As the new school season arrives, concerned parents all over the US are panicking, right? But in fact, if that will comfort any of you, those are the apparel and school clothing retailers who really should be panicking. This may be due to a fact, that while the diversity of the school uniforms for kids increases, the competition among the top manufacturing brands hypes up just as well. Also, another factor that can play either in your favour or not, is the diversity of school uniform regulations at different educational institutions, including the fact that many of them host an “official” uniform store right on school’s premises… This way, let’s see what your options are in choosing the uniform that is right for the price that is right as well. Let’s start with our first tip – which is a recommendation to all parents for double-checking if their school has a so-called uniform-exchange program or not. The matter of the fact is that if it does, then the overall code strictness for your school may not be so uptight. Also, the “uniform exchange” option will allow you to save a pretty penny or two while equipping your child for a new school semester. So, first thing’s first – check with your fellow classmate parents and if the answer is yes, then congrats – your issue is settled now.
“Some schools (especially the boarding schools) may require you buy the uniform directly.”
However, if there’s no “uniform exchange” program to rely upon, then your options can be either very good or very limiting, money-wise. This means that if your school will require all students to purchase the uniform directly from their in-house store, your budget and your style choices will be of no difference. Still, if the school either doesn’t have that specific type of store or doesn’t make harsh requirements to buy there only, then basically any other online or offline store that sells school uniforms can become your shopping retreat.
As an example, if your child attends the public school – then the scenario will be the easiest one – simply because stores like Target or J. C. Penney’s do sell a lot of uniforms which are most common among the nation’s public school system. Still, there’s yet another trick that we’re willing to share with you today – namely, that shopping for such items as girl’s blouses or boy’s pants will almost always come cheaper when done not at a uniform store, but anywhere elsewhere.
This will also provide you with far more flexibility when we’re talking about choosing a size that fits and the size for the second part of the school year. Also, regardless of where you’ll end up buying a school uniform – remember of this 1 simple rule of thumb.
The rule goes like this: the earlier you are getting yourself into this process, the fewer parents you’ll have to compete for a blouse in the store and the more options you’ll have available for consideration. And never forget about the second biggest problem, that’s poised to surface after the winter holidays or closer to the end of the year – which is all about the sizes. The sizes which kids are known to outgrow at a very, extraordinary quick pace. This means that when buying a blouse, pants, jacket or basically any other clothing (and even footwear) school item, leaving some allowance for this further growing is essential. Also, among other things which are necessary to look into while being on a shopping spree for your child is the issue of knowing which items does your kid needs the most. Here we’re talking about both the size of the supply for the most basic items (like pants, blouses, skirts, jackets, polos etc) and the issue with all other clothing and accessory items that your kid claims he or she wants and will wear, but never actually does. This can be very true when we talk about my daughter – who always tries to get me to buy her more hair accessories, blouses and skirts then she will be actually wearing come the school season. So, taking the previous school year into account and not buying way too much is a great rule for school uniforms shopping.