in stores.

randomfennel Thu 17-May-12 10:27:57

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?

yes, quite regularly. Generally good quality and fits well. Convenient for school uniform.
Other brands - H&M, Boden, Vertbaudet, Next, Gap.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Combination of cost, colour/design/style. Lately style comes into it a lot, my dds are a bit fussy about what they like so we are buying more from the shops which suit their tastes.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

We do both. Online has more choice than our local, rather small, M&S, so I just go online. also dds don't particularly like going shopping so online is easier to show them items at home.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Lately I've bought it less because we find the girls' range too pink - particularly instore. My dds are 12, 10, 8, and they don't want all their underwear/socks/etc pink-based.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Baby ranges were good when my dc were babies but I haven't looked at it lately.

hi. I'm sure it's already been said but what parents of boys are desperate for is more range and variety. Girls sections are huge boys are shoved in a corner with very little choice and often what is there isn't fully stocked size wise. It really seems like the boys section is a poorly cared for afterthought.

The shop that steps up and raises their game on boyswear will make a killing imo. Mum's like to dress their boys too! Plus you give boys style and interest young and guess what they grow into men who spend on clothes too.

Seriously sorry to over labour this point but is such a gap in the market.

Love your flipflops with straps on the back btw, always buy them for ds and always get asked where i got them from as people want them.

You have a great rep for quality add range to that and you'll have a very loyal customer base from mothers of boys.

Send me a voucher please, skint single mum and student of very deserving ilk wink

OracleInaCoracle Thu 17-May-12 11:17:32

SAF, totally agree. DS loves clothes, he loves dressing up and picking out his own clothes, but there seems to be so little choice compared to girls.

on tuesday, we went into boots to pick up a prescription, and he chose a straw fedora to wear on holiday. so I bought it for him. we got home and he put on a white linen shirt, beige chinos, denim pumps and his fedora. he strutted around the house in it. its his "going out on holiday" outfit. my point is, its not just girls who have a sense of style.

BikeRunSki Brazil Thu 17-May-12 11:43:41

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, have picked up some bits and pieces, mainly from the Indigo range for my son (now 3), but have had some nice bright stuff for my baby daughter from the "Weird Friends" range. Other brands I buy are Next, H&M, John Lewis, Min Mode/ Min Club at Boots; Boden and supermarkets, mainly Tu at Sainsbury's.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Hardwearing wash/wear quality; Bright colours for boys and girls (I am not keen on boys clothes all being blue and beige with cars on or girls clothes all ways being sugary pink); simple styling; no logos/slogans; adjustable legs and waist, straps etc - plenty of growing room. Would rather buy something hardwearing and adjustable once, than something cheap and non adjustable twice. Machine washable too, and preferably not needing ironing!.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Bit of both. I rarely go out and look specifically for children's clothes, just pick up a few bits here and there when I come across them on line or in the shops. My son is just about old enough to know what he likes, but this changes daily, although if he is with me when something catches my eye, I'll ask hi what he thinks. He is not that bothered about clothes though. My daughter is only a baby, so no she doesn't get to choose.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Everywhere seems to have more girls clothes than boys', but the majority of the girls' clothes are a bit pink and frilly for me. More simple patterns and bright colours would be nice - I have dressed both my children in green, red, purple, orange, royal blue and fushia pink and love anything stripey. Mix and match would be nice too, as my kids both have diddy legs and long bodies - their tops and bottoms are never the same size, so I can;t buy matching outfits. My oldest child is only 3, so I can only really comment on the younger sizes, but the older size stuff seems a bit teenagerey for a pre-school child.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Less pink for girls. More bold colours for both.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 17-May-12 11:57:57

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I often buy my children's clothes from M&S. They're good quality and I know that sizing doesn't vary as it does in other shops, so I can pick sizes up knowing they'll fit.
I also buy from Gap, Debenhams and supermarkets.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Value for money initially (how many wears will it get, could I get something of the same quality elsewhere for less?). Then the appearance.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
A bit of both. Basic items like uniform, I'll order online as I know the colours and fabrics will be OK. Other things I like to have a feel of and I can judge colours better in real life. I never take my children to choose their own clothes.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
My only complaint is that my local store only stocks the young children's range. Their girls' clothes are definitely more interesting and colourful than their boys', but that is par for the course, and M&S are certainly better than many shops at providing colourful clothes for boys.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Good quality, good selection of unisex items. I miss buying their babygros sad

ClaimedByMe Ghana Thu 17-May-12 12:21:15

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have bought M&S kidswear often, I love the quality it washes and wears well. I also buy from supermarkets, debenhams, next.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Quality is most important, cost is less important, my children are 7 and 9 so i let them have some input in what they would like so if they like it thats important, i'm not bothered by colours or brands as long as my dc will wear them.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I tend to buy online as instore never has the right size, I do look in store first sometimes but often to save myself the stress of trailing kids about I just buy online, I have never had to send anything back!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

The clothes need to be modelled on real children, I need to buy 2 sizes bigger for both my children, neither are over weight and both need the adjustable waists, but they clothes must be modelled on really small children, neither of my children are overly tall. A major thing that annoys me but my assures me this is always the case in M&S - a 5 year old and a 14 year old dont want to wear the same Hello Kitty top, there should be different ranges. I have both a boy and a girl and if the boys range for a certain season is brilliant the girls is rubbish and vice versa, never understood that!!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

With my children being older I havent bought or used baby clothes for years but always like them when my children were babies.

WowOoo Colombia Thu 17-May-12 12:22:12

~ I will have a look, but it's not usually one of the first places I'll look. I like their clothing because the boyswear is good quality, reasonable and washes well.
I like the colours and the simple styling of some of the ranges.
I like having adjustable waistbands. Important when you have a very tall, but skinny child. Please keep doing this!!
I was unhappy with their school uniform trousers though. They were the most expensive ones we bought and faded and went to look very old and scruffy very quickly. Sainsbury's much cheaper trousers lasted much better. So, that was the first and last time I have bothered to buy school uniform from there. The competition is cheaper and better quality - even though school mum friends swear by it as being the best.

I also get clothes from Gap, Sainsbury's, John Lewis, Hennes and look in charity shops.Sometimes Boden and Scandinavian shops when there is a sale.

~ The most important factor is the look of the clothes - that includes quality as well. I think M & S clothes look good, are brightly coloured and there isn't as much of the typical pirate and tractor stuff for boys as there used to be.

~ I will often look online to get ideas before I actually go shopping. My older boys wants to have some input now, so I'll either show him stuff online or I'll take him to the shop where he'll choose himself.
i sometimes buy directly online, especially if I have a lot of work on and can;t make it to the shops.
I like websites with review sections - M&S have one and I read them often before I buy.

~ Better prices would encourage me to shop there more often. Also, if some of the designs improve I'd be more likely to buy.
Sometimes there are packs of clothing. I don't always want to buy two or three pairs of shorts or t-shirts at the same time and end up getting none.

One reason I will shop there again is the return policy and customer service. Staff are very helpful and well trained. M&S and John Lewis are my favourites for this reason.

I recently bought some Autograph socks that were really poor quality. Where other socks had worn out these just had holes within two weeks. Took them back - no problem. Replaced with another set of socks that are still going as they should be. But, things like this happening puts me off from buying in the first place. These were not cheap socks either.

~ I thought the baby stuff was lovely. I was given a lot as gifts and some of the items were my favourites. Plenty of variety. Perhaps some brighter clothes, but can't complain about any of the baby clothes.

ClaireDeTamble Thu 17-May-12 12:29:33

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? yes
What's your overall opinion of it? Very reasonably priced, excellent quality
If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Ease of shopping, decent range, good prices
If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? N/A
What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Next, Boots, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Primark

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Mostly cost and quality - I will buy cheaper supermarket clothes for things that I don't need or expect to last - summer t-shirts etc. For things that need to last longer - jeans, dresses, long sleeve tops, coats, I am more likely to look for better quality clothes from Next, M&S etc. I'm not particularly bothered by brand apart from when it is reflective of quality. Cost is important as I refuse to spend a fortune on clothes that are worn for such a short amount of time

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? A mixture of both - usually on-line in the sales and in store when shopping out of sale.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I'd like to see more jeans - there are usually only one or two pairs and they are very often patterned or coloured. I prefer plain jeans in various shades of denim which can go with a variety of tops. I'd also like to see more packs of t-shirts - both long and short sleeved and plain cardigans in colours that can be mixed and matched - a mix and match play wear range if you will. It drives me mad that there are lovely tops that can be bought, but the colours mean they don't go with anything else. I don't think under 2's are catered very well for

I also think there could be a better range of sleepwear - I struggle to find reasonably priced PJ's

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? No where near enough variety - more simple soft baby clothes are required rather than 'outfits', again things that can be mixed and matched would be good along with a bigger range of sleepsuits and vests. I buy a lot of clothes for my 4 year old from M&S but struggle to find clothes for the baby

BigBadBear Thu 17-May-12 12:41:12

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, I think it's good quality and reasonably priced. The sales can throw up some amazing bargains! I'm lucky enough to have a lot of hand me downs for the kids, but M&S tends to be my first choice if I need to buy something. I also like H&M. Monsoon and Next are nice but too expensive. I don't like Primark at all, but some supermarkets can be quite good.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

A combination. It has to be sensibly priced but also decent colours and patterns. I have two DDs and don't like things that are too short, but they are both very slim so adjustable waists are essential.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Mostly instore though I have used the M&S site in the sale and for schoolwear. I live near a huge M&S, yet the schoolwear only comes out in force in August and the rest of the year there is hardly anything out. Bizarre.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Keep schoolwear on the shop floor all year round. Have a sale rail or section. Keep it tidy (my store can look like a jumble sale, which isn't appealing). Recognise that it often isn't appropriate to have the same clothes just in different sizes, eg. a 6 year old child has very different requirements in terms of style to an 11 year old. Don't always include white in multipacks, eg. tights. Oh, and bring back 3/4 sleeved polo shirts for school - M&S was the only place that did them and they have been discontinued.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I think the baby range is nice, but I would prefer to see more brighter colours and less white. Quite why clothes manufacturers think white is a suitable colour for kids clothes is beyond me.

3littlerabbits Thu 17-May-12 12:44:17

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Good quality, washes well. Dont buy alot of it as colours not generally to my liking, but occassionally some lovely things.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! Colour/design most important but cost and quality too (have3 dds so must have handmedown potential!)

