Discount School Uniforms?

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  1. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

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    It looks like a couple of the grandkids are off to private school this year. I'm looking for an online place that might have discounted generic uniforms (khaki pants or jumpers, solid polos, etc.) I'll be scouring thrift stores too, but wondered if there was a site(s) that had these items.
     
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  3. Princess Nancy

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    Don't skimp and you will be really glad. My son has worn his pants from Freshman year of High School for 3 years.

    He will be a Senior next year. He has 4 pairs of pants. The 2 new ones I bought from Land's End last year look brand new still.

    He wears these to school everyday and the Land's end ones often are his church pants or dinner with his grandparent's pants! LOL

    So while his sweatshirts were $35 each, they also are the nicest sweatshirts he owns and still look brand new! My daughters sleeves got frayed after a short time, I took it back to the uniform shop and they got me a new sweatshirt.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. princessmom29

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    I would be sure of the uniform policy before I purchased. All private schools here, including DD's, require specific uniform pieces from a specific uniform store, and nothing else is accepted. If you are certian you can just get generic pieces then I would agree that going with quality peices form someone like LL Bean or Land's End would be the way to go. You won't end up replacing them halfway through the year.
     
  5. thebeesknees

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    I got some shirts and a couple pair of pants for my DS from here:

    http://thechildrenswearoutlet.com/?target=categories&category_id=301

    The shirts held up fine for him, but friend's DD wound up getting sent boys' shirts instead of girls' shirts by mistake and they were way too big and boxy for her. The pants are very lightweight and he got a hole in them shortly after school started. I went with Lands' End for his pants after that and they still look brand new. Children's Wear Outlet shipped quickly, and the prices were decent, but when my friend had that problem with her order and wanted to return the shirts, she never was able to reach anyone after repeated efforts in order to solve the issue, so she will not shop with them again. So I guess it depends on your comfort level with how much you are willing to spend on something sight unseen. Target runs their ultimate polos on sale for about $6 several times a year, so I stock up then. Their khaki pants are OK, but he tends to wear out the knees quickly, so now we stick with Lands' End, which last longer, or Sears, which will replace them as long as he hasn't outgrown them yet if you are part of their kids' club (free to join).
     
  6. Tinker'n'Fun

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    It is from YEARS of experience that if you purchase discount uniforms now, you will have continue to purchase them throughout the year, but if you go to the uniform company directly you may get "years" out of the uniform. For pricing examples, here is one we used. I still have jumpers that are "perfect" from when DD was in 3rd. grade. She wore them for three years. She is in college now!

    http://www.flynnohara.com/

    One thing that is very important to remember. Uniforms are also looked at by teachers/administration. If it is frayed, too short, too thin a note to replace will be sent home. Now you would be in a lurch as you have to replace it quickly and most likely no sales will be going on.

    Whatever you choose to do, good luck with school and I hope you like the idea of uniforms. We loved it. We had absolutely NO breakdowns re: school clothes or wrong type of fashions purchased for the school day. It really does make getting ready for school 100% easier!
     
  7. IMALOVNDISNEY

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    Also, if it is a specific uniform and not generic don't forget to ask the school if they have a uses uniform store. It will save you alot and make money for the school as well.
     
  8. HelenePA

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    watch lands end for sales.. last week they had 25% off and free shipping if you went thru a link from their facebook page.. they had a lot of khakis for 9.99 which made them 7.50 :thumbsup2 I've also been picking lots of stuff up on ebay. I got my ds 7 pairs of khaki's for 12.50 new with out tags. All lands end and old navy. Polos I'll get some at walmart (they have 2 packs for $9) and they held up wonderfully! The old navy ones I got faded the fastest.. Izod also held up good but walmarts (dark navy blue) held up the best. I only have one lands end polo I got at the end of the year so I can't say much about them yet.. with 3 in school uniforms (public school) I must shop for the best deals.. its very very very expensive!!! :scared1::scared1:

    I'm really glad ours dont make us use specific store or make us buy from them... blue (any color blue) or white polos, Khakis (blue brown black in color) skorts, skirts, jumpers, shorts that go to the knee is all we need...
     
  9. scootch

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    I have great luck with JCP. Also, they go on sale by early October... so buy just what you need to get by and then buy a bunch on clearance, getting the next size up also.
     
  10. sookie

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    Get the next size up and if you have to be brand specific, be careful about doing so.

    Land's End
    LL Bean
    Abercrombie Kids
    Justice (order online - their stuff is CUTE).
    and for some reason, I like the Old Navy jumpers. And I generally only complain about Old Navy but last season's Khaki jumpers for girls were just really nice.
     
  11. MaleficentRN

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    Target will have this stuff in a couple of months.
     
  12. mjantz

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    Definitely check the policy. My daughter can only wear uniforms from Parker School Uniforms. FYI if that is the company now is the time to buy as they are offering 10% off for the month of June.

    I really liked jumper dresses when my daughter was younger. Depending on the style, you may be able to buy bigger & fold up & tack the waist. My DD wore the same 2 jumpers K-4 (5-8 wear skirts) we just let them down after a few years.
     
  13. MrsPete

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    Another vote for NOT buying cheap stuff. Uniform items are used constantly, so it's much better to go with Lands End and know that it's going to last-last-last. Cheap stuff I bought looked bad very quickly, whereas Lands End stuff often was handed down to my second daughter -- and that's real economy. Also, if you buy kids' sizes from the Sears store and save the receipts, they'll replace the same-sized identical item FOR FREE if they wear out.

