Growing children are expensive to provide for, especially when it comes to the clothes they require. You will often find that they can outgrow an entire outfit in the space of less than a year.
This can make the purchasing of school uniforms particularly expensive as chances are, you will need to buy several to cover all of the time your children spend in school. Luckily help is at hand as we’ve produced this handy guide to help you get more for less.
Official School Uniforms
It is a good idea to only buy what is completely necessary from your schools recommended uniform supplier. This will more often than not be the school blazer if there is one as well as a specific tie.
Anything else that doesn’t carry the school crest or logo should be bought elsewhere as you will find that it is usually much cheaper. A smart pair of black trousers for example can be bought from just about any clothing retailer. One retailer that you can return to continually for school uniform supply is of great benefit. For this reason, you should hang onto the names of the retailers which you have bought from in the past.
Consider Buying Online
Just as with most things, you can buy clothing suitable to wear as part of a school uniform online. You won’t be able to try these clothes on before you buy but most retailers will have a return policy that allows you to return the items that don’t fit.
The benefit of this method is being able to buy clothes in bulk and have them delivered to your door which may just end up being cheaper than buying from a high street shop.
Think About Sizing
As mentioned, your children are going to grow a lot. Unless you want to spend more money than necessary, it’s important to take this into account.
- Consider buying your children’s uniforms in a size that is slightly too large. This will provide a little room to grow as they get taller throughout the year.
- Don’t go overboard as clothes that are too big will look untidy instead of smart.
- If you have more than one child at the same school, it is a good idea to keep their old uniforms so that they can be passed down to younger siblings.
Don’t Be Afraid to Alter
We’ve all worn clothes that our parents have altered or taken in for us to provide a little extra room or to make them less baggy. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, it’s a great idea to have a go at performing a few alterations to the uniforms that are in need of repurposing or to adjust the fit.
You will find that an altered uniform can sometimes provide several more months of life if not up to a year, depending on the age of your child. With the tips outlined above, we’ve confident that you will find the school uniform buying process far less stressful.