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? In store. Want to avoid Delivery charges. Also like to see clothes before spending as sometimes web pictures dceptive

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Nicer colours, more that dont need ironing and my main problem with girls summer clothes = more light dresses with sleeves! My girls have fair skin and need shoulders covered but v hard to find summer dresses that have any kind of sleeves.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Too much pale pink for girls.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, the quality is good and prices are good too- I hate spending a fortune on clothes that only fit for a few months. The girls clothes are lovely and bright, not all baby pink. Other than M&S I buy clothes from Next, H&M, or basics (vests etc) from Asda. Also, dresses often come with tights, or tops for underneath, so each outfit works out much cheaper.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

I am drawn to things that are bright, preferably not pink, practical and hardwearing. They need to wash well, and tumble dry. And cost is important.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop instore- the feel of the clothes is important, so I tend to go and see what I fancy when I'm there.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

The tiny baby clothes are horrible- the entire girl range is a horrible sicky pink colour. Not everyone likes pink! Ad the sleepsuits and vests are the same- less baby pink please!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

More colours- pink and blue is rubbish. Gender neutral colours that aren't impractical white, and different colours for boys and girls would be good.

Ramblings Thu 17-May-12 13:07:45

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes What's your overall opinion of it? Good quality, good fit, great styling and washes well If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Style What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Next, mothercare, primark, river island, matalan

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Style, quality and value for money

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? A combination of both, often I shop online because the store doesn’t have the whole range or the sizes I need If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I normally have a quick look online first to see if it’s worth taking a look in store

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? More ‘on trend’ pieces Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I think that often age 12mths to 2yrs is an overlooked size as they transfer from baby to children clothes and seem to disappear in the middle

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I’d like to see a wider range of brighter colours in newborn sizes. The current pink and blue stuff is a bit pale. Also why does all the neutral stuff have to be white/cream? Maybe some more interesting bright characters would make them more exciting!

OvO Thu 17-May-12 13:16:14

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. I really like it. It washes well - I can often hand down M&S clothes from my eldest to youngest boys. I also buy from the supermarkets, Gap and H&M.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Bit of everything. Cost and quality are the main two.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

In store. I need my DS's to try things on, don't want the hassle of having to take things back if they don't fit.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

There always seems more girls choice. Though I find that the same everywhere. I'd like less blue and brown stuff for boys, more bright colours.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Brighter colours again. All that pastel gets too much. Cool, funky designs would be great.

leelo Thu 17-May-12 13:26:46

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?yes What's your overall opinion of it? its good but more expensive than other stores so i tend to buy in sales or special offers*If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? *i buy mostly from supermarket ranges as kids grow too fast to spend lots on items

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! colours are important i like strong colours on my children like blues and reds but not pastels and certainly not pink on boys

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? online for my little boy and instore so my daughter can choose

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? their younger ranges are fairly good just a bit more than i would pay, the older ranges are not so well on trend for my girl as doesn't like lots of the new range for summer

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? plain coloured tops with less embroidered/applicque or buttons as they get caught on bibs and sick is difficult to get out of them. baby proofing them so that they look good and don't require you to wash twice. also orange clothing for weaning stage would be good as all baby food is that colour, eventually.

BerryLellow Thu 17-May-12 13:30:11

To add to my post, I am one of those idiots that like to dress my sons similarly for special occasions grin It would be nice if the older and younger children's sections tied in a bit more closely on some items. I spent ages trawling the shops at Christmas looking for something smart and cosy for my children for Christmas day to no avail. Was astonished that I couldn't get a decent 'christmas jumper' in M&S!

Bunbaker Thu 17-May-12 13:32:47

And to add to my post, I have just spent a depressing lunchtime in M & S trying to find a school skirt for my ultra slim daughter. The school has a strict uniform policy and to get a skirt to fit round the waist and stay up would mean that it would barely cover her backside.

M & S - not all children are chubby.

SleepyFergus Thu 17-May-12 13:37:18

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have the occasional item from M&S Kidswear. I tend not to buy often as the nearest stores to me do not hold a substantial range and I'd like to see stuff before I buy. The bigger stores are either in centre of town and a nightmare to park, or on the other side of the city, so warrants a special trip. That's actually a big gripe about M&S for me in general....we have a few retail park M&Ss that carry very limited ranges across a lot of departments. Granted they can't carry everything, but I'd rather have more choice that a whopping big cafe stuck in the middle of M&S.

I tend to buy from Sainsburys, H&M, Jojo Maman Bebe and Gap for my DD (2.5 years)

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Complicated combination! What Gap and H&M do well is bold colours which don't resort to too much branding (I avoid GAP logo stuff) or stereotyped designs such as hearts for girls and skulls for boys. Gap also seem to cater for the slimmer child which suits my DD as a lot of clothes in other stores are way too massive for her. Gap clothes are well made, wash well and look smart, and I usually take advantage when the 30% offer is on. H&M are cheaper, but the quality isn't as good, but great for nursery and staples like little fleeces etc. Sainsburys is wonderful, an ever changing range that is competitively priced and nicely made, and also have frequent 25% off offers. They have the odd branding horror, but on the whole pretty good. Jojo Maman Bebe do lovely stuff, perhaps more for special occasions or for 'nice' wear, and I frequently pick up unworn JMB stuff from ebay. For GAP and JMB, I will frequently pick up basics in bigger sizes (like up to 3 years away) and put them away for the future. Esp GAP Pyjamas which are the absolute best in my opinion!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Usually in store - I like to see what I'm buying, but will buy the odd items online if I know what the quality is like.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Have it in stock, in a decent age range. Again, another gripe about M&S in general is that the popular sizes are frequently out of stock, which is just poor stock management in my opinion. I think you cater for girls better than boys, seems to be a better, more diverse range, but I sometimes struggle to find my daughters age range in the store. Socks and tights are misleading on the website - I'm never sure if I'm buying a size 5 in toddlers or a size 5 in teenagers, and have ordered the wrong item before. Also, the offers you have are never very appealing. Buy 1, get one half price doesn't always work for me - why not just have 30% off for a set time period? I would be more inclined to order online then, esp as I can get items delivered to my nearest food store, so easy to pick up.

I would like to see more non girly stuff in the girls range - less of the hearts and frills and more standard bright items

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

It is very pink or blue, and not much choice inbetween. The odd 'neutral' stuff that you do is in that insipid oatmeal colour. Not every mum wants to dress her newborn in head to toe pink or baby blue. I think more bold, less twee looking clothes would be better (like GAP). Also, chill with the teddies logoed everywhere - again, not everything has to scream stereotype 'baby'! I'm due DC2 in 5 weeks, and all my baby stuff is either coming from GAP or Sainsburys.

spiderlight Thu 17-May-12 13:40:48

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes I have. It's good quality and hardwearing.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Quality, colour, fit (does it have a bit of growing room without looking dowdy), and if my DS is 'helping', does it have a car/bus/train/monster truck on it?!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

A bit of both - probably mostly online, but only from shops where I'm confident about consistent sizing.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

The kids' photography on the M&S website is often pretty awful - many times I've looked at things online and not liked them but then seen them in the store and realised that they're actually much nicer than they appeared in the badly-fitted, badly-posed photos. I like the Indigo range, which is slightly more quirky/Bodeny in colour schemes.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I found the baby clothes lovely but very small compared to other ranges - numerous gifts had to be exchanged for the next size up, and that was with a tiny, early baby who was generally very small for his age until well into toddlerhood.

birdsofshoreandsea Thu 17-May-12 13:59:44

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~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Yes lots as I have 3 DS under 5. I generally think it is good quality but but sometimes the fit is a bit poor - particularly the baby gros which I found a very strange fit - must be for very round babies (and my babies weren't skinny). I think the underwear is great, good value, nice soft cotton, good quality and good price for a multipack e.g pop up vests, pants, socks etc. The stores are not too crowded which I like, but I really really hate the sale area where there is just no way I can ever look through the completely random racks to find anything in the right size as it is so chaotic. We buy a lot for H&M as well, and also like Polarn O Pyret as I think the designs are quite funky and bright - much less like the traditional "boys" stuff that you get at M&S.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! A combination of quality and cost is most important to me. Whats most important to the kids appears to be whether it has one of their favourite characters on it, and if it is a nice bright colour other than dark, boring blue.

~ "Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? " Mostly shop instore as I live a 5 minute walk from one of your flagship london stores. I do sometimes buy on line if you don't have it in stock in the store, and then I ahve it delivered to the store for pick up.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I think overall you have a good range of clothes. I would just say slightly less baggy fit, and trousers with adjustable wastes are good. Your little boys slippers are useless. I have bought about 3-4 pairs which all seem good and are the right size, but just don't stay on their feet. Will never ever buy slippers from yourselves again.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Most of my baby stuff was second hand as they grow so quickly, but I do like the vests, and I quite like the babygros, but the baby gro fit is quite wierd in teh multipacks and to be honest I only really bought them as they were cheap and they get vommed and pood on so much that I just wanted cheap.

LegoUniverse Thu 17-May-12 14:13:09

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? I DO REGULARLY BUY SOME ITEMS FROM M&S. THIS INCLUDES SCHOOL UNIFORM TROUSERS, COATS AND JACKETS, PANTS, SOCKS AND T-SHIRTS. I ALSO BUY FROM JOHN LEWIS (GENEROUS SIZING,TRY TO GET THINGS IN THE SALE) AND SOMETIMES FROM NEXT (FUNKY DESIGNS). IF I HAD THE MONEY I'D BUY FROM BODEN, BUT I HAVEN'T!!!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! COMFORT AND FIT, PARTICULARLY. BRAND IS NOT IMPORTANT. DESIGN AND COLOUR ARE, BUT ALSO BETTER QUALITY THINGS TEND TO BE BETTER CUT AND THEREFORE MORE COMFORTABLE SO IT ALL GOES TOGETHER REALLY.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? YES, I OFTEN SHOP ONLINE AND ORDER INTO THE STORE OR RESEARCH ONLINE. NOTHING WORSE THAN DOING THE RESEARCH AND THE STORE DOESN'T HAVE THE ITEM IN THE SIZE YOU NEED!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? IT IS ACTUALLY QUITE A HASSLE TO COLLECT INSTORE, AND CERTAINLY EVEN MORE OF A HASSLE TO CHANGE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ORDERED IN. THAT IS MUCH EASIER WITH NEXT, WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO HAPPILY COMBINE ORDERING ONLINE TO COLLECT IN STORE, HOME DELIVERY AND REAL INSTORE SHOPPING. STOCK MAINTAINANCE IS IMPORTANT: JOHN LEWIS NORMALLY DO HAVE ONE OF EACH SIZE IN STOCK AND THIS MEANS YOU CAN TRY THINGS ON FOR FIT. I OFTEN BUY TROUSERS FROM NEXT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BIGGER RANGE WITH SOFT WAISTBANDS FOR BOYS AGED UP TO 10. NOTHING WORSE THAN TIGHT AND ITCHY WAISTBANDS FOR SMALL BOYS!

