If it was down to you, would you want your child to wear a blazer?

(276 Posts)
MrsJamin Sun 22-Dec-13 14:37:04

I personally don't like them at all but am interested what others think as I'm on a group deciding school uniform for a Secondary school. Are there any manufacturers that make comfortable ones? Would it put you off a school or make you excited if they didn't have a blazer?

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Dec-13 14:39:19

DS1 (14) wears one and i really like it. It looks smart, I wash it every week and he hasn't got to think about coats etc (teens aren't big on coats).

He uses the pockets for stuff too-he likes wearing it.

In winter he wears the school jumper underneath.

RegainingUnconsciousness Sun 22-Dec-13 14:41:16

They look so smart in them! And they do turn into a wearable pencil case.

80sdrummer Sun 22-Dec-13 14:42:06

DS wears one, he is so broad shouldered and it is in an unconventional colour so it costs £40. It's not unusual for 14-16 year olds to be the size of adults and a blazer can be cost prohibitive to many families.

I'd much rather he had a couple of sweat-shirts, it's cheaper and less likely to get ripped playing football, as well as more laundry friendly

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Dec-13 14:42:15

YY-wearable pencil case Regain. grin

SofaKing Sun 22-Dec-13 14:43:49

Hate them. The secondary school that my DC are due to go to makes them compulsory for 1st years and 6th years to wear them, and it is making me consider sending them to another school.

They are not waterproof or very warm, have no hood and essentially fulfil no other function than making children look 'smart'.

I'd rather my children wear a warm, waterproof, practical garment on the way to school and get a good eduction when they are there. The school which insists on the blazers has one of the lowest results in the county, so I think this is an attempt to improve the reputation of the school without making any effort to improve the exam results of the pupils.

Sunnymeg Sun 22-Dec-13 14:46:26

Yes to a blazer, mainly because of the pockets, especially for emergency money and mobile phone. If like DS, you don't have a locker available at school a blazer pocket is the safest place to keep your important stuff.

RRudolphR Sun 22-Dec-13 14:46:52

Mine wear them and I like it

The pockets are great for storing letters, pencils, dinner money etc and, as like most teens they refuse to wear coats, at least I know they have some protection against the elements.

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Dec-13 14:47:07

There is no way I would use blazer/no blazer alone as a reason for choosing a school. That would be a bit weird.

RRudolphR Sun 22-Dec-13 14:49:00

I'd rather my children wear a warm, waterproof, practical garment on the way to school

Good luck with that one ! grin

eggybrokenoff Sun 22-Dec-13 14:49:35

what sofa said - I see so many kids without a proper coat as well soaked to the skin walking to and from school. kids need a proper coat of they are walking in all weathers (dont get me started on girls in stoopid shoes for school)

Idespair Sun 22-Dec-13 14:50:06

I don't mind them as long as they are machine washable and not too expensive.

motherinferior Sun 22-Dec-13 14:51:33

Hate them. I hate uniform overall and think blazers are revolting.

RandomMess Sun 22-Dec-13 14:52:29

Hate them because they don't come in different fits ie different cuts for exceptional slim build or broader build for wider dc.

Dds is far too wide for her everywhere but too short in the sleeves so doesn't look smart.

NorbertDentressangle Sun 22-Dec-13 14:53:08

I strongly suspect DD's school (which DS will also be going to in a couple of years) will introduce them in the near future.

It became an academy a while ago, has a new head etc so changes are afoot I reckon.

Personally, although I think they look smart, I would prefer that they didn't have them. Coats are more practical and bags can be used for all the stuff that people are listing like pens, letters, phones etc.

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Dec-13 14:53:20

I love school uniform. Stops the fashion show/ designer brand competitiveness that you get on dress down days.

RRudolphR Sun 22-Dec-13 14:55:44

Our school also have badges on them so you can identify not only the year group but the form. T'is brilliant!

Rufustherednosedreindeer Sun 22-Dec-13 14:56:52

The ones we have are fantastic to wash, dry in minutes. £28 each and last for donkeys and the children look very smart

But none of the children wear coats and they are half frozen in the winter, not sure what the answer is really

ivykaty44 Sun 22-Dec-13 14:57:37

A blazer is a very antiquated piece of clothing and gents clothing at that.

I wouldn't want my dc's in blazers and I don't see woman wearing blazers

I would much prefer a unisex uniform and hate to see a uniform based on mens clothing and then given to female students - tbh I find it at best insulting and at worst sexist.

a blouse polo top, sweat top and either trousers or skirt I find much less offensive and far easy to wash and dry and looks smart.

Don't get me started on ties grin

usualsuspect Sun 22-Dec-13 14:58:29

Hate them, hate uniform in general though.

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Dec-13 15:00:19

I love ties. They are clip on, and in house colours. Girls and boys wear blazers at DS1's school. They all look good to me.

RRudolphR Sun 22-Dec-13 15:00:35

Ivykate - women wear suits though don't they?

DeWe Sun 22-Dec-13 15:02:59

I loved my blazer at secondary. All those lovely pockets!
Quite disappointed no schools use them round here. Dd2 is in love with the one I got her for Chalet School fancy dress.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sun 22-Dec-13 15:03:03

My dd was in the head's office this week, and saw two sample uniforms hanging up, and asked if they were changing uniform... the head sighed and said no, just every single week some uniform company send out samples, presumably because they haven't (unlike most schools round here) changed to an ersatz-private school blazer and tie combo.

I found this quite interesting - suggests a lot of schools are being cold-called and 'Jones-ed' on this (hello, Headteacher, I don't know whether you're aware that many of your neighbouring schools are changing to smarter uniforms, and I wondered whether you'd considered...) - rather than just changing because they objectively decide to!

(dd said 'I don't think we should just change it cos it's the zeitgeist', and he said he quite agreed! proud grin)

ivykaty44 Sun 22-Dec-13 15:03:43

RR - do you really see woman in a mans style suit with a tie?

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