    Next year, after your grandkids are established students, they'lll probably bring home information about a uniform consignment sale. Most uniform schools offer these near the end of the year.

    Several ways to economize on uniforms that aren't obvious from the start:

    1. If you have a girl, a jumper is your best buy. She can wear it with a short-sleeved shirt and sandals in the fall, then with a turtleneck and tights in the winter. Also, buy it as big as she can manage it; at first it'll be down below her knee, but she can keep wearing it probably 2-3 years. Our jumpers were a red-white-blue plaid, and they cost just over $50, but they were -- by far -- the single item that was worn most out of all the uniform gear I ever bought. Skirts are #2 because they're also great with the short sleeved shirts, and then later a shirt/sweater combo -- but my girls liked the jumper better.

    2. If you have a choice of shirt colors (we had white, navy, red), put the bulk of your money into the colors instead of white. White will start to look "old" faster, and stains won't show as much.

    3. We live in a temperate climate, so I bought my girls lots of short-sleeved shirts, one cardigan and two pull-over sweatshirts. Most of the year they wore the short-sleeved shirts, but in the winter months they layered the other items over short-sleeves. In a classroom, it was more comfortable for them than two long-sleeved shirts . . . and on those days that start out cold and then turn hot (we have LOTS of those), they could push up the sleeves.

    4. While your long pants are brand new, turn them INSIDE OUT and place iron-on patches (buy them in the sewing department -- costs about $1 per pair of pants) over the knees. This'll prevent your kids from getting holes in the knees of their school pants, and the iron-on patches won't show from the outside. If you don't do this when they're brand-new, suddenly you'll find that they have holes in them, and it'll be too late. Some brands -- and I think Lands End is one -- sell double-kneed pants, but it's super-simple to make them yourself with Walmart-purchased iron-ons.

    Good luck with your uniforms. They seemed expensive when my girls first started wearing them, but in the long run they were a real money-saver. I hardly ever bought extra school clothes mid-year, and it was just SO EASY.
     
  14. HelenePA

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    Jumpers and skirt/ skorts are great IF your girls will wear them! My dd8 hated them!! She is also very thin and the skorts I got her last year were not adjustable so they would fall off her so maybe that's why? This year I'm playing it safe and just not buying them for her I gotta say I'm envious some of you get so many years out of some of your clothes! Mine grew and I had to rebuy mid year and again this year for the girls there is no way I could reuse most of what they wore last year. I can't even save from one girl to the other the older is normal sized with a waist the other is a stick she needs slim slims lol

    in the winter we were allowed to put long sleeve shirts under the polos as long as they were blue or white so I picked up some waffle type shirts and just layered them
     
  15. Mickey527

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    I got some great uniforms for my grandson (who goes to public school) at Burlington Coat Factory. We also have a store called Rainbow for Kids here in CT that have really good uniforms and the prices are good. My grandson has gone through 3 sizes this year in kindergarten so I can't tell you how good they hold up but they all do look good and wash good. I bought him some polos this spring at Walmart and they are great and only $5.00.
    My neice goes to private school and they HAVE to buy their uniforms from a uniform supply store because they wear a plaid that onlu is sold at the uniform store. My SIL pays 3 times as much for blouses than I did for short sleeve polos for my grandson.
     
  16. msmollyshaw

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    I've always bought my son's uniform pants and shorts at Target but this past year I really noticed a decline in the quality. I had at least 2-3 pairs fall apart at the waist closure. This was the first year we ran in to that problem. I ended up ordering all of his uniform pants and shorts from Lands End this year at the 25% off sale last week instead.
     
  17. HelenePA

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    I did soooo good with that sale! 4 pairs of pants a white polo dress (uniform okay!) a skort and a button down shirt cost me 13.50! I had 29$ worth of landend points to use!
    :banana:

    Also dickies pants for boys are awesome!! No holes and they wear awesome still look brand new even the black ones!
     
  18. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

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    We are very fortunate in that the school is pretty easy going on this: Khakis or dark blue pants(no cargos), polos, any dark color (blue, tan, garnet or white), belt and one color shoes. all of this advice is great and I thank you very much :)
     
  19. PrincessMama605

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    There's a lot of good advice on here about buying quality that will last but I wanted to point out something else.
    My dd(6) has to wear a uniform for public school. I don't mind paying more for quality, but at dd's age, she outgrows clothes before they can really get worn out. I found some really great deals last year at Old Navy and The Childrens Place for khaki pants and solid polos. Since we live in FL, my dd wore her short-sleeved shirts all year and they still look great, but since she has grown another size they will have to be replaced.
    I didn't see how old your grandkids are but if they are still growing fast, I would definitely recommend Old Navy and TCP. Also Justice if you have girls, my dd loves their clothes.
     
  20. dzorn

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    Lands End has some on sale right now.

    Denise in MI
     
  21. ADKSPiette

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    I have been able to get the French Toast Peter Pan collared long and short sleeve shirts from Cookiekids Department Store. http://www.cookieskids.com/
    I have found that their shirts are about 1/3 cheaper. Plus if you go to Ebates or Retailmenot, you can get discount codes on shipping or the price of the item.

    We have a specific uniform and sweater, but I use this sight for the plain (non monagrammed) shirts.
     

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