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? HAVEN'T GOT A BABY AND DIDN'T BUY MUCH FROM M&S WHEN I HAD THEM, BECAUSE IT WAS TRICKY GETTING ROUND THE STORE WITH A BUGGY.

chipmunksex Thu 17-May-12 14:21:03

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?

Yes.

What's your overall opinion of it?

I like the school uniform, but otherwise struggle to find something suitable.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy?

The school uniform washes well and the different trouser lengths are great for my ds.

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?

Clothes not suitable for my children, ds 13 wont want to wear the same thing he wore when he was 7 and dd (9) doesn't want to wear the same thing a 13 year old would wear either. The difference between the older and younger clothes needs sorting out imo. I shopped there for dd much more often when she could still fit into the younger girl things.

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Gap, Next, Laredoute, Debenhams, sainsburys.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Combination of above what fits and whether the dc will deign to wear it.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? A mixture.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Not all girls like pink, why does every pack of socks or knickers have to have a pink pair? So less pink for girls would be good. More basics-plainish tshirts and trousers, less character stuff and cheap looking fashion.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Bright colours would be good, although I have noticed you now do some nice little bodysuits in primary colours- marked 'boys' for some reason. hmm

SleepyFergus Thu 17-May-12 14:24:25

Also want to add that your children's departments are often very tightly packed, with little room for getting a buggy around, which is incredibly frustrating when you're a mum with a pram/buggy. And don't get me started on the baby changing facilities which in our city centre shop (edinburgh) are frankly disgusting! Doesn't add anything to the overall 'shopping for baby/child' 'experience.

OracleInaCoracle Thu 17-May-12 14:29:50

I would like to add that our local m&s (shrewsbury) has just moved the kids dept to the upper floor, which is hard to access with a bored 7 year old who just wants to go to home bargains and get some sweets. I liked it on the lower level. Although it smelled of dog wee.

OracleInaCoracle Thu 17-May-12 14:29:51

I would like to add that our local m&s (shrewsbury) has just moved the kids dept to the upper floor, which is hard to access with a bored 7 year old who just wants to go to home bargains and get some sweets. I liked it on the lower level. Although it smelled of dog wee.

pollmeister Thu 17-May-12 14:33:26

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
I like to buy M&S kidswear. I like the selection and the quality (especially of the knitwear). I don't buy it as often as I would like to as it is a little more expensive than other brands I buy more often. I tend to buy my daughter's clothes mostly from H&M, Gap & Tescos and occasionally if I'm feeling particularly flush, Boden.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors?
Cost very important - also the wearability. And clothes that do not look 'naff' and cheap - ie nothing overly embellished or with motifs, logos etc
(yes some clothes are cheap ie from Tescos but some of the stuff is can be pretty cool if you search amongst the overly logo'ed stuff!)

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why?
I mostly shop in store for kids clothes - although I have perused sites for a dress for a special occasion for my daughter

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it?
Less clothes with too much embroidery, patches, sequins, ribbons, graphics and general frippery on them! (This is why I like Gap more!)

Generally a great selection. Also I am impressed with the 'special occasion' dresses. They are not too over-the-top and seem very good value.

neolara Thu 17-May-12 14:57:25

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Once of twice

What's your overall opinion of it?
Dreadful. I had a £20 voucher and I used to go into our local branch every couple of months over a period of about a year to see if I could spend it. I gave up in the end and spent it on food. Very occasionally I saw a nice piece in the autograph range.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy?
NA

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?
I don't want my tall 7 year old to look like a hooker. The colours and styles available in my local branch (Cambridge) are tacky and tasteless. They are also poorly presented on the shop floor - often literally on the floor. I once bought a pair of basic cords for my (normal sized) son but the waist was enormous and non-adjustable so I took them back.

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Boden. Zara. John Lewis. Ebay. H & M. Gap.

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?
I want my children to look like children not mini-teenagers geared up to go clubbing. I want good design and good quality. I'm prepared to pay for this.

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why?
Online because its more convenient. I would only buy things online that I don't have to wait in to collect and I can send back very easily if they aren't suitable.

If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I often look online before going into a real shop. My DCs hate clothes shopping. I wouldn't dream of taking them with me. I would have a rebellion.

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear?
Have a better range of kidswear. What about doing a basic range similar to H & M - plain or striped, good quality long and short sleeved t-shirts etc.

Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Not familiar enough with the range to comment.

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Don't know so can't comment.

SoTiredoftheWheelsontheBus Thu 17-May-12 15:04:12

The M&S childrenswear is good quality, and lasts well. Ds2 is in some of ds1's clothes. They are good for slightly smarter clothes, especially shirts, trousers, smarter jumpers, etc. The younger boys clothes (especially pyjamas) can new a bit too heavy on the branding for my taste (eggs lots of bob the builder, peppa pig, etc.). Prefer to try things on in the shop to check sizing, but adjustable waistbands are very helpful. Have got their school trousers as well, they wash well, but ate quite threadbare on the knees after two terms (maybe that's just down to them being worn by a 5 year old).

mrswee Thu 17-May-12 15:22:12

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I do sometimes buy M&s kids clothes but usually prefer to go to H&M as it works out cheaper. I did try to buy baby vests quite a few times in the first 18months but m&s princes street edinburgh never seemed to be in stock in the size I needed. I was told if I wanted to order them I'd have to go all the way to the top floor to do that which with a buggy involves using two lifts. I didn't bother ordering online because I'd have to pay postage so I was put off in general by this experiance. I shop at the gap sale too.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Design, cost and quaility. I'm not too bothered about the lable

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I tend to just pop in to shops and see what is there. I like to see the clothes because I tend to find sizes vary a lot so buying online isn't as good.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I would like to see more of a basic practical range maybe unisex and at a good price and availble in the stores.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

See above. I do think there could be more variety and more plain and practical items

pollmeister Thu 17-May-12 15:32:16

Oh, and one other thing. The sizes are so small! My daughter is 5 (but quite tall for her age) and I bought her an age 6-7 cotton pyjama set which was far too tight. When I buy from M&S I have to buy her age 7 clothes!

cherryjellow Thu 17-May-12 15:33:16

I have bought M&S kids wear, and we often get given it as gifts, I love it!

The most important factors for me are a combination. The cost and quality as we go through so many clothes and M&S clothes are good quality. I go for colour and design too, as I love outfits that are different colours like yellow and we have bought them purely because they aren't pink.

We shop in store as its easier for us.

I think M&S do as much as they can for us to buy their stuff. There isn't anything I can fault with the baby range either.

ohmeohmy Thu 17-May-12 15:35:28

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes. Generally happy with quality. Kids don't need masses of clothes at one time as they grow out of them and my daughter is hugely fussy about what she will wear. Often don't have green school jumpers in stock which stops me buying. Kids shoes could be better quality. Like to shop in H and M.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost, quality, colour, comfort and washability

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

In store. Don't tend to research it.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

More gender neutral girls stuff, a lot less frilly pink nonsense.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Haven't needed baby stuff for years

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw
MNHQ

Olivetti Thu 17-May-12 15:35:33

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes, I started buying outfits for my daughter when she was about 12 months old

What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I love the Indigo range, particularly the knitted dresses with matching tights. Have found it to be excellent quality - washes over and over again without losing its quality, and lovely designs to rival more expensive competitors, e.g. Boden. I do also but from Boden and JoJo Maman Bebe - I'd like to see more examples of bold, colourful prints from M&S for girls. There are some, but a lot of the stuff is also to pastel-based, which looks cheaper.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Quality, colour and design far outweigh brand and label for me. Price is a consideration - I will pay more for better quailty, but not to a ridiculous extent. I also want things that will wash well, and dry quickly!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store - I prefer in store shopping in any case. I like to assess the quality of the fabrics by hand.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
The range is excellent in the larger stores, but there are often no kids' clothes in the medium and smaller stores, which is a shame, as we have several medium sized stores within walking distance of our home. If they were more readily available, I would definitely buy more toddler clothes from M&S. Range seems to be equally balanced between the sexes

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Availability in more stores is key for me. I think M&S are much stronger on toddler clothes than baby clothes - I automatically went to John Lewis for baby verst, babygros etc, I think JL have cornered the "new baby" market - I wasn't really aware M&S did baby clothes until my daughter was about 10 months. Again, wider availability may improve awareness.

popelloucla Thu 17-May-12 15:47:17

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Not bought anything recently, but what I have bought in the past has been good quality. I don't buy from M&S because I don't live near one (although one is opening near by soon). My children mostly wear clothes from Sainsbury's and Matalan.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost is probably most important, but colour/design and style do have some bearing.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop in store, I like to feel the clothes and look at sizing. I don't look online first.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I can't really comment on this.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I can't really comment on this.

marthastew Thu 17-May-12 15:51:11

I was in M&S today looking for my 1 year old and found nothing that I liked. When he was younger I bought tonnes of M&S baby clothes for him but now he is into the 'younger boy' sizes (he's a big boy) I just don't like what is avilable. So here goes...

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes

What's your overall opinion of it? Good value for money, good quality.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? The above.

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? The 'younger boys' range is too fashionable, I'd prefer more classic simple styles or things with interesting prints - much like your baby wear. I don't like the slogans, logos and characters on EVERYTHING.

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? PoP, Little White Company, H&M, Gap

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

A complicated combination of all of them. While I am still choosing my son's clothes, I do not want hom to be branded, written on or decorated with characters who he doesn't recognise. I tried to buy him some pyjamas today - all of them were garish and covered in characters he doesn't know.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Both - but to do online shopping I need to be confident that I know the store's sizes.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

See my earlier comments - more classic items without all the decoration, nice prints. I HATE the way that the girls clothes get the best location in the store and the boys clothes are shoved in wherever. In my local store, you queue through the boys section when waiting for the refunds/exchange counter. The girls section has its own area without any through traffic. It makes it very difficult to navigate the boys section with a buggy.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I really love them.

HannahLI Thu 17-May-12 16:00:47

Yes I brought a suit for my on when he was 6 months old to go to a family wedding in, plus we have been given a few m&s kids clothes too as presents. As an overall impression I think the quality is good and it washes well. On the whole I find the sizing for my kids is slightly off and it comes up quite big (other people may think differently). I am not a regular buyer because I often pop to get teabags and whilst there I look at the clothes and I never see quite quite what I am looking for and I always feel disappointed at the selection. I buy a lot of clothes for my boys from next as I find the sizing is always perfect on them both and I love that if you order it before 9pm they will deliver it he next day. I admit I haven't even looked at the m&s kids wear online recently as I have been so disappointed in store. I will say when we brought the suit m&s was the only place we found at the time to stock something suitable in he right sizes and I would go back for occasion wear.

When buying kids clothes, I like the design first and having boys I get really fed up of the pale blue thing and I like to buy bright colors! Second I like things that wash, wear and ft well. I don't always have the boys right there to try when I buy so I like to know that the size I buy is going to fit. Then I think about price!

