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post #1 of 17
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My kids go to a private school that up until now has not had a uniform dress code. They have voted to put one in place next year. I have three daughters there so this is going to be REALLY expensive and I am not happy about it.

It has to be specific colors but we are allowed to buy them wherever which is good because I just looked at the uniform store's website and it is outrageous! They are going to need shorts, pants, short sleeve shirts and long sleeve shirts.

My question is how many? My dh had uniforms growing up and he said he only had 3 pairs of pants and 5 shirts because his parent couldn't afford a lot. I'm thinking 5 pairs one for each day.

What do you do?
post #2 of 17
My best friends daughter goes to a public school that enforces a uniform. She has 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt and 5 short sleeved shirts and 5 long sleeved shirts. The reasoning behind her only letting her daughter have 3 of each of the bottoms is that you do not have to change your pants everyday- She tries to get 2 wears out of her pants before she washes them!
post #3 of 17
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Also anyone find that the quality is worth the price from the uniform stores? They are scotch guarded and are supposed to last longer. I'm thinking maybe buying them each one or two outfits from the uniform store to see how well they hold up.
post #4 of 17
My kids have worn uniforms for the last 4 years. I have found that the pants and shorts from Wal-Mart are just as good as the more expensive places, not sure what kind of tops your kids will wear, mine wear polo type tops, I buy them at JCPenney's usually the Izod brand when they are on sale/clearance. Sometimes you can find nice uniforms at Burlington Coat Factory.

I always buy 6 bottoms and 6 tops, usually 2 pants, 4 shorts (we are in South Texas & don't need many pants).
post #5 of 17
Like someone else pointed out, if they are generic polos and things like that, you can get that anywhere. Old Navy and the Disney Store have uniform departments. I wish I'd known before I paid about $20 each for the 3 colored polos they wanted. I also didn't buy my daughter any of the long sleeved shirts or sweaters. I figure when it's cold, she'll have her coat on when she's outside! I got her 4 shirts, 1 dress, 1 plaid skort, 1 pair of khakis pants, a khaki skirt and khaki shorts.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by stevesgal View Post

My best friends daughter goes to a public school that enforces a uniform. She has 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of shorts, 1 skirt and 5 short sleeved shirts and 5 long sleeved shirts. The reasoning behind her only letting her daughter have 3 of each of the bottoms is that you do not have to change your pants everyday- She tries to get 2 wears out of her pants before she washes them!

Ditto. Minus the long sleeve shirts (we are in Florida) But did get a sweater.

My dd went to a public school that wore uniforms. I got the clothes at Target, when they went on sale, and during the "No tax week".
post #7 of 17
The majority of public schools and all private schools require uniforms here, so they are abundant even at Target, Wal-Mart and Old Navy. My son will be starting next year, so I have been stocking up on khakis and the polos when I find them on sale - I have found them for really really cheap - like $3 at Old Navy, which I think are great quality.

Check around in your surrounding towns and see if anyone has uniforms and then shop there - the polos will be cheaper I'm sure. If they have a plaid, you might check around to see if you can buy a bolt of fabric and then get your girls plaid stuff made by a "work-at-home" seamstress. Some of the nicer children's stores even stock tons of those little girl white-button-down peter-pan collar shirts that look so cute under the plaid jumpers. I would think those would be a great option. My neighbor girl that wears uniforms wears short sleeves each day. Her mom bought her one of the school sweatshirts with the monogram on it - she is allowed to wear that over her shirt on cold days.

Personally, I want at least 5 outfits so I don't have to wash during the week.
post #8 of 17
My DD will be wearing uniform also next year I'm buying six bottoms and 6 short sleeve tops and 2 long sleeve. I just figured the amount I spend in school clothes is the same amount I would spend in uniforms. However I only have one which makes it easier financially.
post #9 of 17
When I was growing up I went to private schools and we had a real uniform - not just certain colors and styles we had to wear. We would buy ONE wool, school uniform skirt and wear it all year long. My parents didn't even bother to get is dry cleaned. I may have had three different shirts and one school sweater and that was it. Of course, my mom did laundry a bit more often than I do. Other than the skirt, the big purchase was school shoes - again, one pair - but they had to be black and white tie-on Oxfords. It was a big deal when the school allowed us to wear knee socks (later, colored knee socks - oh the freedom!) instead of white ankle socks.

My advice is to go through their current wardrobe and see what you can make work then SLOWLY fill in during the year. Start very small. Shop sales and thrift stores.
post #10 of 17
My kids wear an uniform for school and it's expensive because we have to buy all the pieces from one store. The store doesn't have sales except for if you buy six shirts (in one size) they'll give you one free or something. It's just ridiculous. I WISH we could shop at other stores. Our uniform pieces all have the school crest on all the pieces and the teachers/staff check, and if you're wearing pants from the Gap, you're outta luck and a get a demerit. L.OL

I typically buy five shirts and two pairs of pants. They usually can wear the pants twice before I wash them. But that really depends on the child, some kids are just really hard on their clothing. I see kids come out after school with lunch all over their shirts, mud all over their pants etc Our school has a TON of donated 'gently used' uniforms. I've actually been in charge of the room and keep all the stuff organized etc Some of it is really worn out and then some still has the tags on, so it's a great resource.

If I could buy from anywhere, I'd have at least five tops and five bottoms, it's just so much easier that way! You can definately just start slowly and look for stuff on sale. I see the uniform stuff at Target discounted all the time...same at Gap.

Good luck!
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