I do a mix of instore when we are out and about and online usually. It's not always possible with two small children to keep them entertained for shopping so my preference would be online particularly when I am busy! The only time I would look beforehand online is if I am looking for something specific that may not always be stocked.

I can't really comment on what's missing from the ranges I don't know them well enough, but for me personally more choice in store for brights in particular in the baby ranges I have noticed a lack. As I said above I get really tired of baby pink for girls and pale blue for boys and white and cream!

serendipity1980 Thu 17-May-12 16:13:13

I have bought M&S childrens/baby clothes but don't do so as much these days. I did think the baby clothes were too limited to baby pink and baby blue, it got a little boring. The quality of all baby/children's wear is good and they wash well. The sizing is often on the large size but this just means the clothes last longer although it makes it tricky for other family members to choose the correct size. For children's clothes, I have found that there are too many character style clothes, which I really don't like - this has become more common over the last few years. Also, the clothes are too grownup in styling for my children (aged 2 and 4). They also can be a little expensive at times, especially for the girls. My preferred retailer for style, choice and quality is Next. I would shop more with M&S if they improved their styling. I want my children to look like children, not mini teenagers or branded objects.
I generally shop online because I find it hard getting to a local M&S store, also it is easier than shopping with two young children!

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I do buy it, but not regularly. It is good quality and wears well. I don't buy it regularly because (a) we get given lots of clothes and I don't buy that many myself and (b) school uniform, which I do buy, is good value and very nice IME at Sainsbury's

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

cost is important, but I look for things that are good quality, will be comfy and will wear well.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

If we're looking for something specific, it's more likely to be online for the greater range of sizes.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I do like multi packs, because for the children we tend to buy as they've grown so we suddenly need 3 T shirts, trousers or whatever it is, unlike for me when I'd just want one thing.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

It's a little while now, but we really liked the M&S baby clothes - the onesies and baby gros got washed a LOT and were passed down and still looked good and stayed soft.

Booboostoo Thu 17-May-12 16:22:39

I buy baby wear online on a regular basis, as it is very good value for money compared to what is available here (France, even supermarket clothing is twice as expensive here than in the UK!), and there is good choice. It also gets posted over very quickly so very convenient!

Brand is the least of my considerations, I like fun clothes, not too baby blue/pink but more imaginative designs that are still appropriate for babies.

I don't like the boys' clothes/girls' clothes divide, I would prefer everything to be together and often buy from the boys section for DD. The sizing can be a bit hit and miss which is confusing for clothes coming from the same store.

Puppypoppet Thu 17-May-12 16:41:49

Have occasionally bought the odd item - usually in sales or from outlet store. They are well made, wash well and mostly fit well too. There is always a good selection of styles and colours.
Price and convenience are the main factors. Tend to buy most clothes from supermarkets (especially Sainsburys when they have their regular 25% off near bank holidays) or Next / Debenhams. Find it easy to pop clothes in the trolley whilst food shopping.
When shopping for kids clothes quality and cost are most important. Not bothered about brand / labels.
Usually shop instore for clothes, often without DD as tends to go for garish or unsuitable (too grown up) clothes.
Would probably be tempted to buy more if a little cheaper. Also recently have looked for nighties for DD but not bought as the ones she liked were not 100% cotton. Really dislike polyester nightwear (and schoolwear).
The baby ranges are quite traditional but wouldn't hesitate to give as a gift.

crickmel Thu 17-May-12 16:53:47

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes I have bought a couple of clothes a t-shirt and a top/trousers outfit 18-24m. Overall I would say they are nice quality and wash well but the sizes are very generous. Trousers don't stay up on my daughter's waist, and there were no adjusters but the t-shirts fit OK. One T-shirt had an envelope neck that was huge. I do like styles which don't squash her head but this was too big and looked a bit scruffy. Maybe she's a funny shape?! Otherwise I buy from Primark, Next, and H&M. Items I have received from M&S have been very nice - party dresses. Bbased on the nice dresses, I would probably come to M&S for occasionwear over everyday wear in future.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Not so much the label and brand but definitely the price and design. A certain quality is expected but they don't have to be brilliant qty as they grow out of them so quickly. Another factor is colour (avoid white), ease of washing (avoid anything too complicated) and features like waist adjusters, wider neckholes and no fiddly buttons.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

A bit of both and yes I do look online first sometimes. DD isn't involved in the decision making at the moment, so it is all about what I like.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Maybe a basics range that is good value and is designed to wash and wear well, but that still has some little design features. I have found 18-24 months tricky to find nice clothes which aren't too babyish but not too grown up.

I have found the accessories a bit disappointing when I have tried to find vests and tights in this age range too.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I would say it is average. Not as nice as Boots and next for little ones and once you get into 18-24 the choice is more limited still sorry. You can get some brilliant designs at H&M and Primark for much cheaper. Some of your sizing is out (I had a baby grow as a gift and the legs were weird and she kept getting two legs stuck in one!) and your accessories are limited instore. Occasionwear is lovely though, so keep doing this!

KJ123 Thu 17-May-12 17:06:09

Generally I think they produce quality kids wear so you pay a bit extra. I don't buy too often due to price, as kids grow out of things or change their minds so quickly. Was recently disappointed & cross because I spent extra to buy their school tights, thinking they wouldn't get holes like cheaper brands do, & after hardly any wear all 3 pairs have holes! Taking them back for a refund. Have looked online but not bought online so far - generally prefer to see & feel first, although am coming round to the convenience of online shopping more.

Osmiornica Thu 17-May-12 17:42:48

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I've bought some school uniform most recently and several other items over the past year or so. The uniforms I bought weren't that good. I bought 2 pairs of trousers and 2 skirts and the skirts have faded after a few washes and the trousers have hardly been worn as my daughter said they were just too uncomfortable (were supposed to be the cotton 'skinkind' range.
There aren't any M&S shops in my local area anymore so only buy things when I'm visiting another area.
I tend to buy a mix of tesco/asda/vertbaudet/boden/h&m

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

most important is cost and longevity. I expect the clothes to last and wash well. I don't like designs that make small children look like mini adults or teenagers and avoid logos on tops. This tends to cut out a lot of shops and designs. It's nice to have girls clothes that aren't pink or at least not all pink. Designers need to realise that there are other colours!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I mostly shop online as I find it difficult to find time to go shopping - also shopping with small children is a pain.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I've not bought anything from the baby range in the last 3 years.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 17-May-12 17:52:51

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Yes

What's your overall opinion of it?
Good quality, bit expensive.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?
Lack of choice/lack of trendy stuff

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Next, Gap, H&m, Fat Face, Asda, Zara, New Look, Primark, Sainsburys

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
DD is 11 so for me (her) its got to be trendy. So I would say style/design. Not bothered about labels. I'm happy to pay for more expensive stuff if its good quality.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In store. DD likes shopping so its nice to go and make a day of it, see what catches her eye.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it?
More trendy stuff

Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of?
More fashionable, trendy stuff.

Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Yes, they cater for younger children more.
Now she's 11 I would rarely venture in. Certainly not dor day to day stuff as not enough trendy stuff. I'd have a look if I was looking for an occdasion dress, etc.

Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Never looked at the boys stuff so don't know.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
Never looked at the baby stuff.

CelticPromise Thu 17-May-12 18:04:13

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?

Yes.

What's your overall opinion of it?

Good quality, a bit dull.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy most of DS's clothes secondhand. I can't always get the fit I want- he is very skinny and adjustable waist is essential in trousers- one or two pairs from M&S have been handed on unworn because they never fitted him. I have clothes for him from Debenham's, supermarkets, Next (don't really like the Next boys' clothes but they nearly always adjust at the waist), Pumpkin Patch, Petit Bateau, Zara. A lot is from charity shops.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

With trousers, it is fit, and also quality, he grows slowly so good clothes can last a long time. Tops and underwear I look for bright unisex colours- I like the bright vests in M&S, but the fit is better for a skinny one from Petit Bateau.

Also, COMFORT. I would never dress him in anything stiff, uncomfortable or likely to be too hot/cold. So fabric and style is important.

Price is important, but I am willing to pay for the right thing (like the occasional Petit Bateau vest).

Brand is not important.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I would often look online first if there is something specific I want. Most impulse buys are bargains!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I would like to see more brightly coloured unisex toddler clothing. I hate that little boys' clothes are all navy blue and brown, yawn. I also think there are too many 'outfits' rather than mix and match bits. Also, more vests in older baby sizes. And more adjustable waists! I haven't looked at the girls' range so I can't comment.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I like the M&S babygros and vests we have had. More bright colours please!

Heide Thu 17-May-12 18:05:41

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Yes, lots in the past. More recently just socks, pants, tights.

What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you?

I used to love the kids clothes, but not any more. My DD is now 8 and I think that the older girls range is horrible. A bit trashy looking and ugly colours. I'd still buy the younger girls stuff if I could fit her into it!

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Fat Face, Boden, Joules, Next, Debenhams.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Quality the most important thing. I've bought expensive things that lasted several years and cheap things that lasted 2 washes. But style is important - I don't like my children to dress like teenagers until they actually are teenagers.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I shop online when I have to but much prefer a real shop.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Older girls clothes that don't look too grown up. Really robust, good quality stuff eg. joggers that don't get holes in the knees within 2 minutes. I'm sure that's why Boden is so successful.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

No idea about baby stuff, my three are older now.

WomanlyWoman Thu 17-May-12 18:19:44

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

A. Yes. I think the clothes are nice and good quality. I buy when my daughter needs new clothes, I look in M&S along with several other shops; Next, George at Asda, TU at Sainsbury's, Monsoon, local market and charity shops.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

A. Price is important, I love a bargain, but if something is obviously better quality and necessary I will pay for it. Style is also important. I dislike overly fussy pink princessy things for my daughter, much more a fan of practical but stylish clothing. I don't care about labels.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

A. Sizing is so variable that I pretty much always buy instore so I can get a feel for whether it will fit my child or have her try it on if she's with me. It's rare that I browse online for children's clothes.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

A. M&S don't often have sales, I would certainly be enticed inside if there were regular sales. As I've said practical but stylish wear for girls, princess-free stuff. An imaginative dressing up range, ie NOT all princess dresses for girls and superheroes for boys.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

A. It's a while since I've shopped from the baby range, but I do like to see a good choice of unisex wear, bright colours for both genders.

mrsbunnyw Thu 17-May-12 18:49:07

I have bought M&S kidswear - mainly school uniform. I like their uniforms as they are hard wearing.

However although their children's clothes are nice, particularly for girls, I rarely buy it as I am more likely to buy children's clothes second hand on eBay or in charity shops, or to receive it handed down. Also now that both my kids are in school they don't wear non-uniform anywhere near as much so don't need much.

I am less keen on the boys' range - why is there only half the quantity of items available for boys as for girls? And why is it all so generic mini-adult stuff? My son is only 4; I would like him to stay looking like a little boy for a while longer yet.

When I do look for children's clothes, it is usually online; my kids hate being dragged around the shops and are much better at trying things on if we can do it at home when they are getting changed anyway. I mostly browse the sale section!

When I buy children's clothes the price is very important, as is the look of the item. I don't care at all about the label or the designer; I like clothes to look interesting, a bit different, and to be suitable for the age of the child. I don't like to spend money on something only to find that 6 other children in their class have the same thing.

It is a long time since I used M&S baby clothes and I'm afraid I can't remember enough to comment on them now.

nightingale452 Thu 17-May-12 20:01:37

I find M&S sizes small. For my long-legged 10 year old I have to buy at least age 12, and 14-16 in tights! Goodness knows where I'm going to get her tights when she's 15.

Clothes for older children can be too grown-up - this is exacerbated when you're buying for a tall younger child. Knickers for girls are in too adult styles - they don't like shorts-style ones, they don't stay up. Struggled to find normal briefs for my 5 year old (maybe that's because everyone had bought that style and nobody else wanted the shorts either?)

Quality of school uniforms is not brilliant - they're in them every day, I'd rather pay more and get a better quality material, everywhere seems to sell on the basis that we want to kit them out as cheaply as possible - I'd rather buy things that look smart and last. School skirts are just too short for aforementioned leggy 10 year old, they're barely decent. Can we have some longer styles?

Other shops I buy from - Next mainly, occasionally Peacocks, very occasionally Boden. Rarely supermarkets but that's because we don't have any large ones nearby that do clothes.

Bunbaker Thu 17-May-12 20:13:47

"I find M&S sizes small."

I find them short but too wide.

egdeh Thu 17-May-12 20:15:18

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes.
What's your overall opinion of it? Good quality, washes & wears well. But struggle to find style / items I want.

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? need - ie kids have grown / worn out clothes

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? Not liking range

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? H&m, next, gap, boden, supermarket

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! combination - have to like it, needs to be practical, reasonable price as my kids destroy clothes. Brand / label least important

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? instore to see what is there, but prefer without dc to avoid pester power.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? Young girls fine, but too much pink, sparkle, embellishment. Older girls range too old. I have tall 5 yo and hard to find appropriate stuff. Also hate way things only go with limited stuff. I know is to get us to buy entire outfits but want more plain jeans / leggings / tshirts and mix and match stuff. No boys, so no view on those ranges

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? all too blue or pink from memory. A lot quite impractical for babies, fiddly buttons, frills etc

egdeh Thu 17-May-12 20:17:22

Oh and sizes seem small or a bit random. Tights I have to buy at least a size up, usually 2 as they seem to shrink.

medjool Thu 17-May-12 20:22:52

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes. My local store (Brent Cross) is badly stocked and badly laid out so it's almost impossible to find anything in my daughters' size if I do like anything. Having said that, I've not bought anything other than pajamas, underwear and school uniform for at least a year because I don't think that there has been anything particularly nice of a reasonable cost. I'm not prepared to spend on the Autograph range because I find that M&S clothes don't wear as well as they used to. They shrink terribly on the first wash - especially school uniform polo shirts and girls' cardigans. I have a school polo shirt from Asda which was originally the same size but now appears to be much bigger than the shrunken M&S polos. On the other hand, when DD1 was a toddler, the waistlines on all trousers/jeans/sweatpants were too big and I don't know any kids they were the right size for. To buy M&S clothes, I had to either 'pin' the waist or deal with short trousers. Next had hidden aist tighteners/expanders which made them a better buy.
I buy kids clothes from Next and GAP and occasionally from Sainsburys, which is excellent quality, not inexpensive but reasonable and where I believe M&S used to be.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Colour, design and style and age appropriate. Cost to some degree - I'm prepared to spend on my kids' clothes but where I know something will last well. M&S frankly doesn't wear well and it's a factor which leads me to shop elsewhere - better to spend more and for the clothes to last than for them to shrink after one wear. Labels indicate that all clothes can be tumble dried but I don't agree - even if not tumble dried, clothes shrink.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Online if I am buying at M&S as Brent Cross is poorly stocked, tills are poorly staffed and the store is a mess with no easy pram access in kids wear so it's a nightmare to shop.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Better wearing, non shrinking fabrics (same goes for some items in ladies wear too), a complete rethink of Brent Cross store.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I always buy vests from M&S. I haven't bought a single item for my DS as there is nothing which appeals. There is little choice for sleepsuits and they are very plain and boring - I shop at Next instead.

hackneyzoo Thu 17-May-12 20:26:01

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Yes

What's your overall opinion of it?
Its generally good quality, I'm not keen on all of the styles/ranges, but I like quite a lot of it too

If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy?
Good quality, bright colours, easy to order online

What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
H&M, Frugi, Nordic Kids, Gap, ebay second hand stuff, green baby, organic kids, tigerlily, independent kids shops

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost and value are important. I would rather pay more for better quality. I have three children so want clothes that will last and still look good by the time they get to the third. I have two girls and one boy, so like to buy nice bright colours that don't have brands/cartoons on, so they can be used for boys and girls. I also like organic cotton as it tends to last well and one of my children has excezma , so it is soft on thier skin.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why?
Sometimes, its quicker, if I know what I want I'd rather shop online than drag three kids round the shops. I work, so my free time is limited, I don't want to spend it shopping!

If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
If I have time, and no children with me, then I enjoy browsing in store.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I really don't like some of the cheesey, gender specific logos on the boys clothes. I think you do too many insipid colours for boys, simple brights work well. I don't want my kids to walk around with slogans or cartoon charaters on thier clothes.
Sometimes the price seems a bit high.
I would like to see more t shirts, jeans, leggings, in bright , plain colours, that are good quality and could be for either sex.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I have never bought m and s baby clothes as I genrally don't like them, they tend to be either pink or blu and are overpriced for ewhat they are. The only baby stuff I have got is the plain white cotton vests and baby grows, which are good value and have lasted well.

Voidka Thu 17-May-12 20:31:05

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes. I buy the children uniform from M&S and a lot of DD's clothes. I think that there is very nice stuff for younger girls and quite age appropriate. I think the items are good quality.

~What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? H&M, Sainsburys, Next, Pumpkin Patch.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Quality for me. I would rather pay £7 for a T-shirt that washes well and keeps shape than £2 for one that fades after 1 wash. Another factor for me is age appropriateness.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? I shop online for uniform as I know what I am going to get. I tend to go into the store for other clothes as I think there is more of a selection.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I think that there is definitely more girl bias. One thing I would like to see is less gender stereotype of Characters. I would also like to see a better selection of girls trousers, and less expensive nightwear.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? I like the bright colours of the baby range.

Lyftiduft Thu 17-May-12 20:44:09

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes, have bought some stuff. The quality has been good, especially babygrows, but the sizing of other clothes is quite variable. The random sizing stops me buying things in M&S more frequently- I prefer being able to pick anything and know it is very likely to fit (we buy most of DS's clothes in Mothercare for this reason). The M&S clothes are also quite pricy. I also buy from Next, H&M, Boots and Sainsburys, and also get bits in charity shops, which tends to be from these brands (including M&S).

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Style and colour/design play a huge part- I want my toddler to look like a toddler, not wearing replica Topman. Bright colours, practical styles, natural fabrics. Cost matters too. Brand/label only important for knowing how it fits, not the name itself iyswim.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

In store- prefer to see exactly what I am buying and look at fastenings etc. Don't tend look online first as it usually leads to disappointment when faced with actual stock in shops. Sometimes I look online afterwards to see if there is anything similar/if its in stock in the right size (if that size was unavailable in store).

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Boys toddler clothes- more adjustable waists please! In my local M&S childrenswear is shoved in a corner far from the lift. The lift itself is tiny and you can only get one pushchair in it at a time, so I rarely go up there to actually look at it.

The boys stuff generally looks ok, girls less so- for toddlers it's pretty but probably not very practical, the younger girls stuff looks ok but the older girls a bit too grown up. I don't have a daughter, so it's just my perception.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? Too much pale pink/baby blue/white and beige. We had some great babygrows in bright colours and designs when DS was tiny (so about 18mo ago) which were lovely then suddenly everything was just pink or blue which I hate.

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
A Regular buyer. School uniform is unbeatable - best value of anywhere on 3 for 2 offer and quality in a different league to supermarkets. Adjustable waists excellent and wear well - no buttons popping off etc. For non-school stuff older boys wear very popular with my 9 year old and for the past few years I have bought his gear almost exclusively from M&S as the range and design were generally better than Next. Most of my daughter's basics (underwear, leggings, nightwear, boots) have come from M&S recently as well. My daughter is a tall 6 year old and fits age 7-8, plus I like to size up items such as coats to try and get maximum wear, so I would request you consider making the younger girls range up to age 12 (as per Boden or Lands End) as the older girls range is too teenagery. Other brands/shops: Boden, Joules, Animal, Monsoon mainly. I have had a Next Directory for over 20 years but I hardly buy any kids (or indeed adult) clothes from there now as the quality has gone so downhill in recent years.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A Quality and cost primarily, design close behind. I would rather pay a few more pounds for something that will last than something that falls apart after a few wears by my boisterous son or that falls apart in the first wash (Next stuff has gone like this - it is basically paying a premium for supermarket or low end high street, e.g. Primark, quality. Please don't go this way M&S.).

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
A Online mainly as size range is wider. May go and browse in store during my lunchhour then show them online later at home to see if they like something.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
A As above I would like the younger girls range to extend to age 12. I think the ranges generally offer a good choice. As well as the summer holidays, the 3 for 2 on uniform would be handy at Christmas and Easter as well which are the other times of year I tend to replace items.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
A Babygros excellent quality - maybe a bit more adventurous with the colours rather than the mainly pastel or pale shades. Other baby stuff great design and quality - have bought them as gifts on many occasions.

ReelAroundTheFountain Thu 17-May-12 20:51:54

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear?
Yes loads - as gifts before I had my own and lots for my 3 dc's

What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Overall good quality and well priced. I also buy from Boden, gap, next, primark

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
A combination (but not incl brand) design and cost high up there. I'm not massively bothered about amazing quality especially if its cheap

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In general I shop in stores, although I do quite a lot online with M&S mainly as that is the only way I can guarantee getting the sizes I want

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Yes - lots! Firstly better availability, especially on very basic items like underwear and schoolwear, even at the height of back-to-school shopping stores and online are short of sizes on polo-shirts every.single.year. Secondly much simpler designs. I have two ds's (age 5 and 4) and a dd (6mo) and for all of them I want to be able to buy simple t-shirts/shirts/jumpers/trousers in bright colours all year round. There are far too many character tshirts and just generally fussy designs. I think Boden really get what I want boys clothes to be like but they're too expensive to buy a lot. So often in M&S I see a shirt I like for e.g. and then find a great big patch sewn on the chest or arm for no reason at all. Also, please have button-through pj's all year and towelling dressing gowns (this isn't just M&S, nowhere does them for children over 2). I could go on but I'd be here all day grin

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
The petit-bebe range is sooooo boring, not everyone wants pastel colours. I would have loved more purple (not lilac!) and reds etc. Regarding the fashion stuff - I always looked enviously at the girls ranges until I had a girl and realised how impractical it is. Too many dresses and not enough simple trousers and tops. I also have been completely unable to find long-sleeved tops for my dd (6mo) even though its only May and we live in the UK!! Even in the height of summer I'd prefer to put her in long sleeved loose tops to keep her covered and yet everything is strappy or with cap-sleeved (again this is across the high st not just M&S but it is ridiculous!). Again availability of sizes is laughable even on basic bodysuits and sleepsuits

One other thing - please, please can you simplify the "search by size" function on the website. At the moment it lists separately for example "3-6", "3-6m" and "3-6mths" which is totally crazy and infuriating

<wanders off chuntering about 100 other things>

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I have a daughter age 10. She loves the hello kitty range. I buy from M & S quite often. I think it washes well, keeps it's shape and colour. I also buy from Next,Primark,Asda,Tesco and H & M.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
I buy what she will wear as long as it's not too expensive!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I do look online but I like to touch clothes feel what the quality is like. Usually I'll go into a shop spot some things she might like then take her back and let her choose.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
I think more discounts/offers on clothes would be good.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I've recently been looking at the baby range as I have a colleague is pregnant. She doesn't know what sex she is having. I found the neutral range very poor.

shewhomustbeEbayed Thu 17-May-12 21:02:31

I have recently bought my tall 8 yr-old daughter the size 11-12 Tatty Teddy pants as she's starting puberty and beginning to get a pronounced bottom and they were the only ones with enough fabric in the back.
I usually buy her next as the waist sizes are smaller than M&S so the skirts and trousers don't fall down.
The schoolwear is well made and long lasting and washes well. I shop online so John Lewis is better for me as I can get it delivered free to my local Waitrose and the quality and cost are very good.
The clothes aren't trendy enough, particularly for young teens who like Abercrombie, Hollister etc
It all looks a bit old fashioned and sad

misscph1973 Thu 17-May-12 21:14:09

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

- Yes, I have bought school uniforms and night wear. Overall I think for the price it's good value, especially the school uniforms. I like the thermal underwear, it's nice even if it does get a bit "linty". I have had some nightwear and underwear that lost its shape in the wash but it wasn't very expensive. I buy M&S because I live very close to a very large M&S so its' convenient for me. I like the colourful ranges, they are spot on. I also buy school uniforms from Next and I buy kids clothes from Polarn & Pyrat, Tommy Hilfiger, Noa Noa, Debenhams, Phister & Phillina, Ralph Lauren, Minymo and Mini a Ture. I might add that I mainly buy second hand non-school clothes on ebay and sales/outlets, hardly ever at full price.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

- Yes, it is a complicated combination of all those, that's a very good way to put it ;) Cost is a big factor, but I do mainly buy labels that I know are of good quality so they won't shrink, fade or loose shape and hopefully I can sell it on on ebay if it's not too worn. I do generally go for a very colourful style.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

- For M&S clothes I look online, and sometimes I will order for store delivery. Other brands I nearly always buy online. I don't like shopping in stores as I think it takes too much time out of my day and I hate it when the sizes I need are sold out. I hardly ever let my children decide!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

- I would like to see more durable clothes, perhaps that M&S stop having the cheaper lines, as it is too tempting to buy it instead of he more expensive lines and expect M&S quality and then it's not. I have always thought of M&S as good quality, but in recent years cheaper lines have been introduced and the quality is not as good and it's disappointing. I think the M&S brand is loosing its good reputation. It's only really the Autograph line and similar that is of good quality and that is a shame. I understand that the market has changed and that M&S would like to keep their market share, but I think eventually it will mean the end of M&S. I would like to see M&S prove they are in it for the long run. The recent tag line "Quality worth every penny" sounded a bit desperate and not very true.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

- I never had any M&S baby clothes so I can't give my opinion on that.

helenlynn Thu 17-May-12 21:21:56

I've bought M&S baby clothes, never anything for older children. Their things are good quality and reasonably priced and feel as though they are comfy to wear, all of which are non-negotiable requirements, but like most shops they go for awful gender stereotyping - mostly blue/brown/grey with traffic and plain edges, or pink/purple with flowers and scalloped edges. I did buy some long- and short-sleeved vests in packs of five different bright colours from M&S when my son was tiny, and liked them so much I wished I'd bought the next year's worth in the same style. They were out of stock by then so I scoured eBay for the next two sizes up, and he was always in them until he grew out of them. M&S is where I'd most like to be able to buy baby clothes, and there are a few things we could really do with him having at the moment, but lately I can't summon the energy to go and look at all the pink and blue rubbish -- I keep resolving to go in when we are in town but I always end up avoiding what I expect to be a disappointment. If there were more nice bright unisex things it would be something of a relief!

aristocat Thu 17-May-12 21:37:34

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Yes even before I had my 2 DCs I have purchased kidswear from there for friends children. I like their childrenswear very much and it is usually good quality at a reasonable price. My DD is almost 8 and she wears your age 9 girls clothes, a special favourite is a leggings/tunic top in blue/cream stripes that gets worn alot. School uniform is unbeatable IMO and pants/socks/tights all get the thumbs up too.
Other brands are usually Next, HoF, Gap, eBay and sometimes Asda/Sainsburys.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Yes definitely a combination for me .... but kidswear also needs to be Comfy!

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I used to shop in-store but now spend more and more time online. The sale email arrives and I look at childrens wear immediately smile

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Girls do have a better selection than boys - my DS is 10yo and my DD is almost 8yo. I would like to see brighter colours for boys and girls, simple designs for girls dresses and why cant you make clothes that would be either for a boy or a girl - neon/primary coloured tshirts/hoodies/trousers please.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
My youngest is almost 8, so it has been a few years since I looked at the baby range. As I recall it was fine, however when did babies stop wearing yellow/mint green other neutral shades and only pink or blue hmm

UseTheForce Thu 17-May-12 22:11:42

I do buy kidswear from M&S as they are a decent quality of clothing for the price. I also buy from Sainsbury and Next. Combination of them all. Tend to buy instore so the kids can try the clothes on. Also tend to look online first before buying. They always seem to have more clothes and choice for girls, whereas the boys hardly have anything, and the colour range is poor. Baby range is good, but less white and more colour choices.

Tweeter Thu 17-May-12 22:20:04

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
Buy for my son in young boys range quite frequently usually find it good quality. Used to buy for my daughters in `older `girls but not too keen on the styles except for pyjamas which they love from M and S

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Combination. Bright colours and designs a must for toddler boys but cost is a factor too. Still find M and S wash well and their quality is better than other high street kids retailers

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Shop both online and instore and usually would check online first before going into store to see what is available. Love the free delivery to stores option.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
At the moment prefer boys clothes. Often have difficulty getting sizes when inshore. More discounts would encourage me to buy more

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

Baby ranges are lovely and often liked the sleep suits but again ime often hard to get size when instore

mrsalwaysawake Thu 17-May-12 23:05:14

Not going to answer all the questions, just wanted to comment on the difference between your ranges of clothes for baby boys and girls.
You sell loads of lovely things for baby girls, and, while the boys stuff is nice, it is a bit uninspiring. I wanted to by a nice outfit for my baby son last winter, for a wedding. You didn't have anything appropriate. I complained via your website and was told 'we don't sell party-wear for under-ones' which, given the gorgeous dresses I saw for 3 month-olds was clearly untrue.
Please consider expanding your range of baby boys clothes. I have spoken to lots of mums about this, and we all feel the same.

niniane Thu 17-May-12 23:39:08

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I buy fairly often. I know it's good quality and usually at a reasonable price. I would like to see more selection, especially instore. I also tend to go to Next, Debenhams, Gap and supermarkets.

* When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! *

For general day-to-day wear I want something that can go in a 'normal' washing machine wash, be tumble dried and would pair easily with other clothes. Cost is a factor as is knowing that the retailer's sizing is constant and age appropriate. I don't particularly want to be taking a toddler into changing rooms if I'm unsure what size to buy or if something will fit.

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

If I'm looking for something specific then usually online, but if I'm buying as a result of browsing then it's usually instore. My nearest M&S doesn't have the biggest childrens' dept so for M&S then usually online.

* Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? *

I find some of the trousers don't fit well on the waist and some don't seem big enough in the bottom area. It's as though nappy wearing hasn't been taken into account. I'd like to see more basics, both singly and in packs. For example a range of plain long and short sleeved t shirts in different colours. There also seems to have been a increase in clothes with characters on such as Charlie and Lola and Hello Kitty. I think this cheapens clothes and wouldn't buy any (at least until DD is old enough to make me eat my words and buy them!). I'd also like to see more swimming costumes available through the winter. Kids still go swimming then!

I do like the vests and tights and always find the clothes to be good quality and with the exception of some trousers, a good fit. The Indigo range is great for everyday wear and Autograph produce some nice outfits.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I think I found there was too much blue/pink/white. I also remember DD growing out of her M&S sleeping bag and then finding that they had been discontinued so couldn't get a bigger one. Best sleeping bag she ever had and we've been through a few.

JSSB Fri 18-May-12 07:20:51

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes What's your overall opinion of it? It is good quality but I think the designs coud be more interesting. If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Quality If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? John Lewis, Next, Debenhams

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?! It is a a combination of cost, quailty and style.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy? I mainly buy childrens clothes instore as I think you get a better idea of the quality and colour of fabrics. If I buy online it tends to be from stores that I wouldn't be able to visit otherwise as don't have stores nearby such as Mamas & Papas and JoJoMamanBebe.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa? I would buy more childrens clothese from M&S if the designs were different. I think that they do bright clothing well for children, however I prefer to dress my daughter in softer colours in more traditional styles. My daughter isn't yet old enough but it looks like the clothes aimed at pre-teens are good and would appeal to that age group.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? The materials used in the baby ranges are very good. M&S is my preference for basics such as bodysuits as they are reasonably priced but the material is soft and washes really well compared to other brands. When pregnant I found it hard to buy baby clothes from M&S other than basic white separates as baby clothes seemed to be in either pink or blue and I didn't know what sex I was having. I would like to see more neutral unisex clothing. I would also like to see more colours used for boy and girl baby clothing as in my local store everything is either blue or pink

CarpeJugulum France Fri 18-May-12 08:27:13

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes, occasional pieces/packs. The quality is good, but the price is quite expensive. For example, a pack of 7 sleeveless bodysuits starts at £7 (more expensive for bigger sizes) so cost is £1 each, but ASDA do them for £2.75 for 3 - only a few pennies cheaper but the quality is about the same and pennies make a difference. I buy clothes from just about everywhere.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Definitely cost and durability as the most important factors. As my son is 19 months, he's into everything and often ends up grubby and covered in paint/glue/food. Clothes therefore have to wash well, or be cheap enough that if he rips it/ruins it, then it's not a huge deal.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
I tend to shop in store, and usually in the supermarket as my son isn't old enough to go clothes shopping, or have much of a say in what he wears. Would consider online shopping, but quite often sizes vary (for example 12-18month sizing in one store may be the same size as 18-24 in another), so not really an option when kids sizes are by age rather than length/width etc.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
Make kidswear more accessible in store. At the moment, in our "local" M&S, the kids wear is on the top floor, away from the lift and is a bit of a nightmare to get to with a buggy. The aisles aren't wide enough for a buggy to go through some of the time, so you often end up trapped and have to reverse rather than being able to walk round. Puts me off going.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
M&S wouldn't be my first stop for baby clothing - while there is quite a lot of choice online, my local store has a very poor selection (or more charitably, it runs out of stock a lot) and as stated before, sizes vary so I would not be comfortable shopping online. I'd like to see more basics in the stores - so plenty of plain t-shirts, body suits and pyjamas. Again, I can only speak for my local store, but it seems to have lots of decal-ed t-shirts which are not great in the tumble drier and very often are more expensive than supermarket options. Nice plain basics at reasonable prices would be fantastic - there is definitely a vacancy there as Mothercare seem to have lost the plot!

mashyup Fri 18-May-12 09:45:43

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? *I am a fairly regular buyer of M&S Kidswear. Overall opinion is it's reliable and sometimes they have lovely/different stuff in for my 2 older boys. I always get school trousers from M&S as size and quality is good, also socks and underwear as it will last.
I might buy more if range was bigger. I also buy from Next catalogue, especially when in a hurry, also impulsively from supermarkets (tesco/sainsburys), H and M, occasional Boden when can afford it. I have recently bought school shoes online from M&S instead of Clarks, and was quite pleased with result.
When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
Cost, then quality, then colour/design. Not brand or label, and don't like labels/logos that show.
Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Online so I can show kids first, or they might refuse to wear it, and they don't like going clothes shopping. Occasionally will take them to shops to see what they like/size it
Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

*Main competitor for me is Next, not beacuse I particularly like their clothes but because I can order something needed quickly, like new trainers, or a specifically coloured t shirt for a school event that my kids only mention is neededthe night before, and it will come the next day. Impulse buying.
Other wise, more range of boys stuff, older boys, school wear in stock at all times, offers on clothes. But I have had some lovely boys clothes from M&S, especially fleeces etc. I might do more online now I have bought shoes*

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
I haven't had to buy baby clothes for a long time, so can't comment

BoffinMum Fri 18-May-12 10:03:04

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

I am a frequent buyer, and I buy classic boys' clothes, both leisure and formal. I do not buy anything that is faded, has rips, has logos or those crease things in at the top of the thighs, as my boys prefer looking smart, and I like them that way.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost, but not super cheap, I want value for money. I will not pay extra for brands and fancy labels or gimmicks. I want classic clothes that can be handed down, with a bit of a smart European or tailored look, like Mini Mayoral style clothes. Stuff that doesn't date. Stuff that washes beautifully and needs little ironing. Stuff that can go in the tumble dryer. Good quality cotton and light wool. I also buy serious walking kit for the boys, and outdoor clothes so they can get muddy whilst being very Famous Five, but M and S doesn't often have things like that in stock. Occasionally I buy ski wear but again you don't stock much, and your season is not long enough.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Online, sometimes in store but your stock control has been abysmal for my entire lifetime and I can't see things ever improving. My boys get shown clothes by me and then they choose from what fits them and things that they would be happy to wear.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Better changing rooms, specially for kids and teens with a parent in tow, small play facility for younger siblings while they are waiting, and assistants who don't assume you are a shoplifter (eight items per cubicle is nothing when you are kitting out three rapidly growing kids, and I don't expect to have things counted in and back when I am spending £200+). I also think most of the assistants look like they are sucking wasps and are terribly menopausal and grumpy. I would like friendly people serving me (it's so bad in most stores I get my husband to deal with them as they tend to be polite to him and grumpy with me as a fellow woman - big mistake as I am the one holding the procurement purse strings). I also will not stand in a long queue to pay, so I will leave the pile of clothes and flounce off if I get stressed waiting with a toddler in tow. I would also appreciate a loyalty card.

In terms of what's missing, I think you need to hold more stock and sizes, have pretty toddler style outfits available for boys and girls until they are 5 or 6 so they don't have to grow up too early (eg pastel colours, sweet little outfits) and stock seasonal wear, outdoor wear and beach/holiday wear all year round (at least in small quantities) as this could be a real niche selling point - people do want slippers in May and wellies in August, but you can never find them anywhere. M and S could be marketed as a one stop shop for harrassed parents seeking to find well priced clothes at all times of year and for all occasions.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I always had trouble finding the right sizes - there would be 10 x 3-6 months on the rack but no 12 months, for example. I hate hassle and not finding the size means hunting down a miserable assistant and begging for help, then standing there in the middle of the shop floor for 10 minutes wondering if they are ever going to come back. When they do, they usually tell you there are no other sizes. It's puts me off shopping at M and S. Online the people know little about children's clothes and refunds and problems take forever to sort out, it all feels very remote and foreign call-centrey.

BoffinMum Fri 18-May-12 10:07:11

Ps I agree Next has nicer clothes and assistants, more sizes out, is less fraught to shop in, and has been getting our custom over the last couple of seasons.

Quenelle Fri 18-May-12 10:29:44

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

Yes.

Overall I think there isn't much choice, and the quality has been questionable.

When DS was about 4 months old I bought him a gorgeous knitted all in one but the button holes around the legs were too big and it just flapped undone all the time. I bought a similar one from Asda for less than half the price and it was brilliant.

And most stuff has characters and writing on. Perhaps you could charge less if you weren't paying to license Thomas the Tank Engine?

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Combination of cost, quality, colour (get bored of blue, blue, blue), style. Brand/label is of no consequence.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

I often look online first because I look at what's available in all the children's shops. There are often discount codes too.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Have a bigger range. I would like to see more classic designs like jumpers and sweatshirts without hoods, dungarees (without pictures/writing on). Am having trouble finding plain denim dungaree shorts at the moment. An H&M pair on ebay this week started a major bidding war. They are a popular design.

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

More bold colours and designs. I don't look at the girls' stuff in detail but overall it always looks like a sea of pink to me. The baby boys' stuff often looks like a sea of pale blue too though.

Quenelle Fri 18-May-12 10:37:23

Oh yes, other shops I buy from: Next (some nice styles and the only shop selling children's clothes on our High Street), H&M (usually online, favourite for style, size of range and price but quality can a bit rubbish) and Asda (some good quality, cheap basic stuff).

Quenelle Fri 18-May-12 10:58:24

I made a point of giving my answers before reading the other posts but I have to add my voice to the posters who dislike the camo, monster, skulls, naughty boy stuff.

And also about adjsutable waistbands. DS is tall and not disproportionately thin, even so trousers are often too short for him by the time they fit his waist.

exexpat Fri 18-May-12 11:19:11

I'm an occasional buyer. I was reasonably happy with M&S clothes when buying for DS, but he is now 13 and has been in adult sizes for a couple of years. He won't go near M&S any more - it's all Topman jeans and band t-shirts these days.

I'm much less happy now when I am looking for clothes for DD, 9. She's also big and tall for her age, so wearing around age 12/13 at the moment.

I often pass through the girls' section of my main local M&S (it is just by the entrance from the car park) but very rarely buy anything these days. The clothes are too fussy (logos, slogans, cartoons, patterns, sequins, applique...), too fashion-oriented, and very impractical for an active girl - thin material that will rip at the knees the first time she falls over, fussy bits that will snag if she tries climbing a tree...

Also all the jeans/leggings seem to be skinny-fit at the moment - what about children who don't want skin-tight jeans?

DD also hates pink (and no, this is not unusual for a 9yo girl - lots of girls hate pink), and there is way too much pink stuff. We were recently looking for a new dressing gown for her, to replace a much-loved M&S turquoise fluffy dressing gown she had had for a couple of years, but every single girls' dressing gown was pink or had a pattern with pink in it. We ended up getting one from the women's section.

I don't think I have bought anything for her from M&S girls' section for a couple of years, apart from some socks, tights, underwear and pyjamas. I have bought some jeans for her from the boys' section, as they are not skin-tight cuts and actually give her some room to move.

I find it hard buying stuff DD likes, that fits well and that is practical pretty much anywhere, but I think she has more clothes from Uniqlo and Gap than anywhere else. She also has lots of boys' clothes, some passed down from her brother, and some that she has chosen herself (H&M etc).

Basically, if there were plainer, brighter, more practical children's clothes, rather than scaled-down versions of women's wear, I might be more likely to buy.

klaxon Fri 18-May-12 11:42:31

Oh and can I add I was in store just yesterday, I looked at the childrens clothes and there was NOT ONE item of clothing in stock in my daughters size 6-7 nor my sons 3-4. Surely to goodness this cannot be the norm? hmm

FWIW I did get a nice suit thank you very much and look forward to coming in next week for the bubbly and snacks for the jubilee!

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I rarely buy dd(8) clothes from M & S as they do not appeal to her. She walks through the baby section saying how pretty everything is and why can't she have pretty clothes?? The older children's clothes are trying too hard to be 'cool' - she just wants practical, pretty colours and designs. Not pink BTW! We buy from Gap, Sainsburys, Debenhams

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Cost, comfort, usefulness, fun colours

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

Mainly in store, occasionally dd will look online with me

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

I think the ages are wrong. Your 'older' childrens ranges do not appeal at all. I'd like more practical everyday clothes at cheaper prices.

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

attachmentmummy Fri 18-May-12 13:22:15

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?

We buy M&S childrens and babies clothes regularly because they are good quality, hardwearing, and nice designs. We also buy at Next, Boden, Pumpkin Patch, Mothercare, Tu, and smaller niche brands.

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

It's a combination of all of those, but being easily washable and hardwearing is the most important for everyday clothes that are going to get put through the wringer by a very active toddler.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?

For M&S clothes, in-store mostly, because I like to see what I'm buying and check the sizing (which can be hit and miss I find), but if something is out of stock I might then order it online. For other retailers, where I can be sure of sizing and quality, I am happy to buy online, which is conveneient and easy. Having said that, I find shopping at most M&S stores for childrens clothes is straightforward because the layout is designed well for buggy manouevre-ability. My daughter is just 2 and beginning to choose her own clothes when we're out sometimes, which is fun. She picked up a cute floral sundress and Hello Kitty sunhat in M&S Chichester the other day and demanded that we 'pay it'!

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

Sort the sizing out, jeans especially seem to be a size bigger than labelled often; put Mr Men on girls' clothes as well as boys; have better stock availability in store, and don't discontinue stock lines so quickly; get rid of the dubious princess/naughty/good/bad/trouble etc etc slogans - I don't want to label my child!; offer more hardwearing trouser/legging outfits for toddler girls - there tend to be rather too many pretty dresses - girls spend most of their time scrabbling in mud too you know!; get rid of the trendy/sexy older girl styles before we reach the age where we won't be shopping in M&S any more because of them. Apart from that keep up the good work! wink

~ Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

A bit more variety would be good, here the stock lines don't tend to get rotated often enough, and something a bit more interesting than pink/blue babygros would be great! Again, maybe top/legging combos in brighter colours/patterns, or character oens - there isn't enough of that sort of thing. The vest and sleepsuit packs are brilliant basics though and last and last, thank you!

1. Never bought any but have been given some as gifts for my baby DD. Was good quality but I found the designs weren't to my taste (too girly and twee). Generally buy from Boden, John Lewis, Gap, Jo Jo Maman Bebe, Next and H&M.

2. Quality and style are most important. Cost not generally an issue, but I do buy cheaper bits from Next and H&M for DS to trash at nursery.

3. Mostly in store, though as my children wear a lot of Boden I do that online. Tend to just pick up what takes my fancy.

4. Less pink in the girls range, this is a real problem for me, would love more choice for my DD.

5. Not a huge fan of the baby ranges as I prefer my babies not to wear pastels, and from what I've seen (and been given as gifts) the M&S baby range is overly reliant on these.

gilliancd Fri 18-May-12 15:44:37

I used to buy quite a lot of things from Marks and Spencer when my first daughter was a baby/ young toddler but when she was about two and a half I went in to look for some summer clothes and was really put off! I couldn't find a single t-shirt, none of the tops had sleeves, all straps. I found the whole range more suited to a holiday in greece than an afternoon at nursery.
After this experience I started buying most of my kids clothes at Asda, the prices are better and things are so much more practical!

modernbear Fri 18-May-12 18:09:27

Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? Yes What's your overall opinion of it? Good quality, washes well, often has appropriate childrens clothing in the younger range but can be a bit 'grown up in the older range
If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? Good value for money. Their clothes wash well. I love their knitted cotton jumpers – we call them ‘cuddle jumpers’ for obvious reasons.

If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from? Boden, House of Fraser, John Lewis, TKMaxx

When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!
The most important factor is that they fit my 2 year old son who is very tall for his age, yet rather narrow and slim on the waist. An awful lot of trousers just fall down even if there is a drawn string/ elastic/tags to make the waist smaller. Thereafter the quality of the clothes is important and what fabric they are made of.

Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?
A more consistent sizing throughout this particular department. We found their Autograph pjs to be over a size smaller than their normal pjs.

Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
In the past I have needed to go online because there is not the stock in the Glasgow stores. For example I was unable to get a 3-4 year old white, long sleeved vest in any city centre store earlier in the year. I would have considered this an essential item.

Thinking specifically about the M&S baby ranges, what's your overall opinion of these? Do you think there's enough variety? Is there anything you'd like to see more of?
The baby ranges overall are good. Really appreciated the range when my son was younger.

zipzap Fri 18-May-12 18:25:48

~ Have you ever bought any M&S Kidswear? What's your overall opinion of it? If you're a regular buyer, what makes you buy? If you're not, is there anything specific that's stopping you? What other brands/shops do you buy kids' clothes from?
I have - but not as much as I thought I would if that makes sense (I get quite a few of my own clothes from M&S, had lots of M&S stuff when I was a kid, assumed I would get stuff for my kids from there too)
part of the problem is that I have boys - and there's usually only a fairly small selection of boys clothes in comparison with the girls selection. OK so most shops are like this - but it still means that I have less choice when actually in store. And it rankles - boys still need as many clothes as girls, and if it rains then they need a raincoat/mac/kagoule as much as girls do (or coats when it is cold) and yet there is usually very little selection, whereas the girls have lots of different styles and colours, so if one is the wrong shape or colour you have a chance to find something that works for them - whereas for boys - there is a much reduced choice and so much less chance of finding stuff that is right.

Another problem is the bad cut of M&S kids clothes - particularly the cardigans I've had in the past - they all seem to be very short bodied and long armed. WHich means they just look wrong - either the arms fit and the body looks much too short (and for when they are young it's a pain as they then get cold around the middle, plus their tshirt tends to be showing beneath it so it just looks messy or again contributes to the grown out of look) or if the body is right the arms are much too long and difficult to roll up easily.

I've also had problems with tshirts that have things printed on the front - which seems to be most of them these days. Some wash fine and a year or two down the line still look as good as new, which is great and what I expect from an M&S tshirt. Others unfortunately start to crack, peel off and wear badly after the first wash and very soon start to look very scruffy. There's just no way to predict which will wear well (and I would pay a tenner for) and which wear really badly and are worse than something I've paid £3 for in Asda or Sainsburys.

Yet another problem is availability - for some reason there must be lots of people who have kids my size that decide to go shopping for the stuff I want the day before I do as there always seem to be hundreds of things in other sizes and nothing in the sizes I want. Take yesterday - I was in my local M&S (large branch in Milton Keynes shopping centre) and thought I ought to get some underwear for the boys. No pants for one of them (age 4), other one age 7 there were very few options, several different things I would have bought but nothing in his size. Likewise socks, I was incredibly limited in the choice I had in my size - even though there seemed to be a whole rack of lots of different things - only 3 or 4 sets of socks in total for the ages I wanted. other ages had rows and rows. ds2 wore his new socks today - he saw them, loved them, which was great so I opened them and put them on. Except they fit him just right, now. Socks always seem to shrink in the wash so soon I expect they will be tight. But - these were age 3-6 socks and he is just 4 (and 2nd percentile for his age so tiny and with small feet for his age) - there is no way they would have fitted his brother aged 4 with small-normal sized feet for his age. And these are supposed to last him until age 6! looking at the next size up which I got for his brother - they are definitely too big, but these ones measure up next to his other socks as being exactly the same size - and they are a) washed and b) a size smaller. And because they are all held together with a taggy thing I broke it to take the socks out and he's worn a pair now so too late to take back. Should I have checked before breaking the tag - yes in hindsight. But given they were for ages 3-6 and ds2 is the size of a standard 2 year old, it didn't occur to me that it would be necessary in the way that I would say if I had a regular sized 4 or 5 year old, I was more worried they would be too big and once he'd seen them he would want to wear them and he'd have to wait to grow into them.

Shops that I do get boys clothes from tend to be sainsburys or asda for cheap stuff to ruin hammer at nursery or playing out in the garden. Nicer stuff comes from the more expensive stuff at sainsburys, asda, tkmaxx, next, John lewis, gap, debenhams or M&S. Tend to get it in person or sometimes order to pick up in store, haven't really got into shopping for them online on a regular basis. Tends to be more that we are in the supermarket and see something so pick it up there and then. maybe when they are older and less agreeable to shopping with me it might change!

~ When you're shopping for kids' clothes, what are the most important factors? Is it cost, quality, colour/design, style or brand/label? Or a complicated combination of all of those?!

Not so bothered by actual brand or label, as I avoid any clothes that are obviously branded.

Style is important - I tend to like plainer styles so hate all the boys trousers that have extra seams and bits and bobs on for no good reason. ds then complains about the extra seams rubbing or that he can't run around in them as easily, you play for all the extra work that has gone into making them, they look stupid, are an extra fiddle to iron, bad news all round. It's become increasingly difficult to find simple nice plain jeans or plain trousers or even plain cargo trousers, all the trousers seem like they have had a stylist go mad on them. Just seems like you are trying too hard to do something to them to make them different - and forgetting about the wearable basics.

Colour tends to come into the style side of things - my dsis has more problems than me as her eldest dd is a real tomboy and therefore has real problems when everything is pink or flowery or girly. There are no simple crossover basics which could work really well in the summer - plain tshirts and shorts in primary colours or simple stripes or spots or checks that would work for boys or girls. and with a 7 yr old, I'm discovering it's not so much about the colour (although it would be nice to have boys coats in colours other than black and navy) but the designs - the older boys range in aiming to be cool for the older half tends to mean that there isn't anything very suitable for the younger ones (having said that, yesterday I was pleased to see that there were fewer 'nasty' designs than there usually are and a few more feel good/cartoony things that I wouldn't mind my 7 yr old wearing. There's always too many polo shirts and too much emphasis on football stuff - whether it's team logos or just football logos everywhere - arrrggghh. get rid of them!

cost and quality are important too - need to strike a good balance.

~ Do you tend to shop in store or online for kids' clothes and why? If you shop in store, do you look online at what items you might buy beforehand, or do you tend to go and see what takes your/your DC's fancy?
Have done both - prefer to look instore but if I am doing an online order for me then I'll have a look to see if there is anything good. I'll also order if there is something specific I am looking for or if I have seen something nice in store but not the right size. However, I am lucky in that I am only 5 minutes away from my local store and often passing by so it's easy to pop in. If I lived further away (eg where my mum lives, where I grew up - 30 mins drive away) then it could well be very different as you don't just pop in on a regular basis - you tend to go out for a day's shopping. In which case I would order online a lot more.

~ Is there anything that you think M&S could do to encourage you to buy their kidswear? Or buy it more often if you already buy it? Is there anything missing from their kidswear ranges that you'd like to see more of? Do you think they cater for certain ages better than others? Or for boys better than girls or vice versa?

more nice basics (don't necessarily have to be a cheap basic/value range, but well cut, nice fabric ordinary trousers/jeans/chinos that haven't been messed around.

Girls are definitely catered for much better than boys. Boys aged 6-10 particularly badly catered for as the stuff seems to be aimed at older kids.

More space for pushing prams around kids clothes departments - if you are shopping for baby clothes or younger kids clothes there is a reasonable chance you will have a pram with you and yet it can be a real pain to get in there sometimes, which is enough to put me off from even looking - and if I don't look then I am definitely not going to buy.

just remembered something else - school uniform polo shirts. DS has to wear white short sleeved polo shirts. He has a big head for his age and the necks are not big enough - I need to get 2 size